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PIAA Class 5A State Championship Preview: Pine-Richland vs Cathedral Prep @PRRamsFootball @PrepRamblers

Written by: on Thursday, November 26th, 2020

 

 

The Skinny (strengths, weaknesses, the stars):  

For Pine-Richland:

Pine-Richland is coached by Eric Kasperowicz (84-18) and for the school it’s their 4th championship game having won in 2017.  Cole Spencer makes the offense go for the Rams, a team that averages 48 points a contest.  He has tossed the agate for 2,448 yards and 32 touchdowns.  He is a dangerous runner too as proved last week on his game winning 54-yard dash.  Spencer, Caden Schweiger, and Brooks Eastburn have a combined 21 TDs running with the pigskin.  Career receptions and yardage leader for PR, Eli Jochem, has 57 grabs for 1,109 yards and 17 scores.  Luke Miller and Charlie Mill have combined to catch 11 more TD tosses.  Another interesting stat is that P-R has only punted 7 times all year!

Miller leads the team in tackles and is the all-time leading tackler at PR.  Zach Waryanka is second in take downs of opposing ball carriers.  The team has 93 tackles for losses.  The Rams also have 41 QB sacks as a team and Miguel Jackson has the most with 13.

For Cathedral Prep:

The Ramblers have a nice set of skill players, the key is to get them rolling after being off for three weeks. Tamar Sample has some skill and can chuck the rock having thrown for over 1000 yards in their short season.  Jaheim Williams and

Pine-Richland Offensive Plan:

The Ram high-octane offense cannot turn the ball over 5 times like they did last week and expect to win again.  They must protect the ball and execute.  They are going to score.  No one can stop them consistently.  And they will wear Prep down as the game goes on because of their up-tempo offense.  They just need to focus, execute, and finish drives.  One more thing, the offensive line needs to protect the quarterback.  Cole does get rid of the ball quick, but Erie may throw some blitzes and whatnot to pressure him.  Therefore, protecting your all-state QB is essential.

Pine-Richland Defensive Plan:

Pine-Richland has a tremendous defense, but because of their offense people don’t seem to notice.  Governor Mifflin’s coach did though.  The defense needs to get a couple turnovers and keep the Ramblers from controlling the clock with methodical drives.  They also must be aware of Prep’s speed and not get burned.  If they can contain the Rambler running game and force them to pass, they have an excellent shot of winning this game. Luke Miller has gone to the next level in the playoffs. He had 24 tackles last week to go along with his TD catch.

Cathedral Prep Offensive Plan:

Again, SHAKE OFF THE DUST!  The Ramblers haven’t played a game in three weeks. They’ll likely need some help from their defense as they do so. They’ll also want to follow the model Governor Mifflin used last week, control the ball and pound at that Rams defensive line. Once they get their groove back, getting Williams going will be important. Hold the ball. The Rams were opportunistic last week and have been all season

Cathedral Prep Defensive Plan:

Keep the game in front of them. Spencer can pick apart a defense in a hurry. They’ll need to play tight coverage and get the defensive line, led by nose guard Mehki Twillie, into the backfield to disrupt the offense of Pine-Richland

 

Starting Lineups:

Head Coach: Mike MIschler                                                   Head Coach Eric Kasperewicz

