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Posts tagged "Cathedral Prep football"
Posted: November 30th, 2013

Two of the eastern Pennsylvania powers that Cathedral Prep beat on the way to the 2012 PIAA Class AAA football championship won Friday night in impressive fashion.

Andre Robinson rushed for 287 yards and three touchdowns as Bishop McDevitt won its fourth consecutive District 3 title Friday night with a 48-7 rout of previously unbeaten Manheim Central. The Crusaders’ win gives them a rematch with Prep in the PIAA semifinals. Prep beat Bishop McDevitt 38-3 in 2012.

The site, date and time of next week’s game has not been announced.

Meanwhile, Archbishop Wood rolled to a 42-14 win over Academy Park in the quarterfinals Friday. Wood will meet unbeaten Berwick in the semifinals.

Prep beat Archbishop Wood 24-14 in the 2012 PIAA title game.


Posted: November 30th, 2013

West Allegheny coach Bob Palko watched his team’s hopes for an unbeaten season end Friday in a 28-0 loss to Cathedral Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals at North Allegheny High School in Wexford.

It was the second consecutive year that the Indians saw their season end against Prep. Afterward, Palko praised Prep, noting that the Ramblers had fully recovered from the offseason loss of Michigan State recruits Damion Terry and Delton Williams.

“You couldn’t shut [Terry and Williams] down last year,” Palko told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Now their defense is good and they’re just not a good matchup for us. They run well, they’re fast at all places and they’ve got good size. They’re really good.”

Read the entire Post-Gazette game story.

“I think there’s a reason they won the state championship last year,” Palko told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “They had more than two good players.”

Check out the Tribune-Review story.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: November 22nd, 2013

Two District 10 football championship games will be played tonight, so it’s time for the Our Call predictions. Here are beat reporter Tom Reisenweber’s predicted outcomes for tonight’s games:

Class A championship
Lakeview 24, Sharpsville 21

Class AAA championship
Cathedral Prep 38, General McLane 7

Also, get a look at previews for both games, including the Prep-McLane story.

The Our Call picks for Saturday’s Girard-Hickory and McDowell-Mifflin County games will be posted Saturday morning. Have you voted in our Varsity poll on the Varsity home page?  Here’s the question:

Will the Girard football team upset Hickory to end Erie County’s District 10 Class AA title drought at 19 years?

More than 400 people already have voted. Vote now on the Varsity home page.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: August 23rd, 2013

The Pennsylvania Cable Network will broadcast the Cathedral Prep-McDowell football game during Week 6 of the upcoming season as it was selected as the game of the week. Details of the broadcast will announced in early September, but it appears PCN will re-air the MSTD broadcast. Below is a schedule of each game of the week this season. PCN will start with a live broadcast of the Wilson at Governor Mifflin game on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

August 30 @ 7:00 p.m.: Wilson @ Governor Mifflin (PCN Sports production)
Week 2: Parkland @ Easton (Service Electric TV2 Sports)
Week 3: Clairton @ California (California University)
Week 4: Elizabethtown @ Manheim Central (Blue Ridge Cable 11 – Ephrata)
Week 5: Selinsgrove @ Berwick (Fox 56)
Week 6: Cathedral Prep @ McDowell (MTSD Productions)
Week 7: Pen Argyl @ Catasaqua (RCN)
Week 8: Muncy @ South Williamsport (Cable Sports Productions)
Week 9: Woodland Hills @ Penn Hills (Comcast – Pittsburgh)
Week 10: TBD (Blue Ridge TV13 – Lehighton)

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: June 25th, 2013

Cathedral Prep senior Felix Manus-Schell is one of the premier returning defensive backs in the state.

Senior Billy Fessler could be Prep's starting quarterback this season.

