West Catholic vs. Lancaster Catholic Review
Curtis Drake
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 6, 2008

On Friday night Scout.com traveled to Charles Martin Memorial Stadium to watch West Catholic and Lancaster Catholic in what we thought would be an absolute barn burner of a game as both teams had come in lighting up scoreboards, however this game quickly became a one-sided affair when West Catholic proved they could shut down the LC passing attack.

It’s not often you go to a playoff game and get the feeling that one team is going to dominate another on the first drive of the game, but from the time the West Catholic Burrs scored their first touchdown on Friday night, it didn’t look good for Lancaster Catholic. The Burrs had more playmakers on the field on offense and simply looked much faster than Lancaster Catholic on both sides of the ball. Here is a brief rundown of the events of the night.

Penn State commitment Curtis Drake scored the first touchdown of the night for West Catholic three and a half minutes into the first quarter when he scampered 21 yards for a touchdown. The West Catholic defense held after Lancaster Catholic continued to put themselves in third and long situations and when the Burrs got the ball back they marched right down field, culminating the drive with Drake’s second touchdown run of the night from the one-inch line.

Junior quarterback Kyle Smith got the Lancaster Catholic offense moving on the ensuing drive, marching them downfield and then hit a wide open receiver in the end zone for a 44-yard strike, making the game 14-6 after a missed extra point. West Catholic took over with about three and a half minutes left in the first half and marched downfield, letting the clock run dry despite having two timeouts on the board. Running back Raymond Maples tore off one of his many big runs in the game and set the Burrs up with a first and ten from the Lancaster Catholic 30-yard line when Drake dropped back and shoveled a pass to Hollomon which he took all the way to the house to end the half. West Catholic converted a two-point conversion on a botched handle by the holder and went into halftime with a commanding 22-6 lead.

Things got a bit interesting in the third quarter as Lancaster came out hot in the passing game, using crossing routes and converting on third downs with their big wide receivers and tight ends. Kyle Smith showed very good touch on his throws and eventually got his running back in a position to score. Smith then completed a two-point conversion and the game was suddenly at 22-14.

Enter the West Catholic playmakers. It took West less than 90 seconds to score again with Rob Hollomon dashing in from 11 yards to go up 30-14 and then the defense held strong for the rest of the quarter. With 11:02 on the clock in the fourth quarter, Curtis Drake flew up the sideline showing absolutely blazing speed for a 91-yard touchdown run, making the score 37-14 which ended up being the final.

While West Catholic’s offense was potent, their defense was the story of the game as they simply looked too fast for Lancaster Catholic. Kyle Smith was forced to use underneath routes often and had pressure on him virtually all night. He was held to 194 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He completed 16 of his 21 passes in the game and looked very efficient.

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