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Gaels battle but fall to Spellman on gridiron

The Kennedy Catholic varsity football team fought until the final whistle, but came up on the short end in a 14-6 setback against host Cardinal Spellman on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Gaels made it down to the Pilots’ 10-yard line after a perfect 40-yard sideline pass from sophomore quarterback David Keogh to senior Sam Forte. Kennedy was unable to capitalize, however, and turned the ball over on downs.

The Gaels led 6-0 at halftime after senior Ryan Podlovits’ nine-yard touchdown run with 4:54 left in the second quarter.

Spellman took a 7-6 lead with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter and then added on to its lead when they scored on a 50-yard counter on third down with just 2:33 left in the game.

Despite the loss, Kennedy head coach Ted Florio is pleased with the progress he’s seen in his Gaels.

“I’m proud of the improvement week to week in all three phases,” Florio said. “We still need to execute more consistently.”

Senior captain Tucker Clair paced the Gaels on the ground, gaining 85 yards on 13 carries. He also led the defense, totaling six solo tackles and an interception.

Keogh went 5 for 9 passing for 93 yards and also rushed for 52 yards on the ground on just four carries. Podlovits picked up 47 yards rushing on nine carries.

Sophomore Ryan Joyce caught one pass for 30 yards and fellow sophomore Garrett Lynch caught two passes for 15 yards.

Other contributors on the defensive side were Podlovits and senior captain Jimmy Longest, who both had five solo tackles. Sophomore Liam McManus and freshman Henry Flocco each tallied four solo tackles.

Kennedy returns to the field when it hosts Xaverian for a 3:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Said Florio: “The growing pains we are experiencing now will be of great benefit in the future.”

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