LOWER GWYNEDD >> Lansdale Catholic coach Dominic D’Addona called it the first “payday,” as his Crusaders cashed in their offseason work for a 49-8 Opening Day win over visiting Mastbaum Vo-Tech.
“I think it’s a great start,” said LC quarterback Cole Meehan, who threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. “I’m happy with it but we have a long season to go. It’s one down and I’m ready for the next one.”
The Crusaders scored on their second and third plays from scrimmage and needed just 34 plays in all to score their 49 points. LC led 35-0 at the half – enforcing the mercy rule – and moved the ball in waves on the hot Wissahickon turf.
“I think the offense ran well today. I feel like it started with the guys up front,” Meehan said. “Our o-line really had a day. The holes were huge. The protection was great, which helped the receivers get down field and helped me make my reads.”
Meehan completed 8 of his 10 passes for 117 yards and two scores.
After a 30-yard bolt by Jacahi Streeter – who cut and dashed his way to 52 yards rushing on four carries – made it 7-0 LC, Meehan connected with James Webb Jr. for a 26-yard TD and a 14-0 advantage less than six minutes into the contest.
Just before the end of the first quarter, Meehan rolled right, then cut it back left, sprinting 32 yards for a score and a 21-0 lead.
“How we finished up last year (1-10), to come out and work hard all winter long, today was the first payday, the first of many. It was a nice team win,” said D’Addona. “Everybody was into it, everybody had each other’s back, and we just kept moving along. We have a ways to go, but we did what we can do. Everybody played to the best of their abilities.”
An 8-yard scoring strike to Streeter and a five-yard burst by Ian Gramlich ran the lead to 35-0 at the half, and enforced the mercy rule after the break.
Eight different Crusaders carried the ball and six more caught passes.
LC’s defense was just as impressive.
Josh Brown pressured Mastbaum quarterback Jovan Vega, Bobby Lombardo made tackles at the line of scrimmage and Yeboa Cobbold intercepted two passes.
Efrain Quiles (35 yards) and Nicholas O’Brien (22 yards) each broke free for touchdown runs in the third quarter to make it 49-0. The visitors broke the shutout with 4:13 to play, on a four-yard TD pass from Vega to Hopkins off a deflection.
LC heads to Ocean City High School (N.J.) next weekend for an 11 a.m. Saturday contest against Boys Latin Charter. The Crusaders feel it’s a business trip.
“We’re definitely ready for Boys Latin. We’re gonna have a long week of practice, prepare, watch film, study,” Meehan said. “We’re all in this together so I feel like the team’s gonna have a fun one next week.”
Lansdale Catholic 49, Mastbaum Vo-Tech 8
LC- Jacahi Streeter 30 run (Eddy Schlotter kick), 8:30.
LC-James Webb Jr. 26 pass from Cole Meehan (Schlotter kick), 6:21.
LC-Meehan 32 run (Schlotter kick), 2:06.
LC-Streeter 8 pass from Meehan (Schlotter kick), 6:30.
LC-Ian Gremlich 5 run (Schlotter kick), :30.
LC-Efrain Quiles 35 run (Schlotter kick), 10:08.
LC-Nicholas O’Brien 22 run (Schlotter kick), 3:56.
M-Quadir Hopkins 4 pass from Jovan Vega (Klair Ancrum Thomas run), 4:13.
First Downs 6 16
Rushes-yards 23-29 24-261
Passing (c-a-i) 4-11-2 8-10-0
Passing yards 66 117
Total yards 95 378
Punts 3 0
Penalties-yards 2-17 1-5
Fumbles-lost 4-0 0-0
M: Shmir Gaines 4-(-9); Tahmir Brown 8-41; Jovan Vega 5-(-6); Quadir Hopkins 2-1; Klair Ancrum Thomas 4-2.
LC: Quiles 4-55, TD; Gramlich 3-25, TD; Jacahi Streeter 4-52, TD; Kenwar Johnson 4-5; Meehan 1-32, TD; Yeboa Cobbold 1-9; J.P. Bayne 4-13; Nicholas O’Brien 3-70, TD.
M: Vega 4-11-66-1-2.
LC: Meehan 8-10-117-2-0.
M: Hopkins 3-16, TD; Kwasi Hawkins 1-50.
LC: Webb Jr. 1-26, TD; Cobbold 1-40; Gio Zito 2-33; Jack Trzeciak 1-5; Bayne 1-2; Streeter 2-11, TD.
LC: Cobbold 2.