I missed most of the first half the game, because I was at Marsh Creek with Jack’s team.
Photos of Lions v Ramblers are here.
Here’s the write-up Kevin did of the game:
Lions Defense Rocks Ramblers
The NHS Jr. PeeWee Lions traveled to Bensalem on Saturday and came back with a hard-fought 13-0 win to boost their record to 4-0. While the game was closely contested, once again the Lions’ dominated on both the offensive and defensive lines.
This week it took the Lions a little while to find their rhythm on defense as they were outsized by their opponents for the first time this year. After the opening kick-off, the Ramblers were able to move the ball into Lion territory before a strong push up the middle from Max Pinado and Max Paz stuffed a Rambler counter for a loss.
On the next play, Hunter Pala came up from his corner position to force the Rambler ball carrier inside where Hunter Jaronski was able to limit him to just a short gain. Two more strong surges by the Lions’ D-Line — this time led by Michael Duncan — stopped the Ramblers on downs.
The Lions’ offense took the field but couldn’t crack a determined Rambler defense. So, once again it was up to the Lions’ “D” to answer the call. First, Joey Gegeckas filled the “C” gap to make a big stop on the Ramblers’ running back. Matt Peshek then fought off a block to make nice play on the end. On the next play, James Scotto teamed with a hustling Pinado to drop the Ramblers for a loss. It was then Alexander Young’s turn as his blitz led to a big forth-down stop.
Now the Lions’ offense got into the act. First, Owen McKenna followed blocks by Josh House and Anthony Ferlazzo to blast up the middle for eight yards into Rambler territory.
After a great Rambler play resulted in a Lions’ loss, Christian Scotto came up with a brilliant catch to give the Lions a first down. Once again the Ramblers’ run defense stiffened and once again the Lions responded with a big pass play—this time to Tommy Flavin for a first down deep in Ramblers territory.
Nick Garritano followed blocks by Nick Vitelli, and Christian Scotto to rumble into the end zone for the game’s first score. McKenna than bulliedhis way into the end zone for the extra point and the 7-0 lead.
The Ramblers threatened once more before the half but the Lions held tough and the half ended 7-0.
The Lions took the opening kickoff of the second half but were unable to move the ball on their first drive as the Ramblers packed eight men to stop the inside running game.
With Lions back on “D,” defensive tackle Michael Cullen got into the act, helping to blow up a Rambler dive play to set the tone. However, on the next play the Ramblers’ QB made a nifty move to the sideline and was on his way to six points when safety Aidan Mangan came out of nowhere to make a touchdown-saving tackle at the Lions’ 11-yard line.
The tackle proved even bigger when Tommy Lupo came up from his cornerback position to drop the Ramblers for a five-yard loss. After two more tackles for losses, the Ramblers faced a big forth down play. Electing to pass, the Ramblers QB was flushed from the pocket on a big rush from Duncan and Paz. As he attempted to sweep around the right end, Pinado and Young teamed up for big fourth-down stop.
Back on “O,” the Lions came up with a clock-eating, power-football touchdown drive. The Lions went to their full-house backfield. Following great “gate blocking” by Justin Fischetti, Dylan Smith and Flavin, Lupo powered his way into Ramblers’ territory. On the next play, the Lions moved their full house to the right as Clay Asplundh ran through the hole created by Ferlazzo, Vitelli and Christian Scotto—he reached the Rambler two due to aided by crushing blocks in the second level by Lupo and McKenna. Not to be denied his first score of the year, Asplundh took the ball in from the two on the next play for the game-sealing score.
After the Lions got the ball back on downs, they stuck with the full-house — only this time Jesse Capriotti and Brendan Smith carried the mail. First, Capriotti gained eight yards on shifty sweeping run around the left side. With the aid of two Rambler penalties tacked onto the play, the Lions marched all the way down to the Rambler twelve-yard line. Next, Smith nearly swept into the end zone following a block by Asplundh, only a shoe-string tackle by a diving Rambler defender denied him.
The Lions failed to punch the ball into the end zone and the Ramblers final drive came up short as well leaving the final score 13-0 Lions.
The Lion’s go back on the Road next Saturday at noon to face the Lansdale Cannoneers.