Berks Catholic’s defense and a strong second-half rushing attack lead the way for the Saints in a 21-7 win over Cocalico Friday night in a District 3 Class 4A quarterfinal at Forino Sports Complex in Reading.
Fifth-seeded Cocalico (6-5) led off the game with a 15-play, 56-yard scoring drive that ended in a touchdown by quarterback Blayke Taddei. His 5-yard touchdown run was the second fourth-down conversion for the Eagles on the drive.
Cocalico running back Anthony Bourassa carried 10 times on the opening drive on his way to a game-high 30 carries for 106 yards.
The fourth-seeded Saints (7-4) didn’t get on the scoreboard until the final four minutes of the first half.
Defensive end Tyler Givens intercepted a Taddei pass at the line of scrimmage, giving Berks Catholic the ball at the Cocalico 36.
Berks Catholic running back Christian Cacchione carried the ball into the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown on the first play of the drive.
Cacchione had a team-high 14 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. He also had one reception for 7 yards.
Neither team found the end zone again until Berks Catholic’s Josiah Jordan scored on a 53-yard run up the middle. The score capped a 78-yard drive, and gave Berks Catholic its first lead with 3:45 left in the game.
Cocalico took the ball into Saints territory on their next drive, but an Eagles fumble was recovered by Jackson Huddleson. The turnover gave the Saints the ball at the Cocalico 48 with less than two minutes to play.
Jordan put it away just three plays later with a 32-yard touchdown run. Jordan had a strong second half, rushing for 87 yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
In addition to his interception, Givens also had a sack to end a scoring threat by Cocalico near the end of the second quarter.
The Saints will face Bishop McDevitt, a 62-0 winner over Northern, next Friday at 7 p.m. in Harrisburg in a semifinal game.
Source: Berkshire mont