Colo­nials blank Nor­ris­town

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Den­nis C. Way

dway@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

The story within a story Satur­day af­ter­noon at Nor­ris­town High was the Ply­mouth Whitemarsh run­ning­back duo of Corey Kelly and Terry Brown both within reach of 1,000 yards for the sea­son.

Ul­ti­mately, only one of those backs, Kelly, hit the cov­eted mark. But the Colo­nials demon­strated there were other weapons in their hol­ster as they blanked the host Ea­gles, 28-0. And, cou­pled with Chel­tenham’s loss to Up­per More­land Fri­day night, PW clinched at least a tie for its sec­ond straight Subur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship.

“It wasn’t very pretty, and we had too many penal­ties DQG PHQWDO PLVWDNHV,” 3: coach Dan Chang said. “But JRRG WHDPV fiQG D wDy WR win when they’re not at their EHVW.”

“(The league ti­tle) is not some­thing we’re go­ing to em­pha­size too much be­cause our goal is to go through league play with­out a loss. But it’s a nice re­ward for the wRUN wH’YH DOO GRQH.”

The Colo­nials came out look­ing like any­thing but league champs early on as a sack and a penalty moved them back­wards on their ini­tial drive and they went three-and-out on their next.

“We weren’t as fo­cused DV wH uVuDOOy DUH,” VDLG UuQn­ing back Jose Vega, who picked up 35 rush­ing yards in his busiest day as a ball­car­rier this sea­son. “I guess we’re used to play­ing at night, and maybe we thought this would be an easy game and were just try­ing to get it RYHU wLWK.”

Nor­ris­town was un­able to take ad­van­tage of the early Colo­nials’ lapse, and the con­test was score­less WKURuJK WKH fiUVW TuDUWHU.

But af­ter pin­ning the Ea- gles deep in their own end and tak­ing over at the Nor­ris­town 31 early in the sec­ond quar­ter, the vis­i­tors went ahead to stay just 1:26 into the stanza when quar­ter­back Pete Gior­gio went 31 yards on a keeper to get PW on the board.

Then Kelly got into the act on the Colo­nials’ next drive, rush­ing for 32 yards on a 10play, 77-yard drive that ended with the se­nior full­back scor­ing from the 3-yard line to send PW into the break up Ey 14 SRLQWV. .HOOy fiQLVKHG with 106 rush­ing yards and raise his sea­son’s to­tal to

1,006 for the year.

“Hats off to PW,” said Ea­gles coach E.J. Smith, “they ex­e­cuted when they had to.

“It was our se­niors’ day, and I felt we played fairly ZHOO LQ WKH fiUVW KDOI. BuW ZH made some men­tal mis­takes, which can’t hap­pen, and penal­ties re­ally hurt us.”

In­deed, by game’s end, 1RUULVWRZQ KDG EHHQ flDJJHG 14 times for 81 yards.

If the Ea­gles still main­tained any ideas of an up­set, the Colo­nials put them to rest RQ WKHLU fiUVW SRVVHVVLRQ RI WKH sec­ond half, which came to a close with Brown sweep­ing right end for 48 yards and the put-away score just 2:30 into the third quar­ter.

Be­tween them, Kelly and Brown would only carry the ball eight more times from that point on, as the Colo­nials de- cided to divvy up the touches.

“I’m re­ally the block­ing back,” Vega said. “I try and open holes so (Brown and Kelly) can get their yards. It feels great get­ting a chance to carry the ball a few times. But all the credit goes to our offensive line. They make the holes. We all just try and do the best we can to run through them.”

Gior­gio com­pleted the day’s scor­ing with a short touch­down run early in the fourth quar­ter. And by game’s end, the Colo­nials were champs — again.

The Ea­gles, mean­while, vowed to keep plug­ging.

“We have kids that are work­ing as hard as they can,” Smith said. “We’re go­ing to keep coach­ing them and they’re go­ing to keep play­ing hard.”

“That’s the one thing about this group. They haven’t given up.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / ADRI­ANNA HOFF

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s James Bene­dict car­ries the ball dur­ing Satur­day’s Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence game against Nor­ris­town.

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