Marlon Tyree

Jake DeHart

Devonne Barnes

Alex Greenawalt

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Coach: Mike Mischler (15th season, 123-51)
2012 overall record: 15-0
2012 region record: 5-0 (champion)
2012 playoff results: Defeated Warren 54-12 and General McLane 48-14 to win the District 10 Class AAA championship. Prep then defeated West Allegheny 27-13, Bishop McDevitt 38-3 and Archbishop Wood 24-14 to win the PIAA Class AAA championship.

Top players lost: Damion Terry, Delton Williams, Jake Plonski, Nick Dubowski, John Chereson, Erik Swanson, Joe Hampy, Brendan Klemensic, Nate Carlin, Andrew Arrowsmith, Eli Martinez, Troy Kelly

Top returning players: Felix Manus-Schell, Jake DeHart, Marlon Tyree, Alex Greenawalt, Devonne Barnes, James Trucilla, Mike Parker, Charlie Fessler, J.T. Joint, William Monono, Jake Murawski, Brian May, Matt Wolf, Billy Fessler, Ryan Dill

Assistant coaches: Brad Orlando, Matt Melle, Pat Czytuck, Mark Brooks, Dan Vitale, Manny Johnson, Brad Chase, Jim Skindell, Don Bown, Vinnie Mezzacapo, Kyle Gathers

Outlook: Cathedral Prep coach Mike Mischler might have to go through the biggest rebuilding effort in District 10 this year. Mischler loses a talented group that led the Ramblers to the PIAA Class AAA championship last fall. Among the players gone to graduation are Damion Terry, Delton Williams, Jake Plonski, Nick Dubowski, John Chereson, Erik Swanson, Joe Hampy, Brendan Klemensic, Nate Carlin, Andrew Arrowsmith, Eli Martinez and Troy Kelly. Terry finished with almost every District 10 passing record throughout his career and will head to Michigan State this fall. He was named the District 10 player of the year, to the all-district team, to the all-region first and the Region 6 player of the year. As a senior, Terry threw for 3,599 yards and 50 touchdowns, while rushing for 700 yards and 12 touchdowns. Williams will join Terry in East Lansing after an impressive career with Prep. Williams was named all-district at all-purpose, and was voted to the all-region first team at defensive back and all-purpose. Williams ran for 697 yards and 13 TDs, and 59 catches for 838 yards and 11 TDs. Williams also had four interceptions, two for TDs, and returned three punts for TDs this past fall. Chereson, Swanson, Hampy and Plonski were also voted to the all-district team and will play in college. Chereson set a school record with 82 extra points and connected on five field goals. Swanson and Hampy each had eight sacks as seniors, while Plonski led the Ramblers with 118 tackles.

The Ramblers have several experienced players back, such as Felix Manus-Schell, Jake DeHart, Marlon Tyree, Alex Greenawalt, Devonne Barnes, James Trucilla, Mike Parker, Charlie Fessler, J.T. Joint, William Monono, Jake Murawski, Brian May, Matt Wolf, Billy Fessler and Ryan Dill. Manus-Schell and Tyree are collecting Division I offers at a fast rate and DeHart is getting some D-I notice as well. Manus-Schell was named all-district at defensive back after a terrific postseason, while Tyree is one of the top defensive prospects in the western part of the state. Greenawalt was voted to the all-region first team at wide receiver, and Barnes was voted all-region on the offensive and defensive lines. Greenawalt had 43 catches for 669 yards and 10 touchdowns, while DeHart had 32 catches for 424 yards and five touchdowns. DeHart could shift to running back full time. DeAngelo Malone is also back to carry the ball after rushing for 290 yards and three touchdowns last year, and ShaQuon Thrower ran for 242 yards and five TDs.

