Turnovers haunt Bears in loss to PW

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Terry Brown set up a 30yard touch­down run by Corey Kelly put the Colo­nials up 7-0. The drive was a mix of il­lu­sive run­ning and poor tack­ling, but none­the­less PW gained a lead against the run of play.

Hooker was be­gin­ning to find a throw­ing rhythm, but at two min­utes re­main­ing in the half Knox threw an er­rant half­back op­tion pass right into the hands of PW’s Pete Gior­gio, who then re­turned the ball 83 yards to the Up­per More­land 10-yard line. Brown then promptly ran the ball into the end zone on the next play, put­ting PW up 14-0 right be­fore the half.

Through­out the half, Up­per More­land looked the bet­ter team, but costly mis­takes and lack of ex­e­cu­tion held the Bears from put­ting any points on the board.

The Bears’ luck did not change much in the sec­ond half. Less than four min­utes into the third quar­ter, Brown re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 28 yards to the house, put­ting the Colo­nials up 21-0. Up­per More­land put to­gether an im­pres­sive drive of throws and runs at the end of the third, but de­spite hav­ing a fresh set of downs on the 2-yard line, they could not punch it in.

8SSHU 0oUHOanG fi­naOOy broke through with some SoLnWV Ln WKH fi­naO TuaUWHU. Char­lie Hooker hit Tyler Whit­more on a 15-yard VFUHHn Wo EULnJ WKH GH­fiFLW down to 14. The dam­age was al­ready done how­ever, as the Bears never fully re­cov­ered from the mis­takes they made ear­lier in the game.

The Bears were for­tu­nate to re­cover a fum­ble just out­side the PW red zone with less than two min­utes to go, but once again could do noth­ing with it.

PW only man­aged three fiUVW GownV Ln WKH fiUVW WKUHH quar­ters, but some­how found a way to put 21 points on the home team. Gior­gio did not com­plete a sin­gle pass un­der cen­ter, but all the Colo­nials needed were the run game and op­por­tune turnovers to win the game. The de­fense was also very strong all game, stop­ping Up­per More­land in the red zone twice.

“The de­fense was stel­lar tonight,” Chang said. “Our guys did a great job of ex­e­cut­ing the game plan. We wHUH UHaOOy fly­LnJ aUounG Wonight and played with a lit­tle emo­tion. We made some big plays and I thought they did a good job.”

Hey­ing was un­happy with the re­sult but knows his team is ca­pa­ble of bet­ter.

“We just have to come back and have an­other solid week of prac­tice,” Hey­ing said. “It’s a shame we don’t get to play these guys again. It was an in­tense foot­ball game but un­for­tu­nately we came out on the los­ing end.”

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