Chester Falls To Academy Park
Entering Friday night Del Val League with the Academy Park Knights Chester Clippers Head Coach Chuck Crews was looking for his team to put together a full game. His team gave him a complete game but it was not enough for the Clippers who had to overcome bad field conditions at Knight Field in Sharon Hill. The Clippers also had to overcome questionable officiating in their 14-12 defeat. “That’s my team we played 48 minutes of football.” Clippers coach Chuck Crews said. Crews added “There’s no same in being defeated I tip my hat to them (Academy Park)
The Knights jumped out to an early lead on their second possession of the game when Demetre Carter would take in from 27 yards out for the touchdown. Carter had some help on his touchdown in the form of a teammate pushing the extra yard needed to cross the goal-line. According to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (P.I.A.A) that is aiding the runner and is a penalty.
The Clippers responded on the first play when Da’Ryn Harris showed his athletic ability to get in the end-zone from ten yards out. The extra point was no good and the Knights led 7-6.
The Knights again took the lead with three yard quarterback sneak by Carol Coleman. that gave the Knights the 14-6 lead.
The Clippers would once again rally back behind the play of Harris and Martin Turner the duo connected three times on the drive that covered 85 yards on eight plays and ended with the duo connecting on a incredible touchdown. The two point conversion would failed keeping the Knights lead at 14-12 heading into the locker room at halftime. Harris had one of his better games in his career completing 14 passes on 23 attempts for 161 yards to go along with 56 yards rushing. “He’s a leader, a quiet leader” Crews said of Harris adding “he played great tonight at he called some of his own plays tonight and we went with them.” Harris said “Before the game coach told me I was having fun and that’s what I did tonight.
In the second half the Clippers offense was out on the field more than their defense but when their defense was. But the Clippers defense responded not allowing the Knights to score again and holding Carter to just 83 yards on 12 carries. The Clippers offense had their changes but couldn’t capitalize thanks to a tough Knight defense and untimely penalties including a controversial aiding the runner call on a critical fourth and one play that could have led to the Clippers game-winning drive. Despite that the Clippers had a chance to win the game driving down to the Knights 15 setting up a possible game winning field goal with under a minute to go but the snap was bad and Clippers turn the ball over on downs and allow the Knights to run out the clock.
Crews also gave credit to his coaching staff for the Clippers effort saying that he was proud of his coaching staff.
On Friday the Clippers will look to put a end to three game losing streak when they travel to Prospect Park to take on the Defending Del Val Champions Interboro. The Bucs are coming off a 47-8 victory over Chichester. Kickoff is schedule for 7:30 pm
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