Coun­cil Rock South can’t catch up to Abing­ton

The Advance of Bucks County - - WORD ON THE STREET - By Dave Hol­loway

For Buck­sLo­calS­ports Coun­cil Rock South played Abing­ton to a 1313 draw in the sec­ond half of last Fri­day’s road duel with the Ghosts. Trou­ble was Abing­ton outscored the Golden Hawks, 17-0, in the first half and went on to a 30-13 tri­umph, reg­is­ter­ing its fourth league win of the sea­son.

CR South has but one con­fer­ence win, a 32-13 vic­tory over win­less Tru­man (2-6, 0-5).

“We know we’re bet­ter than our record shows,” said CR South re­ceiver Cameron Crosley, who scored both touch­downs against the Ghosts. “We just got to start play­ing with some con­sis­tency.

“We just got to get our tempo back.”

The Hawks played Abing­ton to the sec­ond-half draw, de­spite fum­bling the ball away on the first play from scrim­mage af­ter the in­ter- mis­sion.

“Stuff like that – we can’t get down. We keep play­ing and we come back,” com­mented Crosley.

“We’re just not catch­ing any breaks but we’re still gonna fight, no mat­ter what.”

Still, it cost South six points as it took the Ghosts just two plays to cap­i­tal­ize on the mis­take as they reg­is­tered their third touch­down of the night.

*** There was a lot go­ing on Oct. 19 at Abing­ton’s Sch­warz­man Sta­dium, also known as The Grave­yard.

The Ghosts were host­ing a Breast Can­cer Aware­ness night and it seemed ev­ery­one in the sta­dium had on some­thing in many shades of pink.

It was Homecoming, so it was a big crowd, not to men­tion the ex­tended half­time to in­tro­duce the Homecoming court.

Fi­nally, Com­cast

(CN8) was on hand to broad­cast the duel, not a nor­mal oc­cur­rence for a high school football game.

It could have been easy for the Abing­ton play­ers to over­look the busi­ness at hand – fac­ing Rock South in a Subur­ban One Na­tional Con­fer­ence bat­tle.

Not a chance. The Ghosts strung to­gether three firsthalf drives that net­ted 17 points, then stopped CR South on fourth down at the Abing­ton 1-yard line 33 sec­onds be­fore half­time.

Abing­ton quar­ter­back Dy­lan Collins got things go­ing in the Ghosts’ di­rec­tion when he capped an eight­play, 27-yard drive with a 1-yard scor­ing plunge. The drive was set up by 33-yard punt re­turn by se­nior hen­dall Ste­wart.

Sean Treacy made it 10-0 with a 25-yard field goal less than a minute into the sec­ond pe­riod when a drive stalled at the CR South 8-yard line.

Craig Reynolds, the Ghosts’ lead­ing rusher, then bulled in from four yards out mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter to make it 17-0.

The de­fense stopped the South of­fense just be­fore half, then it stepped up on the first play of the third quar­ter when Dustyn Collins scooped up a Hawks fum­ble and re­turned it 17 yards to the 6-yard line. Collins cap­i­tal­ized on the turnover with a 4-yard touch­down run.

South broke up the shutout when quar­ter­back Greg Paprocki con­nected with Crosley on a 57-yard scor­ing pass mid­way through the third quar­ter.

“We got a cou­ple hitches – two in a row,” said Crosley. “I knew that on a hitc­hand-go, I can beat [the de­fender] deep.”

“[Paprocki] had a good throw and I went up and got it and just took it in.”

The Hawks threat­ened again, but on the sec­ond play of the fourth quar­ter, heith Boggi stopped Paprocki on fourth-and-one at the Abing­ton 20. The Ghosts turned it around and marched 80 yards on nine plays. Reynolds picked up 38 of the yards on five car­ries be­fore Collins hit Cage Gorm­ley with an 8-yard touch­down pass to seal the vic­tory.

Crosley made things closer when he took an en­daround 16 yards for his sec­ond score of the game, but the Ghosts took care of run­ning out the clock.

Reynolds led all ball­car­ri­ers with 115 yards on 21 car­ries, while Tyler Schreiner added 60 yards on four car­ries for the Ghosts.

Chris­tian Crane led the Hawks with 39 yards on five car­ries. Rocco Spad­da­cino added 34 yards on 12 rushes. Paprocki tal­lied 34 more on 13 keep­ers. An­thony Al­i­ment reg­is­tered nine yards on two totes.

South needs to re­group in or­der to re­gain the mo­men­tum it gath­ered af­ter de­feat­ing the Tigers Oct. 5 and tak­ing a 14-0 half­time lead Oct. 12 at Neshaminy. Crosley looks at the task as doable.

“We feel good ev­ery week be­cause we know we work harder than any team to

come out and get a win,” he said. “Some­times, it doesn’t go your way.

“We’ll keep work­ing hard no mat­ter what. To­mor­row, we’re go­ing to come out and work even harder.”

The loss drops South to 1-4 in the SOL Na­tional Con­fer­ence, 1-7 over­all on the sea­son. The Hawks travel to Wil­liam Ten­nent Fri­day then wrap things up against CR North Nov. 2 in New­town.

The Ghosts, now 6-2 over­all and 4-1 in the SONL, travel to Neshaminy Fri­day, face Ten­nent Nov. 2 and host Chel­tenham in their an­nual Thanks­giv­ing tilt. Buck­sLo­calS­ports Ed­i­tor Steve Sher­man con­trib­uted to this news­piece

Photo by Steve Sher­man

Abing­ton half­back Craig Reynolds led all rush­ers with 115 yards on 21 car­ries and a sec­ond-quar­ter TD that put the Ghosts up, 17-0

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