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Lower Moreland runs past Jenkintown

Posted Saturday, November 07, 2009 by Andrew Marcus
The Jenkintown football team knows it will take its lumps before it can turn the program around. Still young, the Drakes are gaining experience and learning on the fly. In last Saturday’s 37-14 loss to Lower Moreland, the lesson was of historic proportions.

As the Lions looked to sit on their 14-0 lead entering the third quarter, senior Mike Trentalange had bigger plans in mind. Each handoff he corralled, he shook off multiple Drakes’ tacklers on his way to a new school record.

On 14 carries, the 5-foot-10, 185 pound tailback found the end zone three times and piled up 310 rushing yards, setting a new Lower Moreland record for single game rushing yards. The Drakes were tackling too high on the ballcarriers, tactics Jenkintown coach Hal Smith has not installed.

“The issue here is that Lower Moreland kids were stronger,” Smith said. “They have installed a great offseason workout program and they took over in the second half. Trentalange didn’t have that many big runs until the second half when we got worn down. We were physically dominated.”

The Lions kept the ball out of the Drakes’ hands as Trentalange finished off runs of 14, 53 and 30 yards for scores. Ryan O’Connell gashed the Drakes’ defense for 73 yards and added two touchdowns of his own. Trentalange finished with 22 yards per carry and Lower Moreland combined for 479 rushing yards.

“Mike finishes his runs and he doesn’t go down easy,” Lions’ coach Mark Mayson said. “The school record was 284 yards and with this game he’s the seventh guy ever over 1,000 yards for a season. He’s a wonderful player and our offensive line does a tremendous job blocking.”

The game was not as lopsided as the three-score difference portrayed. The Drakes moved the ball down the field the entire first half and came within yards of cutting the score in half on multiple occasions.

“It was a very difficult first half,” Mayson said. “Things weren’t going our way and Jenkintown was moving right down the field. They are very explosive. Shawn McCarthy’s one heck of a back and they did a nice job passing the ball as well. Luckily our defense made some big plays.”

The Drakes’ sophomore quarterback Pat Stillmun was connecting with his receivers at will and the Lions had a difficulty stopping the passing game. Senior wide receiver Devon Perkins caught four passes for 94 yards. Stillmun threw for 125 total yards, but four bad decisions halted the Drakes hopes.

“Everybody thought this would be a blowout, but we came out and played hard,” Smith said. “We’re coming along well. Stillmun came over to the sideline and right away and said he tried to force one pass. We had some bad reads and mistakes we can’t make.”

Stillmun was intercepted four times, taking his team out of its groove every time it looked to be making progress. Down 37 points entering the final quarter, the Drakes continued to work hard and tried to erase the shutout. Jenkintown’s senior tailback Shawn McCarthy broke off two long runs of 30 and 27 yards for touchdowns to help him eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the afternoon.

“I think Shawn got a little angry and ran hard and ran well,” Smith said. “He’s not a natural back, but he’s a fighter, and he hates losing.”

The Drakes fell to 2-7 on the season, but the long term picture is what Jenkintown is worried about. Each game they gain more experience needed to be successful down the road.

“They come out and fight every week,” Smith said. “We’re young and still have some growing to do, but there is no quit in them.”

Trentalange and the Lions improve to 6-3 with Bristol next week as they continue to make their push for a playoff spot.

Lower Moreland    7    7    23    0 – 37

Jenkintown    0    0    0    14 – 14

First quarter

LM – O’Connell five yard run (Mermelstein kick)

Second quarter

LM – Trentalange 14 yard run (Mermelstein kick)

Third quarter

LM – O’Connell 17 yard run (Mermelstein kick)

LM – Trentalange 53 yard run (Mermelstein kick)

LM – Safety

LM – Trentalange 30 yard run (Mermelstein kick)

Fourth quarter

J – McCarthy 30 yard run (McCarthy conversion)

J – McCarthy 27 yard run (conversion failed)

                               L. Moreland    Jenkintown

First downs               17                    14

Rushing yards        479                  140

Passing yards          34                  125

Total yards              513                  265

Passing (c-a-i)    (1-1-0)            (9-21-4)

Fumbles-lost          3-3                   2-1

Punts-avg              1-29                 3-33

Penalties              5-45                 7-65


Lower Moreland – Trentalange 14-310, 3 TDs; O’Connell 7-73, 2 TDs; Gleason 4-34; Mermelstein 2-18; Founds 2-17; Gerhart 3-14; Duffy 3-8; Ehrlich 4-7; Terrenzio 1-2

Jenkintown – McCarthy 22-116, 2 TDs; Kinney 4-15; Stillmun 12-5; Twer 2-4


Lower Moreland – Gleason 1-1-0 – 34

Jenkintown – Stillmun 9-21-4 - 120


Lower Moreland – Kennedy 1-34

Jenkintown – Perkins 4-94; Twer 2-12; DiValentino 1-8; Kinney 1-7; McCarthy 1-4

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