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Mackrey, Penn Wood enjoy walk through Park - October 23, 1994

October 23, 1994 | Delaware County Daily Times (Primos - Upper Darby, PA)
| Section: News
764 Words | Readability: Lexile: 850, grade level(s): 4 5 6

SHARON HILL -- In the perfect season, Aaron Mackrey still is waiting for the perfect game.

He didn't see it through Penn Wood's first six victories, including three in the Del Val Conference.

He didn't see it yesterday, when the Patriots subdued host Academy Park, 26-7, at Knight Park.

He may see it against Unionville. He'd better see something close to it against Glen Mills -- if the Pats are to win a championship.

He may never see it at all.

He did, though, see something close in final 24 minutes against the 1-3, 3-5 Knights.

""We knew it was time for all of us to step it up,'' Mackrey said, after scoring three TDs to keep Penn Wood spotless at 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the league. ""So we had a talk at halftime. We all had to step up. All of us.''

The Patriots, though clearly superior, settled for a 12-7 halftime edge, then pounded the Knights in the second half with alert defense and efficient offense en route to touchdown-per-quarter precision.

Mackrey rushed for 116 yards and scored on TD runs of three, 15 and five yards as the Patriots bolstered their status as Del Val contenders. Just ask Academy Park coach Sal Oropollo.

""Glen Mills and Penn Wood,'' the Knights' coach said. ""It's going to be an undefeated showdown, I imagine. It's two different teams, two good teams. It should be a great game.''

That game is in two weeks, and the Patriots' encounter with Unionville is in one week. John Leary, the Penn Wood coach, can do that math.

""Honest to God,'' he said. ""We've been trying to stress this for weeks: Play them one at a time. I told them, "Winners win one at a time.' I told them Unionville is a tough team. I know we will have a tough game at Unionville.

""But they are kids.''

So now that the kids from Penn Wood have come this far without a loss, they are -- naturally -- considering the possibility of running the table. As for yesterday around noon -- when they were ahead by only five at the half -- they basically ran for cover, Leary apparently dispensing a spirited intermission sermon.

Penn Wood used Mackrey's 52-yard run to establish early field position, then took a 6-0 lead on Mackrey's three-yard blast with 7:50 left in the first. With 11:10 showing in the second quarter, Mackrey raced 15 yards for a score and a 12-0 lead.

Academy Park was not necessarily overwhelmed.

With 1:10 until halftime, Tim Flynn launched a 42-yard TD pass to Jeremy Klein. As Klein was adding the PAT, he wasn't the only player on the field doing some kicking. Mackrey, the defender on the touchdown, was trying to kick himself in the backside.

""I felt real bad after that,'' said the Patriots' two-way factor. ""I got burnt. We all knew we had to do better.''

DeCorey Pitts -- who later was in on a pair of sacks -- recovered a fumble to put the Pats in third-quarter business, and four plays later quarterback Kyle Hill plunged in from the one to make it 18-7. Hill's sprint around right end meant two more points and a 20-7 cushion -- and gave the recruiters from Pitt, Temple and Villanova who have been calling Leary of late additional incentive to pound the redial button.

""We were a little sluggish in the first half,'' Leary said. ""We were a little shaky. Actually, I had to throw them off the field Friday. Lack of execution. Lack of intensity. But we did a little better in the second half.''

With 9:58 to play, Mackrey went five yards untouched off right guard to end the suspense.

Now, the storyline lengthens: Can Penn Wood win them all?

""Everybody is looking to November,'' Leary said. ""But we still have another game in October.

""I'm still waiting for us to play four quarters of good football in one game,'' he added. ""But I've seen improvement. I have to be pleased.'' Penn Wood 26, Academy Park 7

Penn Wood 6 6 8 6 -- 26> Academy Park 0 7 0 0 -- 7>

PW -- Mackrey 3 run (kick failed)

PW -- Mackrey 15 run (pass failed)

AP -- Klein 42 pass from Flynn (Klein kick)

PW -- Hill 1 run (Hill run)

PW -- Mackrey 5 run (pass failed)


First Downs1411


Passing Yards12484






RUSHING -- Penn Wood: Mackrey 13-116, Hill 7-6, Wright 2-20, Davis 2-4, Reynolds 1-11, Audelein 5-8, Willis 2-13. Academy Park: Carmichael 18-84, Klein 2-14, Smart 5-4, Flynn 8-(-36).

PASSING -- Penn Wood: Hill 8-17-0 124. Academy Park: Flynn 4-14-1 84.

RECEIVING -- Penn Wood: Wright 3-37, Reynolds 4-82, Mackrey 1-5. Academy Park: Klein 4-84.

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