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Deptford Doesn't Let Field Conditions Get in Their Way

Saturday, September 18, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

With the threat of heavy rain resulting from tropical storms, there were some doubts of whether or not the outdoor activities would have to be postponed. Well the area did receive rain, but not enough to stop Kingsway from traveling to Deptford in a Tri-County Conference competition. The Spartans, South Jersey Group III defending champs, took advantage of their opportunities scoring twice in the first half and score enough points to pick up the victory against Kingsway. Deptford went on to defeat Kingsway by a 28-8 margin.

Big plays dictated this game midway in the first quarter. DaJuane Collins stepped in front of a Max Brady pass and returned it to the house from 31 yards out and a Spartans’ defensive touchdown. Collins capped off the scoring drive by converting on the rushing two-point conversion. Continuing with the big play theme, this time as a punt returner, Collin’s impressive run back skills covered 65-yards as he came within 2 yards of scoring a touchdown. Calvin Corsey would complete the scoring drive and giving Deptford a 16-0 lead after Jeff Clement two-point conversion reception from Sheldon Johnson was successful.

The field conditions weren’t the best to be played on, but both teams had to deal with it. Dealing with it better than their opponent, the Spartans still came up with the big plays. This time, Johnson connected with Jeff Green on a 70 yard touchdown reception extending their lead to 22-0. Kingsway would finally get on the scoreboard in the second half after Deptford scored on Ryan Leafe’s 8 yard touchdown run. Bryant Brown avoided the shutout for the Dragons when he capped off their scoring drive with a rushing touchdown from 4 yards out.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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