For the third week in a row, the Jr. PeeWee Lions didn’t allow the other team to score a point, beating the Lansdale Cannoneers 19-0.
Here’s the write-up that Kevin did after the game:
Lions Muzzle Cannoneers
The NHS Jr. PeeWee Lions pulled into Lansdale’s 5th Street Field on Saturday in a bus filled with enthusiasm and spirit and they left the same way, after they broke open a tight game late to take a 19-0 victory.
The stout defense recorded its third straight shutout and fourth in five games against a Cannoneer team that had averaged just about three touchdowns per game.
This week, the Lions took the opening kickoff but could find little room to run against a tough Cannoneer defensive line that outweighed the Lions boys by a considerable margin. The Lions were forced into a rare punting situation and the defense took the field.
They were more than up to the task as the Lions’ defensive line played one of its strongest games to date. First James Scotto came up to stop the Cannoneers’ QB in his tracks. Then, Michael Duncan burst through from his defensive tackle position to stuff Lansdale’s fullback for a loss. After saving tackle by Matt Peshek was made moot by an inadvertent whistle, great pass coverage by Aidan Mangan forced the Cannoneers to punt.
This time Lions’ offense began to make some noise. First, Owen McKenna followed Josh House and Anthony Ferlazzo up the middle for a short gain; then Clay Asplundh found running room outside behind the blocking of Brendan Smith. After a penalty moved the Lions back five yards, Christian Scotto made a great grab for a ten-yard gain and nearly a first down.
The Lions then went back to the pass on the other side of the field but the Cannoneers put pressure on Lions’ QB Nick Garritano and he was forced to run. He found help down field in the form of a crushing block by Tommy Flavin and Garritano sprinted in the rest of the way for a Lions’ score.
Once again, the kicking game proved a weapon for the Lions as Dylan Smith boomed the ensuing kickoff all the way down the Cannoneers’ 20-yard line.
The Lion’s defense closed out the half making play after play in the Cannoneer backfield. Max Pinado made the first big stop followed by a crushing hit for a loss by Max Paz. Next up were Joey Gegeckas and Hunter Jaronski who stuffed a Cannoneer ballcarrier right line of scrimmage. Then Duncan and Alexander Young paired up to stop the Cannoneers on downs just before the half.
After halftime, the Lion’s defense went back to work. Nick Vitelli and Micheal Cullen came in as defensive tackles to keep the pressure on the Cannoneers and take away the run.
When Lansdale tried to pass, first Tommy Lupo blitzed in from the corner to make a big sack and then Young came in from his linebacker position to do the same and force a punt by the Cannoneers. This proved to be a game changing play as Pinado shrugged off a would- be tackler and made a scintillating dash to the end zone to put the Lions up 12-0.
After the defense stopped the opposition once again on downs, the Lions offense recorded their final tally. Garritano used a block by Lions’ left tackle Justin Fischetti to reverse his field and gallop for one more score. He followed it up with a pass to Asplundh for the extra point and that put score 19-0 Lions.
On the next defensive series, Jesse Capriotti added to the day’s defensive excitement by running down the Cannoneers’ best ball carrier and making a textbook tackle to save a touchdown and keep the shutout intact.
Thanks to the Junior PeeWee Cheerleaders making the bus ride a spirited one and for doing a great job on the sidelines during the game.
Next up for the Lions is a home date with the Penndel Wildcats. The Lions are hoping to have injured cornerback/wingback Hunter Pala back for this battle of the unbeatens.