After last week's 56-6 drumming of West Catholic, Archbishop Wood coach Steve Devin predicted that his team would not be able to push around its upcoming opponent, Cardinal O'Hara, in the same fashion.
Devlin was proven wrong as his offense moved the ball up and down the field and his defense pitched a shutout as Wood defeated O'Hara, 41-0, in a Philadelphia Catholic League matchup on Sunday afternoon.
"We just take it one game at a time, one team at a time and we preach we're only as good as our last game,' Devlin said.
O'Hara was able to move the ball on its first two drives, running eight plays covering 30 yards and a nine-play drive covering 27 yards, but a third down fumble on the first drive and back-to-back sacks on the second would cause the drives to stall and the Lions getting no points.
"There's no magical solution, we've just got to come back to practice Tuesday and just get better,' O'Hara coach Danny Algeo said of his team's offensive blunders.
Wood wasted no time turning the Lions' misfortunes into Vikings scores as Wood went 54 yards in six plays on its first drive capped off by a 7-yard Josh Messina touchdown.
The next drive the Vikings drove longer and faster. Taking only two plays as Jarrett McClenton scored from five yards out after quarterback Tom Garlick connected with tight end Christian Lohin for 56 yards off a great play action fake.
Wood scored on even fewer plays on its next drive as the offense did not even have to take the field as McClenton fielded an O'Hara punt and took it 74 yards for the touchdown. McClenton added an interception on defense later to fill his stats out as if 36 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns in addition to a 74-yard put return was not enough.
"He's such a great player and an even better kid,' Devlin said. "He's awesome. He's tough on both sides of the ball and he's got another gear about him and he's a special kid.'
On Wood's final scoring drive of the half, Luke Spahits plunged in from 11 yards out, again set up on a play action fake that ended with Garlick finding Lohin for 31 yards.
"Last week we didn't have real good fakes,' Garlick said. "This week during practice we were working on all our fakes and I think that's a real big part of our offense is that play-action game.'
Archbishop Wood has enjoyed pushing teams around this season so far, but next week it faces one of its biggest tests yet as it will be paid a visit from St. Joseph's Prep.
"It's going to be a tough game. It's going to be a long week of practice,' Garlick said. "I think if we have a good week of practice, we can put up a good game.'
Cardinal O'Hara 0 0 0 0-0
Archbishop Wood 14 13 7 7-41
AW- Messina 7 run (McDonald kick)
AW- McClenton 5 run (McDonald kick)
AW- McClenton 74 punt return (McDonald kick)
AW- Spahits 11 run (kick failed)
AW- McClenton 9 run (McDonald kick)
AW-Dutkiewicz 13 run (McDonald kick)
First Downs 12 18
Yards Rushing 135 188
Yards Passing 40 166
Total offense 175 354
Passing 4-6-1 9-13-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties 3-35 1-10
Punts-avg. 2-39.5 0-0
Cardinal O'Hara: Veal 5-26; Blyden 11-56; Darden 8-(-2); Harris 4-11; Pierce 3-18; Penza 4-19; Laughlin 1-7
Archbishop Wood: McClenton 9-36, 2TD; Messina 6-52, TD; Spahits 8-37, TD; Garlick 1-6; Dutkiewicz 4-43; McCann 1-14
Cardinal O'Hara: Darden 4-6-1—40
Archbishop Wood: Garlick 9-13—166
Cardinal O'Hara: Veal 3-36; Colvin 1-14
Archbishop Wood: Messina 3-44; Lohin 2-87; Rubin 3-30; Clayton 1-10; Singleton 1-10