Oun­ning game pow­ers iions over genk­in­town

Glenside News - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

early with those fum­bles,” iower jore­land coach jark jayson said. “te got short field a lot and we were able to take ad­van­tage of that. te did a nice job on the ground, our run­ning backs ran hard.”

The Drakes won the toss and opted to re­ceive, but im­me­di­ately fum­bled on the first play from scrim­mage. iower jore­land run­ning back goe ieven­thal ran for a sev­en­yard touch­down a few plays into the iions’ drive, putting his team on the board first.

genk­in­town got the ball only down 6-0 with an op­por­tu­nity to make up for the first turnover, but in­stead fum­bled on the very first play of the sec­ond drive, once again pro­vided iower jore­land with good field po­si­tion. iess than two min­utes later, Os­car whang plunged in for a 10-yard run­ning touch­down, putting the iions up 13-0. Two turnovers, two touch­downs.

The genk­in­town de­fense set­tled in a bit in the sec­ond quar­ter. ft didn’t stop iower jore­land from get­ting into the end zone, though, as ieven­thal ran for his sec­ond touch­down of the game with five min­utes re­main­ing. Af­ter the iions’ touch­down, the Drakes fum­bled and lost the ball on the kick re­turn, hand­ing iower jore­land pos­ses­sion in its own end once again. jax Sand­berg was next up for the iions, go­ing for a five-yard touch­down run to push the lead to 26-0 and the rout was on be­fore the end of half­time.

“goe ieven­thal had a big game, which he al­ways seems to do,” jayson said. “He’s a re­ally good player, but all of our backs did a nice job. Our offensive line did a good job against a good genk­in­town front. ft helps to have a lot of peo­ple to give dif­fer­ent looks.”

Al­though the sec­ond half got bet­ter for genk­in­town, it never had a chance to come back. De­spite mov­ing the ball more flu­ently, gain­ing pos­i­tive yardage and even re­cov­er­ing a iower jore­land fum­ble, the Drakes could not find the scor­ing touch of­ten enough.

ieven­thal scored his third touch­down of the game in the third stanza, giv­ing iower jore­land a 33-0 lead. genk­in­town’s gamie drif­fin, who was re­plac­ing injured quar­ter­back Tom hin­niry, made a few great plays with his legs in the fourth and even plowed his way in for a touch­down, but it was too lit­tle too late and the Drakes lost on homecoming.

“Our line played great, we kind of just killed our­selves with turnovers,” drif­fin said. “fn the be­gin­ning, since we fum­bled a cou­ple times, we wanted to make sure we held onto the ball. te just have to get back up stronger and not hang our heads.”

ft was a good win for iower jore­land and jayson was happy to get the re­sult know­ing that the iions have a tough sched­ule go­ing for­ward.

“f think we got bet­ter as the game went along,” jayson said. “bvery week is tough, though. te cer­tainly have some chal­lenges com­ing up. te’ve been able to win some games so the guys will be look­ing for­ward to it, but it won’t be easy.”

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