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Too many penal­ties

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh shot it­self in the foot over and over again with penal­ties against Quakertown.

The Colo­nials com­mit­ted 10 penal­ties for 112 yards to Quakertown’s four penal­ties for 30 yards.

Three penal­ties in par­tic­u­lar re­ally hurt PW’s chances.

They tack­led Quakertown quar­ter­back Brad Bryan short of the sticks on 4th-and-12 in the third quar­ter, but grabbed his face­mask. Two plays later, Pa­trick ran for a touch­down.

Af­ter a de­fen­sive stop to get the ball back with three min­utes left in the game, trail­ing 17-14, the Colo­nials com­mit­ted a per­sonal foul on the punt to back them­selves up to their own 13yard line.

Two plays later, they pushed them­selves back to their seven with a hold­ing penalty.

“Penal­ties are a part of the game,” Chang said. “There were a lot of penal­ties on us. We do have to clean that up.”

One last chance

De­spite the penal­ties, Ply­mouth Whitemarsh still had a chance to win the game. Quar­ter­back Larry McLaugh­lin con­nected with re­ceiver Christo­pher Pierce for 37 yards on 3rdand-14 from their own nine­yard line to get the ball out near mid­field.

Af­ter two in­com­ple- tions and a Philly Spe­cial that only gained a yard, PW faced 4th-and-9 with 51 sec­onds left. McLaugh­lin dropped back to pass, but Quakertown de­fen­sive back Ben Sch­legel came fly­ing off the edge to bring him down for a seven-yard loss and seal the win for the Pan­thers.

“I told them we’re young,” Chang said. “We have to learn how to win these games. It comes down — at the end — and we just have to learn how to fin­ish. That’s some­thing we will work on.”

Fast start

Ply­mouth Whitemarsh couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter start.

The Colo­nials re­ceived the open­ing kick­off and put to­gether a 10-play touch­down drive, eat­ing up 93 yards and 5:02 off the clock.

Brian Dres­nin, Michael Pa­ciello, McLaugh­lin and Pierce all did dam­age on the ground on the open­ing pos­ses­sion and McLaugh­lin was 2-for-2 through the air — both to Pierce — for 25 yards.

Pierce fin­ished off the drive with a 25-yard touch­down run to give PW a 7-0 ad­van­tage.

“Our o-line was block­ing well,” Chang said, “our run­ning backs were run­ning tough, Larry was mak­ing good reads. I thought we were ex­e­cut­ing pretty well. We just need to be a lit­tle more con­sis­tent. We have to elim­i­nate the big mis­takes.” RADNOR 3, CAR­ROLL 2 >> Maeve Riehman had a goal and an as­sist but Radnor held on for the non­con­fer­ence win on Satur­day.

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