Reading Power Pounds Tigers

Posted: September 18, 1990

Marple Newtown lost the game, but that didn't get coach Jim Smith down.

"I'm as pleased as can be, even though it was a loss," he said after his team fell, 33-10, to state power Wilson of West Lawn Friday night at Broomall.

Smith said his club should profit from the game. "We have improved since last week (a season-opening loss to Academy Park). We still have to get more yards rushing."

Wilson, a suburban Reading team that was ranked No. 2 in the state last season, mixed a ground attack with accurate passing to win its third straight this year.

Wilson coach Jim Slemmer acknowledged that experience played a big part for his Bulldogs.

"The game was what we expected," he said. "We played them last year, and we knew they would play tough."

Wilson went 62 yards in 12 plays to score the first time it had the ball. Back Jeff Niedrowski capped the drive from the one with 5:18 left in the quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Bulldogs made it 12-0 on quarterback Chris Adams' sneak on fourth-and-goal from the one.

Then, two plays after the kickoff, Tigers quarterback Andy Gamble's pass was intercepted by Dean Kraras, who returned it 28 yards to the Marple Newtown 32. Two minutes and 7 seconds later, Adams spotted sophomore Shane Herb alone at the 10. He took the pass in stride and ran into the end zone untouched, and Niedrowski's conversion run made it 20-0.

The Tigers finally got on the scoreboard after Paul Garvey ran back the

ensuing kickoff 28 yards to the Marple 36. On second down and 10, Gamble hit Kevin Pendergast at the Wilson 44 and ran it to the 15 before he was tackled

from behind. The Tigers settled for a 27-yard field goal by soccer-style kicker Darren Jose Grande.

Allen's passing and rushing by Jeff Stump, Mike Smith and Chad Faller set up Wilson's final touchdown by Smith, who scored over right tackle from the one.

The Tigers' only touchdown came just before halftime. Sophomore Junior Vasquez raced 34 yards to the Wilson 3 for what was only the second first down of the half for Marple Newtown. On the next play, he dove across the goal line to narrow the margin to 27-10.

Marple Newtown played more confidently in the second half. Only two field goals by Tim Rodenberger for Wilson marred a toughening Tigers defense.

Smith singled out Matt Febbo at defensive end and linebacker Todd Jaszcz for their performances. Jaszcz especially earned praise for the way he played despite a foot injury that will require an operation at season's end. "I don't know how he does it," Smith said.

The Tigers' first league game is Saturday night at home against Upper Darby beginning at 7:30.

"The first two games (both losses) don't mean a thing; our goal is to win in the Central League," Smith said.

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