Pope John Paul fades in second half of district semifinal loss

(3) New Hope Solebury 42, (2) Pope John Paul II 34 – The Golden Panthers were unable to sustain a fast start in suffering the season-ending loss in the semifinal round of the District 1-District 12 3A semifinals Saturday at the ‘A’ Field in Conshohocken.
Leading 21-0 at the break, PJP was outscored 42-13 in the second half to finish their season at 8-3, undone by a minus-5 turnover differential.
Kamal Gray threw for 278 yards and one touchdown and ran for 83 yards and two more scores for the Golden Panthers, who held a 465-409 advantage in total yards but were unable to compensate for three lost fumbles and two interceptions.
Other offensive standouts for PJP were AJ Natale (94 yards, 2 TDs rushing) and receivers CJ McCafferty (6 catches, 100 yards), Steve Skarbek (8-88) and Justin Kormos (5-82, TD).
New Hope-Solebury moves on to face top-seeded Conwell-Egan (54-12 winner over (4) School of the Future) next Friday night (TBA) for the district title.
 
New Hope Solebury 42, Pope John Paul II 34
New Hope-Solebury             0  0 20 22 – 42
Pope John Paul II                 6 15  0 13 - 34
First quarter
PJP-Natale 5 run (kick failed)
Second quarter
PJP-Gray 41 run (Natale pass from Gray)
PJP-Natale 1 run (Moroz kick)
Third quarter
NHS-Cooney 9 pass from Weinseimer (Waterman kick)
NHS-Cooney 22 pass from Weinseimer (Waterman kick)
NHS-Raupp 5 run (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
NHS-Leonard 15 run (Weinseimer run)
PJP-Kormos 70 pass from Gray (kick failed)
NHS-Raupp 1 run (Waterman kick)
NHS-Raupp 43 run (Waterman kick)
PJP-Gray 5 run (Moroz kick)
TEAM STATISTICS
New Hope-Solebury
 
PJP
17
First downs
19
40-287
Rushes-yards
29-187
122
Passing yards
278
409
Total Yards
465
9-21-0
Passes C-A-I
21-32-2
1-0
Fumbles-lost
4-3
6-37
Penalties-yards
7-58
4-34
Punts-average
2-32
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing
New Hope: Raupp 17-145, 3 TDs; Leonard 11-65, TD; Tangradi 1-31; Weinseimer 7-31, Borys 4-15
PJP: Natale 13-94, 2 TDs; Gray 13-83, 2 TDs; Kormos 3-10
Passing
New Hope: Weinseimer 9-21-0, 122, 2 TDs
PJP: Gray 21-32-2, 278, TD
Receiving
New Hope: Cooney 4-60, 2 TDs, Flavin 3-56, Tangradi 1-9, Raupp 1-(-3)
PJP: McCafferty 6-100; Skarbek 8-88; Kormos 5-82, TD; Natale 2-8
Interceptions: New Hope-Solebury – Richards, Trammell