The Plymouth Whitemarsh Colonials offense was shut down Friday night by a combination of the Abington Galloping Ghosts defense—and the Colonials themselves. Mental mistakes kept Plymouth Whitemarsh (1-1) from capitalizing on key plays.
Back-to-back Abington touchdowns, including one sparked by an interception, left the Colonials down 12-0 early. It was an INT of their own on a failed two-point attempt that gave the Colonials their first spark. Junior running back Corey Kelly pushed it upfield, before senior Xavier Ellington broke out with a 31-yard run setting up first and goal. Kelly capitalized with a touchdown, cutting the lead to 12-7.
Later in the game, senior Morgan Jackson intercepted a deep Abington pass, saving a touchdown. But penalties and a failed fourth down attempt thwarted the Colonials, ending the first half.
The woes continued in the second half. A fumble killed one drive, and a 28-yard touchdown run by Ellington was called back on a holding call. Another pick from QB Russhon Phillips led to an Abington touchdown, and Plymouth Whitemarsh lost, 18-7.
COLONIAL OF THE GAME
Corey Kelly—The junior had the only touchdown for Plymouth and played hard in earning significant yardage.
OTHER KEY PERFORMANCES
Seniors Kenny Williams and Xavier Ellington effectively ran the ball. On defense, senior Mike Martina made some big hits.
THEY SAID IT
“You can’t do that if you want to be a good team. I think we killed ourselves. You can’t put the ball on the ground that many times… we shot ourselves in the foot.” - Coach Dan Chang.
Up next: Plymouth Whitemarsh travels to West Chester Henderson Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.