Unbeaten Prep rocks Roman

Posted: September 30, 2012

His St. Joseph's Prep players had just won, 37-7, in a Catholic League Class AAAA matchup Saturday night against Roman Catholic, and coach Gabe Infante was happy that they weren't satisfied.

"We are very focused on our process," Infante said. "A win is a win and we love to get a win against a quality program, but we are trying to get better."

An explosive four-touchdown second quarter put the Hawks, ranked third in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, comfortably in front. The Hawks (4-0) scored 37 unanswered points en route to defeating Roman Catholic behind a defense that allowed only a first-quarter touchdown.

After the game, Prep quarterback Chris Martin echoed his coach's sentiments of dissatisfaction, saying there is still plenty of room for improvement.

"I like the way that we came back and put up 37 uncontended, but we still have a lot of work to do," Martin said.

After knotting the game, 7-7, it was all Hawks in the second quarter, as they ran 21 offensive plays, holding the ball for most of the quarter and wearing out the Roman defense.

When the Cahillites (2-2) did have the ball, the Prep defense was stifling, sacking Michael Keir three times and constantly pressuring him. While the Cahillites did score the first touchdown, their offensive momentum stopped there, as miscues hurt them.

The Hawks recovered a Roman fumble, intercepted a pass by Keir, and recovered a punt for a touchdown. On defense, they also forced three punts and two turnovers on downs.

Martin, a junior, threw the ball 18 times in the first half, completing 12 for 110 yards. Martin completed four more passes in the second half for 28 yards, before being taken out of the game with most of the starters.

On Friday night at Plymouth Whitemarsh, St. Joseph's Prep will face Archbishop Wood in a battle of heavyweights.

St. Joseph's Prep   7 27 3 0 – 37

Roman Catholic   7 0 0 0 – 7

RC: Will Fuller 25 pass from Michael Keir (Phillip Isaac kick)

SJP: Olamide Zaccheaus 22 run (Kyle Battin kick)

SJP: Vincent Moffett 12 pass from Chris Martin (run failed)

SJP: Cameron Chambers 15 pass from Martin (Battin kick)

SJP: Martin 19 run (Battin kick)

SJP: John Reid 28 with fumble (Battin kick)

SJP: FG Battin 29

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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