DePaul crushes Pope John in gridiron opener


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  • The Pope John Lions run onto the field carrying their team flag and the American flag just before the start of the game. Photos by George Leroy Hunter




  • DePaul ball carrier Chazz Bryant's forward progress is stopped by Pope John linebacker Chris Sabo in the first half.




  • DePaul quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson keeps the ball and runs in the first half. Roberson threw for a total of 237 yards and three touchdowns.




  • Pope John students cheer on the Lions just before the start of the game.




  • DePaul defenders pounce on a Pope John ball carrier in the first half.




  • Pope John senior quarterback Niko Hroncich throws the ball in the first half. Hroncich suffered a shoulder injury late in the first half and had his right arm in a sling when Pope John returned to the sidelines for the second half.




  • Pope John ball carrier Chris Rodriguez on the move in the first quarter.




  • Pope John's Jacob Huhn runs just out of the reach of DePaul defensive lineman Nick Bagashvili in the first half.




  • DePaul kick returner Ronnie Hickman carries the ball in the first half.




  • The DePaul Spartans and the Pope John Lions are set for a play in the first half.




  • DePaul's Aree Booker runs up the middle in the first half.




— DePaul Catholic High School (Wayne, N.J.) defeated Pope John XXIII Regional High School (Sparta, N.J.) in varsity football on Saturday September 1, 2018. The final score was 48-7. The game took place at Pope John XXIII Regional High School.

The DePaul Spartans dominated the Pope John Lions from start to finish. DePaul quarterback Ta'Quan Roberson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a 40-yard score.

Pope John senior quarterback Niko Hroncich suffered a shoulder injury late in the first half and was wearing a sling on his right arm when the Lions returned to the sidelines for the second half. Pope John freshman quarterback Peter Delaportas stepped in and threw a touchdown pass to receiver Ryan Dengler in the third quarter. Kicker Justin Hertlein added the extra point.













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