No. 17 St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia) completed an undefeated regular season with a 35-14 win over city foe Archbishop Ryan in the teams’ first meeting since 2013.
St. Joseph’s Prep, which clinched a Philadelphia Catholic League title with last week’s 63-35 win over La Salle, improved to 8-0 with the win as it heads into the state playoffs.
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On the first play from scrimmage, St. Joe’s senior Khari Jones went 54 yards for the touchdown. The extra point from Anthony Tigano made it 7-0 just 0:17 into the game, and that early score was a good indicator for the rest of the night.
After Archbishop Ryan (5-6) fumbled on its first offensive play, turning the ball over to St. Joe’s, Jones found the end zone again on a 3-yard score. Kolbe Burrell added a 10-yard touchdown run and then followed that up with a highlight-reel 51-yard TD run, and it was 28-0 with 4:04 still left in the first quarter.
Prep senior quarterback John Barbera, playing in place of junior Marquez McCray, hit sophomore wide receiver Johnny Freeman for a 49-yard TD strike with 7:06 to play in the second quarter to make it 35-0, a score that held until halftime.
Ryan got on the board with 0:23 to play in the third quarter, as quarterback Chris Reed hit Shamar Edwards for an 18-yard score and the extra point made it 35-7. That connection struck again for the Raiders in the fourth quarter, and the extra point cut the deficit to 35-14. That was as close as Archbishop Ryan got, though.
St. Joe’s running back D’Andre Swift, a University of Georgia commit who scored seven touchdowns in last week’s win over La Salle, sat this contest out with an injury.