Ea­gles fall to Chel­tenham

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Jonathan Van­der Lugt

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.”

Things were look­ing up for the Ea­gles early when Whey WooN Whe OeDG on 5DVhon Lu­sane’s 36-yard strike to Isiah Carter on Nor­ris­town’s sec­ond drive. The PAT was good, and the Ea­gles found them­selves up 7-0. Af­ter a three-and-out by Chel­tenham, Nor­ris­town had the ball and a chance to pad their DGYDnWDJe ODWe Ln Whe firVW.

“Play­ing them, we knew it was go­ing to be a very dif- fiFuOW JDPe,” 3DnWherV FoDFh Joe Gro said. “The kids up­set me a lit­tle bit when they weren’t as ready as they should have been. We knew that Nor­ris­town was go­ing to be very for­mi­da­ble.”

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.

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