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Ellis Helps Sterling Overcome Early Deficit against Paulsboro

Friday, September 24, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Depending on which side of the field you are standing on, trailing in a game is never in the game plan. The goal is to jump ahead of your opponent and get the momentum going on your sideline. Both of these teams have experienced that situation this season. Paulsboro has gotten off to a good start picking up two victories and no losses. Tonight, the Red Raiders were celebrating their early seven point advantage. That’s when the host Sterling Knights quickly switched the momentum to their sidelines when Art Ellis’ 93 yard kickoff return was the start of their 20-7 come from behind victory.

How quickly the momentum swung in this game. Paulsboro scored with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter on Vince Scott’s 23-yard touchdown run. On the ensuing kickoff, Ellis used his running abilities to find a clear path straight toward the endzone. After the missed extra point, the Knights were right back into this game but trailing by a 7-6 score. By this time, Sterling had scored more points than they did in their previous game which they loss big to West Deptford.

Sterling began to pile on the points, twenty unanswered points by the Knights, which gave them the lead for good. After the defense gave them the football midway in the third quarter, Lipscomb scored on a 3 yard run and Sterling lead 14-7 after Ellis two point conversion was successful. Ellis would complete an 18-yard touchdown pass to Steve Williams.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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