Ground match lifts Pembroke football to win over Plymouth North

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Plymouth – Steve Auburn Sr. has enjoyed some great years as an assistant coach with the Plymouth North Football Program. He added another nice memory Thursday night as the Pembroke Hay Titans coach led his team to a 35-26 win over Plymouth North.

Pembroke improved to 2-1 while the Eagles dropped to 0-3. The Patriots league schedule for both teams begins next Friday night as Plymouth North travels to Silver Lake while Pembroke High has a home game against Stutt High.

The line of scrimmage decided this game as Pembroke consistently sent the back trio of Jack Tosoni, juniors Will Johnson and Brendan Kania up the line and down the field thanks to some big holes created by the offensive line. Kania had three quick touchdowns in victory and Tosoni ran home twice for the Titans.

“The offensive line had a huge game tonight,” Auburn said. “They opened holes in front of our backs to run and ran hard. All three of these — Tosoni, Johnson, and Kanya — are hard to take down once they get down to business. They aren’t afraid to make some contact.”

“We couldn’t control their running game. That forced us to count on some big plays and that’s not a recipe for long-term success,” said Plymouth North coach Chris Wyden. “We have a lot of youngsters on the line and they will be good football players and they are learning by experience. Our traffic protection was strong today, so we decided to ride this hot hand.”

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Kania got off the Pembroke attack with three first-half touchdowns, cutting three yards and nine yards, as well as a 55-yard effort where he was spread out by a big block from Johnson to make the Titans 19-0 with 2:30 remaining in the first half. This was more than enough time for the Eagles to get something before the break.

After scoring only twice in their first two games, Plymouth North doubled that number Thursday night. Juniors Shamus Whiting and Sean King continued to split time in the middle while they designed four recording engines. Long pass Senior Joey Moriarty’s long pass from 51 yards was held Deep North in the Pembroke District. Senior captain Isaac Offa capped the lead with a sweeper around the left flank for a 19-6 result with less than a minute left in the first half.

Plymouth North brought some momentum into the second half with an opening campaign that ended with a shot from Whiting to Moriarty 15 yards. They also tied the two-point conversion to trim the lead at Pembroke to 19-14.

Pembroke responded immediately with both Johnson and Tosone doing the bulk of the work on a scoring drive that ended with Tosone’s three-yard sprint and two-point conversion pumping the lead to 27-14.

Tosone was back in the end zone again in the opening minute of the fourth quarter with a 14-yard lead. The successful two-point conversion put the Titans in the top 35-14.

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The Plymouth North team kept flying through the air to try and get back in the game. Moriarty, captain Anthony Ferrante, and chief staffer Tommy O’Connell all made passes to move the ball down the field and O’Connell finished the ball with a short TD grab to get the score to 35-20.

“Our minor team didn’t play well tonight and Plymouth North took some chances to put on some big plays,” Auburn said.

Seven minutes before the end of the game, Plymouth North bet and hit hard when King and Moriarty scored an 87-yard pass to cut the difference to 35-26. The ensuing two-point conversion failed, spoiling the Eagles’ chance to get back inside the relegation.

Pembroke kept the ball on the ground for the rest of the way and earned the first points required to finish the clock on their victory.

Email the reporter at dwolcott@wickedlocal.com and you can follow him on Twitter @DavidWolcott1.

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