Paul VI had a bounce-back football season and judging from Wednesday’s 27-14 win over Camden Catholic, the future appears bright.
While senior linebacker Greg Pease and classmates Zach Grant, a dynamic wide receiver-defensive back, and running back/defensive back Dion Hightower had strong games, it was the performance of the younger players that has to make Paul VI exicted about the future.
Sterling Sheffield, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound sophomore who plays multi positions, ran for one touchdown and scored another. At times he played running back and was all over the field on defense from his end position.
Sheffield also was named Paul VI’s game MVP. Camden Catholic running back-linebacker Sean Collins was the Irish’s game MVP.
Paul VI’s first touchdown was a 25-yard reception by sophomore Irvin Charles from junior Alec Vignola.
The Eagles received a dynamic 83-yard touchdown run from senior Dior Hight
After Camden Catholic’s Mark Burke scored on a 67-yard interception in the third quarter to cut the Paul VI lead to 14-7, Sheffield relieved Vignola for good.
On the interception, Vignola was hit and the ball popped out of his hands and into the hands of Burke, a 5-11, 192-pound senior defensive lineman. Burke then ran like a running back in returing the interception for a touchdown.
Sheffield then guided the Eagles to a score on the next possession, finishing the seven-play, 65-yard drive with a five-yard scoring run.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Paul VI extended the lead to 27-7 when Sheffield hit Grant on a 45-yard scoring pass.
Paul VI, which was 2-8 a year ago, ended this season 6-4. Camden Catholic, still alive in the Non-Public Group 3 state playoffs, is 7-3.
Camden Catholic freshman Tyree Rodgers played a solid game, but a number of potential big completions were dropped by his teammates.
The game’s final score was Rodgers 28 yard touchdown pass to sophomore Carl Garnes, showing the Paul VI wasn’t the only team that was able to showcase talented young players.
Camden Catholic 0 0 7 7 – 14
Paul VI 7 0 14 6 – 27
P: Irvin Charles 25 pass from Alec Vignola (Gavin sentak kick)
P: Dior Hightower 83 run (Sentak kick)
C: Mark Burke 67 interception return (Everett Minchew kick)
P: Sterling Sheffield 5 run (Sentak kick)
P: Zach Grant 45 pass from Sheffield (kick failed)
C: Carl Garnes 28 pass from Tyree Rodgers (Minchew kick)
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