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Falcons Wins the Tale of Two Halves

Saturday, October 16, 2004

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

There was so much going against Burlington Township Saturday afternoon at Camden High. For one entire half of this Burlington/Olympic Conference Liberty division, the Falcons watched the Panthers score on their first possession of the game giving the players and the homecoming fans a lot to celebrate. When the second half began, so did the rain but that didn't stop Burlington Township from rallying and score fifteen unanswered points to steal a victory. Camden had a chance to win this game on a last second field goal, but the attempt went wide right. With their 15-14 victory, the Falcons are now guaranteed a share of the division title.

It’s now that time of the season when players, coaches and fans are looking at the football power rankings to see where their favorite team stands amongst their peers in their perspective groups. Looking up and down your current schedule for ways to earn more power points, Burlington Township and Camden had an opportunity to not only pick up an important win in their division, but a chance to pick up important power ranking points.

The Falcons finally got on the scoreboard at the beginning of the fourth quarter when quarterback Jim Jeffers connected with D.J. Golden for a 40-yard touchdown reception. Now only trailing by seven points with plenty of time remaining, the defense continued to keep the Panthers ground game in check. That gave Township the chance to score their second score when Bobby Giles setup and scored on a 1-yard run with 6:36 remaining. Lining up for the extra point to tie the game, Township was successful in converting the two-point conversion when Giles tossed a pass to an open Jeffers.

With a one point lead and still plenty of time in this game, the Panthers began their drive on their 5 yard line and marched down to the 10 yard line of the Falcons. When the field goal attempt to win the game sailed off the foot and into the air, all eyes were glued on to the referee call. The Panthers sideline was beginning to celebrate while the Township players were hoping for the best. When the call was made, Burlington Township began to celebrate the win that gave Coach Tom Maderia his 100th victory.

Photos by Art Redd

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