Penn Char­ter runs past Cru­saders

LC can’t stop Saydee as Quakers win rainy sea­son opener in Ocean City

The Review - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mp­cabrey on Twit­ter

OCEAN CITY, N.J. » Ed­ward Saydee was sur­rounded but still con­tin­ued to churn out yards.

“They try to get the ball out of my hands and I just held it tight and kept lift­ing my feet up and kept mov­ing,” the Penn Char­ter run­ning back said.

Lans­dale Catholic seemed to have held Saydee to a short gain, but in­stead the ju­nior Quaker never stopped work­ing and moved the pile un­til he gained 19 yards, con­vert­ing a first down on a 2nd and 18 in the sec­ond quar­ter Satur­day morn­ing.

Seven plays later, Saydee found the end zone from 12 yards out to help Penn Char­ter to a 14-6 lead 1:42 be­fore half­time.

“Not only is he good when he gets the ball, he’s good after you make the first hit on him,” Lans­dale Catholic coach Tom Kirk said. “So the kid’s pretty spe­cial. I hope he’s a se­nior but I think he’s only a ju­nior, right, so I mean spe­cial backs make some spe­cial plays and he sure did to­day.”

In a wet and windy con­test at Ocean City High School’s Carey Sta­dium, Saydee and the Quakers did enough on the ground to over­come a few fum­bles while LC just could not get much go­ing on of­fense as Penn Char­ter slogged it way to a 20-6 win in the sea­son opener for both teams.

“Com­ing down this morn­ing we thought we were go­ing to get lucky with the weather and it cer­tainly af­fected the game,” Kirk said. “It didn’t af­fect Penn Char­ter as much as maybe we let it af­fect us.”

Saydee fin­ished with a game­high 194 yards and a pair of touch­downs on 24 car­ries as Penn Char­ter (1-0) beat Lans­dale Catholic (0-1) for the sec­ond straight year down the shore. Gavin Tygh added an­other 63 yards and a score on 10 car­ries for the Quakers.

“I think the weather con­di­tions weren’t great for play­ing of­fense,” Penn Char­ter coach Tom Coyle said. “They did put to­gether one drive against us and we cleared some things up a lit­tle bit on de­fense. We can do a bet­ter job of get­ting lined up and play­ing.”

The rain through­out the con­test led to plenty of fum­bles — Penn Char­ter los­ing three, LC two. On

one play in the third quar­ter had the Quakers fum­ble deep in their own ter­ri­tory, the Cru­saders re­cov­er­ing it but fum­bling the ball and hav­ing it roll out of the end zone for a touch­back, giv­ing pos­ses­sion back to Penn Char­ter.

“It is a day like this that if you’re be­hind and the weather keeps get­ting worse, it’s re­ally tough to come back,” Kirk said. “Throw­ing into the wind and just try­ing to move the ball, try­ing to get against mo­men­tum is re­ally a tough thing.”

Matt Casee led Lans­dale Catholic with 107 yards on 15 car­ries and gave the Cru­saders their six points with a one-yard touch­down run that made it 7-6 at 1:29 in the first quar­ter.

“He’s a horse. And you just keep on feed­ing him,” said Kirk of Casee. “It hurt a lit­tle bit when Jake came out — Do­heny — be­cause with Jake in there and Matt it al­lows us to do a pretty good ro­ta­tion go­ing on. So when Jake went out it lim­ited us a lit­tle more of what we can do of­fen­sively. Again, hope­fully Jake will be back next week.”

Both teams are on the road Fri­day next week. Lans­dale Catholic vis­its Up­per Dublin while Penn Char­ter is at Bon­ner & Pren­der­gast.

The Quakers took ad­van­tage of a LC fum­ble to take a 7-0 lead, as PC cor­ralled a loose ball at the Cru­sader 11 and Saydee capped a three­play drive with an sev­en­yard TD run at 6:30 in the open­ing quar­ter.

Lans­dale Catholic pulled within a point on the next se­ries, which be­gan at its own 29. With the Cru­saders fac­ing a 4th and 4 from the Penn Char­ter 11, the Quakers jumped off­sides, give LC a 1st and goal at the six. Casee punched it in from a yard out two plays later to make it 7-6.

The Cru­saders drove to the PC 29 on its next pos­ses­sion but turned the ball over on downs. The Quakers took over and went 70 yards — 19 on Saydee’s tough run in the crowd— and went up 14-6 on Saydee’s 12-yard TD run at 1:42.

Penn Char­ter looked poised to add more points be­fore half­time after block­ing an LC punt to set it­self up at the LC 22 but the Quakers gave the ball back on a fum­ble.

But the In­ter-Ac side even­tu­ally ex­tended their ad­van­tage to 20-6 on the first drive of the third quar­ter, Tygh fin­ish­ing a sev­en­play, 65-yard drive with a 24-yard touch­down run at 8:08.

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