By Willie McGonigle, EasternPAFootball.com
October 11, 2009
The Tigers wasted little time getting on the board as on the games opening kickoff Ryan White took the opening kickoff at his own 8 yard line found a seem in the Panthers coverage and was off to the races for a 92 yard touchdown. Adam Fender would add the extra point giving the Tigers the 7-0 lead before fans even had the chance to get into their seats.” The opening kickoff game was big play of the game.” Is what Panthers head coach Kevin Clancy would say about the opening kickoff.
On the ensuing drive the Panthers would drive 76 yards down to the Tigers 7 yard line before Tigers defense forced the Panthers to turn the ball over on downs. From that point on the Tigers took over the game. When asked about his defense Gionta would say ” Our defense played well we knew our play to well against the run, we knew they knew how to run the football.”
Following a Panther fumble that gave the Tigers the ball at the Panthers 22 the Tigers had a chance to add to their lead heading into the half but the strong legged Fender attempt at a 41 yard field goal would sail wide left.
After the Tigers forced the Panthers to punt of the opening drive of the second half. The Tigers behind great blocking from Pete Finnegan, Steve DeMaria, Brain Mabry, Kevan Strigle and Christian Whiteside and a balance rushing attack of Ryan Duffy, Mario Dioguardi and Chris Johnson the Tigers would drive 77 yards on 14 plays when Duffy capped the drive with a 2 yard touchdown plunge. “Good block by Ryan White kicked out the linebacker and I was able to get in.” Is what Duffy would say about his touchdown. Duffy would add “line’s been blocking hard all week its really about them if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t get anywhere.” Duffy would finish the game with 20 carries for 85 yards and an interception on defense.