Football: Archbishop Wood silences West Catholic, 28-0, in nonleague tilt

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Wood QB Joey Monaghan was 8-for-10 passing for 279 yards and two touchdowns.


Joey Monaghan threw for 279 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to wideout Nate Smith, as host Archbishop Wood quieted West Catholic, 28-0, Saturday night in a nonleague game at William Tennent.

Monaghan, a senior receiving Division I-AA looks from the likes of Bucknell and Holy Cross, connected on 8 of 10 throws.

Late in the second quarter, Smith, a senior transfer from George Washington, gained several steps on West cornerback Rashee Davis along the right sideline and hauled in a 52-yard TD pass from Monaghan.

The duo closed the scoring in the third quarter. This time, Monaghan found Smith (five catches for 218 yards) over the middle for a 65-yard strike.

Ryan McMullen (55 yards on five attempts) accounted for Wood's two other scores, finding the end zone on runs of 14 and 7 yards.

Rebounding from a 20-17 loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic, the Vikings, ranked No. 2 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, evened their record at 1-1.

For West, which dropped to 0-2, fleet junior tailback David Williams gained 205 yards on 33 carries. His longest run, midway through the second quarter, covered 51 yards.

The Burrs threatened to score on that series, reaching the Wood 14-yard line, but Jalil Shoatz fumbled the ball away. Anthony Roakes made the recovery at the 7.

Wood senior tailback and Rutgers commit Desmon People sat out the game with a high left-ankle sprain suffered early on against Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Vikings coach Steve Devlin said he expects Peoples to resume practicing on Monday.

-Rick O'Brien

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