Leading Pennsylvania’s LaSalle College in the fourth quarter Saturday, McDonogh School’s football team was in position for another impressive non-league victory. But the top-ranked Eagles were unable to finish, falling 31-20 to LaSalle at Plymouth Whitemarsh, located outside of Philadelphia.
Kyle Shurmur threw for two scores for LaSalle and ran for another and Jordan Meachum rushed for 123 yards. Jansen Durham threw a touchdown pass to Eric Burrell for McDonogh and Kareem Montgomery returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown.
The Explorers (3-1 overall), ranked No. 8 in the Northeast region by Max Preps, rallied with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to beat Maryland’s top-ranked team for the second time this month. LaSalle knocked off DeMatha Catholic, 41-39, a couple of weeks ago.
The reigning MIAA A Conference champ Eagles (2-2), who propelled to the state’s No. 1 position courtesy of LaSalle’s win over DeMatha, had a 20-17 lead after Mike Shinsky converted his second field goal of the evening – a 38-yarder. Meacham broke a 73-yard run, leading to Shurmur’s one-yard run. Shurmur connected with Jimmy Herron for a 33-yard touchdown, putting the game away.
Shurmur, a Vanderbilt University commit and son of Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, went 15 of 31 for 168 yards. The Eagles intercepted Shurmur twice, one each by Burrell and Montgomery.
McDonogh, which defeated Ohio power Elder in Cincinnati in its last game two weekends ago, started well Saturday as Montgomery’s punt return put the Eagles ahead in the first quarter. LaSalle captured a 14-7 lead in the second quarter as Shurmur threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Nick Rinella.
Burrell, a junior, answered for the Eagles, catching a 22-yard touchdown pass from Durham. McDonogh owned a 17-14 halftime lead after Shinsky split the uprights from 24 yards.
Shinsky captured the lead back in the fourth, but LaSalle responded down the stretch. Durham, a junior, passed for 200 yards and Mylique McGriff rushed for 133 yards, but McDonogh failed to score a touchdown in the second half for the first time this season.
The Eagles begin defense of their MIAA A crown Thursday evening against sixth-ranked and undefeated Mount St. Joseph.
La Salle College (Pa.) 31, No. 1 McDonogh School 20
at Plymouth-Whitemarsh (Pa.)
McDonogh 7 10 0 3 – 20
La Salle 7 7 3 14 – 31
McDonogh – Montgomery 64 punt return (Shinsky kick)
LaSalle – Meachum 1 run (Raczak kick)
LaSalle – Rinella 7 pass from Shurmur (Raczak kick)
McDonogh – Burrell 22 pass from Durham (Shinsky kick)
McDonogh – Shinsky 24 field goal
LaSalle – Raczak 26 field goal
McDonogh – Shinsky 38 field goal
LaSalle – Shurmur 1 run (Raczak kick)
LaSalle – Herron 33 pass from Shurmur (Raczak kick)