Paramus Catholic knocks off Archbishop Wood
WARMINSTER, PA -
Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin does not shy away from scheduling tough non-league opponents for his Vikings football team. In "Week 0," coach Devlin and his squad traveled down to ESPN's Wide World of Sports to take on a tough Oxbridge Academy team. The Vikings were victorious in a 14-13 defensive battle.
On Saturday night, Wood, who won the PIAA 5A state championship last year, hosted the Paramus Catholic Paladins, the defending Non-Public New Jersey Group 4 champions. The Paladins showed how strong those North Jersey teams are and never trailed in a 34-14 victory over the Vikings.
Paramus Catholic took an early 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter by way of two passing touchdowns from star quarterback Shelton Applewhite. Wood followed with a score of its own on a halfback dive by Adrian Lambert, making it 14-7. But before the end of the half, Applewhite struck again on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Mohammed Toure, which was the second time the two connected for a score on the night.
After leading 21-7 at intermission, the Paladins scored once in the third quarter on a Henry Pearson run. In the fourth quarter, Pearson was on the receiving end of a 14-yard pass from Applewhite. Wood did answer with a late touchdown, but Paramus Catholic was just too much for the Vikings.
Archbishop Wood is now 1-1 on the season and the slate doesn't get any easier. The Vikings now go up to North Jersey to take on Bergen Catholic, another Non-Public Jersey powerhouse, for their final non-league game of the year. Then Wood kicks off their Philadelphia Catholic League schedule against the defending PIAA 6A state champion, the St. Joseph's Prep Hawks.
Even with the loss, Coach Devlin will have his players prepared for a tough St. Joe's Prep team, the rest of the Catholic League opponents, and of course - another potential 5A state title run.
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