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Jenkintown falls to New Hope-Solebury

Varsity vs New Hope Solebury HS on 11/5/2010 7:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, November 06, 2010 by Mike Prince
Following yet another tough defeat in the final game of a disappointing 2010 season, Jenkintown first-year coach C.J. Szydlik told his team to remember that very moment. He told them that even though they lost, those moments are the kind that catapults a team to success in the future.

The Drakes came into this year – a season in which they started with a brand new head coach and a very young team – with the knowledge that it would be nothing more than a rebuilding year. It would be a time to give the underclassmen an extra year of experience and growth, while allowing Szydlik to get comfortable with his team and his team comfortable with a semi-new system.

Following a 38-7 loss at the hands of host New Hope-Solebury in Jenkintown’s final game of the season on Friday night – a game that ended the Drakes’ season with a substandard record of 1-8 (1-6 Bicentennial) – it was clear that the rebuilding would take at least another season.

“The wins and losses part is disappointing,” Szydlik said, “but it’s expected. We’re starting somewhere with everything being new and we’re rebuilding from the beginning. Some of the sluggish stuff and strange stuff is kind of expected, but we worked hard and we didn’t get here until June. It was a short season and everything happened fast, but we came up short and we’ll be all right.”

Jenkintown’s lone win came against Morrisville back on Sept. 24 – a 47-14 win that saw senior tailback Jack Kinniry rack up 207 yards (203 in the first half) and three touchdowns on only 15 carries.

That was a typical game for Kinniry – a back that Jenkintown would give 30-40 touches a game, at the very least.

But on Friday, Kinniry ran the ball only 12 times, racking up 53 yards on the game. It may have been because of the muddy field conditions and it may have been because of a lack of confidence, after the star tailback fumbled the opening play from scrimmage.

“We got down on ourselves again after that first turnover,” Szydlik said. “It just happens that we get down and we try to build back up and before you know it, we’re fighting from behind again. (New Hope) is a good football team and they have some big guys that came at us. We have to get bigger and stronger.”

Kinniry didn’t think the play had any effect on the outcome.

“It didn’t really get to me or anything,” Kinniry said of the fumble. “I don’t think that had a huge thing to do with (the loss). We just started to get down by a few scores and then we just started to slow down.”

Kinniry, who will be missed dearly by Szydlik and the Drakes next season, did reach a personal milestone, however, surpassing 1,000 yards on the season with a five-yard carry early in the third quarter.

“To be honest, 1,000 yards is great and he barely played in the first few games,” Szydlik said. “I wish I had him healthy the whole year. He would probably have had over 1,500 yards. Jack is a great player and it’s unfortunate that it had to come in a losing effort. I’m sure he wished he could have done it in a win.”

Kinniry is one of six seniors that will be graduating after this season and will need to be replaced in 2011.

“I think our seniors did a great job for us,” Szydlik said. “Jack and Kevin (Hull) and other guys are going to be missed, but we’re building and we’re going to hit the weights in the offseason and I think we’ll be OK.”

But even with the six seniors and the other players on the roster, Jenkintown was anything but “OK” on Friday.

After Kinniry fumbled the first play of the game, the Lions (5-5) needed only two plays to score, as tailback Julian Kaminoff found senior Michael Campion with a halfback pass for a 28-yard touchdown to put New Hope-Solebury up 7-0.

But Kinniry, being the explosive player that he is, returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 following an extra point by kicker Ted Hudson.

The Jenkintown touchdown would be not only the final highpoint of the game for the Drakes, but the only one of the entire game for the visitors.

“The kickoff return gave us momentum,” Szydlik said, “but then we have to get a couple of stops after that and we didn’t. It’s the little things that we couldn’t do.”

And with Kaminoff on the other side of the ball, those stops for Jenkintown became almost impossible.

On top of his 28-yard touchdown pass, the Lions’ junior running back ran 19 times for 125 yards, scoring three times, while catching three passes for 19 yards. Accounting for four of New Hope-Solebury’s six touchdowns, Kaminoff was easily the best player on the field on Friday night.

But as far as Jenkintown is concerned, Jack Kinniry was and always will be the best player to step on a field for the Drakes in 2010.

And while the senior still has basketball season to look forward to – a season in which the starting five players consist of four football players – a loss won’t get in the way of looking back at all the wonderful memories he had while playing football at Jenkintown.

“I’m going to miss playing with my friends on nights like this under the lights,” Kinniry said. “I don’t have a college picked out and it’s going to be kind of hard to get ready for basketball season without much time to practice in the fall, but we played a lot of real good games here and I’m really going to miss playing here.

“It was about the season and we had a really young team that battled through a lot of injuries. I want to thank all the players that battled through the season with injury problems and a new coach. We played well in a lot of games and it was still a good season.”

Jenkintown 7 0 0 0—7

New Hope-Solebury 7 12 13 6—38

Team Scoring

N – Campion 28 pass from Kaminoff (Sutton kick)

J – Kinniry 84 kickoff return (Hudson kick)

N – Kaminoff 2 run (kick blocked)

N – Campion 5 pass from Massamino (run failed)

N – Kaminoff 32 run (Sutton kick)

N – Kaminoff 9 run (kick blocked)

N – Lanzetta 1 run (kick blocked)

Team Statistics

Jenkintown New Hope

First downs 6 17

Rushing yards 76 266

Passing yards 47 113

Total yards 123 379

Passing 4-15-0 9-12-0

Fumbles-lost 5-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 4-40 7-55

Punts-Avg. 2-31.5 1-38.0

Individual Statistics

RUSHING

Jenkintown: J. Kinniry 12-53; Stillmun 5-31; Coggin 2-9; Dawson 2 (-17)

New Hope-Solebury: Kaminoff 19-125, 3 TD; Nangle 7-31; Maltese 6-76; Lanzetta 8-28, TD; Massamino 2-6.

PASSING

Jenkintown: Stillmun 4-14-0, 47; DiValentino 0-1-0.

New Hope-Solebury: Massamino 7-9-0, 66, TD; Kaminoff 1-1-0, 28, TD; Maltese 1-2-0, 19.

RECEIVING

Jenkintown: Hudson 2-26; T. Kinniry 1-16; J. Kinniry 1-5.

New Hope-Solebury: Campion 4-64, 2 TD; Kaminoff 2-19; Park 2-30.

Interceptions – Jenkintown: None.

New Hope-Solebury: None.

Sacks – Jenkintown: None.

New Hope-Solebury: DiPasquale 1, Moss, Warden

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