HARRIS TOWNSHIP — After a sloppy first half, St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy tightened up its defense and allowed no yards in the second half en route to a 28-7 victory over Allegheny-Clarion Valley on Friday.
After allowing 187 total yards in the first half due to missed assignments and poor tackling, St. Joseph’s came out in the second half determined to halt the Falcons’ offense. The Wolves defense delivered, recording one sack and two interceptions after the break.
St. Joseph’s Academy coach Dave Carsons, who celebrated his birthday Friday night, said the team bounced back well after a tough first half.
“It was alot of adversity in that first half,” Carsons said. “We came out really flat. So I challenged them at halftime. No sweet talk — come out and decide what kind of football team you want to be.”
Wolves wide receiver Mike Jabco accepted his coach’s challenge, catching two touchdown passes in the second half after being limited to one reception in the first.
With the score tied at 7-7 late in the third quarter, St. Joseph’s quarterback Phillip Fenstermacker connected with wide receiver Mike Jabco in the back of the end zone to give the Wolves a 13-7 lead.
Late in the fourth quarter, Fenstermacker found Jabco again, this time over the middle on an 18-yard slant to give St. Joseph’s a 21-7 advantage with 3:45 to play. Running back Elia Lipscomb would add a 1-yard touchdown run with 0:36 left to play to seal the victory for the Wolves (3-5).
“I think we took the team a little too light,” Jabco said of their winless opponents. “We came out and we were really flat. No one was talking. The second half was the exact opposite. We came out and we were on top of things, and we started driving down the field.”
St. Joseph’s running back Kashim Buey rumbled for 132 yards on 26 carries to lead the Wolves in rushing. Allegheny-Clarion Valley’s quarterback Evan Redding passed for 81 yards, while running back Mike Suto added an additional 48 yards on the ground.
Next up for St. Joseph’s is a home game against. Calvary Christian Academy (1-4).