Pa­tri­ots of­fense pours it on to win go­ing away

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Noah Le­vick For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

YEADON » In its first home game of the sea­son, Penn Wood had its best per­for­mance yet, us­ing a dy­namic of­fense to de­feat Nor­ris­town, 44-14 at Kerr Field.

Nor­ris­town only led for one minute and 34 sec­onds, fol­low­ing an eight-yard touch­down pass from Eagles quar­ter­back Iza­iah Webb to wide re­ceiver Austin Mont­gomery with 5:20 left in the se­cond quar­ter.

Shifty run­ning back Eli­jah Gle­play then broke a big run for Penn Wood, with a horse-col­lar tackle penalty tacked on set­ting the Pa­tri­ots up near the goal-line. Quar­ter­back Des­man John­son Jr. plowed it in from the one-yard line, and a suc­cess­ful two-point con­ver­sion gave Penn Wood a 14-7 lead.

“The line did a great job up front,” Gle­play said. “The key was try­ing to get out­side those guys, look­ing to make big plays off stretches and tosses on the out­side.”

Though John­son added an­other touch­down run with 1:10 re­main­ing in the first half, this one from 46 yards, Nor­ris­town stayed in the game. When Webb con­nected with Zhafirr Sat­terth­waite for a 47-yard score early in the third quar­ter, the Eagles only trailed by one pos­ses­sion, 22-14.

On the en­su­ing kick­off, how­ever, Penn Wood quickly ex­panded their lead. Tayshon Har­mon sprinted down the left side­line, past the Nor­ris­town de­fense, and into the end zone for a 95yard touch­down.

“It was a screw-up by our spe­cial teams, and that cost it,” Nor­ris­town coach Ja­son Powel said. “When you get within strik­ing dis­tance and then they an­swer with that kind of touch­down, it kind of takes the wind out of our sails.”

The Eagles couldn’t recover from that blow, as Penn Wood scored the game’s fi­nal 22 points. Rahiem Bowens scored on a John­son pass from 45 yards, and Micken Da­ley se­cured a 12-yard touch­down by tap­ping his toes in the right corner of the end zone.

Powel hopes his play­ers can learn from their mis­takes and be pre­pared for their game next week against Spring-Ford.

“We’re play­ing with a lot of young guys,” Powel said. “They get more ex­pe­ri­ence each game, and we hope that they re­al­ize now, when we call their name, they’re in the foot­ball game, and they need to make it count when they go in there. We’ll go back, watch the film with our guys, and get ready for a tough Spring-Ford team, and we’ll hope­fully give them all they can han­dle.”

With a se­cond straight win, Penn Wood im­proves to 2-2. Gle­play feels the of­fense is click­ing well head­ing into an­other home game Satur­day, against the Haver­ford School.

“Week 1 and Week 2 we were kind of rough, but I think we’re get­ting into the right shape now,” Gle­play said. “Go­ing into a big game next week against Haver­ford School, I think our of­fense is go­ing to be on point. We need to keep get­ting out­side of peo­ple and us­ing our speed, be­cause we have good, ath­letic guys like Kennedy Poles, Rahiem Bowens, and my­self … I think we can be a re­ally good team on the of­fen­sive side.”

RICK KAUFFMAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Penn Wood wide re­ceiver Rahiem Bowens, cen­ter, tip­toes into the end zone for a touch­down in the third quar­ter of Satur­day’s 44-14 win over Nor­ris­town.

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