Williamson defense turns over Gattaca, turns in a 2-0 start
Williamson forced eight turnovers, two of which were returned for touchdowns, to roll over Gattaca College, 45-20, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field.
That’s 13 takeaways in two games for the Mechanics’ first 2-0 start to a season since 2005.
The Mechanics picked off six passes a week after they had four interceptions to hold off Jersey Coast Academy, 12-10. Cardinal O’Hara grad Jack Gibson had two of those INTs against Gattaca to raise his season total to five. Ed Sykes (Chichester), George Bradley (Chester), David Derby and Gino DiCamillo (Marple Newtown) had one defense likes to play takeaway. pick each.
Williamson also forced two fumbles to bring their season total to three in that department.
That impressive effort on defense enabled the Mechanics to roll to a 39-0 lead at halftime. Much of the damage was done in the first quarter as Williamson put up 26 points in a 5 minute, 26 second span. Sykes’ interception set up a 13-yard touchdown run by Andrew Hicks that gave Williamson a 13-0 advantage. King David Bey returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown to close out the first-half barrage.
Bradley picked off a Keon Spain pass and returned it 51 yards to account for the other defensive TD.
Hicks paced the running game with 73 yards on 12 carries. Darnell Wideman (Chester/STEM Academy) caught two passes for 101 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown from quarterback Vince DelPercio. INDIANA (PA.) 65, CHEYNEY 16 » It was another rough day for the Wolves against a nationally ranked foe on the road. The No. 6/5 Crimson Hawks (3-0) scored on seven straight possessions to end the first half and take a 48-16 lead into the locker room.
Running back Justice Evans carried the ball 13 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns to pace a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Lenny Williams completed 10 of 14 passes for 169 yards and two scores.
The Wolves did move the ball, at least through the air. Quarterback Dominick Trautz connected on 20 of 40 passes in Cheyney’s new spread offense for 262 yards and two TDs, one to Yves Ferdinand and one to Terrell Branch. However, Indiana held Cheyney to minus-33 yards rushing.
Turnovers, though, were the killer. Indiana turned those four miscues into 24 points. Academy Park grad Eric Doe was in on three tackles and broke up a pass for the Crimson Hawks, while starting guard Collin McCallister (Chichester) was part of an offensive line did not allow a sack and just three tackles for loss.