In the second half, with the injured Magarity sitting out and sophomore Chris Kane taking over, Abdur-Rahman provided the game-winner on a 13-yard, right-side dash with 8 minutes, 11 seconds remaining.
"He did a great job," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said. "He really carried us in the second half. And that's not surprising to us. We expect that type of game from him."
La Salle, ranked No. 1 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, rebounded from a 22-21 loss at Bergen Catholic (N.J.) and improved to 2-1. West Catholic, coming off a 27-6 win over Monsignor Bonner, slipped to 1-2.
For the season, Abdur-Rahman has rushed 49 times for 350 yards and three scores. Against the Burrs, he replaced cornerback Ryan Otis (shoulder injury) and finished with three tackles.
Said Gordon: "Quite honestly, because of the injury, I don't know how much confidence he has in planting and taking off. That's something that could come back soon or maybe won't return until college."
In the first half, Magarity, a junior who had passed for more than 200 yards in each of his first two starts, connected on just 2 of 13 throws for 14 yards. He did not reveal the groin injury to coaches until the break.
"I admire him for trying to tough it out," Gordon said, "but we want him to be honest with us in those situations. We could have worked around it. He's not helping us by being brave and keeping his mouth shut."
Early in the fourth quarter, the Burrs forged a 7-7 tie on Anthony Reid's 11-yard TD toss to wideout Quran Kent. That capped a 14-play, 54-yard drive.
On the last play before intermission, with the Explorers ahead by 7-0 and at the West Catholic 25, a Magarity pass toward the end zone was picked off by Brandon Hollomon (14 carries for 84 yards) at the 4.
Reid, a North Catholic transfer, hit on 11 of 25 throws for 88 yards.
La Salle 7 0 0 7 – 14
West Catholic 0 0 0 7 – 7
L: Abdur-Rahman 65 run (Winslow kick)
WC: Kent 11 pass from Reid (Schieler kick)
L: Abdur-Rahman 13 run (Winslow kick)
Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019