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Written by: Willie McGonigle on Saturday, November 30th, 2019
PLYMOUTH MEETING: The year was 2007 and Kyle Detweiler was in his sophomore year of college while John Tull was finishing an All Catholic season at center for the Archbishop Carroll Patriots football team. That season the Patriots under the direction of Dan Bielli went 10-3. That was the last time the Patriots had a winning season.
Fast Forward to Wednesday night Detweiler and Tull can now be found patrolling the Patriots sidelines in their roles has head coach (Detweiler) and offensive line coach (Tull) and thanks to stellar defensive effort the Patriots bounced back from heart breaking loss to Monsignor Bonner in the Philadelphia Catholic League 4A championship to knock off Roman Catholic in the schools first annual Thanksgiving Eve/Day meeting 15-7. With the win the Patriots record climb to 7-6 for their first winning record since 2007.
On a night where the wind would affect the passing game and having to play without their starting Quarterback Russel Minor-Shaw,the Patriots held the Cahillites to just 193 yards all but 10 came on the ground, forced three turnovers. The anchor of the defense was Sr. LB Richie Kimmel who wreaked havoc all night in addition to having of the two interceptions for the Patriots. In his four seasons of playing for Carroll Kimmel saw his teams win four games in his first two seasons and then last year in Detweiler’s first season they won five which gave the Patriots the momentum heading into this season in which they won a playoff game and came close to capturing the PCL 4A crown.
“This means a lot to me we’ve been working hard since freshman year to get to this point to try and change the program around here at Carroll and try to get a winning record and to finally accomplish it means a lot to me.” Kimmel said adding that he hopes the younger guys can continue to carry it on. Kimmel also added high praise for his head coach saying “They (the athletic directors) certainly did find the right guy in Kyle Detweiler he’s turned this program around.”
The Patriots struck first their first drive of the game going 72-yards on 12 plays which saw them convert on two fourth downs the first being a 19 yard pick up Brennan Robinson on a fourth and eight with the ball on their own 44. The second fourth conversion would be the drive capper with Minor-Shaw connecting with Malachi Hansen for the 22-yard touchdown. The extra point would be block and the Patriots would lead 6-0. Minor-Shaw would leave the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury
The Cahillites would take the lead in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run by QB Jayden Pope. The extra point was good and the Cahillites led 7-6
With Minor-Shaw out with an injury the Patriots turned the keys to the offense over to Nick Lamey. Lamey who filled in at QB earlier this season showed poised and led the Patriots on a 10 play 66-yard drive that ended with 18-yard field goal by Emmett McGill has time expired . although the Cahillites contested that time ran out prior to the snap. Giving the Patriots the 9-7 halftime lead.
“It really helps a lot, helps with experience really makes it lot easier for us because everyone is comfortable with me out there.” Lamey said when asked about how much easier was it for him to come being that he’s had experience at the position. “Nick is just a gamer, he’s one of those guys where maybe we don’t give him ton of reps in practice but in the game he just finds a way to get it done.” Detweiler said, adding that he is thrilled he’s back next season
Thanks to an interception by Sr LB Tyler Alston the Patriots were set up with great field position at the Cahillite 32-yard line. Lamey would extend the Patriots lead to 8 at 15-7 when he connected with Hansen for a 37-yard touchdown. Lamey would finish the game completing 4 of his 14 passes for 88 yards. Hansen hauled three passes for 78-yards. Robinson was the leading rusher for the Patriots with 68-yards on 13 carries. For the Cahillites Shemar Ellis 19 carries 79 yards and CJ Mole (11-74).
Next season the Patriots will be dropping down to 3A classification where they will look to battle Neumann-Goretti for the 3A crown, while still competing in the Blue Division with the 4A powers Monsignor Bonner, Cardinal O’Hara along with 2A Powers Bishop McDevitt, West Catholic and Conwell Egan. The Cahillites (5-7) will continue do battle in the Red Division along side state powers St. Joseph Prep, LaSalle, Archbishop Wood. Father Judge Archbishop Ryan
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