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Lower Moreland topples Jenkintown

Varsity vs Lower Moreland HS on 10/16/2010 1:30:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by Mike Prince

Jenkintown’s Jack Kinniry singlehandedly had more yards from scrimmage in the first half than the entire Lower Moreland offense, but whether fatigue became a factor in the second half or if the Lions just came out with a different attack, it was a completely different game for the final two quarters.

After trailing by a single point and allowing the Drakes’ senior tailback to rack up 187 yards (180 on the ground) in the first half, Lower Moreland fought back and responded with 16 unanswered points en route to a 30-14 win over Bicentennial League foe Jenkintown at Lower Moreland High School last Saturday afternoon.

The Lions (4-3, 4-1) used a combination of seniors Frank Gleason, Sean Duffy and Matt Terrenzio to rack up 314 of the team’s 331 rushing yards, while the three were responsible for all four Lower Moreland touchdowns.

“We knew at the half that we just had to do things better, so we came out and we showed that we could drive the ball down their throats and play better defensive football and we did,” Duffy said. “Our offense did a great job of calling plays and I just bounced it to a hole and took it when I could. Our line did a great job today.”

Duffy ran for 180 yards on 13 carries, including touchdown runs from 27 and 52 yards out in the second half to put the game away.

“Sean (Duffy) played great and we were able to mix in our backs and we played out of the option, which helped us,” Lower Moreland coach Mark Mayson said. “We weren’t in our normal kind of sync for different reasons, but we were able to have our run game work.”

Terrenzio ran nine times for 16 yards, including an eight-yard scamper to the end zone in the second quarter, while Gleason ran 17 times for 118 yards under center.

After Kinniry capped off a six-play drive with a one-yard touchdown run for Jenkintown (1-5, 1-4), Gleason got the Lions on the board with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Brendan Kennedy in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Gleason only attempted one other pass on the day, as Lower Moreland stuck to the ground game.

Terrenzio put the Lions up on an eight-yard run with four minutes, 20 seconds remaining in the first half, but Jordan Pocrass missed the extra point, which allowed Jenkintown to a lead into the half after Kinniry scored five yards out with only 28 seconds to go in the second quarter.

With quarterback Pat Stillmun still recovering from an ankle injury that he sustained the previous week, Kinniry was the focal point of the offense from start to finish, running the ball a whopping 39 times for two touchdowns a game-high 247 yards, while also catching three passes for 39 yards.

“It hurt us having only one weapon, but Pat wasn’t able to do everything he usually could do after hurting his ankle,” Jenkintown first-year coach C.J. Szydlik said. “Jack was great, but we were limited to just what he could do since we couldn’t throw the ball very well. We battled and obviously did our best, but they have a lot of guys who ran the ball and we got worn down and we got a little careless with the football.

“When you get tired, little things start to happen and the numbers are going to go down. We’re battling the best we can, but things happen.”

The combination of the Lions’ running game and three second half turnovers by the Drakes led to Lower Moreland’s dominance for the game’s final 24 minutes. Stillmun, who completed 3 of 12 passes with two interceptions, was also responsible for two of Jenkintown’s three fumbles, which ultimately led to the Lions’ points.

“Jenkintown played great, but it was very different after halftime,” Mayson said. “Kinniry is a great player and Frank (Gleason) had a great day for us, but the turnovers definitely helped us. We had things that went our way. That’s for sure. We were able to take advantage of them and win a very tough, contested game, which they all seem to be every week. We were fortunate to capitalize on their mistakes.”

After recovering a fumble, Duffy took only one play to give the Lions the lead, breaking two tackles and running in a 27-yard score to put Lower Moreland up 19-14. A two-point conversion gave the Lions a seven-point lead, which was increased in the fourth quarter after Pocrass nailed a 23-yard field goal and Duffy put the game away with a 52-yard run, which came only two plays after the Lions’ defense stopped Jenkintown on third and fourth down with two big sacks.

“This was a huge win for us,” Duffy said. “It’s huge to get two in a row, as we kept winning one and then losing one. It’s good to have consistency.”

On defense, Lower Moreland’s Tom Parisse recorded an interception, as did Joe Poon. Joe Leventhal had one sack, while Kennedy and Diego Morales combined on the other one.

Jenkintown will look to rebound when it hosts Bristol on Saturday for its Homecoming game, while Lower Moreland will look to make it three straight wins when it visits Academy New Church, also on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a big game for us,” said Duffy of his team’s upcoming game against ANC. “It’s a rivalry game and we’re going to go out and practice all week and come out wanting to play on Saturday. We’ll see what happens.”

Szydlik says Stillmun should be back to 100 percent before Jenkintown’s upcoming game and believes that should help his team to get back on the winning side of things.

Jenkintown 7 7 0 0—14

Lower Moreland 7 6 8 9—30

Team Scoring

J – J. Kinniry 1 run (Hudson kick)

L – Kennedy 21 pass from Gleason (Pocrass kick)

L – Terrenzio 8 run (kick missed)

J – J. Kinniry 5 run (Hudson kick)

L – Duffy 27 run (Parisse pass from Gleason)

L – Pocrass 23 FG

L – Duffy 52 run (kick missed)

Team Statistics

Jenkintown L.Moreland

First downs 15 13

Rushing yards 237 331

Passing yards 39 21

Total yards 276 352

Passing 3-12-2 1-2-0

Fumbles-lost 4-3 3-1

Penalties-yards 4-40 6-65

Punts-Avg. 1-36.0 4-41.0

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Jenkintown: J. Kinniry 39-247, 2 TD; Stillmun 9-(-12); Baird 3-14; Team 1-(-12).

Lower Moreland: Gleason 17-118; Duffy 13-180, 2 TD; Terrenzio 9-16, TD; Choi 3-6; Zhang 1-11.

PASSING

Jenkintown: Stillmun 3-12-2, 39.

Lower Moreland: Gleason 1-2-0, 21, TD.

RECEIVING

Jenkintown: J. Kinniry 3-39.

Lower Moreland: Kennedy 1-21, TD.

Interceptions – Jenkintown: None; Lower Moreland: Parisse, Poon.

Sacks – Jenkintown: None; Lower Moreland: Leventhal 1, Kennedy 0.5, Morales 0.5.
 

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