|Phoenixville's Chris Demey is tackled by Owen J. Roberts' John Raser (48), Bobby McGee (52) and another Wildcat defender during the first half of Friday's PAC-10 game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)|
By Barry Sankey
BUCKTOWN — After three successive weeks of football setbacks to open the 2012 season, Owen J. Roberts coach Tom Barr was not sure how his Wildcats would respond in their Pioneer Athletic Conference game against visiting Phoenixville Friday night.
Instead of buckling under, Owen J. Roberts regrouped with a solid effort on both sides of the football to defeat Phoenixville, 35-19, at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats struck through the air first in taking a 14-12 halftime lead and then utilized their ground game to control the pigskin in the second half. Meanwhile, the defense shut the Phantoms out in the fourth period after the Wildcats were clinging to a 21-19 lead after three quarters.
Owen J. Roberts rolled up 432 total yards, including 271 yards rushing and 161 more passing, while scoring five touchdowns. Quarterback Jarrad Pinelli completed 11 of 14 passes with three touchdowns by Matt Raymond covering 15, 14 and 44 yards. After that worked, it set up Wyatt Scott to rush for 241 yards and two TDs on 30 carries behind a steadily improving offensive line.
“Our kids really put four quarters together,” said Barr. “We played well. We executed a lot better than the first three games.
“I am just so proud of the kids. We came in 0-3 and could have been a down team. But the kids have worked hard the last three or four weeks. I am proud they did well tonight. They needed this win.”
(More photos after the jump...)
|Owen J. Roberts' Matt Raymond celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of Friday's game against Phoenixville. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)|
|Phoenixville's Sean Hesser, right, follows the block of Justin McDougal on a carry during Friday's PAC-10 game against Owen J. Roberts. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)|