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Written by: Michael Cabry on Friday, December 10th, 2021
PIAA District 12 – Class AAAAAA
League: Philadelphia Catholic League – Red
Head Coach: Tim Roken
The Hawks have been in 8 of the 9 State Finals that they have been eligible for since District 12(Philadelphia) joined the tournament, they have been in every 6A title game since teams were reclassified in to 6 classes. Although they are on a 9 game winning streak, blowing out formerly ranked #1 Garnet Valley in the Eastern Finals, however this is not your typical Prep team. A majority of their games have been close, many being two score games. They avenged a one score loss to LaSalle by cruising to the Philadelphia Catholic Title over the Explorers 35-7. When needed the Hawks seem to be able to flip a switch and play lights outs. What might be the most frightening aspect of this Prep team, is that the majority of their key players are underclassmen.
How they got to Hershey:
QB Samaj Jones SO 6’1″ 200 106-172 1276 15TD Rush 131-943 19TD
RB Kasim Phillips SO 5’9″ 180 132-679 8TD
RB Blaine Bunch SR115-580 7TD
WR David Washington SO 5’11’ 195 47-537 4TD
WR Elijah Jones SO 5’11” 17521-268 2TD
LB Josiah Trotter JR 6’2″ 230 105 Tackles
DB Anthony Sacca FR 6’3″ 190 69 Tackles 4 INT
LB Coles Nilles JR 6′ 230 68 Tackles 4 Sacks
DL James Heard JR 6’4″ 211 10.5 Sacks 19TFL
Offensive keys to winning:
The Saint Joseph’s offense begins and ends win sophomore standout QB Samaj Jones , he is the leading rusher on the team, has thrown for 1276 yards, and has accounted for 34TDs, while missing 3 games. Jones must be able to gain yardage in chunks running the ball, to open up the Hawks RPO and play action pass game. RBs Phillips and Bunch, will need to pick up yards on the ground, to keep the Mt. Lebo defense honest, not allowing the D to sell out to stop Jones.
Defensive Keys to winning:
Saint Joe’s large aggressive linebackers, led by Josiah Trotter and Coles Nillies, have been reeking havoc on offenses all season. They play fast and play downhill, together they have combined for 173 tackles, including 6.5 sacks and 21 TFL. Freshman sensation Anthony Sacca, has been a force at strong safety, along with DL James Heard’s pressure on the QB, Sacca’s patrolling of the defensive backfield will be key to stopping the Mt. Lebo passing game.
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