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Big second half lifts Bristol past Jenkintown

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Posted Sunday, October 24, 2010 by Dave Holloway


FOOTBALL: Big second half lifts Bristol past Jenkintown



By Dave Holloway
Sports editor

His team had been dismissed and the remnants of what had been a sizable Homecoming crowd was crossing the field for the exits, but Jenkintown coach C.J. Szydlik stood by himself, hands on his hips staring off to nowhere in particular.

He was, in his own words, “hurting.” His Drakes had just seen Bristol score 21 unanswered second half points, the final ones coming with 45.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, en route to a 35-28 Bicentennial League victory Friday night.

And it wasn’t something Szydlik hadn’t seen before.

“It’s been this way all season,” he said. “I just can’t seem to find out when it’s going to be that it happens to us.

“We play real well in the beginning of games and then the second halves are bad. And then sometimes we’re real good in the second half. I think…we’ve just got to keep working…”

Friday night Jenkintown was really good early. And in all fairness, it was more that Bristol was very good late, not that the Drakes played all that poorly.

The Drakes jumped on Bristol early – scoring by ground, by air and by kick return in the first quarter.

Jack Kinniry got things started with a 22-yard touchdown run three minutes into the game, then quarterback Pat Stillmun threw a jump ball to Ted Hudson in the end zone to give Jenkintown a 14-0 lead.

Bristol got on the board with 13.9 seconds left in the quarter on a 24-yard run by quarterback Thomas Bradley, but the Drakes answered quickly when Tom Kinniry returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown as time expired in the period.

Bristol pulled within a touchdown on a 52-yard punt return for a touchdown by Trevon Stokeley, but Jenkintown again went up by two touchdowns when Stillmun and Hudson hooked up with another jump ball, this time for 32 yards on fourth-and-seven, with 1:44 left in the half.

But after the halftime ceremonies, it was basically all Bristol.

“They turned it up a notch, you’ve got to give them credit,” Szydlik said of Bristol. “They kept coming after us, kept coming after us. They stuck with their plan and eventually got to us.”

The Warriors had 257 of their 351 total yards in the second half – all on the ground.

Tyree Barnes, who led all rushers with 225 yards on 25 carries, got things going in a hurry, bolting 46 yards with the first play of the second half. He scored three plays later on a one-yard run and the comeback was in full throttle.

Minutes later, Barnes and fellow back Andy Perseponko marched the Warriors right down the field, setting up an 11-yard touchdown run by Bradley. Bradley then added the two-point conversion to tie the score at 28-28.

The Drakes managed to hold on when Bristol took 15 plays and nearly eight minutes to march to the Jenkintown 1-yard line, but then missed a 20-yard field goal with 3:04 left in the fourth quarter.

But when they could only get one first down, the Drakes were forced to punt and Bristol had the ball at the Jenkintown 46-yard line with 1:05 left. The Warriors misfired on a pass, but then Perseponko broke at least three tackles and bolted 46 yards for the winning score with 45.8 seconds left.

“I think we wear down,” Szydlik said. “We still have to keep working on our tackling. Our tackling is bad. We just have to keep working on it. We get a little tired and that’s what happens to us.”

After rushing for 93 yards in the first half, an ankle injury slowed Jack Kinniry (17 carries, 122 yards), who was named the Homecoming King at halftime, after intermission.

“Jack’s ankle started to bother him again,” Szydlik said. “Jack hurt his ankle at the beginning of the year. We’ve been nursing it all year, and as crazy as that sounds with as well as he’s run, he’s been basically doing it on half a leg.”

While Szydlik may be down, he’s not out. He said the Drakes are improving.

“We’re definitely getting better,” he said. “We’re leaps and bounds better than we were, we’re just not ready to finish yet. They’ve just got to learn to finish.

“I’m disappointed with the wins and losses, but they give me everything they have. I’ve got a lot of young kids, only six seniors. It’s a building process. They’re going to be OK, it’s just going to take time.”


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