2017 PIAA Class 4A Title Game Preview: Cathedral Prep (10) 14-0
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Class 4A State Championship, Thursday, Dec. 7th 7:00 PM at Hersheypark Stadium
Head Coach: Mike Mischler
How They Got Here
Cathedral Prep opened the year ranked #1 in the WesternPAFootball.net rankings and as many expected, they ran the table. Easily. The Ramblers boast 9 players with college offers, 7 of them have D1 offers. Of those, there are 5 commits: DB Terry Roberts-Iowa, WR Anthony Bolden-Navy, LB Matt Bauer-Notre Dame, QB Joe Mischler-Ohio and OL Freddie Scruggs-Penn State. Hard to imagine any team with a bigger resume. How about we add the Ramblers are averaging 47.9 points per game? Defense? Allowing just 11.8 per game, most in cleanup time.
Storylines? How about the three Lucas brothers? Seniors, RB Matt and Safety Anthony are 2 of triplets (the third, John, doesn’t play football) and sophomore FB Mike. WR Tyler Oedekoven? Only the first WR in Prep history to hit 1000 yards, now he’s done it twice. Mischler? Over 3,000 yards with 37 tds. Billy Lucas? Ran for 268 yards and 5 tds last week against a powerful Berks Catholic. Defense? How about Matt Bauer with 96 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 9 sacks. That’s how they got here.
What would it mean for Cathedral Prep to win the game:
It’s, well, you start the season with a goal. We’ve had a target on our back since week one due to the number of returning starters and we are the defending champs. For us as a school, team and community it would be extremely satisfying to finish on a high note and win again.
What was your teams defining moment:
I hope that’s yet to be determined.
Keys to winning the game on offense:
We have to be have balance. We’ve been successful both running and passing the ball. We have to keep them guessing, They’re fast and athletic. We’ll have to not concentrate on hitting the big play all the time and just go with what works. We’ll play our chess game.
Keys to winning the game on defense:
We’ll have to be able to make adjustments on the fly. They are so strong, powerful, fast and athletic, so wrapping up and making initial contact so others can get to the play to help bring their guys down.
Here’s a breakdown of Cathedral Prep’s projected starters in the Class 4A PIAA State Championship game with coaches quotes:
# POS NAME GRADE
11 QB Joe Mischler 12
He’s been remarkable. Efficient, smart, mobile. He does what you want a qb to do
21 RB Matt Lupo 12
4 RB Billy Lucas 11
38 FB Mike Lupo 10
Last week Lucas shined. He runs with a purpose. Lupo is a good, solid high school back and together they make a good 1-2 punch. Mike also does a nice job when needed
3 WR Tyler Oedekoven 12
13 WR Skyler Neely 11
5 WR Adam Malesiewski 12
2 WR Terry Roberts 12
They had a great year this bunch. Oedekoven went over 1,000 again. Terry Roberts, you can see he’s really gelled with Joe and their timing is much improved over last year. Adam and Skyler are huge weapons for us also.
75 LT Fredrick Scruggs 12
57 LG Kawaun Deboe 11
55 C Chris Smith 12
67 RG Jordan Covatto 11
53 RT Matt Carr 12
They had one of their best efforts last week. They moved the Berks line with purpose
# POS NAME GRADE
54 DT William Burns 12
75 DE Frederick Scruggs 12
55 DE Chris Smith 12
Two guys really stand out but all three play great together. Burns, he’s having a good year and Scruggs, well, he is one of the best in the state. We need all three to keep the pressure on
27 LB Matthew Bauer 12
18 LB Ryan Sargent 12
22 LB Hunter Orlando 12
Bauer is the star here. He’s just unbelievable. So smart, football smart as well as classroom smart. The key here will be to get him free to make the plays he does.
21 SS Matt Lupo 12
30 SS Anthony Lupo 12
4 SS Billy Lucas 11
2 CB Terry Roberts 12
9 CB Amory Coleman-Reeves 12
49 FS Luke Sittinger 10
Sophomore Luke Sittinger has been a big surprise for us. Roberts, I don’t know if there’s a better DB in the state. With Lucas there we can move him up for run support when needed.
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