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Pennsauken Football Powers its Way to Win

Saturday, September 24, 2005

By Gregory White
SJSports Staff Writer

On what turned out to be a perfect day to play football, the Pennsauken High School football team put on a display that could go down as one for the ages. They clicked on all cylinders for most of the game, and dare I say dominated another really good football squad. Don’t get me wrong, Washington Township did not come in and just roll over they competed the whole game and the athletes and coaches should be commended for their effort.

The game started with the home team getting the ball and they wasted little time, Wendell Johnson and Robert Darby gave the faithful and indication as to how the day was going to go. They went on an 11 play drive that started out on their own 28 yard and it came to its natural conclusion when Darby accounted for six of his 149 yards and the first of his three touchdowns. Watching these guys move the ball like they did was amazing; forget the fact that they controlled the ball almost seven minutes without turning it over spoke volumes about their preparation for this contest.

The Minutemen’s first possession took them down to the Pennsauken 10 yard line where they were faced with a fourth down and didn’t convert. The Indian defense played inspired ball day and the efforts were rewarded. Not to be outdone the Minutemen displayed some defense of their own with Ryan D’ Imperio leading the charge

Speaking of the defense Darby didn’t do all of his damage on offense he took an interception back 76 yards to put his team up 12-0 Which was the half time score. The first half saw the Indians run 26 plays to Townships 23.

The second half was a lot like the first half only this time the Indians came out and played like the were losing, they played with a sense of urgency that wasn’t lost on anyone. The offensive line came out and really played like they had something to prove, forget the fact that their first half display wasn’t too shabby, and the defense saw guys like Derrick Gray and Felix Roman pretty much have their way. The last two scoring drives by Pennsauken covered 46 yards and 36 yards respectively, Darby did most of the damage on both of them, the first one he scored from 19 yards out on a run that showed his versatility he ducked, dodged and sprinted into the endzone giving his team a 19-0 lead and the last scoring drive Darby accounted for all but one yard as the QB Justin Oliver took it over from the one yard line, giving the Indians a 26 point lead that Township didn’t have the power to come back from.

Township did get a touchdown but by then what you saw was a preview of Monday’s JV game. Coach Lawrence has proven his ability to get his teams ready to compete and if you have the bad luck to be on their schedule this season know that the Pennsauken football is handing out headaches and the hits just keep on coming.

Photos by Nancy Pope

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