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Written by: Alec Eskin on Saturday, September 11th, 2021
Picture taken by Tbone Smith (@trsmith296)
The game was one about controlling the clock. Garnet Valley scored quickly on their first drive and Marple had the ball for about ten minutes after that and scored. However, Garnet Valley’s defense strengthened after that and did not allow Marple Newtown to score the rest of the night. The Jaguars had their offense really get it going one they got the ball consistently and put the game out of reach by the 4th quarter. The Jaguars would win by a final score of 42-7. Garnet Valley moves to 3-0 and Marple drops to 1-2 on the year. Lets go into a deeper recap of how both teams’ nights went. . .
Marple Newtown had a strong start to the night on offense, have a 15+ play drive taking up the vast majority of the first quarter. Charlie Box continued his strong high school campaign against Garnet Valley, scoring their only touchdown on the night. But, even though their first drive was long, it did not wear down that Garnet Valley defense. For most of the night, they could not get that big play and had trouble moving the ball. On defense, they slowed down the Garnet Valley offense, but could not stop them. Their only big breakdown was on a 75 yard touchdown pass from Max Busenkell to Joey Halloran. Also, their coverage was good at containing the passing dimension in Garnet Valley’s offense in general.
For Garnet Valley, the night got off to a slow start as they had to wait sometime to get the ball back. However, when they did get the ball, they made the most of their possessions. Jason Bernard stepped big time in the place of Shane Reynolds in which they combined for three of Garnet Valley’s touchdowns. Then, in the second half, they were able to break it open with some timely adjustments. On the defensive side of the ball, they had arguably one if their toughest nights of the year and stepped up to the occasion. After a long drive by Marple, they were able to hang in and continue to cause problems for the Marple offensive line. In the second half, they had three plays in a row where a sack was logged. Lastly, they were able to contain Charlie Box who was become a household name in the Central League in the last three years.
Garnet Valley plays at home against Upper Darby at 7:00 PM next Friday night. Marple Newtown plays against Penncrest at home at 7:00 PM next Friday night as well. Both teams learned from tonight and will almost certainly apply those lessons in future games.
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