Farrell knocks off Wilmington in Battle of Number One’s @farrellfootball @HoundPound2019
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, September 1st, 2018
In a battle of WesternPAFootball.net #1’s in Class A and Class AA. It was the Farrell Steelers that rallied past the Wilmington Greyhounds for a 31-19 victory Friday night in Farrell.
Before the game, Farrell head coach Jarrett Samuels wasn’t sure what expect from his team Friday.
“Honestly, we had the worst three days of practice in eleven years,” said Samuels. “I was so frustrated with the effort in practice, but when the lights come on something magical can happen, and something magical happened.”
That magic began toward the very end of the first half, and the second-half when standout receiver Jourdan Townsend started to make plays.
“I told Jourdan that he needs to be the best player on the field tonight on special teams and 1-on-1 matchups because that’s his forte,” said Samuels. “He brought his game today, he told me at halftime “I got you coach” then he came through in the clutch for us like he always does.”
Townsend caught an 8-yard touchdown from Kyi Wright on the final play of the first half that tied the game 12-12 at intermission, and the Steelers never looked back. His flashy 64-yard punt return helped propel them to a 25-12 lead after three quarters.
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“They were both big plays, I was just trying to get the crowd hyped and get the momentum going for my team,” said Townsend. “It was fine when we were down 12-0, we were making a statement. That was all that was on our mind, and we came out and made that statement.”
“Both teams are going to benefit from this game, they have a championship team, but our guys played to make a statement tonight,” said Samuels.
“Both the catch at the end of the half as well as the punt return was tough,” said Wilmington head coach Brandon Phillian. “We also downed the ball on our 4-yard line to start the second half, but they did a great job forcing us into mistakes.”
Wilmington’s second-half nightmare began when Ethan Susen bobbled the kickoff, and they were forced to start that deep.
A few plays later the Steelers recovered a fumble deep in ‘Hounds territory and capped the short drive with Wright’s 25-yard touchdown to Brian Hinton Jr. giving the Steelers their first lead at 18-12.
Tyree Hammonds would then intercept “Hounds quarterback Robert Pontius and return it to the 1-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.
Wright then capped the drive with a 1-yard sneak pushing their lead to 31-12.
“At the end of the day we got off to a great start and had all the momentum, then after that nothing seemed to go right,” Phillian said. “I certainly take accountability for that; we just made too many mistakes. The bottom line is the kids fought all night long, and I was extremely proud of them. They’re a great football team, and there is no doubt about that. I tip my cap to them for doing a great job, they stepped it up and made plays when they had to.”
Farrell’s first touchdown came off a 5-yard run by Christian Lewis who led the Steelers in total offense with 109 yards on 19 carries.
“He ran hard, and he’s been running hard all summer,” said Samuels of Lewis. “His conditioning is very impressive, and he’s been playing with a chip on his shoulder.”
Wilmington started the game off on the right foot scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions as senior and leading rusher Cameron Marett broke touchdown runs of 35 and 44 yards in the first quarter while rushing 109 on just eight carries in the first half. He finished the night with 132 yards on 15 attempts.
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“There was no panic down 12-0,” said Samuels. “I told them before the game that they’re going to hit us in the mouth and don’t flinch – just keep grinding it out. Early on we were not tackling, but our defensive line played strong. Our Divison 1 guys and older guys came out and played Divison 1 tonight.”
The ‘Hounds capped the scoring with an 11-yard run by Susen with 2:18 left to play.
“We’re going to go home and work hard, coming into the game obviously we wanted to win. But win or lose I believe in moving forward, and we’re a better football team by playing this game tonight,” said Phillian.
Farrell 31 Wilmington 19
Score by Quarters
Wilmington – 12 0 0 7 – 19
Farrell – 0 12 13 6 – 31
W – Cameron Marett 35 yd run (kick failed), 6:35
W – Marett 44 yd run (pass failed), 1:24
F – Christian Lewis 5 yd run kick failed), 5:42
F – Jourdan Townsend 8 yd pass from Kyi Wright (rush failed), :00
F – Brian Hinton Jr. 25 yd pass from Wright (pass failed), 8:36
F – Townsend 64 yd punt return (Hinton Jr. pat), 6:32
F – Wright 1 yd run (kick failed), 4:32
W – Ethan Susen 11 yd run (Ethan Winters pat), 2:18
Rushing: Wilmington – Marett 15-132, Susen 5-24, Noah Hunt 7-61, Robert Pontius 9-(-12), Tage Kelliher 4-5. Totals: 40-210. Farrell – Lewis 19-104, Townsend 3-11, Wright 11-43, Tymir Green 1-1. Totals: 34-164.
Passing: Wilmington – Pontius 9-for-15 89 yards, 1 interception. Farrell – Wright 3-for-6 39 yards, 2 touchdowns.
Receiving: Wilmington – Marett 2-20, Danny Hanssen 1-0, Susen 3-28, Junior McConahy 3-41. Farrell – Townsend 2-14, Brian Hinton Jr. 1-25.
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