Football: Father Judge vs. La Salle

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Nick Rinella and La Salle (7-2) take on Father Judge (6-3) in a Catholic League Class AAAA semifinal playoff at 7 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Whitemarsh. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff)


Father Judge (6-3) and La Salle (7-2) will square off in a Catholic League Class AAAA playoff semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Whitemarsh.

Here is a game-by-game look at the playoff series between the Crusaders and Explorers, courtesy of La Salle historian and ex-Burholme baseball coach Bill Wasylenko:

Nov. 4, 2011 (Semifinal): La Salle 26 - Father Judge 16. RB Tim Wade rushed for a school-record 290 yards as the La Salle offensive line dominated the Judge defense. Wade scored one touchdown, and RB John Palermo added a 35-yard jaunt for another. QB Matt Magarity tossed a TD pass to WR Colin Buckley, and kicker Ryan Winslow added two field goals. La Salle's final possession ran 7 1/2 minutes off the clock, and ended in a Victory formation.

Nov. 5, 2010 (Semifinal): La Salle 34 - Father Judge 7. Kevin Forster stepped in for the injured Matt Magarity at quarterback, and he ran for two first-half touchdowns of 52 and 46 yards to help the Explorers coast to victory. LB Mike Piscopo got the Explorers out to an early lead with a 31-yard intereption return for a touchdown. RB Jamal Abdur-Rahman added a 51-yard burst for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Nov. 15, 2008 (Final): La Salle 28 - Father Judge 20. Avenging a 28-14 loss earlier in the season, La Salle won their second PCL championship in 3 years by defeating the Crusaders. The Explorers overcame three turnovers, two of which directly led to touchdowns, Drew Loughery's fade pass to Sam Feleccia in the end zone started the La Salle scoring, and Loughery teamed up with FB Mike Donohoe for two touchdown passes, and they reversed roles on a two-point play. Kicker Mike Bennett made good on two clutch field goals.

Nov. 15, 1997 (Quarterfinal): Father Judge 47 - La Salle 14. Avenging a regular-season loss, the Crusaders rolled over the Explorers, as 4 turnovers and several dropped passes led to the onslaught. The Explorers trailed at half by just 26-14, but Judge tailback Jim Casey rushed for 222 yards on 29 carries to lead the Crusaders.

Nov. 11, 1995 (Quarterfinal): La Salle 21 - Father Judge 0. La Salle's defense held the Crusaders to 111 total yards. Mike Mattia opened up the scoring with a 47-yard TD pass from soph Brett Gordon. Gordon and Mattia also connected from 8 yards out after Drew Middlemiss intercepted a pass and returned it into Judge territory. La Salle iced the game in the third quarter on Gordon's pass to WR Brian Curci.

Nov. 11, 1994 (Quarterfinal): Father Judge 28 - La Salle 7. A potent offense, combined with two Explorer fumbles, allowed the Crusaders to cruise to victory. La Salle's lone score came on a touchdown pass from QB Dan McNichol to RB Mike Brown.

Nov. 13, 1992 (Quarterfinal): Father Judge 14 - La Salle 2. Again, the Crusader defense stifled the Explorer offense. With 4:32 left, La Salle drew to within 7-2 as Andrew Wickersham sacked the Judge punter for a safety, but a touchdown pass off a fake field goal with 1:37 left sealed the game for the Crusaders.

Nov. 16, 1991 (Semifinal): Father Judge 17 - La Salle 7. In a bitter playoff loss, La Salle's undefeated season (with one tie) came to an end, as Father Judge used two touchdowns by RB Jacob Bonelli and a tough defense to keep the Explorers at bay. QB Geoff Crawford's 80-yard run for a touchdown was called back. The Explorers finished the season at 10-1-1 after defeating St. Joseph's Prep on Thanksgiving.

Nov. 11, 1989 (Quarterfinal): La Salle 14 - Father Judge 0. La Salle's first playoff win EVER (City Championship games weren't technically playoff games!). La Salle's defense allowed only 54 yards of offense to the Crusaders, but the game was scoreless into the middle of the 4th quarter. Finally, La salle scored on a 7-yard pass from QB Chris Massella to TE Dave Demara with 6:42 left, and RB John Slowick iced the game with a 58-yard insurance TD late in the game.