Cathedral Prep .. Pine-Richland
OFFENSE OFFENSE
# NAME POS HT WT YEAR # NAME POS HT WT YEAR
4 Tamar Sample QB 6’ 3” 216 SR
3 Mike Parks RB 5’ 7” 175 JR 4 Cole Spencer QB 5’10” 180 SR
29 Jaheim Williams RB 6’1″ 239 SR 2 Caden Schweiger RB 6’0″ 180 SR
7 John Campbell HB 6’ 2” 220 SR 15 Alex Gochis WR 6’2″ 180 JR
6 X’Zonder Goodwin WR 5’ 9” 176 SR 18 Charlie Mill WR 6’0″ 183 SR
21 Patrick Fortin WR 6’ 0” 173 SR 5 Eli Jochem WR 6’1″ 181 SR
23 Damario Crawford WR 5’ 9” 161 SO 7 Luke Miller WR 6’2″ 210 SR
19 Maurice Troop WR 5’ 10” 147 SR 55 Harrison Hayes T 6’4″ 265 SR
77 Jaheim Bassham LT 6’ 3” 279 SR 56 Miguel Jackson G 6’2″ 265 SR
75 Will McAdory LG 5’ 11” 305 SR 52 Isaiah Kerns C 6’0″ 240 So.
76 Caden Pustelak C 6’ 4” 305 JR 53 Spencer King G 6’0″ 270 SR
51 Mark Hudson RG 6’ 2” 241 SR 57 John Swisher T 6’2″ 260 SR
57 Ben Brzezinski RT 6’ 3” 233 SO
DEFENSE DEFENSE
25 Jaydon Smith DE 6’ 2” 241 SR 75 Cole Schurman DT 6’1″ 275 SR
7 John Campbell DT 6’ 2” 220 SR 68 Jacob Domer T 6’2″ 260 JR
5 Mehki Twillie NG 5’ 11” 238 SR 54 Connor Lenz DE 6’2″ 230 JR
3 Mike Parks OLB 5’ 7” 239 JR 56 Miguel Jackson DE 6’2″ 265 SR
24 Kelyn Blossey OLB 5’ 10” 175 JR 44 Zach Waryanka LB 6’1″ 205 SR
29 Jaheim Williams MLB 6’ 1” 239 SR 7 Luke Miller LB 6’2″ 210 SR
8 Carmelo McLaurin CB 5’ 11” 152 JR 8 Jeremiah Hasley LB 6’3″ 210 JR
23 Damario Crawford FS 5’ 9” 161 SO 5 Eli Jochem FS 6’1″ 181 SR
18 Wakeem Page SS 5’ 8” 157 SO 3 Sam Neill CB 6’0″ 175 SR
6 X’Zonder Goodwin SS 5’ 9” 176 SR 18 Charlie Mill BC 6’0″ 183 SR
15 Stephen Lebron CB 5’ 11” 167 JR 2 Caden Schweiger BS 6’0″ 180 SR
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECIAL TEAMS
Cole Constable k 82 Tony Nicassio P/K
Tamar Sample p 1 Andrew Mellis PR 5’8″ 160 SO
Gavin Irons sn 2 Caden Schweiger PR 6’0″ 180 SR
Patrick Fortin Hold 26 Ethan Ballay Ssnap SR
14 Cole Boyd LS JR

 

How They Got to Hershey

 

2020 Cathedral Prep Ramblers Schedule

OVERALL LEAGUE HOME AWAY STREAK
7-2 4-2 4-1 3-1 W3

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME/SCORE

09-04 North Allegheny  vs. North Allegheny (SCR) 6:00 pm
09-11 Butler  vs. Butler (2-4) * W 55-21
09-18 Erie  @ Erie (1-5) * W 48-26
09-25 McDowell  @ McDowell (7-1) * L 10-24
10-02 Butler  @ Butler (2-4) * W 56-6
10-09 Erie  vs. Erie (1-5) * W 41-22
10-30 McDowell  vs. McDowell (7-1) * L 6-24
11-06 Hollidaysburg  vs. Hollidaysburg (4-4) (SP) W 33-7
11-13 Wyoming Valley West  vs. Wyoming Valley West (3-4) (SP) W 1-0
11-20 Upper Dublin  @ Upper Dublin (6-2) (SP) W 1-0
11-27 Pine-Richland  vs. Pine-Richland (10-0) (SP) 8:00 pm

2020 Pine-Richland Rams Schedule

OVERALL LEAGUE HOME AWAY STREAK
10-0 5-0 7-0 3-0 W10

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME/SCORE

09-11 Fox Chapel  vs. Fox Chapel (2-5) * W 53-7
09-18 Upper Saint Clair  @ Upper Saint Clair (5-3) W 34-13
10-03 Penn Hills  @ Penn Hills (4-4) * W 43-0
10-09 Shaler  vs. Shaler (0-7) * W 61-14
10-16 North Hills  vs. North Hills (3-4) * W 59-13
10-23 Kiski Area  @ Kiski Area (2-4) * W 58-14
10-30 South Fayette  vs. South Fayette (4-4) (P) W 47-7
11-06 Penn-Trafford  vs. Penn-Trafford (6-2) (SP) W 49-14
11-14 Peters Township  vs. Peters Township (8-1) (SP) W 35-0
11-21 Governor Mifflin  vs. Governor Mifflin (8-1) (SP) W 48-44
11-27 Cathedral Prep  @ Cathedral Prep (7-2) (SP) 8:00 pm

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