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Written by: PFN Staff on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
The Panthers of Quakertown arrived at Downingtown’s Kottmeyer Stadium with a huge chip on their collective shoulder, the 11-0 Panthers were angry that they had to travel to the twice defeated Cougars, for their second round District 1 playoff tilt. By virtue of the their incredibly tough regular season opponents records, 4th seeded Downingtown had edged out 5th seeded Quakertown in District 1 playoff points, causing the Panthers along with their fans, to make the hour plus ride down the Pennsylvania Turnpike. In the end the Panthers, and their faithful, enjoyed their ride back up to Quakertown, with a convincing 42-21 victory over the Cougars.
The game started off with a bang, with what seemed like a race to 50. On Downingtown’s first possession, Quakertown blocked the Cougar punt, Brett Hileman recovered the ball in the end zone giving the Panthers a 6-0 lead. On it’s next possession the Cougars stormed right back on two Jamy Jenkins passes. First TE, Division One recruit, George Bousum , took a short pass up the sideline breaking tackles to the Quakertown 15, from there Jenkins hit Senior C.J. Leo with a 15 yard TD pass, giving the Cougars a 7-6 lead. Quakertown took the kickoff and drove into Cougar territory, the Cougar defense came up with a turnover. Linebacker Sean Conlon scooped up a Quakertown lateral, dashing to the end zone for a TD, kicker Harry Marks’ extra point gave Downingtown a 14-6 lead. Quakertown quickly tied the game at 14 with a Will Stench to Tyler Woodman pass. The second quarter started with a methodical drive by the Panthers, mixing their power running game with a play action passes, cashing in on a beautiful Stench to John Eartehrton pass. Once again to Cougars came right back after a Panther score and drove the field, with Jenkins hitting two way standout FB/NG Lou Rossetti with a five yard score. As the half came to a close Downingtown seemed to take control of the game with a stop of the Panther’s offense deep in their own territory, forcing a punt, seemingly setting the Cougars up in good field position. A personal foul, after the play, changed the complexion of the game, giving the Quakertown offense a first down. Stench drove the Panthers down the field, on fourth down with time running out in the half, he completed a 24 yard touchdown pass to receiver Zach Fondl giving the Panthers a 28-21 halftime lead.
The second half was all Panthers, grinding out long drives behind the power running of Woodman, 31 carries for 162 yards and 2 Tds, and a smothering defense that bottled up Downingtown’s vaunted running attack. The Panthers ran back the second half kickoff into Cougar territory, the Cougar defense held, the Panther defense stoned the Cougar’s offense, almost blocked a second punt giving the Panther O the ball on the Cougar 34. With the Panthers consuming most of the second half clock, they took a 35-21 lead into the forth quarter. Quakertown’s defense did not let up, they continued to stone the Cougar’s running attack, while knocking QB Jenkins around like a pinball. The final nail in the coffin was a long Panther drive that ate up most of the 4th quarter, with Woodman plowing in from the 3, for his third touchdown of the night.
Quakertown (12-0) will travel back down the Turnpike Friday night to take on the only other unbeaten 6A team Garnet Valley, in the District 1 semi-finals. The Cougars ended their season 9-3.
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