The biggest question will be at quarterback. Billy Fessler appears to be the natural fit after backing up Terry last season. Fessler threw for 82 yards and one touchdown on 9-of-20 attempts. A big target for Billy Fessler could be his brother, Charlie, who had 24 catches for 437 yards and three touchdowns last season. Although Billy Fessler figures to be the heir at the position, Mischler stated that no player is coming in with a guaranteed starting job and that all positions are up for grabs in camp. Greenawalt, DeHart, Barnes and Charlie Fessler are returning starters on offense, while Parker, DeHart, Tyree, Barnes, Trucilla, Joint and Parker are returning starters on defense. The Ramblers have a strong receiving corps back along with several running backs that could step up. If Billy Fessler can get used to managing the offense at quarterback, the Ramblers could be the favorite to win another District 10 Class AAA championship. Fessler learned the spread offense behind Terry and was effective when he entered games as a backup. Another big issue will be the offensive and defensive lines. Barnes is back to anchor the lines and Trucilla is a potential defensive standout, but Prep will need to fill several spots. Along with the experienced players coming back, Bryce Boyd, Billy Norfolk, Troy Woodard, Alex Kissell, Jacob Galla, Tim Evans, Sullivan Johnson, Adam Figurski and Malano Jones could all make the jump from the lower levels to contribute on varsity this year.

Prep has a solid schedule, and it helps that the Ramblers will leave Erie only twice this season. The Ramblers will travel to Perry in Pittsburgh to open the season and will also travel to Ursuline in Youngstown, Ohio. The only other “road” games are at McDowell and to Veterans Stadium to take on East and Central Tech. Prep won’t take on Aquinas Institute this year but instead added St. Joe’s from Buffalo. One of the most intriguing games on the schedule could come before the regular season. Prep will travel to Cleveland St. Ignatius’ field to take on Toledo Central Catholic in a scrimmage. Toledo C.C. features quarterback DeShone Kizer, who committed to Notre Dame earlier this year. Prep’s showdown at McDowell on Oct. 4 is always important and if the Ramblers survive, they will likely play for the region title on Nov. 1 against General McLane. Prep has experience and potential in its younger players. The Ramblers look like the favorite in Class AAA, once again, to win D-10 and could be a dangerous team in the PIAA playoffs.

30 at Perry 7
6 Strong Vincent* 7
13 Lake Catholic (Ohio) 7
20 St. Francis (N.Y.) 7
27 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7
4 at McDowell* 7
11 St. Joe’s (N.Y.) 7
18 at Central Tech* 7
25 at East* 7
1 General McLane* 7
*Region 6 games

Wednesday: Central Tech
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: April 25th, 2013

Here is a look at the Cathedral Prep football schedule this fall. We will publish schedules as we receive them from schools.

All times p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Cathedral Prep Ramblers
Date Scrimmages Time
Aug. 17 TBA
Aug. 23 TBA
Date Regular season Time
Aug. 30 at Perry 7
Sept. 6 Strong Vincent* 7
Sept. 13 Lake Catholic (Ohio) 7
Sept. 20 St. Francis (N.Y.) 7
Sept. 27 at Ursuline (Ohio) 7
Oct. 4 at McDowell* 7
Oct. 11 St. Joe’s (N.Y.) 7
Oct. 18 at Central Tech* 7
Oct. 25 at East* 7
Nov. 1 General McLane* 7

*Region 6 games

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football
Posted: February 10th, 2013

A pair of WPIAL standouts, Central Valley’s Robert Foster and Clairton’s Tyler Boyd, claimed the Mr. PA Football awards for the 2012 season Saturday night at a banquet in Hershey.

Foster, a wide receiver who recently signed with national champion Alabama, claimed the Class AAA-AAAA award. Cathedral Prep quarterback Damion Terry had been one of five finalists for the honor. North Allegheny’s Mack Leftwich and Patrick Kugler, and Pennridge’s Michael Class were the other finalists.

Boyd, a running back/defensive back who signed with Pitt last week, won the Class A-AA Mr. PA Football award. Port Allegany’s Matt Bodamer, Old Forge’s Brian Tomasetti, Williams Valley’s Owen Daniel and Imhotep Charter’s David Williams were the other finalists.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: February 7th, 2013

The website,, has posted a video featuring a look at the Michigan State coaching staff during National Letter of Intent Day. Erie fans and Cathedral Prep followers, in particular, might find this intriguing.

