Moorestown holds off Camden, 20-15

Posted: October 13, 2012

It was a game of big plays, costly mistakes, and wild momentum swings.

It was decided by an event that comprised all three: Moorestown cornerback Anthony Bonett's forced fumble and recovery at the 3-yard line with 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Bonett's recovery sealed Moorestown's 20-15 victory over Camden in a thrilling West Jersey Football League interdivision clash Saturday at Farnham Park.

"I ripped it out and fell on it," Bonett said of the football. "I knew it was the play of the game."

Senior Sidney Ruffin caught two touchdown passes and Bonett scored on a 2-yard run and set up another touchdown with a 59-yard kickoff return to the Camden 15 late in the first half for Moorestown (4-2), the No. 10 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings.

Sophomore quarterback Khalil Williams ran for one score and engineered the late drive that brought Camden (1-4) to the brink of an upset victory.

"Tough loss, heartbreaking loss," Camden coach Dwayne Savage said. "We're getting there. We're getting better. But you can't make mistakes against a good team."

Both teams made their share of mistakes on a clear, sunny afternoon. Moorestown blocked two punts and recovered two fumbles, but the Quakers also committed three turnovers.

"Sloppy game," Moorestown coach Russ Horton said. "But I give Camden a lot of credit. They really hung in there."

Moorestown led by 20-8 after Bonett's touchdown midway through the third quarter. The score was set up by Ruffin's 40-yard reception of a pass from junior Tyreek Robinson (6-for-10 passing, 124 yards).

"I think we let up," said Ruffin, who caught four passes for 110 yards, blocked a punt, and completed a pass for 35 yards. "We let them get the momentum."

Williams pulled Camden within 20-15 with a 48-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw late in the third quarter.

After an exchange of turnovers, Camden took possession at its 25. Williams was just 5-for-25 passing for the game. But on the last drive, he completed throws for 15, 17, and 8 yards.

Camden had a first and goal at the 8 after a pass interference call with 0:44 on the clock. But the Quakers defense stopped a couple of runs, then came up with the biggest play of the game.

"There was no wide receiver outside, so I moved inside," said Bonett, a senior. "They ran right at me. I knew I had to make a play."

Moorestown   0 14 6 0 – 20

Camden   0 8 7 0 – 15

M: Sidney Ruffin 46 pass from Tyreek Robinson (Austin Silver kick)

C: Deashon Davis 4 run (Sean Chandler run)

M: Ruffin 15 pass from Robinson (Silver kick)

M: Anthony Bonett 2 run (kick fail)

C: Khalil Williams 48 run (Brad Hawkins kick)


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at www.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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