Johnson leads way past Archbishop Wood (PA) with 157 yards rushing and touchdown


For the first time in a nearly a quarter century, McDonogh School’s football team took the field Friday night without Dom Damico, who stepped down from his head coaching role with the MIAA school earlier this year. Hakeem Sule now leads the Eagles, and kicked off his tenure in impressive fashion.

Under the lights at William Tennent High outside of Philadelphia, McDonogh posted a 16-7 victory over defending Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5 champ Archbishop Wood, 16-7. Senior running back Jabriel Johnson rushed for 157 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown jaunt in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, McDonogh (1-0 overall) broke a 7-7 tie when junior Curtis Jacobs hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kris Jenner. The Eagle defense added a safety moments later that capped the scoring.

McDonogh’s pass rush was a major factor in the victory as the Eagles recorded seven sacks, led by two each from senior D’Von Ellies and Jackson Bonitz.

McDonogh School 16, Archbishop Wood (PA) 7

at William Tennent (PA)

McDonogh 0 7 9 0 – 16

Archbishop Wood 0 0 7 0 – 7

Second quarter

McDonogh – Johnson 66 run (Beattie kick)

Third quarter

Wood – Blackstone run (Hennessey kick)

McDonogh – Jacobs 75 pass from Jenner (Beattie kick)

McDonogh – Safety (punt snap out of end zone)

Pictured above: McDonogh senior Jabriel Johnson rushed for 157 yards, including a 66-yard TD run in the second quarter, to help the Eagles win their season opener near Philadelphia.