Bisons Shellack Irish First Time in 16 Tilts
By BOB VIGGIANO Courier-Post Staff
The happiest man in Farnham Park about 3:15 yesterday afternoon probably was Al Litwa. The popular athletic and all·around coach of St. Joseph's High School of Camden waited 13 years for the day the South Camden school would beat Camden Catholic on the football field. Yesterday, Litwa witnessed the Bisons put on a display of power football as they rolled to an impressive 24-0 victory over the Irish in the final gridiron meeting between the two schools. It was the first time the Bisons have been able to handle the Irish in 16 meetings, but Litwa has been connected with the school only 13 years. "I've waited 13 years for this day," was Litwa's chant as he paced the sidelines for the final whistle. "This has to be the finest day in St. Joe"s history." When the whistle blew, bedlam broke loose on the St. Joe's side of the field. Leading the shouting as he threaded his way through the players con- gratulating them was Litwa. "Boy, were our kids hitting out there today," Litwa said. "The kids wanted this game and they went right out there and did the job." Head coach Ken Pikus was in total agreement. "Our kids were up for this one," he said on completing a 6·3 season in his first season at the helm. "We took advantage of Catholic's mistakes -- that was the difference." After a scoreless first quarter, the Bisons started a drive from their own 39 and moved to a first down on the Irish six. Led by Steve Zannoni, the Irish defense stiffened and took over on-the one, however. Two plays later, Catholic quarterback Mike Onofrio fumbled and Dom Sciamanna recovered for the Bisons at the five. The Irish defense held again however, and Mike DiCarlantonio booted a field goal from the 11. The score remained 3·0 until midway through the third period. Mike Eagan pounced on a Catholic fumble at the Irish 11 and the Bisons moved to the one, from where quarterback Bill Jarrett took it over. DiCarlantonio's placement made it 10-0. "We had trouble holding on the ball out there," losing coach Jim Delaney said after the game. "But that's no excuse, because they had the same wet conditions we had and they didn't give up the ball." The Bisons wrapped it up early in the final period. Chris Malinowski hauled in a punt at the Catholic 47, started to his right, then cut back to his left and had clear sailing to the end zone for a touchdown. DiCarlantonio again converted. The final score came after Bob Maneeley intercepted an 0nofrio pass at the Catholic 36. The Bisons moved to the four, from where Jim Nicgorski went for the touchdown. DiCarlan- tonio again converted. The Irish penetrated St. Joe's territory only once, in the sec- ond quarter when they reached the 32. However. on a fourth· down screen pass, the Irish lost seven yards. "I thought our defense was outstanding," Pikus said. "The kids were out there hitting and it was our best all-around effort of the season." Usually a passing team, the Bisons didn't! attempt a single aerial as Jarrett's ball-handling under the weather conditions was outstanding. "When we got ahead we just didn't want to take a chance of throwing," Pikus said. "Our running game was okay and our defense was doing the job, so we didn't pass." The Irish are 4-3-1, with a game remaining with Holy Spirit on Tuesday at Farnham Park.
Posted: November 3, 1999
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