Sto-Rox QB does it all in win over OLSH
Sto-Rox was far from perfect Friday night.
Thanks to some key injuries to their opponent, the Vikings didn't have to be.
Lenny Williams had 103 rushing yards and threw touchdown passes to Brendan Blair and Ben Shackelford, as host Sto-Rox beat a depleted Our Lady of Sacred Heart team, 35-14, on Friday night.
“We're happy with the outcome but really not pleased with how we got there,” Vikings coach Dan Bradley said. “Too many mistakes, too many penalties, too many missed alignments and missed assignments.”
The Chargers entered the game without their starting quarterback, Billy Mulcahey, whom OLSH officials said was injured during practice this week and experiencing concussion-like symptoms.
That was going to make things difficult enough on a fledgling program in its third WPIAL season that was out to upset a reigning WPIAL Class A finalist. But the devastating blow for the Chargers was when Isiah Neely was lost for the game with a badly sprained right ankle after running for a 6-yard touchdown that gave OLSH a 7-0 lead 3 minutes, 27 seconds into the contest.
Neely was relegated to watching on the sidelines in a T-shirt and on crutches during the second half. He had accounted for 74 percent of the Chargers' offense entering the game. His 1,557 yards rushing last season ranked 10th in the WPIAL.
“(Neely's injury) limited them because they rely so much on him,” Bradley said.
Sto-Rox (3-1, 3-1 Big Seven) was slow to take advantage. The Vikings committed nine penalties for 95 yards and dropped five passes in the first half alone. They finished with 13 penalties for 115 yards and three fumbles.
“We're happy with the win, but obviously we're disappointed with how we played,” Williams said. “They're a good team, but playing against great teams, you can't have all those mistakes.”
Still, Sto-Rox led, 14-7, at the half because of its stable of playmakers. Blair had a nifty 17-yard touchdown reception from in the first quarter, and Elisha Bonner gave Sto-Rox the lead for good with a 5-yard touchdown midway through the second.
Blair extended the lead to 21-7 with a 6-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
The Chargers showed some life after that. Forty-two seconds later, Zack Woznichak sprinted 61 yards for a touchdown, and OLSH forced a Sto-Rox fumble on the first play of the ensuing drive.
“I was very proud of the way the rest of the team responded,” OLSH coach Bill Daniels said. “They didn't hang their heads. (Neely is) the heart and soul of this team, but they sucked it up and were very competitive to the end.”
But despite taking over at the Vikings' 30 with a chance to tie the game, OLSH could not score.
Shackelford had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 33-yard touchdown reception to put the game away in the fourth quarter.
Plagued by drops, Williams finished 7 for 19. Blair had 87 yards from scrimmage.
OLSH backup quarterback Joe Sebes went 2 for 6 for 35 yards.
Chris Adamski is a freelance writer.