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Florence Too Much For Palmyra

Saturday, November 8, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Both Florence and Palmyra were undefeated in the Freedom division, each winning five divisional games in a row. Both teams have played well enough to earn berths into the playoffs beginning next week. With all of that said, you would have expected one of those classic battles each fighting for the title. From the opening kickoff, the Flashes from Florence were hungry to demonstrate why they were undefeated in eight straight games. Shutting down Palmyra’s offense, Florence’s defense kept their opponent scoreless while the offense put 49 points on the scoreboard. With the win, Florence has clinched the Freedom Division title.

The defense set the tone for Florence early and often forcing turnovers. Quarterback Matt Ordog gave the Flashes a 14-0 lead in the first quarter with a 26-yard touchdown reception to Maurice Calhoun and a one-yard quarterback keeper. Florence doubled their score by halftime with a touchdown reception by Ryan Lee and one option pass by Spahn to Dan Miller. Jones, Calhoun and Walker each scored second half touchdown runs for Florence.

The Flashes, seeded second, will begin their post season with a home game against the seventh seeded Asbury Park in the Central Group 1 bracket. For the Panthers from Palmyra, they will look to rebound from this loss by traveling to Glassboro in a battle between the third and sixth seeded teams in the South Group 1 bracket.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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