Saturday, October 30, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
It was not an exciting game for the coaches to watch as the officials were littering the field with flags. As for the players, their short term memory allowed them to continue to play football to determine the winner of this very important game. The Eagles from Winslow Township were hosting the Panthers from Camden with both teams needing a win to have any chance of extending their season into the playoffs. Despite all of the penalties especially near the end of the first half, Winslow Township’s twenty-three first half points was more than enough to defeat the Panthers by a 42-14 margin.
Both of these teams were still in the playoff hunt as they have or were trying to fulfill the first requirement in maintaining a winning record. Winslow has been guaranteed that, but was facing the second requirement of gaining as many power points necessary to finish in the top eight in South Jersey Group 4 bracket. Today’s win may not move them up that much, but a win next week against Cherokee would almost give them what they are looking for. Camden really needed to win the next two games as they were in the driver’s seat controlling their own destiny.
The Panthers had a golden opportunity late in the first quarter when the Eagles fumbled the ball deep in their territory that was recovered by the Panthers. Now with a first and goal, a touchdown reception by Terron Murray was nullified due to a holding call. Camden would give the ball right back as Brandon Grantham interception in the endzone to end the quarter.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Anthony Glaud engineered an 80 yard scoring drive that was highlighted by a 50 yard reception to Chase Brittingham. Glaud would finally finish off the drive with 10:30 remaining in the half when he scored on the quarterback keeper giving Winslow the 6-0 advantage. Camden would respond with a 44 yard touchdown reception by Murray from Tim Stewart and this game was all even with 7:54 showing on the first half clock. But on the ensuing kickoff, an excellent return gave the Eagles excellent field position starting at the Panthers 48 yard line. Three plays later, Jeromy Miles crossed the goal line from 16 yards out and Winslow took a 14-6 lead. The defense and penalties took over as Winslow would record a safety and a 22 yard touchdown reception by Chris Coles at the 2:56 mark giving the Eagles a 23-6 halftime lead.
The officials took over from there with flags flying all over the place. Coles and Glaud would each score their second touchdowns of the game during the second half to put this game further out of reach. Now both teams will have to step it up one more week to see if they will be apart of the playoffs. Both teams have a tough opponent next with but if they want to win, they will find a way.