Penalties haunt PW in loss to Q’town
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