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Deptford Slays The Dragons And Stay Unbeaten

Saturday, November 15, 2003

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

Knowing you’re the number one seeded team and playing as if you are that top seeded team can be difficult. For the Spartans from Deptford High School, it looked as if they were not happy with their 14-point lead at the half. They would be happy with the final results as the defense stepped up and were able to shut down Kingsway’s offense. After recording their 27-0 victory against the eight-seeded Dragons, the players knew there could have been more points put on the scoreboard. Deptford will be looking to increase their unbeated streak to ten games when they face Toms River South.

Two first quarter touchdowns by Deptford had all of the symptoms of a blow out. With a difficult wind, the Spartans used their excellent field position to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Mike Green finished the scoring drive with a 1-yard run. On their next possession, the Spartans kept the ball on the ground and the Dragons were ready. This time, quarterback Steve Sowders executed the perfect option keeper that left the door wide open for a 50-yard touchdown run. Deptford had two scoring chances inside the Kingsway 5-yard line but came up short right before halftime.

Kingsway would move the ball into Deptford territory at the beginning of the second half, but were unable to sustain that drive. The Spartans would add a third quarter 7-yard touchdown run by Sowders as the clock ran out. The final points of this South Jersey Group III playoff game came on a Darrell Jenkins fourth quarter touchdown run. Next up for the Spartans is another home game against fourth seeded Toms River South.

Photos by Art Redd

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