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