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Comm Tech edges Jenkintown

Posted Thursday, November 20, 2008 by By Mike Prince, Sportswriter
Zero completions, zero passing yards and one win. That's how Communications Tech finished last Saturday afternoon's after matching up with Jenkintown at Southern High School's super site stadium in the second round of the PIAA Class A Playoffs.
If you asked Jenkintown's football team or any of it fans prior to the season if they thought they would made it through the season this far, almost everyone would have probably said no. But they went into Saturday with a 9-2 record and a season of accomplishment, before finally ending their season in disappointment.
Communication Tech beat Jenkintown, 22-10, with a trio of rushing touchdowns from its offense and a trio of turnovers caused by its defense.
"I'm proud of my seniors," Drakes' coach Hal Smith said. "If back in August I told my team, 'you guys were going to beat teams they never have before and be 9-3 and win a state playoff game,' everyone would think I was crazy."
But that is exactly what Jenkintown was able to do this year. Coming into this game at 9-2, they had beaten several teams that no one expected them to beat. They were coming off of a 4-6 record in 2007 in Smith's first season and have only moved forwarded since. And while moving forwarded and holding leads may have been what they did all season, the Drakes could not hold on a lead on Saturday.
After taking an early lead on a 25-yard field goal by Ted Hudson, the Drakes gave up a quick score just 50 seconds later on a 46-yard run by Phoenix back Stacy Hill. Following another Jenkintown score, when quarterback Conor Beltz scored a touchdown on a one-yard run, Communications Tech came right back and scored again.
The go-ahead score ended up being all that the Phoenix would need on this day, as their defense forced two interceptions and a fumble and kept the Drakes anywhere near from scoring again in the second half.
"They were faster...they were extremely fast," Smith said. "We had some plays that we tried and that didn't work and that was it. They came out and played extremely good football and just beat us."
The speed is precisely what Jenkintown's defense could not stop. The combination of Hill and running back Rolando Ransom accounted for 41 carries, 216 yards and all three touchdowns for the Phoenix, including the game's final score on a three-yard run by Ransom in the third quarter to give his team a 22-10 lead, also eventually the final score.
"We know that these kids have to rely on each other and it's because of that that they really came together and won today," Phoenix coach Rob DiMedio said. "We're having that 'one-game-at-a-time' mentality and I think that's why we played well today against a solid team like (Jenkintown)."
Ransom also had both interceptions on defense for the Phoenix.
The other reason for the Drakes loss was the fact that they were unable to get their ground game to go anywhere. Shawn McCarthy, usually their biggest offensive weapon, was held to just 46 yards on 13 carries throughout the game. Jack Kinniry was held in negative yards and Beltz was held to less than one-yard-per-carry.
Beltz finished with seven yards on 10 carries and also went 11 of 23 in the air with two costly interceptions.
"They were the first off the ball and they were prepared," Beltz said. "They played us well up front and were blitzing and I have to give them credit."
That up front play accounted for three sacks and the two interceptions on Beltz, who was unable to have enough time to find open receivers for big plays all day. Jenkintown did stay near mistake-free with penalties and held the Phoenix without a single receiving yard on the day however, but were unable to come out on top.
With the loss, which Smith describes as "obviously disappointing to lose," this team is returning a good amount of underclassman and is only looking forward to next year. This was only Smith's second year as head coach, and he and his staff believe they can repeat this success next year.
For Beltz, who is a senior and played in his final game at Jenkintown, he was disappointed with the loss but very happy with how his team's season turned out.
"I'm proud of everybody," Said Beltz. "We did this season together and I couldn't ask for more. It's the best team I've played with since I've been here."

Communications Tech      6      8      8      0 - 22
Jenkintown                           3      7      0      0 - 10

First quarter:
J - Hudson 25 FG
CT - Hill 46 run (Hill pass failed)
Second quarter:
J - Beltz 1 run (Hudson kick)
CT - Ransom 9 run (Hill run)
Third quarter:
CT - Ransom 3 run (Hill run)

                                 Comm Tech      Jenkintown
First Downs                    10                      11
Yards Rushing              241                     62
Yards Passing                0                        104
Total Yards                      241                   166
Passing                        0-5-0-0          11-23-0-2
Fumbles - Lost               1-1                     3-1
Penalties                         6-50                  2-10
Punts                               1-30.0               1-12.0

Communications Tech - Hill 23-134-1TD, Tubbs 7-19-1F, Bates 1-5, Ransom 18-82-2TD, Garrett 1-1
Jenkintown - McCarthy 13-46, Kinniry 4- -5, Beltz 10-7, Flood 1-1, Twer 1-1, Goldman 3-2

Communications Tech - Hill 0-5-0-0-0
Jenkintown - Beltz 11-23-104-0-2

Communications Tech - None
Jenkintown -Twer 5-68, Stumpo 1-4, Flood 1-9, Kinniry 2-0, McCarthy 2-23, Perkins1-4



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