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Kensington forces several turnovers, holds off Overbrook 12-8 @PAFootballNews @Overbrook_FB @KENSINGTON_HS

Written by: on Sunday, October 10th, 2021

 

The South Philadelphia Supersite hosted two hungry teams Saturday night in Overbrook and Kensington. The contest proved to be run-dominant, particularly in the first half. A first half score from Overbrook could not hold off the Tigers, who forced key turnovers to result in two touchdowns to win the game by a low score of 12-8.

Overbrook only threw five passes during the entire game, none of which found the correct hands. The majority of their plays incorporated a wildcat formation, giving senior Dominick Roberts and junior Mehki Gordon most of the touches. Overbrook was able to generate the lone score in the first half on a 3 yard run from Gordon, and the ensuing 2-point conversion run from Roberts.

Following the first half score, several back-and-forth drives couldn’t find the endzone for either squad. The biggest play of the half came from a 40 yard run by Dominick Roberts. Unfortunately, the drive stalled out resulting in a turnover on downs. Kensington was threatening to get on the board in the final moments of the half, but junior quarterback Matthew Pellegrino could not lead the team to points.

The second half started off with more back and forth. On Kensington’s first drive, Pellegrino found the endzone on a 3 yard rush. Their 2-point conversion attempt to tie the game was no good. Overbrook struggled to move the chains on two short drives in the third quarter. However, their downfall came on several poor shotgun snaps to the ball carrier, which resulted in 3 turnovers in favor of Kensington. The Tigers were mounting a long drive that lasted from 1:15 left in the third quarter to just under 4 minutes remaining in the game. Pellegrino did what he could but ultimately turned the ball over on downs after multiple incomplete passes.

When it seemed all but over for Kensington, Overbrook’s first play of the following drive was another bad snap that rolled behind the quarterback and was recovered by Kensington’s Savion Sanchez on a scoop and score. A failed 2 point conversion still gave Kensington the lead, 12-8 with 3:20 left to play.

Overbrook had one more chance to make things interesting, but once again Savion Sanchez put a stop to things. On a designed keeper, Dominick Roberts rushed to the left and ran into Sanchez, who was untouched off the edge. Savion made a play you don’t see everyday; he wrapped up Roberts in the backfield, and cleanly stripped the ball from him all without hitting the ground. Following that turnover, Kensington needed just one first down to close out the game, which they were able to reach.

I got a chance to talk briefly with Savion Sanchez after the game, and his humility really stuck with me. When asked about his two big plays, he looks to his teammates and to his family. “I knew my team needed me so I just went hard. And my grandma’s birthday was a couple days ago… all she wants me to do is go hard.” After the game he had yesterday, Savion Sanchez and the Tigers look ahead to face South Philly next week. Overbrook (2-3) hosts George Washington (2-2) next week.

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