Penal­ties haunt PW in loss to Q’town

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @emor09 on Twit­ter

QUAKERTOWN >> Quakertown’s rush­ing at­tack couldn’t find any room against the Ply­mouth Whitemarsh de­fense in the first half Fri­day night.

The Pan­thers to­talled 61 yards on 20 car­ries — a mere 3.1 yards per at­tempt — dur­ing the first 24 min­utes. That changed af­ter half­time. Quakertown ran for 113 yards and a pair of touch­downs in the sec­ond half to come from be­hind and beat the Colo­nials, 17-14, in Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence play at Alumni Field.

“In the first half we were just try­ing to feel them out,” Pan­thers run­ning back Chris­tian Pa­trick said. “They were fill­ing our gaps, stop­ping ev­ery­thing that we were try­ing to do. We talked about it in the locker room — what was work­ing for us — and we came out in the sec­ond half just fir­ing back and ready to keep run­ning.”

Pa­trick ran for 86 of his teamhigh 89 rush­ing yards in the sec­ond half.

Of the first four plays af­ter half­time, three were Pa­trick runs that re­sulted in 20 yards, in­clud­ing a six-yard score to put the Pan­thers ahead for good, 10-7.

Later in the third quar­ter, Pa­trick scored from five yards away to ex­tend the lead to 10, 17-7.

Run­ning back Del­bert Ross ran for 33 of his 46 yards af­ter half­time.

“Once we started get­ting (go­ing) we were real con­fi­dent,” Pa­trick said. “We want the ball to just keep com­ing to us. We knew that our line could get us five to 10 yards ev­ery play and we were fine.”

“I think we got worn down a lit­tle bit,” Ply­mouth Whitemarsh coach Dan Chang said of his de­fense. “We have to learn to fin­ish that sec­ond half. We have to come out with the same in­ten­sity, get off of blocks and be able to play at that same level.” PW >> PAGE 2

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