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Morrisville mistakes equal loss to Jenkintown

Varsity vs Morrisville HS on 9/24/2010 7:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, September 25, 2010 by Bucks County Courier Times

MORRISVILLE - Last week, the Morrisville football family bonded together for a victory.

This week, the Bulldogs fell apart in their first loss of the season, a 47-14 drubbing by Jenkintown in a Bicentennial Athletic League game Friday night at Robert Morris Field.

Offensive miscues, injuries and penalties doomed the Bulldogs starting in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Drakes found the end zone on their first five possessions and notched their first victory under new head coach C.J. Szydlik.

Jenkintown opened the contest with scores of 44, 47 and 44 yards.

The game began to unravel on Morrisville's second possession. A holding penalty negated a long completion and the drive ended two downs later on an Eric Wilcox interception. The Bulldogs did not have an offensive drive longer than eight plays all night.

"We lost to a better football team tonight," said Bulldogs head coach Jim Gober. "The offense was out of sync. We couldn't block effectively."

Sophomore running back/wideout Jimmie Miller displayed his offensive prowess. He scampered for 64 yards on Morrisville's second play from scrimmage to tie the score at 7. Miller finished with 118 yards on six carries. He also caught a pass for 14 yards.

Wilcox, in his second game replacing injured starting quarterback Matt Cookson, completed five of 18 passes for 57 yards and two interceptions. The highlight of his night was a determined 25-yard run late in the fourth quarter that led to the Bulldogs' final score.

"All of our injuries and ineligibilities really hurt the team," Wilcox said. "(The final TD) wasn't going to change the game, but it picked a couple guys up who were hanging their heads. At least we could leave here with some pride."

Orlando Tirado ran eight times for 33 yards and Rich Laypo caught two passes for 15 yards.

Jenkintown's Jack Kinniry rushed for 201 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 49 yards. Quarterback Pat Stillmun scored twice on the ground and threw a 47-yard bomb to Tom Kinniry.

Morrisville (3-1, 1-1 BAL) will host its fifth opponent, Mariana Bracetti Academy, next week in hopes of resurrecting the family vibe that resulted in wins.

"We have kids who are going to bond together," Gober said. "They aren't going to quit."

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