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Collier Collars The Vikings over Southern Lehigh

Written by: on Monday, November 25th, 2019


The Wood defense dominated for the Spartans all night. PIC Kathy Leister Click picture to purchase photos from this game

Southern Lehigh’s Asher Smith entered Friday’s PIAA 5 A quarterfinal against Archbishop Wood with a school record  2,442 yards during the 2019 season. The Spartans also entered the game with a 6 game winning streak while averaging 50.1 points during the streak.  The Vikings and their defense led by Shane Collier certainly were ready for the run dominant Spartans. As a team Southern Lehigh ran the ball 46 times for just 156 yards for  3.4 average per carry.  Smith did get 76 ground yards on 18 totes but it was nowhere near enough in the Spartans 41-7 loss to the Vikings.

Collier who had 14 tackles with 12 of the solo variety and 2 for losses including sack at linebacker said his success was a result of some great scouting by the Wood staff. “I was told to watch their guards by our coaches . If they told me once they told me a thousand times.  The movement of the guards gave me a good idea which direction the play was going”. He obviously listened as did his fellow linebacker Thomas Pomponi who had 13 tackles .

Wood received the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards on 12 plays the last being a 6 yard run by Cardel Pigford which lit the scoreboard for the first time.  The longest play of the drive was a 21 yard run by Kaelin Costello . Costello would later add 2 TD bursts  and finished the evening with 130 yards on just 11 carries.   The Vikings increased their lead to 14-0 in the second quarter on one of  Costello’s runs. Collier who plays some  running back in short down situations closed out the first half scoring on a one yard run.  Collier would later score on another short run in the third quarter after Smith got the Spartans on the board with a 2 yard jaunt  to trim the lead  21-0.


Leading 28-7 late in the third stanza Wood QB Max Keller connected with Andrew McHugh for a 35 yard TD strike. Costello would close the scoring on his second run to pay  turf in the fourth period.   Keller would pass 5-8- 99- TD,  while the Vikings as a team ran 32 for an impressive 301 yards averaging almost 10 yards per carry,  Pigford ran 12-86.  McHugh caught three balls for 57 yards.  The Spartans passed just 6-11- 46 yards.  Cam Fisher was SL’s leader snagging three for 40 yards.  Hughes led the Spartans in tackles with 7 , he was followed by Fisher and Riley Craft with 6 while Michael Bonder notched 5.   Logan Shorb had an interception for the Spartans.

Archbishop Wood will advance to the Semi-Finals on Friday taking on Gateway at Mansion Park in Altoona PA.  at 1 pm

Score by quarters:  1.   2.   3.   4.     Total

Southern Lehigh      0    0     7     0         7

Archbishop Wood    7    14   14    6       41

Scoring Plays:

Wood: Cardel Pigford 6 run. Rob Meyer kick

Wood:  Kaelin Costello 4 run.  Meyer kick

Wood: Shane Collier 1 run.  Meyer kick

SL:      Asher Smith 2 run. Christian Colasurdo kick

Wood:  Collier 1 run.  Meyer kick

Wood:  Andrew McHugh 35 pass from Max Keller. Meyer kick

Wood:  Costello 32 run.  Kick fail

Team Stats:                     Southern Lehigh                              Archbishop Wood 

First Downs:                                10                                                           16

Rushes- yards:                     46-  152                                                         32-301

Passing Yards:                       46                                                                     99

Total Offense:                       198                                                                  400

Comp- Att- Int                      6-12-0                                                           5-8-1

Return Yards:                       51                                                                  61

Punts- Avg.                        3- 29.3                                                            1- 34.o

Fumbles Lost:                        1                                                                     0

Penalties-yards                6 – 65                                                             11-121


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