Saturday, April 25, 2015

Countdown to Kickoff: Cardinal O'Hara

Cardinal O'Hara

Countdown to Kickoff: Cardinal O'Hara

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Thaddius Smith and Cardinal O'Hara are hoping to dethrone defending Catholic League Class AAA champ Archbishop Wood.

Cardinal O'Hara

Coach: Danny Algeo (Career, 94-63).

Last season: 5-5 overall; 1-2 Catholic League Class AAA.

Offense: Wing-T.

Defense: 4-3.

Top 10: Thaddius Smith, WR-DB, 5-10, 170; Dashawn Darden, QB-DB; 5-10, 180; J.T. Blyden, RB-DB, 5-11, 205; J. Kraiza, OL-DL, 6-3, 255; Eric Trainor, OL-DE, 6-5, 250; Kevin Campbell, OL-DL, 6-1, 250; Nolan Cummings, LB, 6-1, 210; Lamont Veal, RB-DB, 5-7, 170; Steve Weyler, PK-P, 5-11, 170; Alex Constantini, OL-DL, 6-2, 280.

Others to watch: Nick Lucchetta, OL-DE, 6-0, 225; Chris Colvin, WR-DB, 6-0, 175; Matt Penza, FB-LB, 5-10, 210; Andrew Gallagher, OL-DE, 6-1, 245; Donovan Pierce, WR-DB, 5-10, 165.

The skinny; Smith (Boston College), Blyden (Massachusetts), and Weyler (Villanova) have made commitments; Darden has received interest from Albany and Stony Brook, among others; Kraiza and Trainor are also Division I-AA prospects.

Biggest games: Aug. 31 vs. Ryan (at Ocean City, N.J.), 11; Sept. 13 vs. La Salle, 7; Sept. 29 vs. Archbishop Wood (at William Tennent), 1; Oct. 19 vs. Bonner-Prendergast (at Upper Darby), 1.


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