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Pennsauken Takes Advantage of Turnovers

Saturday, September 16, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The way this game which featured the Pennsauken Indians hosting the Red Devils from Rancocas Valley started out, the Indians appeared to be in full control with the defense forcing their opponent to turn the ball over. The offense would convert those turnovers to twenty points and the Indians’ defense would dominate the early moments. The Red Devils would battle back for twenty points of their own during the second quarter and reduce their deficit to just six points at the start of the second half. Pennsauken would then score a third quarter touchdown and the defense would not give up a single point during the remainder of this game. Pennsauken would pick up their second win of the season with their 32-20 win to remain undefeated through two games.

Right at the beginning of this game, the public announcing made it known the rankings of the Pennsauken football team and it was up to the Indians to perform up to those expectations. On a fourth down play, the snap toward the punt was low and the Indians defense was right there to pounce on it. Several play later, quarterback Cornell Jones finished off the scoring drive with a 1 yard run and Pennsauken lead 6-0 after the missed extra point. The Indians would then score on the next two turnovers, the last a 72-yard fumble recovery touchdown run by Joey Wooden and Pennsauken had what seem to be a comfortable lead at 20-0. But on the ensuing kickoff, Carlton Knooce scored from 95-yards out the Red Devils were on the scoreboard.

Momentum can change a game very quickly and it was quite evident that this game it was Rancocas Valley’s turn to take advantage of it. After Pennsauken turned the ball over on a fumble recovery by the Red Devils, quarterback Jake Harris scored on a 1-yard keeper and the score was 20-12 with 3:57 remaining until halftime. Pennsauken’s Keith Jones would get those six points back by intercepting the ball and running it 70 yards for the score, but it would be the Red Devils scoring with 20.7 when Knooce scored on a 48-yard run. During the second half, it was all Pennsauken who would prevent Rancocas Valley from scoring any more points and pick up the win.

Photos by Art Redd

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