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Everything Goes Gloucester's Way, Saunders Runs Wild

Saturday, September 25, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Bouncing back from a tough loss in their season opener, Gloucester was the favorite in their home game against Pennsville. But being the favorite could add some pressure to a team that it takes a while for them to relax. It only took one and a half minutes into this game that the Lions showed how relaxed they were on the field. Senior runningback David Saunders scored the first of three first quarter touchdowns. The offensive line was not done opening wholes for anyone to run through. By the end of the game, Gloucester cruised to a 41-14 win to pick up their first victory of the season.

Gloucester would start this game by scoring on their opening drive, all rushing plays with Saunders carrying the ball. Sticking with the game plan, Saunders carried the load for their second score of the quarter with 6:30 showing on the clock. When the second quarter began and the Lions holding a 21-0 lead, it was time to spread the ball around. Matt Garcia scored from one yard out and the Lions were beginning to relax. On that scoring drive Saunders had rushed for 97 yards and was not done. On their next scoring drive, his 23-yard run finished his day with 157 rushing yards with 6:55 remaining in the half.

It has been a tough time for Pennsville this season. So far, they have been always playing come from behind football, but his never given up in a game. The Eagles have scored in every game this season and continued to do so today. During the second half, Pennsville got on the scoreboard on James Drummond’s 4 yard reception from Chris Bettwy and then a one yard run by Matt Karr.

Photos by Art Redd

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