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Tigers end season with loss to Radnor

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By Josh Kipple, Tigers Radio Network
November 06, 2010

After earning two big wins in a row, the Marple Newtown Tigers visited the Radnor Red Raiders in their final game of the regular season Friday night. The Tigers had a chance to get into the playoffs with a victory on the road, but ended up losing a close game by the final score of 28-21.
Radnor opened up the contest with a little trickery and stunned the Marple Newtown defense early by running a flea flicker that went for 47 yards on the first play of the game. The Red Raiders scored a few plays later when quarterback Robert Collins ran a 1-yard keeper up the middle, but they failed to convert the following 2-point try. Radnor scored again on their next offensive series after Red Raiders running back Tim Wilson ran the ball 25 yards into the end zone. They decided to go for 2 points again, and this time converted the attempt on a Collins pass to wide receiver Dave Kurtyka. Not wanting to be counted out of the contest early, the Tigers put together a nice drive that ended in a touchdown. Ryan Duffy ran the ball over the goal line from 3 yards out and scored the first points of the evening for Marple Newtown. Radnor committed an encroachment penalty on the ensuing extra point attempt, moving the ball up to the 1-yard line. The Tigers sought to use the short yardage situation to put 2 points on the board, but could not convert the attempt, leaving the score at 14-6 at the end of the 1st half.
The Tigers got the ball at the beginning of the 2nd half and found the end zone again after a huge 37-yard rushing play by quarterback Billy Weaverling. In an effort to tie the game, they went for the 2-point conversion and brought the score to 14-14 after Weaverling ran the football over the goal line. The Red Raiders responded quickly, scoring on their next drive when running back Vinny Caniglia ran 5 yards for a touchdown. The Radnor lead was held at 6 points thanks to Cimirrow Moat who was able to come off the edge of the special teams formation and tip the ball after it was kicked causing it fall short of the goalposts. Because of this play, the Tigers took their first lead of the game when they drove down the field and scored on their next series. Weaverling carried the ball over the goal line from 5 yards out and Anthony Nicoldari converted the extra point to give Marple Newtown a 21-20 lead midway through the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, the Red Raiders scored just 22 seconds later when Collins threw a 75-yard bomb to Tajae Bryant for a touchdown. Collins completed a pass to Wilson on the following 2-point conversion attempt to go up by 7 points. The Tigers got the ball back with 5 minutes to play and worked their way to a 4th and 1 on their own 44-yard line. They could not convert and turned the ball over on downs, bringing their hopes for a playoff berth and their season to an end.
Ryan White finished with the most touchdowns for Marple Newtown this season. He had 7 on the ground, received 2 through the air, ran back 1 kick return, and returned 1 interception for a score to end up with 11 touchdowns overall. He also had the most receiving yards on the team with 160 total. Ryan Duffy picked up the most yards on the ground for the Tigers, finishing the season with 911 yards on 175 carries. On the defensive side of the ball, Brian Kelly led the team in tackles with 82 for the year. Chris Kurkian had the most sacks on the team, finishing the season with 6.5. Joey Pham led the defense in interceptions and finished out with 3.

The Marple Newtown Tigers finished the season with 4 wins and 6 losses overall, and 3 wins and 6 losses in the Central League. On offense, they ended up with 27 touchdowns and 2,587 total yards. The defense finished with 15 turnovers and 539 total tackles. In the end, 9 different Tigers put points on the scoreboard for Marple Newtown.