Esham likes Pennsville's speedy pace

Pennsville's Tim Esham
Pennsville's Tim Esham
Posted: November 14, 2013

As an offensive tackle in Pennsville's frenetic offense, Tim Esham knows all about operating at a fast pace.

But the senior knows another clock is running down, too.

"We know we're at the point of the season where if we don't execute, we're done," Esham said, referring to the start of the state tournament.

For Esham and the rest of Pennsville's seniors, Friday's home playoff game against Gloucester will mark the frantic, final stretch of their careers.

As the No. 1 seed, Pennsville (7-1) is positioned to capture its first South Jersey title since the creation of the playoff system in 1974.

"Our goal all along has been to get to the championship," Esham said. "We want our last game to be at Rowan" in the South Jersey Group 1 final.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Esham is a right tackle on offense and linebacker on defense.

"Tim has been one of our top defensive players for three years," Pennsville coach Ryan Wood said. "He is long and athletic and does a great job of setting the edge for us."

Esham said Pennsville's no-huddle, hurry-up offense works to the advantage of the Eagles' linemen.

"The pace is so fast, it makes it easier," Esham said. "A lot of times, the defensive linemen and linebackers that we're blocking are tired."

Pennsville is averaging 43 points. But Esham said the Eagles' biggest improvement this season over the last two seasons has been in terms of more physical play and a sturdier defense.

"That was our focus all summer," Esham said. "We want to get bigger and stronger and play more physical. We feel like our defense is a lot stronger this year."

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