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Springfield beats up on Jenkintown

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Posted Monday, September 06, 2010 by Thomas D. McGlinchey

FOOTBALL: Springfield beats up on Jenkintown

 

Sunday, September 5, 2010

By Thomas D. McGlinchey
Sportswriter

Most area football teams have to wait until at least the fourth week of the season to play a league team.

That was not the case, though, for Springfield and Jenkintown in the opening week of the season.

Old foes in the Independence League, and now foes again in the newly reformed Bicentennial Athletic League that now includes the Spartans, Springfield’s defense dominated the visiting Drakes, forcing five turnovers while Spartans’ running backs Clay Ewell and Nick Barraclough wore down Jenkintown’s defense en route to an easy 34-13 victory in the Week 1 showdown.

“I thought for our first game, our first half was beautiful,” said Springfield coach Chris Shelly, whose team led 34-0 at halftime. “Our second half, that was a different story.”

“I think we made a lot of mistakes,” said first-year Drakes’ coach C.J. Szydlik. “I think if we did the little things a little better we'd be OK. I think we have a lot to build on. I think the second half we made a point to have some pride in ourselves and come out and we did. It was 0-0 for a while and then we put some points on the board. [If we] play like we did in the second half we'd be much better than we were in the first. We'll see, it should be OK.”

Ewell led the Spartans on offense with 14 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown. Barraclough finished with 59 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.

“The holes in the first half were opening up,” Shelly said. “Clay ran tough. Barraclough ran tough.”

While Springfield’s backs came up big behind the Spartans’ offensive line—a line that included junior captain Max Vido being plugged in at the last minute at guard—it was quarterback Doug Bauer who jump-started the Spartans’ offense. Facing a fourth-and-sixth on Jenkintown’s 11, Bauer rolled right out of the pocket and hit Tim Quigg in stride who scampered into the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown giving Springfield a 6-0 lead.

“It wasn't really a planned rollout,” Bauer said. “The plan was for me to set up at the edge of the tackle box and throw, but I knew Quiggy would get open, he's one of the fastest kids I've seen in this league. So I just went out with him and waited for him to get open and when he was open I hit him right there.”

“I thought that Doug Bauer did a fantastic job,” Shelly said. “We put that onus on him. We kind of said, ‘last year you were a young quarterback, you threw the ball into triple coverage, you know how to manage a game.’ He did an outstanding job tonight.”

On the ensuing drive, Drakes’ running back Jack Kinniry coughed up the ball and Springfield’s Montik Goodwin scooped it up and ran 65 yards untouched putting Springfield up by two touchdowns.

“I think we killed ourselves more than them,” Szydlik said. “We can't turn the ball over like we did. We can't miss tackles like we did. If we fix ourselves, I think we'll be all right, we just got to fix our own ship.”

On the following drive, Jenkintown quarterback Pat Stillmun was picked off by Matt Krewson at the Drakes’ 31-yard line. Five plays later, Ewell barreled four yards into the end zone putting Springfield up by 21.

“I've got to give a lot of credit to our offensive line who came out there, and we were gashing them the first quarter,” Ewell said. “The whole entire first half I don't think we punted one time, so that's the kind of football we need to play all year.”

In the second quarter, the Spartans impressively marched 79 yards on 11 plays, a drive in which Barraclough capped off with a five-yard touchdown run.

Later in the quarter, Bauer sprinted off the left side of the line on a planned quarterback sneak for an 18-yard touchdown.

The Drakes were limited to just seven yards of offense in the first half and didn’t earn a first down until the 4:40 mark in the third quarter.

“Our defense really stepped up and showed how we can and should play,” said Ewell, who plays inside linebacker for Springfield.

In the fourth quarter, Anthony Moretti and Stillmun both scored for Jenkintown.

Jenkintown (0-1 BAL) hosts Pennington next Saturday at 1 p.m. Springfield (1-0 BAL) hosts Boys Latin Charter at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Springfield 34, Jenkintown 13

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