Saturday, September 25, 1999

Blackley carries Purcell Marian

Fullback runs for 158 yards in 21-19 win

Enquirer contributor

        Purcell Marian junior fullback Justin Blackley's best night rushing this season could not have come at a better time.

        Blackley's 158 yards, which included TD runs of 58 and 45 yards, helped the Cavaliers celebrated Homecoming with a 21-19 victory over Chaminade-Julienne in Friday's Greater Catholic League North game at Norwood's Shea Stadium.

        “I just wanted to do what we had to do to win this game,” Blackley said. “I just did what my coaches said, keep my legs kicking.”

        Purcell Marian coach Tom Stickley could have talked all night about Blackley.

        “There aren't enough words for Justin,” Stickley said. “He usually blocks for our tailback. He just gashed them.”

        Blackley's total bettered the 150 yards he racked up against Amelia to open the season, but Purcell Marian may not have won without defense. The victory wasn't sealed until senior linebacker Joe Fullman's 63-yard interception return with 46.2 seconds left in the game — the last of five C-J turnovers.

        “I missed one (interception) in the first quarter,” said Fullman, who added Homecoming King to his honors. “I told my team I wasn't going to let them down.”

        Said Chaminade-Julienne coach Jim Place: “They just took advantage of our mistakes. Give credit to Purcell Marian. It was a great game; it was too many turnovers on our part.”

        Chaminade-Julienne senior quarterback John Szabo came into the game averaging more than 200 yards passing per game. On the Eagles' second play, he hit senior Calvin Blackmon for 38 yards to put the ball on the Purcell Marian 25.

        But a clipping penalty ended the C-J drive.

        Purcell Marian can thank defensive back Vince Berry, linebacker Josh Robertson and Gerald Lester for keeping C-J out of the end zone in the first half. Berry and Robertson each intercepted a pass, and Lester added eight tackles and a sack.

        Chaminade-Julienne senior kicker Jeff Price put the Eagles on the board in the second quarter with field goals of 35 and 27 yards.

        Things improved for the Eagles in the second half. Senior fullback James Abney scored from a yard out with 3:21 left in the third, with Szabo's 50-yard pass to Chris Cowan was the big play.

        Another C-J mistake cost the Eagles dearly. After the defense stopped the Cavaliers, Angelo Chattams fumbled a punt. Gerod Williams recovered, and Blackley had his second TD the next play.

        Purcell Marian junior tailback Jeff Taylor ended the scoring with a 1-yard run with 3:37 to play.

Chaminade-Julienne ....... 0  6  6  7—19
Purcell Marian ....... 0  7  8  6—21

        PM—Blackley 58 run (Williams kick)

        CJ—Price 35 field goal

        CJ—Price 27 field goal

        CJ—Abney 1 run (pass failed)

        PM—Blackley 45 run (Cooper pass from White)

        CJ—Abney 1 run (Price kick)

        PM—Taylor 1 run (kick failed)

        Records: CJ 3-2 (1-1 in Greater Catholic League North), PM 4-1 (2-0).


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