High School Football:
Saturday, September 18, 1999
By Vincent Lewis
Now that the remnants of Hurricane Floyd have gone north, the season of South Jersey High School Football can get underway. With most practices limited during the week because of heavy rain and wind, it was time to finally hit someone other than a practice squad. Well, it was time for the Pennsauken Indians to travel to Jonas C. Morris Stadium to face the Cougars of Cherry Hill East. The Indians were the team to get their offense on track first to post a 20-7 victory on the road.
The big questions surrounding this game was how well transfer student Justin Long would operate the Indians offense and could coach Marty Moke get a winning season from his Cougars. Both were anxious to get the game started and it was noticeable. The Indians began to move the ball in their first possession and struck pay dirt. John Long completed an 8-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Bell with 7:57 remaining in the initial quarter. Now with a 7-0 lead, Pennsauken kept the pressure on the Cougars with their defense. But that pressure just forced Myles Tamburrino to take things in his own hands. The senior quarterback managed to add another weapon for the Pennsauken defense to consider.
That drive would stall as the Indians' Derrick Singletary intercepted the ball with 6:03 left in the first quarter and were on the move again. Faced with a fourth down and seven yards to go on the 25-yard line, Long and his offense went for the endzone. That's when senior Jere Neal made a great catch on a ball that was up for grabs. Neal came down with the reception and a 14-0 lead with 5:20 still remaining in the first quarter. The Indians were not done scoring in the first half as Bell went to work again. This time the offense moved down to the red zone and capped things off with a 4-yard touchdown run by Bell and Pennsauken went into the half with a 20-0 lead.
The Cougars did get on the scoreboard in the third quarter when junior running back Matt Radbill capped off a scoring drive to make the score 20-7. This was how the game ended, as the Pennsauken Indians were able to stop every and any further threat Cherry Hill attempted.
Photos by Art Redd
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