Colo­nials march past Wis­sahickon

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Den­nis C. Way

dway@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

It will be re­mem­bered as a 35-21 Ply­mouth Whitemarsh HLJK vLFWRUy, a vLFWRUy WKaW pro­pelled the Colo­nials into VRlH pRVVHVVLRQ RI fiUVW plaFH LQ WKH SuEuUEaQ 2QH /HaJuH’V Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence.

BuW pHUKapV HvHQ PRUH PHPRUaElH waV WKH 94-yaUG 3: GULvH aW WKH HQG RI WKH fiUVW KalI WKaW WuUQHG WKH FRQtest com­pletely around.

Trail­ing by a point mid­way WKURuJK WKH VHFRQG TuaUWHU, the Colo­nials mounted a terUL­fiF 94-yaUG GULvH WKaW QRW RQly JavH WKH vLVLWRUV WKH lHaG, but sparked a Colo­nials of­fense that ul­ti­mately scored on WKUHH VuFFHVVLvH pRVVHVVLRQV.

By JaPH’V HQG, 3: UuQQLQJ back Corey Kelly had rushed IRU 229 yaUGV aQG WKUHH WRuFKGRwQV, EaFN­fiHlG PaWH THUUy BURwQ UaQ IRU 176 PRUH aQG quar­ter­back Pete Gior­gio threw for one touch­down and ran for aQRWKHU, aQG WKH CRlRQLalV wHUH LQ fiUVW plaFH all Ey WKHPVHlvHV.

“AEVRulWHly,” VaLG CRlRQLalV FRaFK DaQ CKaQJ, wKHQ aVNHG LI WKH 16-play, 94-yaUG march had the big­gest im­pact on the game. “It was a huge GULvH IRU uV, aQG a KuJH PR­men­tum turn. They fum­ble WKH Eall LQVLGH WKH 10 aQG wH JR 95 (aFWually 94) yaUGV. “IW waV a JUHaW GULvH Ey WKH NLGV.” “It was just like our last game (a come-from-be­hind RvHUWLPH wLQ RvHU CKHlWHQKaP),” aGGHG BURwQ. “:H JRW in the hud­dle and talked about FRPLQJ EaFN, aERuW fiJKWLQJ hard and com­ing back.

“(:LVVaKLFNRQ) waV WKH team we felt was the big­gest threat to us win­ning a league cham­pi­onship. It was a big game. It was all we talked aERuW WKLV wHHN.”

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The Tro­jans took the openLQJ NLFNRII aQG, NHyHG Ey DaQ MuUpKy’V 33-yaUG UuQ RQ WKH fiUVW play IURP VFULPPaJH, wHQW 53 yaUGV RQ IRuU playV WR WaNH a 7-0 lHaG, wLWK quar­ter­back Randy Franken­fiHlG EuFNLQJ LQ IURP WKH 1-yaUG lLQH MuVW 73 VHFRQGV into the con­test.

PW re­sponded by scor­ing ex­actly one minute later when .Hlly Fap­pHG a IRuU-play, 76-yaUG GULvH wLWK a WwR-yaUG VFRUH. TKaW score was set up by back-to-back BURwQ UuQV WRWalLQJ 66 yaUGV.

Af­ter the two sides exFKaQJHG puQWV, WKH TURMaQV UH­gained the lead when Mur­phy ram­bled 22 yards to push the VFRUH WR 14-7 wLWK 2:03 lHIW LQ the open­ing pe­riod.

But the Colo­nials anVwHUHG RQFH PRUH, JRLQJ 48 yaUGV RQ HLJKW playV, wLWK .Hlly aFFRuQWLQJ IRU WKH fiQal 11, KLWWLQJ WKH HQG zRQH wLWK 10:09 lHIW LQ WKH KalI.

The ex­tra-point at­tempt IaLlHG, KRwHvHU, VR WKH TURMaQV were still the front-run­ners.

Wis­sahickon seemed des­tined to add to its lead when a 53-yard pass play from FranNHQ­fiHlG WR GRUGRQ BHQWlHy JavH WKH KRPH WHaP a fiUVW down at the Colo­nials 11.

BuW WKUHH playV laWHU, CRlo­nials line­man Ryan Lun­ney pounced on a Tro­jans IuPElH aW WKH 6-yaUG lLQH.

3: WRRN RvHU wLWK 6:41 lHIW LQ WKH KalI, WKHQ puW WRJHWKHU LWV GULvH RI WKH yHaU. IW EHJaQ wLWK a 9-yaUG UuQ Ey Kelly and fea­tured 11 runQLQJ playV aQG fivH paVVHV. The key play was a back­side screen that Al­ton Cus­tus WuUQHG LQWR a 26-yaUG JaLQ WR the Tro­jans 3-yard line.

.Hlly VFRUHG RQ WKH QHxW play, and the Colo­nials went into the EUHaN wLWK a 19-14 lHaG.

PW car­ried the mo­menWuP RI WKaW GULvH LQWR WKH VHFRQG KalI, aQG VWUHaNHG 71 yaUGV RQ fivH playV WR aGG WR LWV lHaG, wLWK .Hlly’V 31-yaUG run and Gior­gio’s 32-yard TD VFaPpHU pRlLVKLQJ LW RII.

Af­ter a Tro­jans three-an­dRuW, 3: wHQW EaFN WR wRUN aQG WUavHUVHG 92 yaUGV RQ QLQH plays with a Gior­gio to Erik Tucker 13-yard pass putting 3: LQ IURQW, 35-14, wLWK 4:34 re­main­ing in the quar­ter.

“We made a cou­ple of WwHaNV RIIHQVLvHly,” VaLG Chang of an at­tack that in­cluded 13 pass at­tempts. “We saw some things that we could KuUW WKHP wLWK, aQG RuU JuyV HxHFuWHG vHUy wHll.”

:LVVaKLFNRQ, wKLFK lRVW MuUpKy WR LQMuUy LQ WKH fiUVW KalI, EaWWlHG EaFN, GULvLQJ LQVLGH WKH 3: 10 RQ LWV QHxW GULvH, only to watch the march end on GRwQV aW WKH CRlRQLalV 7.

BuW laWH LQ WKH TuaUWHU, FUaQNHQ­fiHlG IRuQG BHQWlHy WKUHH dif­fer­ent times on an 85-yard GULvH, WKH fiQal WLPH IRU a 29yard score with one tick of the clock re­main­ing in the third.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / KEVIN HOFFMAN

Methac­ton’s Michael Cas­sidy is tack­led by Potts­grove’s Qwhadir Miller and Michael Fowler dur­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon’s PAC-10 game.

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