N.y. Team Roars Past Lancers Levar Talley Rushed For Two Tds. But Mcdevitt Couldn't Keep Chaminade From Hurting It By Air.

Posted: September 11, 1995

WYNCOTE — Bishop McDevitt didn't know what to expect in its season opener against Chaminade (N.Y.) on Friday night. Having no game tapes of the visiting Flyers, the Lancers had to be prepared for anything.

What the Lancers got was a superb Chaminade aerial assault that sent McDevitt to a 33-14 defeat. Chaminade quarterback Robert Torti completed 16 of 23 passes as he savaged McDevitt for 270 yards and three touchdowns. McDevitt was led by senior running back LeVar Talley, who rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Utilizing sprint-out pass plays almost exclusively, Torti spread the ball around to five receivers and had McDevitt's pass defense baffled all game long.

"He is an outstanding quarterback, and he played a great game," McDevitt coach Pat Manzi said.

"They executed well on offense, and they really hurt us with their team speed."

Despite falling behind, 20-7, at halftime, the Lancers came out energized in the second half. A fumble recovery by McDevitt defensive lineman Ed Heffernan set up a 1-yard Talley plunge that helped cut the Chaminade lead to 6, at 20-14, midway through the third quarter.

However, disaster struck on McDevitt's next possession as the Lancers were whistled for a seldom-seen illegal kick on a punt attempt from their own 14- yard line. The 10-yard penalty and loss of down gave the Flyers a first- and-goal at the Lancer 4-yard line.

On the next play, Torti hit running back Nicholas Milone with a scoring toss, and the Flyers never looked back.

McDevitt was able to slow the Chaminade offense, allowing only 95 second- half yards after the Flyers amassed 256 yards (201 passing) in the opening half.

But McDevitt lacked the comeback scoring ability it needed as its pass offense struggled all night. Senior quarterback Tim Flaherty was 5 for 12, with three interceptions.

"We stepped up in the third quarter and started to figure them out," McDevitt's Talley said.

"We didn't know what we were going to see. But I do know that we'll come out ready to play next week" against Archbishop Carroll.

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