|High School Football:
Winslow Gives Lenape Their First Loss of Season
Saturday, November 2, 2002
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
This was a day of respect for Winslow Township. The Eagles were playing the undefeated Indians from Lenape High School and were looking to prove they had what it takes to beat them give them a chance to win their division. The teachers were also looking to be heard by holding signs indicating they have been working without a contract for over a year. So when Winslow recorded 27-17 victory in front of a capacity crowd, it was not only a big win for the football program but also a platform for many to be aware of the teachers' situation. Winslow's Shonn Greene rushed for over 180 yards and scored a touchdown.
There was a tight battle for the Burlington/Olympic Conference American Division title between Lenape, Washington Township and Winslow Township. The Indians controlled their own destiny, as they were the only team who didn't lose a game before today's match-up. Lenape was a perfect 6-0 and were looking to expand that streak by one. It has been a turnaround season for Lenape and Winslow Township as they ended last year's season with a five hundred record. But this year was a different story as both teams were getting noticed through the league.
Lenape was the first team to score when in the first quarter; the Indians took advantage of a bad snap on a punt attempt giving them excellent field position. Several plays later, Rob Williams scored on a quarterback keeper and Lenape jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with 4:55 remaining in the quarter. Right back came the Eagles as they also took advantage of a short 9-yard punt giving them a first and ten from the Lenape 11-yard line. Two plays later, Antraye Miles scored on his 2-yard keeper to tie the game. Winslow would convert on their extra point attempt to take a 7-6 lead into the half.
Dustin Davis' 33-yard field goal put Lenape ahead 9-6 with 5:43 remaining in the third quarter. Those three points looked big with the success Lenape's defense has had all season. But for most of this game, Shonn Greene had success running the ball through that tough defense. With the ability to run the ball, Winslow surprised Lenape on their ensuing drive. Miles' play action fake to Greene held the linebackers long enough to find a wide open John Webb in the middle of the field. Webb did the rest running for a 65-yard touchdown reception and Winslow was back in the lead for good.
Greene would finally score his touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard run with 7:57 remaining in the game. Lenape would make things interesting when Williams scored his second touchdown of the day and the Indians were trailing 20-17 after their successful two-point conversion. Miles' would finally shut the door on Lenape when he scored from 25-yards out to seal the victory for Winslow Township.