By Richard Weisgrau, Patch.com
October 15, 2011
The first half of the game belonged to Marple Newtown.
Five minutes into the first quarter of Friday night’s football game Marple Newtown scored its first touchdown on a play by senior wide receiver Joey Pham. That would be the only score until well into the second quarter when the Tigers added 3 points on a field goal kicked with only 1 minute and 13 seconds left before halftime.
While Conestoga played hard through the first half they simply could not close the deal on any of several promising down field drives that ended up stalling out without scoring.
The first half can be summarized as good defense by both sides and better offense by Marple Newtown.
The Pioneers started the second half with a bit more gusto, driving to within 25 yards of the goal line in the first 3 minutes. A fourth down pass attempt made it to the end zone when wide receiver Andrew DeStefano caught it but could not maintain control, turning the ball over to the Tigers.
The Pioneers kept on the attack and scored their first goal with 3 minutes and 13 seconds to go in the quarter on a running play. The attempted two point conversion was stopped, leaving Conestoga with only 6 points on the scoreboard.
As the third quarter neared its end, Marple Newtown’s Anthony Rosanio intercepted a Pioneer pass and carried the ball to the 3 yard line. Then running back Cimirrow Moat ran the ball in for a touchdown. The kick for the extra point was good and the Tigers led 17 to 6.
That would be the final score as the Pioneers offense simply could not make offensive headway in the fourth quarter and the Tigers managed to reverse several gains with penalties that mounted up and held their yardage back.
The 17-6 loss drops Conestoga to 4-3 on the season. Next week the Pioneers take on Radnor in a pivotal Central League match up.