High School Football:
Friday, October 1, 1999
By Greg Alvord
On a brisk autumn night here at Triton stadium, the only thing crispier than the nighttime weather was the Lenape Indians. It was here that the Lenape team flexed its muscles and pounded out a 26-0 victory against the Mustangs of Triton. The highly ranked Indians gained the upper hand against the respectable Mustangs in a tough Olympic Conference American Divisional meeting.
Lenape's defense set the tone of the game with some rockum, sockem play. Playing like a pack of wolves, the Indians defense flew all over the field, preventing the Mustangs offense from getting anything started. The Triton team, coming off of tough games in the past two weeks versus the powerful Eastern and Cherokee teams, seemed to be running on empty. The Mustangs played tremendous ball versus the tough Eastern squad, which beat the Chiefs at Cherokee on a goal line stand that resembled the play of the legendary Purple People eaters. But Triton could not keep their momentum in week three as many have said about this powerful Olympic Conference. "You can't take a breathier on any week in this conference." Triton would find this out first hand.
Lenape played with a purpose on this night. Still smarting after a down to the wire loss to Washington Township the previous week, the Indians looked to re-establish their powerful presence in the rankings. By the way the Indians played, it can be said that they accomplished their task.
Being inspired by the smash-mouth play of their defense, Lenape scored by land and air. Quarterback Dennis Morrone spearhead the air attack for the Indians. Morrone tossed his first touchdown to Ian Moore for a 34-yard score. His second touchdown pass was also to Moore for 38-yards. On this play, Moore gave a Jerry Rice-like fake to the inside and streaked pass the fooled Triton secondary to catch the spiral in stride.
Lenape's offense was not just an air show tonight. The Indians were led on the ground by their block-happy lineman. This group of players opened up holes the size of highways. Runningback Lamar Walkins and Mike Ceroli took advantage of these huge openings and converted two runs for touchdowns. Watkin did his best Walter Payton impression as he juked and zagged from 25-yards out for the score. Ceroli, using the devastating blocking of his offensive lineman, plunged in from the one-yard line in Larry Csonka-type fashion. That's how the scoring ended on a night that belonged to coach Bucky Mitchell and his troops of fired up Lenape Indians.
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