Jenk­in­town foot­ball can’t keep up with New Hope Li­ons in loss.

Jenk­in­town can’t keep up with Li­ons

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Easter­ling

JENK­IN­TOWN >> One two-play drive en­cap­su­lated the keys to New Hope-Sole­bury’s of­fen­sive suc­cess on Sat­ur­day against Jenk­in­town.

The Li­ons, al­ready lead­ing by 20 points, started a sec­ond-quar­ter se­quence on their own 43yard line with a 17-yard, play-ac­tion pass from sopho­more quar­ter­back Philip Wein­seimer to se­nior tight end Pa­trick Cooney. On the next play, se­nior wide re­ceiver Pa­trick Tan­gradi scored on a 40-yard sweep.

Tan­gradi ac­counted for 108 of New Hope-Sole­bury’s 201 yards rush­ing, and Cooney led all re­ceivers with 98 yards and a touch­down in the Li­ons’ (4-2, 3-1) 45-18 vic­tory against the Drakes.

“From watch­ing the film, we’d seen that they ran that re­verse and they were suc­cess­ful with that,” Jenk­in­town (3-2, 2-1) coach An­thony Owens said. “Our guys, some­times the kids don’t take their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and they over­pur­sued or got blocked and they just came back the other way.”

Tan­gradi’s touch­down and the en­su­ing ex­tra-point at­tempt put the Li­ons up, 27-0, with just less than six min­utes left in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We just tried to switch it up, run screen passes, run the ball a lot, throw it deep, just keep the de­fense off guard,” said Wein­seimer, who ran for two touch­downs and threw for an­other.

“I saw their cor­ners, they all play like 10 yards off, so that kind of opens us up for pass­ing,” he added. “And rush­ing the ball, they’re just very ag­gres­sive, so any trick­er­a­tion will usu­ally get them off guard.”

New Hope-Sole­bury jumped on Jenk­in­town on the Drakes’ sec­ond of­fen­sive play. Se­nior cor­ner­back John Flavin in­ter­cepted a pass in­tended for Jenk­in­town ju­nior John­son John and re­turned it 21-yards for a touch­down.

“They came well-pre­pared,” Owens said. “You can’t turn the ball over, you can’t have un­nec­es­sary penal­ties. You have to have good field po­si­tion.”

“That pick six set the tone be­cause we were three and out and they got the ball back,” New Hope-Sole­bury coach Jim DiTulio said. “I mean, it was right in front of me. He threw it right to our

D-back . ... I think that sets the tone. You get a big mo­men­tum switch like that, it kind of picked us up a lit­tle bit and we were off from there.”

Af­ter the in­ter­cep­tion, Jenk­in­town’s next four drives ended with a punt, in­ter­cep­tion and two more punts. The Drakes fell be­hind 27-0 be­fore they first scored on a 66-yard pass from ju­nior quar­ter­back C.J. Jack­mon to John.

John false-started on the play be­fore the touch­down. The Drakes com­mit­ted 10 penal­ties, many of which oc­curred be­fore the snap, for 82 yards on Sat­ur­day.

Jenk­in­town and New Hope-Sole­bury matched each other with 12 points each in the sec­ond half, but the Drakes still strug­gled to cover Cooney. He caught a pass and evaded a tack­ler on his way to a 20-yard touch­down re­cep­tion on the Li­ons’ first drive of the third quar­ter to give them a 40-6 lead.

Cooney also had a 23yard catch and a 17-yard catch on a Li­ons’ fourthquar­ter drive that ended with a 4-yard touch­down run by ju­nior full­back Tom Raupp.

Jenk­in­town ju­nior run­ning back Bert Koniers didn’t play in the first half be­cause of an in­ter­nal is­sue, coach An­thony Owens said, but Koniers im­pacted the game in the fi­nal 24 min­utes. He caught a 24-yard swing pass on the Drakes’ first drive of the half.

He also had a 30-yard re­ceiv­ing gain on the first play of the fourth quar­ter. Two plays later, Jack­mon scored on a 6-yard rush­ing touch­down.

“I feel like when I came out in the sec­ond half, I helped my team,” Koniers said. "We had some hope. We had a nice lit­tle run at the end of the (first half). So I feel like we used that mo­men­tum to lead us out into the third quar­ter and have a cou­ple of big plays.”

Three Drakes had more than 50 yards re­ceiv­ing. Koniers fin­ished with 57 yards, John had 66 yards and a touch­down and se­nior Adam Gi­ammanco led Jenk­in­town with four catches for 89 yards, in­clud­ing a 52-yard touch­down in the third quar­ter.

“We started re­al­iz­ing that our run­ning game wasn’t work­ing,” Jack­mon said of the Drakes’ sec­ond-half ap­proach. “So we fig­ured that pass­ing the ball more and get­ting to gaps that were go­ing to be open was go­ing to help us and we did. So hope­fully we re­mem­ber that and next year we’ll start it at the be­gin­ning.”

New Hope-Sole­bury orig­i­nally was slated to play Delaware County Chris­tian School next, but is in­stead search­ing for a new op­po­nent be­cause the Knights can­celled their sea­son.

Jenk­in­town, com­ing off its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive loss, will face Mor­risville on Fri­day.

“With Mor­risville, they’re a big, strong, ath­letic squad,” Owens said. “And to have a puncher’s chance, we can’t fall apart early. We can’t com­mit turnovers.”

EVAN EASTER­LING/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jenk­in­town ju­nior quar­ter­back C.J. Jack­mon tosses the ball to the of­fi­cial af­ter scor­ing a rush­ing touch­down dur­ing the Drakes’ 45-18 loss to New Hope-Sole­bury on Sat­ur­day.

EVAN EASTER­LING/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jenk­in­town ju­nior quar­ter­back C.J. Jack­mon passes dur­ing the Drakes’ 45-18 loss to New Hope-Sole­bury on Sat­ur­day in Jenk­in­town.

EVAN EASTER­LING/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Jenk­in­town se­nior Adam Gi­ammanco runs up the left side­line dur­ing the Drakes’ 45-18 loss to New Hope-Sole­bury on Sat­ur­day in Jenk­in­town.

EVAN EASTER­LING/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

New Hope-Sole­bury ju­nior line­backer Tom Raupp (left) tack­les Jenk­in­town se­nior wide re­ceiver Adam Gi­ammanco dur­ing Jenk­in­town’s 45-18 home loss on Sat­ur­day.

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