Ben­salem takes down Coun­cil Rock South

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Bill Kenny

For Buck­sLo­calS­ports BEN­SALEM — Ben­salem didn’t need any ex­tra in­cen­tive to play well in its Subur­ban One League Na­tional Con­fer­ence opener last cri­day night against Coun­cil Rock South. But the Owls got it any­way.

cresh off of a 28-point non-league loss one week ear­lier, Ben­salem lost co­cap­tain Jalen Nieves to a dev­as­tat­ing an­kle in­jury less than four min­utes into the game.

But the Owls re­fused tR flLQFK LQ tKH IDFH RI tKH mount­ing ad­ver­sity. In­stead, they trounced the dolden Hawks, 35-20, in a con­test that was more lop­sided than the score in­di­cated.

Ben­salem (2-2, 1-0 SOLN) out­gained the strug­gling Hawks, 234 yards to 94, LQ tKH first KDOI DORQH. AOO Eut sLx RI 6RutK’s firsthalf yards came on a pair of run­ning plays on which the Hawks (0-4, 0-1) caught the 2wOs flDt-IRRtHG. 2tKHr­wLsH, it was all Ben­salem.

Nieves, who’s been used mainly as a re­ceiver on of­fense and as a key de­fen­sive back, was injured at the end of a 12-yard run by team­mate Alex Ar­can­geli. Some­one rolled onto Nieves’ right leg in a side­line pileup.

It ap­peared as if he suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle or lower leg, per­haps both.

Seem­ingly in­spired by Nieves’ in­jury, Ben­salem emerged from the long de­lay dom­i­nant on both sides of the ball. Of­fen­sively, they con­structed a 14-play, 65-yard drive al­most ex­clu­sively on the ground and took the lead on Ar­can­geli’s nine-yard touch­down run.

ArFKDQJHOL wRuOG fiQLsK the game with four touch­down runs.

On that ini­tial march, Ar­can­geli, scor­ing

nhyle Eli­jah and Ian Pis­archuk all car­ried the ball ef­fec­tively. The Owls con­verted four FRQsHFutLvH first GRwQs, LQ­clud­ing a 12-yard pass from hevin Hop­kins to Donnie Reed on a third-and-10 play from the Hawks’ 21.

CR South was un­able to re­spond as the Ben­salem de­fense forced the Hawks to punt on their next two pos­sHssLRQs. 6RutK’s RQOy first down came on a 33-yard run by Aaron Pressley, but the Hawks’ of­fense stalled three SODys ODtHr Dt PLG­fiHOG.

Ben­salem surged ahead by 14 points with four min­utes tR JR LQ tKH first KDOI wKHQ Ar­can­geli scored on a seven-yard run to cap an eight­play, 78-yard drive. Again, the Owls needed just one pass play in the se­quence, a short toss from Hop­kins to Reed. Mean­while, full­back Pis­archuk pounded the heart of the CR South de­fense for runs of 29 and 18 yards.

The Hawks replied on their next offensive snap as Chris­tian Crane raced up the mid­dle for a 55-yard touch­down, but Ben­salem made the score 21-7 on Pis­archuk’s 10-yard touch­down run with 59 sec­onds left in tKH first KDOI.

CR South got no closer than 14 points for the rest of the game.

Ar­changeli scored on an 11-yard run on Ben­salem’s first SRssHssLRQ RI tKH sHFond half to make it 28-7. His fiQDO tRuFKGRwQ ruQ wHQt for four yards with 9:40 to go in reg­u­la­tion.

ArFKDQJHOL fiQLsKHG wLtK 89 yards rush­ing, while Pis­archuk had 90. Hop­kins passed for 175 yards, in­clud­ing 106 to his fa­vorite tar­get, Reed.

CrDQH fiQLsKHG wLtK 107 yards rush­ing and two touch­downs for the Hawks.

crom here, South trav­els to Penns­bury to take on the cal­cons this cri­day night. Ben­salem gets on a bus to Abing­ton, which edged CR North by two points last cri­day night.

Archived pho­tos by John Glee­son

Coun­cil Rock South QB Greg Paprocki and P.J. Stein­metz work the op­tion in an ear­lier sea­son matchup for the Hawks.

CR South se­nior Chris­tian Crane (L) scored on a pair of touch­down runs last Fri­day in Ben­salem though the Owls emerged with the win.

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