Kin­niry, Jenk­in­town run over Ge­orge

Glenside News - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus

His hands are now un­der cen­ter and the playbook rests on his wrist, but when the Jenk­in­town football team needs a big play from their quar­ter­back, se­nior Tom Kin­niry goes back to what he knows best. As a long­time run­ning back, the Drakes called for Kin­niry to keep the ball and fol­low his blocks in or­der to keep Ge­orge School on its heels on Satur­day.

Kin­niry ac­counted for 180 of the Drakes’ 233 yards of of­fense and scored all three touch­downs in a 21-6 win over the Cougars. Kin­niry leaned on his offensive line and fol­lowed their blocks to touch­down runs of four, 23 and two yards.

“I have al­ways been a run­ning back and I’m still get­ting used to play­ing the po­si­tion,” Kin­niry said. “I would still like to be a run­ning back, but I will do what­ever it takes to help this team win. I am pretty con­fi­dent in my offensive line. I just have to duck down and run be­hind them.”

The Drakes ben­e­fited from strong field po­si­tion all af­ter­noon, which was set up by Cougar mis­cues. The Cougars lost four fum­bles deep into their own ter­ri­tory. The Drakes av­er­age orig­i­nal line of scrim­mage on drives was their own 47-yard line.

“We don’t have a ton of speed, so we have to ex­e­cute,” Drakes’ coach Phil Gorm­ley said. “But when we do not have to take 12-to-14 plays to get in the end zone, it is so much eas­ier to avoid mis­takes. The short field was huge.”

With the Drakes’ run­ning backs bat­tling in­juries, Kin­niry had to carry the ball 22 times. But Gorm­ley made sure to keep the Cougars’ de­fense hon­est and went to the air on nine oc­ca­sions in the first half. Kin­niry’s in­ex­pe­ri­ence throw­ing the ball reared its ugly head and three in­ter­cep­tions kept the Cougars close at the half.

“We left a lot of points on the field in the first half,” Gorm­ley said. “We still need to be­come a more dis­ci­plined team, hold our blocks and ex­e­cute.”

Though the mis­cal­cu­lated pass at­tempts ended drives on a sour note, Gorm­ley never lost con­fi­dence in his se­nior quar­ter­back. Kin­niry came back in the sec­ond half and com­pleted four con­secu-

“The mid­field did a nice job to­day, but we they pushed up for­ward a lit­tle too much, es­pe­cially in the mid­dle,” Gar­ber said. “It cre­ated a gap in the mid­dle that they could play through, but it made us more dan­ger­ous on the counter. The prob­lem is we would do that more than build­ing up play.”

How­ever, in a turn of events against the run of play, a Ten­nent throw-in deep in Abing­ton’s half al­luded all play­ers, bounced in front of Ghosts’ goalie Mal­colm Kane, tipped off his fin­gers and fell into the back of the net. With the game tied, Ten­nent’s chances to steal this one came alive.

In the 70th minute, the Ghosts earned a penalty kick and had Shep­pard take it, but the mid­fielder hit it hard on the ground in the keeper’s reach. Two min­utes later, Abing­ton re­gained the lead af­ter a deep throw in hit off Billy Nat­ter and went into the net. The Ghosts were up 2-1 and main­tained a great deal of pos­ses­sion, so this one looked like it was in the books.

Too bad no one told Abing- ton that there’s no such thing as a lock.

De­spite lack­ing ideal speed at the for­ward po­si­tion, Ten­nent found a way to crawl back throughout. With just less than three min­utes left, man­thers’ mid­fielder Jimmy Hasslett slide to meet a pass across the mouth of goal and beat the keeper, knot­ting the game at 2-2 apiece.

Just when it seemed like over­time was on the menu, Shep­pard made a dart­ing run through the mid­field, took the ball and curled it into the left up­per 90, seal­ing the Ghosts’ vic­tory with a minute to go.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Wis­sahickon’s Bradley Jones plays de­fense against La Salle’s Bran­don Koch dur­ing Tues­day’s ac­tion.

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