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Pemberton Pushes past Delsea and into Next Round

Saturday, November 13, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

They say that having an offense that can scored touchdowns wins games, but the defense is what wins championships. During the first quarter of the South Jersey Group 3 first round football game at Pemberton, the Hornets took care of the offensive scoring part of attempting to win the game. And for three quarters, Pemberton’s defense prevented Delsea from putting any points on the scoreboard. Lester Goffney took control of the running duties scoring a touchdown for the Hornets and continued their winning ways with a 20-6 victory. Pemberton will now travel to Deptford to take on the Spartans.

Pemberton had an early exit in last year’s Group 3 playoff. They were the third seeded team last year and again drew the same seeding this year. The sixth seeded Hammonton upset the Hornets by two touchdowns and they were looking to change that this year facing another sixth seeded team in Delsea. The way Pemberton scored on their opening drive, the Hornets were well on their way of erasing last year’s memory.

Quarterback Ian McCleaf connected with Landis Williams to cap off a 60 yard scoring drive and Pemberton was ahead 7-0. Goffney had his number called and turned every carry into positive yardage. On their very next possession, the Hornets didn’t waste any time scoring on the first play from scrimmage. Goffney used his strength and speed to break open a 76 yard rushing touchdown and Pemberton was enjoying a 14-0 at the end of the first half. Both teams traded scores in the final quarter, Williams Jones touchdown reception for the Hornets and a George Dawson to Mike Hartman score for Delsea.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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