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Cherokee's Orosz Finds Room to Run Past Red Devils

Saturday, September 28, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

No team likes to lose a football game when you worked so hard during the week preparing for the next game. Rancocas Valley was looking for their second straight win at home after defeating Pennsauken. The Chiefs had a disappointing loss last week against Eastern and runningback Marc Orosz had a lot to do with Cherokee getting back on the winning track. The Chiefs' running game highlighted their 21-0 victory as Orosz had 175 rushing yards and a touchdown.

On this day, it was quite evident that fullback Matt Dalessio, John Heller and Orosz were apart of the successful game plan of establishing a ground attack. The Chiefs' front line was winning those key individual battles, working as a unit giving the backfield room to rome. With their first chance with the ball, it would seem as if Cherokee's initial drive would stall. But a long run gave the Chiefs a first down and set up Jarred Cook's 11-yard touchdown reception from starting quarterback Kevin Broomell.

The Red Devils' offense were successful, also moving the ball on the ground, but could not finish a drive they set up at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second. Quarterback Durell Finch and runningback Will Howell both were chewing up yards on the ground, but the special teams stopped their only true scoring chance with 8:33 remaining in the half. Luke Whirledge got a hand on Rancocas' 27-yard field goal attempt to maintain Cherokee's 7-0 lead at the half.

Almost a duplicate of Cherokee first scoring drive, the Chiefs went to work again. Orosz picked up a key third and two from their own 39-yard line that ended with a 43-yard run. Three plays later, Orosz completed the 6 plays, 79 yard drive with a 14-yard run with 9:08 showing on the third quarter game clock. Yet again, the Red Devils responded and were able to move the ball deep into Chiefs territory, but two penalties pushed them back and were forced to punt.

Cherokee added a fourth quarter touchdown during a scoring drive which Orosz had 8 carries and 39-yards setting up Broomell's 1-yard keeper. With the win, Cherokee improves their record to 2-1 setting their next game on the road against the Willingboro. Rancocas will try and rebound from their loss and traveling to Eastern High School on Friday night.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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