Saturday, October 9, 2004
By Jerome Michaels
Sure there have been teams that have gone two to three football seasons without losing a game. When a team accomplishes any winning streak that has gone to double digits, that team deserves to be congratulated on playing together as a team to come away with all of those wins. Deptford’s success continues on the football field when they hosted the Crusaders from Delsea. Two touchdowns by Sheldon Johnson and an insurance touchdown run by DaJuane Collins were enough points for the defense to preserve Deptford’s 19-13 Tri-County Conference Royal Division victory.
The defending South Jersey Group III champs went the entire season last year rolling through their schedule and one of those victories was a 22-0 defensive show against the Crusaders. Delsea has been playing well this season and was not looking to be shutout this season. With a 2-1 record before this game, that could have been 3-0 due to a one point loss to Clearview, Delsea found themselves trialing by one touchdown in the third quarter.
Taking advantage of a turnover, Deptford was able to capitalize and complete their scoring drive on Johnson’s 8 yard run. After a successful extra point kick, the Crusaders were unable to convert on their next possession. Both teams could not put any more points on the scoreboard until the second half.
Building on their lead, Deptford quarterback Sheldon Johnson completed a big pass completion to Jeff Green who was downed at the one yard line. Johnson finished the drive scoring on the next play. Delsea would score in the same quarter when George Dawson completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Mike Hartman. Now with only a 13-6 advantage, Deptford responded with a scoring drive that ended with Collins crossing the goal line from 3 yards out. A fourth quarter touchdown by Delsea’s James Morton would be the last score of the game. With the win, Deptford improved to 4-0 on the season and will meet the other 4-0 Gloucester Catholic in two weeks.