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Timber Creek Loses Their Football Debut Against Woodrow Wilson

Saturday, September 15, 2001

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

Starting a new football program at any high school has its work cut out for them. Woodrow Wilson would be the first team to welcome the Timber Creek Chargers to the National Division Olympic Conference. The Tigers would expose all of Timber Creek's inexperience and won this game from the opening kickoff. Scoring all but six of their points in the first half, Wilson posted a 56-24 victory at Highland High School.

The Chargers had to move their home opener to Highland because their new football field was not quite ready to be played on Friday night. Coach Harvey Miller assembled his troops the next day and marched to an early Saturday morning match up hoping to execute their game he worked on for his team. Coach Miller knows how to gain that winning spirit and his previous coaching days at Overbrook proves it. He guided his previous team to the only undefeated season of 12-0 in South Jersey in 1998.

On this day, Woodrow Wilson had an objective to not let a team their were expected to win beat them. The stage was set, and Wilson performed exactly to script. The Tigers' defense stopped their opponent's initial series and forced Timber Creek to punt. The snap was low on the punt attempt which Woodrow Wilson recovered. Senior running back Adrian Hartwick took the first hand off from scrimmage and rumbled to the 1-yard line. On the second play from scrimmage, Hartwick completed his task and scored the game's first points. The extra point was blocked, giving the young Timber Creek teams something to cheer about.

The special teams for the Tigers were very active contributing to the scoring column. Senior Maurice Taylor returned punts, 68-yards and 62-yards, in the second quarter for touchdowns. Junior Turk McBride, freshman Willie Cortes and senior Ted Lockhart each scored off a blocked punts for Woodrow Wilson. McBride as caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Jamil Tyson.

Timber Creek's Jason Reed (Jr.) scored the Crusaders first touchdown of their brief history. Sophomore fullback Ibrihim Elmore converted the two-point attempt successfully in the third quarter. Two more touchdowns were recorded in the fourth quarter when sophomore quarterback Joe MacArthur (1-yard run) and junior runningback Chris Harper (48-yard run) scored.

Photos by Art Redd

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