The end of the video features MSU head coach Mark Dantonio talking via conference call with Cathedral Prep’s Damion Terry and Delton Williams, who signed with the Spartans. Williams shared an extra message of thanks with Dantonio. It’s an interesting inside look at the day.



Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: February 6th, 2013

McDowell running back/outside linebacker James Conner signs his National Letter of Intent with Pitt Wednesday at the McDowell's lirbary. MATT MEAD/Erie Times-News

Today is National Letter of Intent Day, and many area football players and other athletes are set to sign with Division I and Division II schools or commit to program at other levels.

The Erie Times-News took a look at the area football players expected to sign today. Read a short bio on each player. Here’s the list:

Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep – Michigan State (Update: MSU reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
John Chereson, Cathedral Prep – Notre Dame (walk-on)
Erik Swanson, Cathedral Prep – Pennsylvania
Jake Plonski, Cathedral Prep – Mercyhurst
Nick Dubowski, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Brendan Klemensic, Cathedral Prep – Gannon
James Conner, McDowell – Pittsburgh (Update: Pitt reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Sean Gallagher, McDowell – Edinboro
Riley Dunbar, McDowell – Mercyhurst
DeShawn Coleman, Hickory – West Virginia
Dionte Pope, Hickory – Edinboro
Artrel Foster, Meadville – Temple
Quinn Thompson, General McLane – Connecticut (Update: UConn reports that his letter of intent has been received.)
Aidan Graham, General McLane – Clarion
Nathan O’Brien, Eisenhower – Lock Haven
Aaron Lundmark, Eisenhower – Grove City
Logan Rickert, Reynolds – IUP

Following are the athletes from other sports who plan to sign today. Read a short bio on each athlete.

Eli Flynn, Cathedral Prep – Concord College (W.Va.)
Scott Hess, Cathedral Prep – Indiana (Pa.)
Cross country
Ethan Louis, Cathedral Prep – Dayton
Austin Pondel, Corry – Penn State
Hunter Johnston, Saegertown –Dayton
Cory Kuzilla, Harbor Creek – California (Pa.)
Olivia Augustyniak, Mercyhurst Prep – Duquesne
Sarah Kaiser, Mercyhurst Prep – Cleveland State
Track and field
Jaynee Corbett, Corry – Youngstown State
Maria Peluso, Fort LeBoeuf – Shippensburg
Evan Daley, Fort LeBoeuf – Clarion
Water polo
Michael Squeglia, Cathedral Prep – Gannon

Note: Coaches are encouraged to notify the Times-News if an athlete plans to commit to a college.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 is currently running a list of the top 50 football recruits in Pennsylvania. Reporter Andrew Shay has compiled the list, which includes five District 10 players.

Shay ranks Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster as the No. 1 recruit in Pennsylvania. Foster, an Alabama recruit, has made several All-America teams.

Check out the top 50 list. Here’s how District 10 players rank, along with their college choices:

9. Damion Terry, Cathedral Prep quarterback, Michigan State
12. Delton Williams, Cathedral Prep defensive back, Michigan State
16. DeShawn Coleman, Hickory RB, West Virginia
17. James Conner, McDowell RB/OLB, Pitt
38. Artrel Foster, Meadville DB, Temple is providing a countdown of the top 20 leading up to the Feb. 6. signing day. James Conner is featured today.

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: January 25th, 2013

Cathedral Prep will unveil its official football state championship highlight video Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Ramblers went 15-0 and won the school’s second PIAA title by beating Archbishop Wood 24-14 in the Class AAA final Dec. 14 in Hershey.

USA Today ranked Prep No. 17 in its national poll after the season.

Posted in: District 10, Football

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