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Jenkintown rolls over Morrisville

Posted Friday, October 30, 2009 by Mike Prince

Most people went into last Friday’s game between Morrisville and Jenkintown thinking that the final score would be exactly what it was – a high-scoring affair that ended with one team dominating and racking up 42 points.

Only most didn’t think that it would be Jenkintown as the team with 42 points and on top.

The Drakes (2-6) racked up 301 rushing yards and ripped off six consecutive touchdowns between the second quarter and the beginning of the fourth quarter en route to a convincing 42-21 win over visiting Morrisville (5-2) last Friday at Jenkintown High School on a cold, rainy night under the lights.

“Our kids have always worked hard and stayed with it and we just tried to get them loose and tried to get them to play tonight,” Jenkintown coach Hal Smith said.  “I think they were getting tight and depressed and they kept losing.  We just wanted to have fun, so I wore my lucky hat because of the rain and we came out and are taking it one game at a time and we had the potential to win.”

Morrisville opened the scoring in the first quarter when quarterback Matt Cookson scored on a 24-yard run just over three minutes into the game.  Cookson scored again on a two-yard run before the end of the quarter to give the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play.

But that lead wouldn’t last long, as Jenkintown went on to score the next 42 points of the game.

Jack Kinniry scored on a 90-yard touchdown run to put Jenkintown on the board, who then trailed 14-8 following a two-point conversion run by Aden Twer.  Just seconds before the end of the first half, quarterback Pat Stillmun found Erik Stumpo for a seven-yard pass to tie the game at 14-14 before the end of the second quarter.

The third quarter belonged to the Drakes.  Runs of three yards from Shawn McCarthy and 11 yards from Stillmun put the Drakes up by two scores with just over a minute to play in the period.  Just seconds later, however, Kinniry intercepted a Cookson pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, putting Jenkintown up 34-14 going into the final quarter.

Just a minute into the final quarter, Twer, easily the fastest player on the field for Jenkintown, took a pitch from Stillmun and broke off a 60-yard touchdown run to give the Drakes their largest lead of the night at 42-14.

“I hit the hole hard and I just give up my body and do whatever it takes and do whatever I have to do to get the extra yards,” Twer said.  “I’m not usually a running back, but they switched me this week in a big jumbo package and I feel like I can just run anyone over.”

Smith decided to put Twer in at running back this week at practice, after using him primarily at wide receiver this season.

“We ran the ball well and have a game plan every game to try and put our kids in the best position to win,” Smith said.  “So we put Twer in at running back where we thought he could run the Power-I and he came out and ran well.  We ran the ball and we played the game well enough to win.  We played with a limited number of mistakes.”

Cookson scored a late touchdown for Morrisville, but the deficit was far too great to overcome.  The Bulldogs’ quarterback ran 23 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns to lead Morrisville’s offensive attack.

Twer finished with 110 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown, while also tacking on two-point conversions after two of Jenkintown’s touchdowns.  McCarthy ran 18 times for 45 yards and scored once, while Kinniry racked up 122 yards on only seven carries, while scoring on offense and defense.  Kinniry also caught one ball for 36 yards, while Stumpo caught three balls for 49 yards and one touchdown.  Stillmun ran three times for 20 yards and one touchdown, while going 5 for 8 for 89 yards and one touchdown behind center.

“I think we just came out and played hard,” Kinniry said.  “Emotions with Homecoming were high.  I’m not surprised at all that we won.  We’re good and when we play together and don’t make mistakes, this is what happens.  It was one of the best games I’ve ever played.  The offensive line did great.  Everyone blocked and did their jobs and everyone worked hard.”

Jenkintown hosts Lower Moreland Saturday in a league matchup (1:30 p.m.).

Morrisville    14    0    0    7—21

Jenkintown    0    14    20    8—42


First quarter

M – Cookson 24 run (Douglass kick)

M – Cookson 2 run (Douglass kick)

Second quarter

J – Kinniry 90 run (Twer run)

J – Stumpo 7 pass from Stillmun (kick missed)

Third quarter

J - McCarthy 3 run (Twer run)

J – Stillmun 11 run (run failed)

J – Kinniry 48 interception return (run failed)

Fourth quarter

J – Twer 60 run (DiValentino run)

M – Cookson 1 run (Douglass kick)

                              Morrisville    Jenkintown

First Downs               18                 12

Yards Rushing         301             229

Yards Passing          89                 35

Total Yards                390             264
Passing                    17-3-2        11-5-1

Fumbles – Lost          4-3               1-0

Penalties                  9-52            13-124

Punts                          0-0              1-28.0


M – Cookson 23-133, 3TD; Bresner 10-27; Jones 6-35; Wilcox 1-2; Figgueroa 1-4; Beyer 2-25; Miller 1-(-6).

J – McCarthy 18-45, TD; Kinniry 7-122, TD; Twer 10-110, TD; Stillmun 3-20, TD; DiValentino 1-4.


M – Cookson 14-3-2, 35; Wilcox 2-0-0

J – Hull 3-0-1; Stillmun 8-4-0, 89, TD


M – Beyer 2-32; Williams 1-3

J – Stumpo 3-49, TD; Kinniry 1-36; Perkins 1-4

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