Imhotep Pummels Pen Argyl
Pen Argyl. Bulldog Community Stadium. Slatington, PA. 1pm kick-off. All of those remained the same from last week to this week.
Unfortunately for the Green Knights, the game was totally different.
On a brisk and misty Saturday afternoon in Slatington, Imhotep Charter (14-0) defeated Pen Argyl (11-3) by a score of 54-7 to advance in the state playoffs and end the Green Knights’ season.
Imhotep dominated in every aspect of this contest, but they really won with their running game as they amassed over 250 rushing yards collectively. Their attack was led by senior David Williams, who rushed for 198 yards himself.
They didn’t just run the ball however as sophomore quarterback Andre Dreuitt threw the deep ball a few times. His very first completed pass was a 58 yard bomb to senior Brandon Smith.
Throughout the game, especially in the first quarter, the Panthers of Imhotep were hurt by penalties. Having 12 total penalties tallying 70 yards barred them from scoring even more early on. Despite that high amount, head coach Albie Crosby, isn’t too worried about it, “I have to take it. As coaches this is what we talk about. I have to take the bad with the good.”
Sophomore Nasir Bonner echoed the talk about the Panthers hurting themselves in games, “We are our worst enemy. We have a motto that we can only hurt ourselves.”
After punting on their first drive, the Panthers scored a touchdown on their next three possessions. Coupling that with their stellar defense gave them a 21-0 lead with 9:45 left in the first half.
On Pen Argyl’s next drive, the Green Knights pieced together their only scoring drive of the afternoon. Going 60 yards in two minutes and 21 seconds capping it off with a 26 yard touchdown pass from junior Nick Oyer to senior Scott Beltz. The scoreboard now read 21-7.
Right before the half the Panthers pick off an Oyer pass attempt and set up shop on the Green Knights’ 43 yard line. The clock told Dreuitt and company that they had only 1:25 to score before halftime. Determined the Panthers, behind the legs of Williams, drove the ball to the 7 yard line and capped off the drive with a seven yard rush by no one other than, Williams.
As both teams hurried in to the much warmer locker rooms, the score was 26 to 7 favoring Imhotep Charter. Williams already rushed for 160 yards in the game at that point which was more than Pen Argyl ran for in the entire game as a team.
To begin the second half, the Green Knights received the ball and saw their drive stall as they fumbled and had it recovered by Imhotep. The Panthers immediately capitalized on the blunder as they only needed one play, a 37 yard scamper by Williams to score a touchdown and make it 33-7.
After the game, Crosby talked about how his team has the advantage in the 3rd quarter, “One of the big things we have is numbers. We only have one kid [playing both offense and defense]. We have been fortunate this year that the 3rd quarter is the time that we get up on people.”
During the entire second half the Green Knights compiled decent drives that went somewhere. The issue was that somewhere wasn’t the end zone. Pen Argyl’s closest chance to score again for the rest of the game was midway through the fourth when they had the ball all the way down on Imhotep’s 1 yard line. Imhotep called a timeout, regrouped the defensive troops and stuffed the Green Knights who tried to punch it in on the ground every down, but found themselves going backwards with the Panthers eventually taking over on downs.
With the victory in sight, Imhotep drained the already speedy game clock due to the mercy rule all the way down until it was fourth down and they punted. With a booming punt high in the gray sky descending downward, the Panthers hustled down the field to find that it was muffed by Pen Argyl. Senior Kadmiel Kelome picked it up and ran it in for the eighth and final touchdown for Imhotep on the afternoon.
Pen Argyl received the ball and just watched the final seconds of their 2012 season whisk away. With it coming to a close Pen Argyl head coach, Paul Reduzzi, told me how his team battled this year, “The things that happened coming out of loses was a lot of unity…they are a big surprise. We thought we would compete. I told Tom [Housenick] after a scrimmage that I thought we would be pretty good. I didn’t know pretty good was going to be 11 wins.”
Imhotep Charter advances to the PIAA AA Eastern Final against Wyomissing. That game will be Saturday, December 8 at Ben Johnston Stadium in Philadelphia. That game is slated for a 1pm kickoff.
IC- 3:51 Dreuitt 58 yd pass to Smith. PAT by Moore good. 7-0
IC- 0:39 Williams 12yd rush. PAT by Moore good. 14-0
IC- 9:58 Williams 79yd rush. PAT no good. 20-0
PA- 7:18 Oyer 26yd pass to Beltz. PAT good. 20-7
IC- :4.6 Williams 7yd rush. Conversion no good. 26-7
IC- 10:24 Williams 37yd rush. PAT by Moore good. 33-7
IC- 7:49 Dreuitt 15yd pass to Young. PAT by Moore good. 40-7
IC- 2:15 Bonner 2yd rush. PAT by Moore good. 47-7
IC- 1:05 Fumble return 35 yd Kelome. PAT good. 54-7
PA 0 7 0 0 -7
IC 14 12 21 7 -54
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