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Owen J. Roberts starts fast in win over Wissahickon

Owen J. Robert's quarterback Mike Reed throws the ball during warmuips before a game against Wissahickon Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

LOWER GWYNEDD >> Owen J. Roberts set the tone early against Wissahickon Friday night.

The Wildcats capped off their nine-play, 72-yard game-opening drive with a Hunter Rhoads two-yard touchdown run just 3:54 into the game. They led the rest of the way and evened their record at 1-1 with a 42-6 win at Wissahickon High School.

“It was great,” OJR quarterback Mike Reed said of the start. “It built our momentum and established the run game and helped open up the offense more.”

“We punched it in,” tight end and defensive end Colin King added. “Great blocking up front. Rhoads ran well the whole game. We punched it in.”

OJR faced a tough spot late in the first quarter, but turned it into a momentum-swinging play. Reed got sacked on a 4th-and-4 at midfield and Wissahickon’s first play of the ensuing drive led to a first down at the OJR 11-yard line. A 17-yard sack and a pair of false starts forced Wissahickon to attempt a 39-yard field goal on 4th-and-21. OJR’s Derek Hinrichs blocked the kick and King scooped the loose ball and raced 75 yards for a touchdown and 14-0 lead.

“I just picked it up and gave it all I got,” King said. “I just sprinted, what, 80 yards? By the end of that I was gassed. You have to leave it all on the field. When I look back on it when I’m older, I’ll look back on this game in my career and I’ll know I gave it all on this field.”

Reed completed 8-of-13 passes for 125 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score. He threw touchdowns to King, Justin Daubert and Danny Cashman.

“The line was blocking and gave me plenty of time to throw back there,” Reed said, “and it gave me time to read my reads, look at my receivers and make throws.”

All three touchdown passes were on third down. The 33-yard strike to King and 37-yard pass to Daubert were 3rd-and-short while the 23-yard score to Cashman was 3rd-and-10.

“They thought we were going to sneak it on 3rd-and-1,” King said of his score. “The safety came up. From the moment they were like, ‘Sneak, sneak’ I knew it was a touchdown. Before the playcall, me and Mike, we knew that this play was going to hit and it worked.

“In 3rd-and-1 we can do a lot of things and catch them off-guard. They’re expecting a run with big Rhoads, but we can throw the ball and sling it with Reed.”

“When we do that they think run,” Reed said. “They bring everyone up and it opens up the passing game down the field.”

Rhoads led the Wildcats ground attack with 120 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Owen J. Roberts running back Hunter Rhoads catches a pitch during warmups before a game against Wissahickon Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

Defensively, the OJR line generated pressure all game while Hinrichs, Yellowtail and Lorenzo Satiro grabbed interceptions in the secondary.

“We had speed on the edges and in the interior we definitely looked strong,” King said. “Brandon Kelley, he does what he does off the edge, he’s a D-I athlete. He’s a great player and we overall had the speed on the edge – that’s what really carried us tonight.”

BACK TO WORK

Wissahickon falls to 0-2 with the loss and will try to get in the win column next week against Methacton.

“All the credit goes to Owen J. tonight,” Wiss coach Rory Graver said. “They beat us tonight for sure. We made a ton of mistakes and against a 6A playoff team like that, you can’t make those mistakes. With that being said, I didn’t think our guys ever quit and they played hard.”

Jaden McLean was a bright spot for the Trojans. The junior accounted for 110 total yards on offense, including a 32-yard touchdown catch on 4th-and-8 from quarterback Julian Perkins, and grabbed an interception on defense.

“I thought Jaden played really well,” Graver said. “I thought Ryan Wolf, a corner and a slot for us, played really well. (Tight end and edge) Max Pester continues to give really great effort. We have a handful of guys that give really great effort. We just have to continue to work hard here for sure.”

Wissahickon quarterback Julian Perkins throws on the run during warmups before a game against Owen J. Roberts Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

Wissahickon running back Ronnie Weldon carries the ball during warmups before a game against Owen J. Roberts Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

Owen J. Roberts 42, Wissahickon 6

Owen J. Roberts 14 7 14 7 – 42

Wissahickon 0 6 0 0 – 6

Scoring

First Quarter

OJR – Hunter Rhoads 2-yard run (Kellan Albitz kick) 8:06

OJR – Colin King 75-yard blocked kick return (Kellan Albitz kick) 1:04

Second Quarter

OJR – Colin King 33-yard reception from Mike Reed (Kellan Albitz kick) 10:29

W – Jaden McLean 32-yard reception from Julian Perkins (2-point failed) 6:19

Third Quarter

OJR – Mike Reed 1-yard run (Kellan Albitz kick) 11:29

OJR – Justin Daubert 37-yard reception from Mike Reed (Kellan Albitz kick) 3:47

Fourth Quarter

OJR – Danny Cashman 23-yard reception from Mike Reed (Kellan Albitz kick) 9:59

TEAM STATISTICS

OJR           W

First downs 16           7

Rushes-Yards 33-112   23-22

Passing yards 125           131

Total yards 237         153

Passing 8-13-1    10-26-3

Punts 4            5

Fumbles-Lost 1-0         2-1

Penalties-Yards 6-45        7-68

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

OJR: Hunter Rhoads 22-120, TD; Justin Daubert  1-0; Mike Reed 5-6, TD; Logan Brower 3-(-8); Alexander Brandt 2-(-6). 

W: Ronnie Weldon 11-27; Julian Perkins 4-(-23); Jaden McLean 4-15; Jason Murray Jr. 1-4; Kareem Lee 1-1; Jason Verrier 1-(-2); Nolan Pounds 1-0.

PASSING

OJR: Mike Reed 8-13-125-3-1.

W: Julian Perkins 8-19-104-1-2; Ronnie Weldon 0-1-0-0-0; Nolan Pounds 2-7-27-0-1.

RECEIVING

OJR: Danny Cashman 4-41, TD;  Hunter Rhoads 1-12; Colin King 1-33, TD; Justin Daubert 2-39, TD.

W: Max Pester 1-3; Jaden McLean 4-95, TD; Ronnie Weldon 1-2; Gavin Myers 1-5; Amari Nash 3-26.

INTERCEPTIONS

OJR: Derek Hinrichs, Justin Daubert, Lorenzo Satiro.

W: Jaden McLean.

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