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Jenkintown delivers a message

Varsity vs Bristol SHS on 9/20/2008
Posted Saturday, September 27, 2008 by Mike Fitzgerald
       Shawn McCarthy was exhausted and out of breath, with good reason. The junior running back ran up and down the field on offense racking up 125 yards on 17 carries to go along with 3 touchdowns to lead Jenkintown to a convincing, 38-6 rout of Independence League opponent Bristol.
     "Big game. Everyone played good. Line blocked awesome," said McCarthy. 
It was the first time the Drakes (4-0, 1-0 Independence) beat the Warriors (2-1, 0-1 Independence) in 12 years. With coaches from the Indepedence League scouting both teams, the Drakes wanted to send a message.
     "We're undefeated and we want to stay undefeated," said Jenkintown coach Harold Smith. "A lot of people have criticized us. The kids have heard it around that we haven't played anybody. We played Bristol, we haven't beaten them in 12 years. Even though the kids were 3-0, no one gave the kids that respect. We as coaches didn't have to motivate them this week, they were ready to go."
   "We wanted to come ouot and send a statement to the whole league that we are the best in the league," said McCarthy.
     Mission accomplished.
     Jenkintown's ferocious defense kept Bristol running back Woodrow Vorters in check most of the afternoon. Vorters rushed for 90 yards on 21 carries, most of the yards came on his 55-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
    "Woodrow Vorters is a great running back so we were just trying to keep him contained," said offensive, defensive lineman Chris DiValentino. "We knew he was going to break one or two. So we just did our best to stay together. No one fell apart."
    The Drakes' defense sacked QB Anthony Pinelli 4 times in the drubbing. DiValentino had 1 sack while McCarthy had another. Alex Flood & Isaac Schaphorst each had one also. DiValentino almost had an interception.
     "We did a great job," said Smith. "We had 2 big plays on us. One of the plays was the coach's fault. We called something trying to take a chance and we tried to figure out what we wanted to do and they actually did a better job of calling something different and he broke it and he was gone. We didn't play the ball weel on the one pass, other than I think they played well as a defense."
     Pinelli completed a 41-yard pass on a 3rd and 9 situation on Bristol's 1st drive of the game.
    Jenkintown's three-tiered offense looked just as potent. With an army of running backs and  a passing game that could challenge any secondary the drakes had no trouble moving the chains against the Warriors. The Drakes had 462 yards of total offense.
    After hooking up with wide receiver Aden Twer on a 33-yard pass, QB Conor Beltz connected with tight end Eric Stumpo for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
    "We definitely know we can always spread the field with Aden," said Beltz, who completed 8 of 10 pass for 189 yards. "But Joe Costis stepped up big todat. We knew they were going to double-cover Aden and Joe stepped up big and made two huge plays for us."
    McCarthy scored from 1-yard out to give the drakes a 17-6 lead at halftime. Kilby provided the knockout punch Jenkintown was looking for with 9:15 left in the 3rd quarter by dashing for a 32-yard touchdown run putting the drakes up 24-6.
    "Quite honestly their kids played a great football game," said Bristol coach George Gatto. We were never in the football game from the 1st play of the game, emotionally
Bristol       0       6        0       0 -      6
Jenkintown 3    14     14      6-      37
J- Hudson 22-yard FG
J- Stumpo 21-yard pass from Beltz (Hudson kick)
B- Vorters 55-yard run (kick failed)
J- McCarthy 1 yard run (Hudson kick)

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