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Lenape Rallies Past Rancocas in Final Minutes

Friday, October 22, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Getting that first win of the season is always important to a team especially when that team has the lead late in the fourth quarter. Giving a team their first win of the season can also rally a team to find a way to win a game. After all was said and done, this game turned out to be an exciting football game held at Lenape High School. Rancocas Valley was able to hold off the Indians for three quarters leading by a touchdown. Lenape would take advantage of a late turnover and capitalized on their good field position to avoid overtime and defeat the Red Devils by a 19-12 margin.

It was a battle between two teams from the Burlington/Olympic looking up at the American Division leaders who have position themselves to make the postseason. For these two teams, this was a playoff of its own as Rancocas Valley were apparently in control and heading towards their first win of the season. Rancacos Valley took a 6-3 lead in the second quarter and then a 12-6 advantage at the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter. Jeremy Robinson and Dezman Moses recorded the two rushing touchdowns for the Red Devils.

Now playing from behind and looking to be the team that would have given Rancocas their first victory in a long time, Lenape used the final quarter to rally back to win this game. Allen Barkers got his number called and carried the ball 11 yards for the touchdown tying this game. The Indians had several chances to win this game, but it wasn’t until just thirty seconds remaining in the game with the game winning touchdown was scored by Hakeem Tarte scored from 5 yards out.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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