|High School Football:
Moorestown Finally Runs Past Northern Burlington
Friday, September 22, 2000
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
Two big plays finally decided this meeting between the Quakers of Moorestown and the Greyhounds from Northern Burlington Friday night. After watching the first half end with a 7-7 score, Moorestown went ahead for good when running back Albert Young dashed for a 64-yard touchdown run that electrified the home crowd. Senior starting quarterback Mark Thompson accounted for the other big play with a 72-yard touchdown run. With the 28-7 win over Northern Burlington, Moorestown raised their record to 3-0 in the Burlington County, Liberty Division meeting.
Both teams were successful in moving the ball during the first half, but were not able to put points on the board. With the passing game ineffective, both teams went back to the basic hard nose football. Relying on the offensive line to win the battle on the front line, the Quakers were driving deep into the Greyhound territory late in the first quarter. With 2:07 remaining in the quarter, Young scored on an 11-yard run to break the endless score. Matt Wisnosky's extra point put the Quakers up by seven.
On the ensuing series by Northern Burlington, the Greyhounds junior running back Spencer Parks found his way into the secondary of his opponents. The series would carry into the second quarter and the change of field didn't slow down the Greyhound offense. Starting the series on their own 20-yard line, Northern Burlington tied the game when Parks scored on a 6-yard run that capped off the 80-yard scoring drive. On that drive, all of the yards were gained on the ground. After Moorestown was forced to punt the ball, the Greyhounds went right back to work again. This time it was Jason Brown who carried the ball for Northern Burlington with success. The drive would stall, ending the threat to go ahead and the half later ended with the score tied.
The third quarter was highlighted with a touchdown that finally put some relief into the Quakers faithful fans when Young broke loose in the secondary and took full advantage of the opportunity. Going up by 7 points, the defense would come up big when it was needed. The running game of Northern Burlington would be successful but couldn't point the success to numbers on the scoreboard. Fullback Luke Hadden would add a 3-yard run to finalize all the scoring the Quakers produced. With the defeat, the Greyhounds (2-1) would record their first loss of the season and Moorestown would remain undefeated.
Photos by Art Redd