Special to The Mercury
BUCKTOWN — Owen J. Roberts would have had a tough enough time as it was against a strong offensive and defensive football team like West Chester Rustin on Friday night. Then the Wildcats made it doubly hard on themselves by turning the ball over four times in the first half.
Those mistakes led to four Golden Knight touchdowns as Rustin ran out to a 49-7 lead by the half ... and that’s the way it ended in the non-league contest at Wildcat Stadium.
Adam Burke ran for three touchdowns and caught passes for two more and the Knights (2-0) turned the ball over only one time all night. Jarrad Pinelli hit Matt Raymond on a 70-yard pass play for the only score for OJR (0-2), Brendan Murray ran for 71 yards, and Tyler Reitnour recovered a Rustin fumble in the second half.
“They’re a good football team,” Wildcat coach Tom Barr said concerning the Golden Knights. “They controlled the line of scrimmage and we turned the ball over. They scored two touchdowns after fumbles and two touchdowns after interceptions. They had a big kickoff return after we scored. If you make five big plays, you’re going to win. They had five big plays on us in the first half and we didn’t have any.”