Mistakes costly for CocalicoEagles fall 49-21 to SV

By on September 7, 2011

By: JOHN CRAWFORD Review Correspondent, Staff Writer

Cocalico opened the 2011 football season on a bad note with a 49-21 home loss to Schuylkill Valley last Friday.

Nicholas Reitenbach led Cocalico with 53 yards rushing on 10 carries and Kyle Felpel had two catches for 70 yards. Tyler Buckwalter, Brock Gosling and Spencer Moser each scored touchdowns.

But it wasn’t nearly enough.

"We really didn’t find any kind of rhythm offensively, or defensively either and even special teams," said Coach Dave Gingrich. "We were helter-skelter all night. That’s my responsibility to get us ready to play and we weren’t ready to play tonight so I’m taking the responsibility for that."

The Panthers took very little time to get on the scoreboard as they took the opening kickoff and went 65 yards in five plays and just a minute’s worth of playing time.

The teams traded possessions before the Eagles began a long drive from their own 31 yard line and reached the Panthers’ nine yard line by surrounding a Gosling to Moser 15 -yard pass play with solid runs by Reitenbach, Moser and Gosling. With 22 seconds left in the first quarter, the Eagles seemed poised to tie the game when the football popped loose on a Gosling run and Steven Brumbach returned the fumble to the Schuylkill Valley 29 yard line. A Kyle Beissel 51-yard run closed the first quarter and set up his 20-yard touchdown pass to Eryk Cerankowski at the 11:39 mark of the second quarter.

"It was a big momentum swing," said Gingrich of the series. "That’s a 14-point swing there."

The Panthers scored another touchdown on a 73-yard run by Ceranowski for a 21-0 lead before the Eagles started a 66-yard drive with a Moser to Felpel catch that gained 41 yards. On the play, Felpel came back on the underthrown pass and made a fingertip catch just above the ground as the SV defender overran the play. Reitenbach then picked up 20 yards rushing on four plays to set up Gosling’s five-yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the half.

With the late score and a defensive hold before the end of the half, the Eagles appeared ready to make the game competitive and opened the second half by receiving the ball. However, disaster struck on the first play from scrimmage when a Gosling pitch resulted in a loose ball which Ceranowski recovered and returned it for a 14-yard touchdown.

"We had another swing on the first play from scrimmage of the second half," said Gingrich. "We pitch it to someone who is not there. That’s a turnover. Turnovers kill."

Down 28-7, the Eagles attempted a comeback try by completing a 66-yard drive with Felpel making a 29 yard gain which was again surrounded by runs by Reitenbach, Gosling and Moser to set up Moser’s two-yard touchdown with 8:36 left in the third.

Moser left the game after making the tackle on the ensuing kickoff but appeared on the sideline with an icepack on his leg. Although nothing could be conclusive right after the game, Moser should be able to play in Friday’s Ephrata game.

"I don’t think we have any serious injuries. We just have some bumps and bruises," said Gingrich.

The Panthers stopped any comeback by scoring quickly (2:26) and slowly (9:24) on their next two possessions before Buckwalter closed out the Eagles’ scoring with a 20-yard run with 5:06 left in the game.

Gingrich did not accept youth as a factor in the game.

"We have a lot of young kids that are playing," he said. "We’re going to take some bumps but you got to play hard, you’ve got to play fast and play physical. We didn’t appear that way."

"We’ll watch the film tonight, we’ll make some adjustments and we’ll have a good week of practice," he continued. "We’ll come back next week and have a better shot at it."

Cocalico hosts Ephrata at 7 p.m. Friday in the battle for The Ephrata Review Cup. More EAGLES, page B-2

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