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Jenkintown falls to Pennington School

Varsity vs Pennington School on 9/11/2010 1:00:00 AM
Posted Monday, September 13, 2010 by Andrew Marcus
JENKINTOWN – The Jenkintown football team took one final second to break down the game plan prior Saturday’s action against Pennington. They left the locker room feeling confident in the strategy they dialed up. After a promising start, a few unaccounted intangibles got the best of the Drakes and the Red Raiders ran away with a 40-14 win.

The Drakes caught the Raiders off guard with an onside kick to start the game. Chris Baird fell on top of the risky play. It did not result in points, but it set the tone and showed the Drakes were there to win. A healthy dose of power running from senior Jack Kinniry and quarterback draws from junior Pat Stillmun had the Drakes winning 14-6 with six minutes remaining in the first half.

“We got our offense going early,” Kinniry said. “We had this game and a few bad plays cost us. I trust our coaches and I know we will be fine. We need to keep learning and keep getting better.”

Kinniry led all rushers with 62 yards on the ground and touchdown from five yards out in the first quarter. Stillmun found senior Kevin Hull on a slant pattern from seven yards out to put the Drakes up eight points. Only if the Raiders would have gotten on the bus then and called it a day.

“What winds up happening is we get down and get out of sync,” Drakes’ first year coach C.J. Szydilk said. “ I am never happy with a loss, but I am a little satisfied because we are getting better.”

The Raiders have waited all year to open their season and get their coach, Jerry Eure, his 100th career victory. They team from New Jersey knew it had the weapons to rally in their season opener against the Drakes. The last thing they wanted to do is force a delay on win number 100 for Eure. With 40 points you would think the Raiders flirted with 400 total yards of offense, but because of incredible field position they moved to 1-0 on the season with 204 total yards.

Anthony Gaffney and Marcus Fulmore got into the end zone for two scores a piece. The Raiders scored 36 unanswered points to pull away from the Drakes.

“We need to correct some little things,” the former North Catholic coordinator Szydilk said. “We had two games in a row and we are pretty banged up. It is a good time to have a week off.”

The Drakes improved on the six turnovers from week one against Springfield, but two interceptions and a fumble shows there is still some work to be done. Also with punts averaging a mere 24 yards and kickoffs starting Raiders’ drives in Drakes’ territory, they have

plenty of loose screws to tighten up before Morrisville in 13 days.

“Turnovers are going to happen,” Szydilk said. “We corrected a lot from week one. There is definitely a lot of pride here. You will never see this group quit.”

Pennington 6 20 14 0 – 40

Jenkintown 7 7 0 0 – 14

P – Gaffney nine yard pass from Dearden (kick failed)

J – J. Kinniry five yard run (K. Hull kick)

J – K. Hull eight yard pass from Stillmun (K. Hull kick)

P – Fulmore six yard run (Gaffney conversion)

P – Fricke 14 yard interception return (conversion failed)

P – Fulmore three yard run (conversion failed)

P – Gaffney 21 yard run (Dearden kick)

P – Bohr seven yard run (Dearden kick)


Pennington Jenkintown

First downs 16 12

Rushing yards 125 102

Passing yards 79 75

Total yards 204 177

Passing 10-17-0 6-17-2

Fumbles-lost 4-2 1-1

Penalties-yards 9-55 4-40

Punts-avg. 0-0 5-24



Pennington – Gaffney 4-48, TD; Fulmore 7-33, 2 TD; Bohr 10-28, TD; Warner 5-10; Anderson 1-8; George 8-6; Kramer 1-1; Dearden 1- -9.

Jenkintown – J. Kinniry 22-62, TD; Stillmun 8-41; Moretti 3-7; Baird 1-3; Goldman 1- -2; T. Kinniry 1- -9.


Pennington – Dearden 8-15-0, 79, TD; Kramer 2-2, 15

Jenkintown – Stillmun 6-17-2, 75, TD


Pennington – Gaffney 4-25, TD; Fulmore 2-24; K. Pecora 2-15; P. Pecora

1-25; Anderson 1-5.

Jenkintown – T. Kinniry 2-54; K. Hull 2-9, TD; N. Hull 1-9; J. Kinniry 1-3.

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