Eagles fall to Cheltenham
21st Century Media News
The Norristown Eagles headed into Saturday afternoon’s matchup against Cheltenham knowing that they have to act quickly in order to avoid being regarded as the Suburban One American’s 2008 Detroit /LonV or 1976 7DPSD BDy BuFFDneerV.
The Eagles went in without a win this season and left in the same position, as Cheltenham won handily, 35-14.
“It’s been a tough year,” Norristown coach E.J. Smith said. “That was a tough game. The kids fought back and played hard. You’ve got to give credit to Cheltenham.”
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Cheltenham put it together following that drive, and things really only went down hill from there for Norristown.
After Lusane broke loose for a 12-yard scamper deep in his own territory, he coughed the ball up and the Panthers recovered, putting the ball on the Norristown
Cheltenham went on to score on Greg Morris’s 16yard run to tie the game. Norristown really fell out of any groove it had, and went on to punt, punt and throw an interception on their remaining possessions before the half.
The Panthers, on the other hand, went on lengthy scoring drives in their next two possessions, and went into the half up, 21-7.
Cheltenham scored again in the third on a 40-yard run by quarterback Marcus Heimann. Norristown answered eight seconds into the fourth with Kip Patton’s four-yard score, bringing the score to 28-14.
The Panthers sealed the game two drives later on a one-yard run by Heimann, going up 35-14, how the contest would eventually end.
Heimann had a nice day for Cheltenham, running for three scores and 96 yards on 12 carries while throwing for 66 on 6 of 8 passing. Mor- ris ran for 103 and a score on 18 carries. Erskine Anthony accounted for the Panthers’ other score and rushed for 16 yards on six attempts.
Norristown struggled offensively Saturday, accounting for only 112 yards of total offense. Patton led the team on the ground with 30 yards and a TD on eight carries. Lusane rushed for 29 on 11 carries and went 6 of 13 through the air for 61 yards and three interceptions. Carter led the Eagles’ skill players with 49 yards of total offense on seven touches.