2018-11-09 / Sports

Cardinals tame Swampcats

By George Kaupp


Cardinal Newman’s Jalen Montgomery races past a Laurence Manning defender. 
Photos by Jim Marczesky Cardinal Newman’s Jalen Montgomery races past a Laurence Manning defender. Photos by Jim Marczesky Jalen Montgomery rushed for 131 yards and four touchdowns on only ten carries, and the Cardinal Newman Cardinals advanced to the SCISA state semifinals with a 40-14 victory over the Laurence Manning Swampcats Friday, November 2 at St. Sebastian Stadium. It was the Cardinals’ first playoff victory since 1998.

Things started in a rocky manner for the Cardinals, who went three-and-out on their first possession. Laurence Manning took over and drove down the field in seven plays, capped by a 37-yard run by Brewer Brunson for a 7-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Swampcats recovered a fumble and began their next possession at the Cardinal 37. Five plays later, Brunson traipsed in from the three yards out to give Laurence Manning a 14-0 lead.

Fortunes changed for the Cardinals in the second quarter. After exchanging punts, Cardinal quarterback AJ DePalma led a seven-play, 63-yard drive that culminated in a 10- yard touchdown pass to Smith with under a minute left in the half. The conversion was no good, and Cardinal Newman went into intermission down 14-6.


Cardinal Newman’s Tristan Cox pressure’s Laurence Manning’s Brewer Brunson. Cardinal Newman’s Tristan Cox pressure’s Laurence Manning’s Brewer Brunson. Laurence Manning went three-and-out on the first possession of the third quarter, and a bad snap on the punt led to the Cardi- nals taking over at the Swampcat 5-yard line. Two plays later, Montgomery scampered in from four yards away. DePalma found Smith in the back left corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion, and the score was tied at 14-14 with 9:19 remaining in the period.

The Cardinals then forced another punt, which Smith returned 53 yards to the Swampcat 28. Montgomery found pay dirt four plays later with a 2-yard plunge, and the extra point made it 21-14 Cardinal Newman.

Laurence Manning punted once again, and Montgomery rattled off a 46-yard touchdown run to put the Cardinals up 27-14.

After the Swampcats failed to complete a pass on fourth-and-seven giving the Cardinals possession at their own 30, Montgomery broke three tackles at the line of scrimmage and took off on a 70-yard scamper to put the Cardinals up 33-14 with 8:28 remaining.

Dima Daley then deflected a Swampcat punt to give the Cardinals possession at Laurence Manning’s 25. Shanye Monsanto ran four times, capping the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run for the final score.

Cardinal Newman 40,
Laurence Manning 14

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LM1400014
CN06211340

First Quarter
LM: Brewer Brunson 37-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
LM: Brunson 3-yard run. (Extra
point was good).
Second Quarter
CN: AJ DePalma 10-yard pass to
DeonTay Smith. (Extra point was
no good).
Third Quarter:
CN: Jalen Montgomery 4-yard
run. (Two point conversion was
good).
CN: Montgomery 2-yard run.
(Extra point was good).
CN: Montgomery 46-yard run.
(Extra point was no good).
Fourth Quarter:
CN: Montgomery 70-yard run.
(Extra point was no good.)
CN: Shayne Monsanto 11-yard
run. (Extra point was good).

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