The Penndel Wildcats avenged their two losses last year again the Jr. PeeWee Lions. The 2011 Lions struggled a bit to match Penndel’s size and speed, but I’m sure they’ll rebound next week.
The McKenna highlight of the game was Owen’s first offensive touchdown ever!!
Here’s Kevin’s write-up of the game:
Lions Fall To Wildcats
The Jr. PeeWee Gold Lions fell to a tough, experienced PennDell Wildcats 25-7 on Saturday. While the Lions came out on the wrong side of the score, their second half performance gave them much to build for the rest of the season.
The Lions’ Connor Fitzgerald started the game with a booming kickoff and Michael Duncan made a great open field tackle to begin the action. The Wildcats proved that they meant business on the next play as the went off tackle for a big gain, only great play by defensive backs Tim Leonard and Michael Lehman kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard.
The Lions’ defense stiffened inside behind spirited play by Greg Stephens and Nick Desautelle, so the Wildcats decided to try the old student body left play and with strong blocking, they got the ball close to the goal line before punching it in for the score. Topher Taylor put a strong rush on the QB to force an errant throw on the extra point and the score was 6-0.
After being unable to move the ball on offense, the Lions’ defense was back on the field. This time they came out on fire and they made it tough for Wildcats to move the ball. A key play for the Lions was Dan Khouri crushing tackle for loss of the Wildcats fullback.
Eventually though, the Wildcats were able to solve the Lions’ blitzing defensive attack with a series of reverses, sweeps and play action passes and they took an 18-0 lead into half time.
The coaching staff challenged the Lions at half time to give it their all in the second half despite the score and the boys responded brilliantly.
The Wildcats had another offensive trick in the bag for one for touchdown in early in the third quarter but the Lions’ defense stopped them cold after that.
The Lions began to find running room behind a rejuvenated offensive line. Jesse Capriotti made slashing runs off tackle following blocks from Taylor, Connor Stocklosa and Nick Vitelli to pick up successive first downs. TheY also began to make things happen on the left side of the line as QB Hunter Jaronski followed Anthony Ferlazzo and Joey Peterson for a nice gain on a bootleg.
With the Lions’ offense on the fifty-yard line, Jaronski sprinted out and found Vitelli in the clear for a wonderful over-the-shoulder catch. Vitelli rumbled down to the three-yard line and two plays later Owen McKenna powered into the endzone behind Charles Bray and Justin Fischetti and the Lions were on the board. Jaronski followed a Leonard block around the end and made the score 7-0.
The Lions were now fired up now and it showed on defense. McKenna blitzed in from his linebacker spot to force a Wildcats’ fumble and the Lions’ offense got the ball back. John Flavin came into the game to see his first action at QB this year. Joey Gegeckas picked up two tough yards on his first carry of the year and Flavin followed with a tough run on a QB sweep. While the second unit played flawlessly, they could not find the endzone and the ball went back over to the Wildcats to finish out the game.
Although the boys lost a tough when their effort in the second half was impressive and it sets them up well for next Saturday’s game against King of Prussia. Their thoughts are also with Duncan who left the field in the second half with a concussion.
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