|South Jersey Football:
Lynx Defeats Terminators
Monday, August 1, 2005
By Marty Cross
CAMDEN, NJ - On a glorious day for football, sole possession of first place was at stake. The South Jersey Lynx (3-0, 2-0) hosted the New Jersey Terminators (3-1, 2-1). This is the first time these division rivals have met. If the action in Whitman Park was any evidence of what's to come from these two franchises, that day will circled on many calendars as a must see game.
After the opening kickoff, the Lynx offense looked like they were going to start slow when RB Fidel Napier was tackled in the backfield by Bysem Santiago on first down. Marty Cross was then sacked on the next play by Josue Montalvo. Instead Cross hit Napier on a screen play which picked up 14 yards and a first down. The Lynx offense then drove 74 yards in 10 plays and extended their opening drive touchdown streak to 3 games. A 2 yard pass from Cross capped the drive when Luis Cortes made an outstanding catch in the back corner of the endzone.
The Terminators were forced into punting situation on their first possession. With the Terminators back deep in their own territory, the Lynx applied pressure on the punt team and forced a bad snap from center. The ball rolled in the endzone and DE Kendalle Gibson jumped on it to give the Lynx a 13-0 lead. Extra point was blocked. Both defenses turned on the pressure and forced both offenses into turnovers and punts. The Lynx defense was lead by the Lynx All-time leading tackler, SS Delvin Jones (6 tackles, 2 int's,1 deflection) and LB Gary Sunkett (8 tackles, 1 sack).
With :37 left on the clock until the half, the Lynx defense shut down the Terminators offense but made a costly mistake when three Lynx defenders buried Terminator QB Shahid White after he threw an incomplete pass and collected a roughing the pass infraction. With new life, White orchestrated the Terminators only scoring drive of the day when he found Abdul McCrary in the endzone with a 26 yard strike. The extra point was blocked.
The second half was dominated by intense pressure from the front seven of both defenses. The Lynx defense held the Terms to three and out but on the Lynx first possession of the half, Napier and Cross botched an exchange and Santiago recovered for the Terms. The Terms offense started a strong push toward pay dirt until the Lynx defense tighened up and caused a turnover on downs in their own redzone. With the Lynx unable to move the ball, the key to the game came down to field possession, K/P Ryan Peterson help the South Jersey defense by booming several good punts including a 57 yard rocket that halted the momentum the Terminators were beginning to gain after forcing a three and out deep in their own territory. On the ensuing possession, Jones intercepted a White pass which gave the Lynx better field possession..
The Lynx offense could not put the game away because of turnovers. Cross threw an interception to McCrary which was intended for Edwin Diaz. And Napier fumbled which led to a great finish.
After the interception by McCrary, the Terms picked up several first downs but were halted after the play of LB Chris Eberly (5 tackles) and almost a 3rd interception by Jones who deflected a pass intended for Mark Johnson in the endzone.
Both teams had to step up and battle as the last possession would decide the fate of this game. On second down, White hit McCrary on a short pass which he took 61 yards before being tackled from behind by FS David Goree. The Lynx decided to apply more pressure on the Terms. which caused White to throw up a prayer which was intercepted by Rashidi Goodman to seal the game.
The Terminators had a hard time completing a pass on the left side because of the play of CB Edward Dover (1 tackle, 3 deflections) who seemed to get a hand on all passes his direction. Final score 13-6.