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Jenkintown falls to Springfield in OT

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by Mike Prince

After last Saturday afternoon’s game between Jenkintown and Springfield, Spartans’ running back Ronye Johnson looked at his coach and just went: “Finally, finally.”

What the senior was referring to was the fact that Springfield (1-4) had not just earned its first win of the season, but it had just won its first league game in two years, following a 22-21 overtime win over visiting Jenkintown (1-4) at Springfield High School last Saturday.

Thanks to a late fourth quarter touchdown and two-point conversion, Springfield was able to force overtime and eventually win after Jenkintown missed an extra point following its touchdown.

“It was such a huge win for us,” Springfield coach Chris Shelly said.  “It was something we’ve been pushing for.  Our kids played four quarters the week before against ANC and we were finally looking to take the next step.  I asked them to step up at the half when they were down, and they drove at the end of the game to tie it.  It wasn’t a great way to win, but we hung in there and fortunately, they missed that extra point.”

The ironic thing for Springfield was that it had not completed one pass the entire game up until the game-tying score.  Spartans’ quarterback, sophomore Doug Bauer, went 1 for 4 for 11 yards, but the one completion was a big one and it scored the touchdown that ultimately led to Springfield’s first win of the season.

“I think that we have kids that were challenged and asked to step up the first three weeks of the season and they were unable to,” Shelly said, “but they came through and found their confidence and definitely helped the program with this win.  We have a ton of young kids and I’m just hoping that a lot of hard work is going to pay off.”

Saturday’s game started off well for Springfield, as sophomore running back Clay Ewell ran in a touchdown from six yards out to put Springfield up 7-0 early in the second quarter following a Jamie Rogers extra point.

The lead didn’t last long, however, as Jenkintown came right back and scored back-to-back touchdowns, including a Shawn McCarthy one-yard touchdown run and an 82-yard touchdown pass from Ned Hull to senior Aden Twer to give the Drakes their first lead of the game at 15-7, following a two-point conversion.

The score stayed that way until the fourth quarter, when Bauer found junior Bobby Andris for an 11-yard touchdown pass.  Johnson ran in the two-point conversion to tie the game at 15-15 and force overtime.

In overtime, Johnson ran in a one-yard touchdown run to give Springfield the edge, leading 22-15 following an extra point.  Jenkintown came right back with a touchdown of its own, on a two-yard run by McCarthy, but a missed extra point dashed all hopes of Jenkintown forcing a second overtime and Springfield got its first win of the season.

“I just think they were hungrier and wanted it more,” Jenkintown coach Hal Smith said.  “Both teams played hard and they came out and got the win.  You never want to lose, and there’s something you can take away from this game from getting so close to winning, but a loss is still a loss, and we’re going to try some things in practice to get a step in the right direction.

“We’re not consistent.  We’re working out some freshmen right now and trying to get some sophomores to go through.  We’re just working hard and trying to get ready for each week’s game.  We’re just going to have to start showing up and being consistent.  Every game is like that now.  We do our job and work hard, things will change.”

For Jenkintown, Hull went 11 for 21 for 196 yards and two touchdowns.  McCarthy ran 11 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns, while Twer had 103 yards receiving including the 82-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown.

For Springfield, the day belonged to Johnson.  The senior running back racked up 173 yards on the ground on 34 carries including one touchdown and one two-point conversion.

“I am really impressed with Johnson,” Shelly said.  “He just continues to be the spark plug for our team.  All the guys look up to him out of the four captains and he is the one that everyone looks to for energy.  He’s the biggest guy, but he amazes me and carries people every week and continues to will himself for yards.”

Ewell also ran for 30 yards on nine carries with the one touchdown.  As a team, the Spartans ran for 226 yards compared to only 58 for the Drakes.

“Our defense did a very good job for the second week in a row,” Shelly said.  “If we can stay healthy, we can continue to get better each week.  We have Lower Moreland at home this Friday night, which should be another challenge for us, but we’re going to come out and play our game and hopefully do what we did this game and just win.”

Jenkintown    0    15    0    0    6—21

Springfield    0    7    0    8    7—22


Second quarter

S – Ewell 6 run (Rogers kick)

J – McCarthy 1 run (Twer kick)

J – Twer 82 pass from Hull (Hull run)

Fourth quarter

S – Andris 11 pass from Bauer (Johnson run)


S – Johnson 1 run (Rogers kick)

J – McCarthy 2 run (kick missed)

                                Jenkintown    Springfield

First Downs                5                     11

Yards Rushing          58                 226

Yards Passing          216                 11

Total Yards                274                237

Passing                 12-24-0              1-4-1

Fumbles – Lost        2-0                  3-0

Penalties                 4-25                 4-17

Punts                     1-34.0                4-22.5


J – McCarthy 11-44, 2TD; Twer 2-5; Kinniry 2-2; Hull 5–(-6); Jalowenko 4-13

S – Johnson 34-173, TD; Vido 1-2; Ewell 9-30, TD; Goodwin 1-2; Bauer 3-11; Andris 4-8


J – Stillmun 3-1-0, 20; Hull 21-11-0, 196, TD

S – Bauer 4-1-1, 11, TD


J – Kinniry 1-20; DiValentino 1-11; Twer 2-103, TD; Perkins 7-71; Stumpo 2-14

S – Andris 1-11, TD


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