La Salle College High School
Live updates: Join the Inquirer's Rick O'Brien as he provides live updates during La Salle High School's matchup against Saint Joseph's Prep in high school football action on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
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For Downingtown East football coach Mike Matta it’s the smell of early-August grass that triggers the excitement. For his quarterback, Trey Lauletta, it’s a photo on his bedroom wall that keeps the adrenaline flowing.
The opening day of football camp is nearing and Matta, Lauletta and hundreds of other coaches and players throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania are starting feel the excitement that leads up to Aug. 16, the first day that the sound of shoulder pads slamming into each other fills the air for the upcoming season.
“I’m very excited,” Matta said. “Every year since the sixth grade, you smell the fresh-cut grass in August and the first thing you think about is football. The kids come together [at training camp], you see how much they’ve grown and the dividends that pay off from the weight room.
By Rick O'Brien
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not surprisingly, La Salle takes the award of Southeastern Pennsylvania football team of the year back to Wyndmoor.
Following a Week 4 loss to archrival St. Joseph’s Prep, the Explorers stormed, literally, to statewide glory at the highest classification. Two of their final three victories were earned in heavy snow.
HERSHEY, Pa. — By the time the heavy snow had teetered to flurries in the beginning of the second half, there was little question who the best team in Class AAAA was.
La Salle came here to HersheyPark Stadium for the first time ever and delivered a performance they won’t soon forget. Becoming the first-ever city team to win a PIAA football title, La Salle crushed State College, 24-7, in the PIAA Class AAAA championship.
It was a 17-0 rout by halftime, thanks to some key plays by La Salle’s playmakers on offense and a stifling defense. With sloppy field conditions, the Explorers found a way to sustain drives, mostly due to the stellar running of Sam Feleccia.
Feleccia, normally a wide receiver, ran out of the Wildcat and took handoffs from the backfield. He pushed the score to 24-0 with a 55-yard scamper in the third quarter.
Feleccia replaced Jamal Abdur-Rahman for good in the second half after the starting tailback was injured. Before he was hurt, Abdur-Rahman rushed for a 22-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Sophomore back Tim Wade also ran for a 2-yard score.
By halftime, State College was limited to just 60 total offensive yards.
Check back on Rally and The Sunday Inquirer for a full recap and analysis of the game.