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High School Football:
Stifling Defense Gives Delsea a Running Victory

Saturday, September 28, 2002

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The first half of this game looked as if Delsea's football team was playing perfect football on both sides of the ball. The Crusaders offense was able to move the ball, at will, down behind the running of Darnell Ellie and Josh Reimel. But in this game against the Spartans from Deptford High School, the Delsea defense took control of this game only allowing a fourth quarter touchdown. The Crusaders' long scoring drives chewed up valuable time off the clock allowing Delsea to post a 28-8 road victory.

It did take long for Delsea to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter of this Tri-County Conference Royal Division game. Darnell Ellie received the handoff on Delsea's first play from scrimmage and bolted through the Deptford defense for a 22-yard touchdown run. A short punt set up Delsea's excellent field position. The Crusaders continued on their next possession with a time consuming drive that went into the second quarter. Quarterback Dave Lamach led his team 65-yards down the field to set up a one yard run by Josh Reimel. The extra point attempt was blocked, but Delsea was leading Deptford by a 13-0 margin still in the first half.

The defense went to work again getting the ball back to the Crusaders' offense. Another force fumble by the defense put Lamach in another scoring chance just outside the Deptford 10-yard line. Three plays later, Ellie scored from 4-yards out and Delsea lead 21-0 at the half after the two-point conversion was good. Delsea added yet another time consuming drive in the third quarter, capped off with Lamach's quarterback keeper from 2-yards out. Deptford would quarterback Robert Bartley tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Scott Duckett.

Photos by Art Redd

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