Rick O'Brien: Evan Harvey making big plays, leading Archbishop Carroll by example

"He's just a great athlete," Archbishop Carroll coach Joe Powel said about Evan Harvey. "He really leads by example."

Baseball is a family affair for Archbishop Carroll's Evan Harvey.

The senior plays first base for the Patriots. Brother Joe, formerly a standout at Kennedy-Kenrick, is a righthanded pitcher at the University of Pittsburgh and cousin Chris Harvey, who shined at Germantown Academy, is a catcher for Vanderbilt.

"Growing up with Joe and Chris, it helped me become a stronger competitor," Evan Harvey said. "Seeing what they did made me want to go out and make a name for myself."

Harvey is doing just that, on the diamond and gridiron. For Carroll's football squad, the versatile captain is a middle linebacker, tight end, long snapper, and special-teams contributor.

"He's just a great athlete," Patriots coach Joe Powel said. "He really leads by example. His teammates know he's going to play the hardest, and they look to him to make big plays."

Saturday night, with Harvey posting seven tackles and scoring on a 33-yard interception return, Carroll rocked host Bishop McDevitt, 43-13, in the Catholic League Class AA regular-season finale for both teams.

The Patriots put up 23 points in the last 63 seconds of the first half. Harvey's pick-six, the first of his career, pushed the lead to 21-0.

"With No. 7 [Christian Connor] in at quarterback instead of No. 6 [Tymere Wilder], we knew to key on the pass," Harvey said. "I guess he didn't see me flashing across the middle. After I got the ball, all I had to do was beat two linemen."

Of Harvey's seven stops, four were solos. Alternating between tight end and H-back, he had a 52-yard reception, moving the ball to the McDevitt 29-yard line, in the second quarter. He also had a 1-yard carry.

"Our new offensive coordinator [Mike McKay] likes to spread the ball around," the 17-year-old said. "Sometimes I'll go in at fullback and he'll call my number on a guard-trap play."

Flanked by fellow linebackers Sean McMorran and Tyler Rongione, Harvey, who was a center and rotating defensive end last season, helped hold the Lancers to 11 yards rushing, eight passing, and two first downs through 21/2 quarters.

"Playing middle linebacker is a lot of fun," he said. "I like being relied upon to make the big plays in big spots. You get to sort through the mess and find the ballcarrier."

Carroll's other defensive stalwarts are 6-2, 245-pound tackle Shawn Collins, end Ryan Boornazian, and strong safety/outside linebacker Jake Keczik.

Of the 5-10, 165-pound Boornazian, who posted a second-quarter sack, Harvey said, "He's undersized, but he causes a lot of problems coming off the edge. He's always in the backfield."

Against McDevitt, senior quarterback Sal Bello hit on 5 of 11 throws for 95 yards. Sophomore tailback Shawn Springs carried 14 times for 108 yards and two scores.

Carroll next will take on West Catholic in the Catholic League AA final, tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal O'Hara.

In Week 7, the Burrs, with junior tailback Greg White exploding for 300 yards on just 20 attempts, cruised past the Patriots, 42-22.

"We've got to do a better job of stopping the run," Harvey said. "Last time, they killed us with it. We got gassed up pretty good on the strong side."

Last summer, Harvey, of Audubon, played club baseball for the Maple Zone Muckdawgs. His teammates included Carroll shortstop/pitcher Eric McGough and Malvern Prep catcher/pitcher Billy "Moose" Ford.

"I'm undecided about what sport I might try in college," said Harvey, who plans to major in civil engineering. "I'm in football mode right now. We'll see."

Keyes injured. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy's Bobby Keyes suffered a separated shoulder late in the third quarter of Saturday's 28-14 win over Inter-Ac League rival Germantown Academy.

Keyes' shoulder was X-rayed at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook. "They think it's a Grade 1 or 2 separation," Blue Devils coach Rick Knox said.

Knox said the senior receiver and linebacker would likely sit out Saturday's game against Penn Charter but could return Nov. 10 against Malvern Prep.

Extra points. Carroll's Dan Bier, a multipurpose threat, sat out the game with McDevitt with a concussion suffered the previous week against Archbishop Wood. He is expected to return for the final against West. . . . Springside Chestnut Hill end Ben Rubin recorded six solo tackles, recovered a fumble, and deflected a pass against GA. Next in line for the Blue Devils was linebacker Paul Dooley (five tackles, four solos). . . . For the Patriots, linebacker Patrick Cawley registered 10 tackles, including four solos. Fellow linebacker Rob Gorman was involved in six stop (four solos). GA's Nelson Floyd, a 5-9, 150-pound lineman, ended the first half with a 13-yard sack of QB Mike Hayes. . . . Georgia has asked for more highlight tape of George Washington senior Deya Mheisen, a 6-7, 285-pound lineman. . . . In its 26-7 triumph Friday night over host Malvern Prep, Episcopal Academy snapped a seven-year losing streak against the Friars. During that span, the Churchmen were outscored, 235-43. . . . Episcopal is trying for its first undefeated season since 1981. That year, in a 9-0 showing, the squad was led by Jamie Auch, son of then-head coach Jim Auch, and Chris Flynn. Flynn went on to earn all-Ivy League honors in football and lacrosse at Penn.


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Team Record

Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. St. Joseph's Prep (1) 8-0

2. Downingtown East (2) 9-0

3. La Salle (3) 8-1

4. Pennridge (4) 8-1

5. Coatesville (5) 7-2

6. Ridley (6) 9-0

7. Central Bucks South (7) 8-1

8. Archbishop Wood (8) 7-2

9. Imhotep Charter (9) 9-0

10. Pennsbury (10) 7-2

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Downingtown West (6-3), Episcopal Academy (8-0), Garnet Valley (7-2), North Penn (5-4), Pottsgrove (9-0), Roman Catholic (5-3).

- Rick O'Brien

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