Speed kills. So does a punishing defense.
Cardinal O'Hara used both weapons to capture its third consecutive Monsignor Martin Association League A championship with a 35-0 whipping of St. Mary's of Lancaster before about 1,000 at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday afternoon.
"We've been chanting three-peat all year long and finally it came true," said Hawks linebacker Robert Addison III, who had one of his team's nine sacks among his eight tackles.
Reggie Garner and Jackie Feggans closed their prep careers by combining for 271 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
"It was just amazing the way our chemistry all came together, one heart, one team," said Feggans, who carried 13 times for 84 yards and made 12 tackles on defense. "I'm going to miss it."
O'Hara (10-1), No. 1 in The News' small-school poll and No. 2 in the state's Class C rankings, has won 27 of its last 28 games -- including 25 in a row against Western New York foes.
"I've seen some great teams over the years and I'm not saying this was the greatest ever," said O'Hara coach Angelo Sciandra. "But as far as having a group of great athletes assembled all at one time, this might be one of the greatest ever."
Garner, named the game's most valuable offensive player after carrying 14 times for 187 yards and three scores, made the two biggest plays of the day.
He sprinted 67 yards for a score to make it 14-0 in the second quarter after an interception by sophomore D.J. Nettles, who also caught a 59-yard scoring pass from quarterback Angelo Sciandra IV in the final period. Garner's 72-yardtouchdown bolt came immediately following Shaquille Dudley's fumble recovery and made it 28-0 in the third quarter.
"They were killers," said coach Dennis Gilbert, whose Lancers finished 8-3. "In the first half we were successful taking away cutback lanes but he changes direction so well he's gone in a hurry. He's so good. You miss and he's going to go."
Said coach Sciandra: "It's not good when you turn the ball over. It takes a lot out of their sails, no doubt. Once you fumble you can let your guard down."
Sciandra IV, who is a junior, played another perfect game, completing all five of his pass attempts for 125 yards and a score. "Ang just did what we he did all year," Garner said with a grin.
O'Hara's James Ewing, with 10 tackles and three sacks, was defensive player of the game.
"Our defensive line was hungry and everybody executed correctly," said Ewing, a senior who admitted he's probably played his last football game. "Basketball is my main sport and I'm ready for it. I hope I have this same feeling in basketball."
Joe Eckl carried 15 times for 76 yards and quarterback Greg Justen completed 12 of 18 passes for 134 yards for the Lancers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.
"They're so quick and bring a lot of pressure," said Gilbert. "We broke down a few times and let a guy come clean [on the pass rush]. They're a good a team, they come hard and they have a lot of quickness."