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Quick Start By Burlington Township Enough To Hold Off Bordentown

Saturday, September 27, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a lead that seemed to be enough to give their team the confidence they needed to win this game. But no lead is safe especially when there’s still two more quarters of football to play. Burlington Township scored all of their points in the second quarter and took that lead into the locker room at the half. Bordentown began to chip away from their 20-point deficit, but came up short. The Scotties efforts to pick up their second win of the season fell short. Burlington Township would hold on to the 20-14 Burlington Olympic Conference meeting.

After neither team took advantage of their chances in the first quarter, Township found success with the passing game. The Falcons were able to move the ball into scoring position and that’s when Doug Billingsly controlled the running game scored from three yards out. Quarterback Jim Jeffers used his receivers D.J. Golden and Dave Leeds with success setting up yet another scoring drive in the second quarter. Leeds would haul in an 8-yard touchdown reception giving the Falcons a 14-0 lead. Billingsly scored his second touchdown of the game and Township had a comfortable lead at halftime.

Bordentown’s offensive line began to win those individuals battles in the trenches as they were beginning to move the ball down field. The Scotties would turn the tables by grabbing the momentum and cutting their deficit to just thirteen points after Tarique Pullen rushed for a 36-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Not to be outdone, runningback Jovan Gaines was also finding the wholes created by the line and capitalized on the Bordentown’s second rushing touchdown of the game. But that was the end of the scoring for both teams as neither squad could take advantages of the situations that was handed to them.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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