By Haven Football Parent
The JV defense put on a clinic in the first half, holding Penncrest to 3-and-out on just about every possession. The offensive line won the battle at the line of scrimmage and the fans were treated to strong rushing performances by Jon Morris, Sean Daly and Nick O’Connor. Ryan Morris rushed for two early touchdowns, and Steven Seal converted one of the point after attempts. The Panthers demonstrated great clock management and sideline awareness on their final drive of the first half driving to score with less than 3 minutes on the clock. Ryan Morris rushed for his third touchdown and Steven Seal added the extra point. The score at the half was 20-0.
In the third quarter, Penncrest took advantage of a Haven fumble and drove for their first touchdown of the game and completed a 2-point conversion making the score 20-8. Haven answered back on their next possession. The scoring drive was highlighted by a 35-yard rush by Jon Morris, and the drive was capped off by a touchdown pass from Ryan Morris to Rhagib Boyer. The score stood at 26-8.
The Panther defense held again, as it had for most of the afternoon. On Haven’s next possession, the handoff went to Chris Rosini, and initially the Lions thought they had him stuffed, but with a quick redirection, he bolted 30 yards for a touchdown, his first of the season. Steven Seal added the extra point and the score stood at 33-8 with 8:58 to go in the 4th quarter.
The Lions were determined to keep it interesting. Penncrest struck back quickly and cut the Panther lead to 33-16.
With just minutes left on the clock, the Panther O-Line continued to work, opening up big holes for the running game. Soon enough the Panthers were back in the red zone and Lindley Purrington punched it over the goal line in another gutsy run, leaving Haven with points to spare at the final horn with the score at 39-16.