Friday, November 19, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
It was match-up that was good for one team and bad for the other, a game filled with the defense stealing the show coming up with turnovers. The second seeded Lions from Lindenwold were hosting a very familiar opponent in the third seeded Red Raiders from Paulsboro. Two weeks ago these two teams met at Paulsboro with the Raiders’ defense highlighting their thirteen point victory. The Lions defense stepped up in this second round game also slowing down Paulsboro, but an offense and defensive score allowed the Red Raiders to post a 14-0 win to advance to the South Jersey Group 1 finals.
When a team plays another team so many times coming away on the losing side, either that could be considered a learning experience from the mistakes made on the field or you are still left scratching your head. The name of Paulsboro was on the coaching staff’s mind on the Lindenwold sideline as the Lion’s confidence began to build up before the opening kickoff. A team that has given them fits for years looked to be turned into their favor as the Lions had a team of talented players that have proven they are not like the past teams.
Lindenwold was able to stop Paulsboro on their opening possession and were about to get a chance on offense. After a short gain on their first play, Lindenwold turned the ball over when Paulsboro’s Daniel Sharper came up big stepping in front of a Rickey Pisaturo pass. Sharper appeared to have a clear path into the endzone, but Pisaturo was able to cut the angle end the return at the 2 yard line. The defense stepped up again for the Lions, but Paulsboro’s DeAndre Fowlkes came down with a 10 yard touchdown reception from Matt Campbell with 9:52 remaining in the first quarter. This game turned into the team that would be able to capitalize on the multiple turnovers by both teams.
Before the half ended, the Red Raiders were able to take advantage of their field position by keeping the ball on the ground. Fowlkes was the primary back for Paulsboro and his patient running set up the second score of the night. After a few short gains, Fowlkes broke free for a thirty yard gain and the football inside the five yard line. Fullback Jeff Hamilton finished the scoring drive with a 2 yard run and Paulsboro lead at the half 14-0. The defenses and turnovers highlighted the second half with neither team putting any points on the scoreboard. With the win, the Red Raiders will play Schalick in the Group 1 finals.