Phan­toms fall against Ox­ford, 42-26

Phoenixville off to 0-3 start on the year

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Crossan For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia @crossan11 on Twit­ter

EAST NOT­TING­HAM » Se­nior quar­ter­back Chan­dler Eng­land and the Ox­ford Hor­nets found them­selves in an un­usual spot for their third game of the sea­son Fri­day night.

Un­usual, as in this week didn’t re­quire a fourth quar­ter come­back to win.

Eng­land and the Hor­nets, ranked 20th in this week’s Pa. Prep Live Top 20, took the lead early and would not re­lin­quish it in a 42-26 win over Phoenixville.

Dur­ing the first cou­ple of plays, the Hor­nets ap­peared to be com­pletely locked in. Un­til the third play of the game when Eng­land would throw an in­ter­cep­tion within the first 30 sec­onds. It would be his first of two in­ter­cep­tions both be­ing tipped by Phoenixville’s de­fen­sive line­men.

But the next of­fen­sive se­ries Eng­land needed just one play to for­get his mis­take by throw­ing a 76-yard pass to a wide-open Bran­don DeShields down the mid­dle.

This would be Eng­land’s first of four touch­down passes he threw on the Phoenixville de­fense. He fin­ished the game throw­ing 12-for-19 with 263 yards, four touch­downs and two in­ter­cep­tions.

While look­ing calm and col­lected in the pocket, Eng­land also showed off his run­ning game by at­tempt­ing 10 rushes for 52 yards and a 2-yard quar­ter­back sneak in the third quar­ter.

The only thing stop­ping the se­nior quar­ter­back was Phoenixville’s de­fen­sive back Zion Small who picked off Eng­land twice while re­turn­ing one for a 50-yard touch­down.

But the pass­ing at­tack was not the only thing Ox­ford had go­ing dur­ing the game.

Ox­ford used a three-headed rush­ing at­tack from Eng­land, Tim Faber and Bran­don Holz. To­gether they rushed for 30 at­tempts for 150 yards and two touch­downs in claim­ing the win.

Sopho­more tail­back Faber, who stepped up for an in­jured Holz last week, seems to have gained some more of the coach’s trust. Faber lead the team with 11 rushes, 81 yards and added a touch­down. He scored the se­cond touch­down for the hor­nets on a 15-yard rush up the mid­dle to make the game 14-0 with 8:00 min­utes show­ing on the clock in the first.

Spe­cial teams may be a prob­lem for the Hor­nets go­ing for­ward. As penal­ties, muffed punts and poorly ex­e­cuted ex­tra points could lead to big­ger prob­lems in es­pe­cially with con­fer­ence games com­ing up on the hori­zon.

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