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.”
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.