Here is Kevin’s write-up:
The Jr. PeeWee Gold Lions went down to defeat at the hands of the undefeated Pennridge Greenjackets last Saturday at the Greenjackets’ home field in Perkasie. The Lions gave Pennridge all they could handle before losing 19-7.
The Lions started off with the ball to begin the game but an acrobatic pick-off by the Greenjackets’ talented safety gave them the ball in Lions in Lions’ territory. The Lions were a bit anxious to start the game on defense, perhaps a little unnerved by the Greenjackets’ unusual cadence. The got it together quickly as nosetackle Greg Stephens forced an errant snap and a Greenjacket fumble. Joey Gegeckas came up from his linebacker position to make a key stop and it seemed that the Lions would get out of a jam. Unfortunately the Greenjackets’ mammoth QB swept in from the outside to find pay dirt and the Lions were down 6-0.
The Lions, though, showed resilience as the Nick Desautelle combined with Timmy Leonard to stop the extra point try and the score remained 6-0.
The Lions fought back right away on offense. After Topher Taylor recovered the ball on a Greenjackets’ onside kick attempt, the Lions began to show their vaunted ground game. First, Jesse Capriotti broke three tackles on his way to a fifteen-yard gain and the Lions’ first first down of the game. Then Hunter Jaronski “superblasted” for ten more yards behind the blocking of Blake Eschelman, Nick Vitelli and Connor Stocklosa. After the Lions softened Pennridge up with a couple of tough inside runs, Jaronski sprinted around the left side again for the equalizing score. Owen McKenna then pinballed his way into the endzone behind the Lion’s dynamic interior blocking trio of Charles Bray, Justin Fischetti, and Taylor.
The Greenjackets struck back quickly, launching a rainbow pass that somehow fell into the arms of the receiver for a long gain. The Lions pushed them back on a crushing hit by Dan Khouri and Charles Bray on the next play, but the Greenjackets wouldn’t be denied as they swept in from the right side later in the series for the score. Again, however the Lions would not let their opponent get an extra point on the board as John Flavin forced the Greenjackets’ ball carrier inside and the rest of the Lions finished the job.
This time back on offense the Lions could not find their rhythm on offense even after tough run by Eshelman behind Joey Peterson and Anthony Ferlazzo and the Lions were forced to turn the ball over on downs. They came up big on the next defensive series however as the Greenjackets went back to the air for to try for another score. With Michael Lehman providing blanket coverage on the Greenjacket ballcarrier, Jaronski stepped in front of the opposing receiver and picked off the pass at the goal line.
Unfortunately, after the Lions could not move the ball away from the shadow of their goal posts, a poor coaching decision (mine) gave the Greenjackets the ball deep in Lions’ territory. The Greenjackets scored their third and final touchdown of the day to make the score 19-7.
While Lions played spirited football in the second half led by a stout defense and a resurgent offense, they were unable to change the outcome of the game. Second half offensive highlights included Ferlazzo’s first run of the year, a punishing five-yard scamper up the middle, and a diving reception by Capriotti.
On defense, Stephens shook off a painful hand injury to come off the bench to recover a fumble while McKenna made several big plays in the Greenjacket backfield.
The Lions are home this Saturday to face the Souderton Braves at 2:00 p.m.
For family & friends who asked, Owen is #53 — fullback on offense and linebacker on defense.
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