Football wrap: Cotellese and Seijk air it out in Pope John Paul II victory


READING – Pope John Paul II’s dynamic aerial duo of quarterback David Cotellese and receiver Jared Seijk proved to be unstoppable Saturday.

Cotellese and Seijk hooked up six times for 172 yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Panthers opened the nonleague portion of their schedule with an impressive 32-21 conquest of Berks Catholic.

Berks Catholic, in its first season of existence after the merger of Holy Name and Reading Central Catholic, had grabbed a 14-12 halftime lead before Cotellese and Seijk took over.

Cotellese-to-Seijk touchdown passes of 42 and 26 yards, followed by Nick DiPrinzio’s 8-yard touchdown run, gave PJP a commanding 32-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Earlier, John Cherneskie (88 rushing yards) ripped off a 46-yard touchdown run and Cotellese and Seijk hooked up on a 50-yard touchdown pass to keep the Golden Panthers in striking distance during the first half.

Jacob Gribb was all over the field for PJP with two receptions for 51 yards, seven tackles and a sack, while teammate Tim Tadros added 3 catches for 53 yards.

The Golden Panthers finished with a 419-328 edge In total offense, thanks in large part to Cotellese’s 260 passing yards and another 159 from a resurrected ground attack.


Conestoga 31, Owen J. Roberts 14 –The visiting Pioneers reeled off 24 unanswered points after falling into an early 7-0 hole and went on to hand the host Wildcats a nonleague loss in the season opener for both teams.

OJR had grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Blake Bradshaw’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Jay Thomas. The 8-play, 21-yard drive was set up by the first of two Kyle Shronk interceptions.

But the plot shifted gears dramatically after that as Conestoga grabbed an 11-7 halftime lead and expanded the bulge when Joe Viviano (260 passing yards) hit Andrew Destefano with a 71-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage in the second half.

The Conestoga advantage swelled to 24-7 on a 9-yard TD run by Jerrell Clark, who finished with 124 yards and a pair of scores on 20 rushing attempts.

A bad snap on a punt attempt set the Wildcats up with the short field again late in the fourth, and Bradshaw (9-15, 87 yards passing) responded with another short scoring strike to Thomas (2 yards).

OJR got 54 rushing yards and another pick from Dylan Frierson and 30 receiving yards on three catches from Colin Horrocks.