The NHS Jr PeeWee Gold team dominated their King of Prussia foes yesterday.
Here’ is Kevin’s write-up:
Lions Defeat King of Prussia
They say the game of football is won in the trenches and the Junior PeeWee Lions certainly proved that on Saturday at King of Prussia as they dominated on both the offensive and defensive lines and handed the Indians a 19-6 loss. With the victory, the Lions moved to 2-1 on the young season.
The Lions started quickly on offense with Jesse Capriotti following blocks from Conner Stoklosa, Nick Vitelli and Blake Eschelman off-tackle for a 45-yard long touchdown run. Owen McKenna followed Justin Fischetti, Topher Taylor, Charles Bray up the middle for the extra point and the Lions had a 7-0 lead.
The Indians responded with a determined running game of their own, but a touchdown-saving tackle by Michael Lehman and Joey Gegeckas seemed to settle the Lions down. Greg Stephans and Connor Fitzgerald combined to stop the Indians’ ball carrier on fourth down deep in Lions’ territory and the Lions were back on offense.
This time a determined Indian defense forced the Lions to punt and when the Indians rushed and sacked the punter, the Indians had the ball on the Indians’ three-yard line. This set up an exciting sequence for the Lions. On the next play, McKenna hurdled the line and hit the Indian QB and knocked the ball loose; Hunter Jaronski alertly covered the fumble and the Lions were out of trouble.
Three plays later, Capriotti was at it again, sprinting down the sideline behind a crushing Eschelman block for an 85-yard scoring play. The point after failed, but the Lions were out in front 13-0.
At this point the Lions’ defense began to dominate. After Danny Khouri made a crushing tackle in the Indians’ backfield, Taylor burst through the line to force and recover an Indians’ fumble.
The Lions went back on offense with Eschelman picking up good yardage behind Anthony Ferlazzo and Joey Peterson. The Lions’ drive stalled just short of a first down, however, and the Lions went into half-time up 13-0.
The Lions started the second half on defense once again and this time Timmy Leonard got into the tackle-for-loss (TFL) act, knifing through from his outside linebacker position to throttle the Indians’ dangerous tailback. After John Flavin, Gegeckas and Lehman foiled a Indian’ sweep attempt, the Lions had the ball back.
The Lions had a little trouble establishing their offensive rhythm in the second half, but their defense was firing on all cylinders until the Indians found a crease in the defense and sprung their tailback for a long touchdown run. The Lions defensive line got a big surge by Khouri, Fitzgerald and Stephans to stop the extra point and the score remained 13-6.
With the game in the balance once again, the Lions offensive line took over. With Ferlazzo setting the edge, Jaronski went for a big gain on a bootleg. On the next play Capriotti rumbled off-tackle behind Leonard, Stoklosa and Vitelli for a long gain into Indians’ territory. The Lions ran the ball down to the Indians’ five-yard line before Capriotti was able to slam in for his third score and the Lions had the game iced.
There was still time for one more highlight on defense as Flavin’s diving pick-off attempt nearly resulted in the Lions’ first interception of the year.
With the final score of 19-6, the Lions happily celebrated the victory and Stoklosa’s birthday. The Lions travel north next Saturday to take on the Pennridge Greenjackets at 6:00 p.m.
For family & friends who asked, Owen is #53 — fullback on offense and linebacker on defense.
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