By Chris McSweeney, MNFB.com
September 12, 2009
Marple Newtown High School dominated another opponent again Friday evening. The Tigers came away with a 24-6 victory over the Springfield Cougars. The Tigers displayed great ball movement on the offensive side and ball stopping defense for the second straight week.
The scoring began in the first quarter when Marple Newtown’s Mario Dioguardi scored on a 14 yard touchdown run. Springfield did respond in the first quarter with a 48 yard touchdown pass from Wally Rutecki to Denzel Thompson, the extra point was missed however and the score ended 7-6 after one quarter.
The Tigers dominated from there on scoring two touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on a fumble recovery by Billy Weaverling in the end zone. The next was on a 10 yard pass from quarterback Kevin Johnson to Matt Gregory. This put the score to 21-6 at halftime.
In the third quarter Marple Newtown kicker Adam Fender added a 36 yard field goal with 5:29 remaining in the quarter. There was no more scoring for the rest of the game leaving the score at Marple Newtown 24 and Springfield 6.
Great defense was played by Brian Kelly, Pete Finegan and Ryan Furst, who intercepted a key fourth down pass by Springfield late in the contest. BothKevin Johnson and Carl Kasarsky continued to show leadership on offense. This marks another victory for the Tigers and puts them to a 2-0 record on the young season. This victory was also Head Coach Ray Gionta’s 100th career win.