PE shuts down Lyons, secures playoff berth
By STEVE KEPPEL
Lyons Hall put up a good fight against Blue Division leader Pasquerilla East before falling 6-0 Tuesday night.
At first it seemed the Pyros might pick up an easy win as their defense picked off a pass from Lyons quarterback Sara Jenkins on the first play of the game. Elizabeth Plummer then ran the ball in for PE's first score of the game. The missed extra point gave them a 6-0 lead.
The game was highlighted by the tough play of the Lyons' defense as it refused to give up another point. The defense was led by the defensive backs, who played tough man-to-man on the receivers the whole game. They allowed very few completions and were especially tough across the middle. The strong play of the secondary enabled the lineman to put pressure on Plummer all night long.
The Lyon's offense mounted a few drives throughout the game but could not muster up any points.
"Our offense didn't put ourselves together out there," captain Katy Yanez said. "There was too much confusion in the huddle. Our defense always puts up 100 percent, but our offense has to help out."
Welsh 25, Lewis 6
Welsh Family Hall clinched the No. 2 playoff seed Tuesday night against Lewis, winning in impressive fashion.
The Lewis offense was plagued with interceptions that killed all substantial drives. Captain Beth Wild scored the Chicks' only touchdown on a reception followed by a long run. Aside from that score, the Welsh defense was relentless all night, picking off six passes.
Welsh's performance was highlighted by freshman sensation Vanessa Lichon who had four interceptions and a touchdown.
"We bounced back from our loss last week [against Lyons] pretty well. We are looking to be more consistent," Welsh captain Maria Feilmeyer said.
Welsh is excited to be headed to the playoffs in only its third year of existence.
Walsh 7, Pasquerilla West 6
Playoff hopeful Walsh defeated Pasquerilla West, 7-6, in a do-or-die match-up with a postseason birth on the line.
Walsh scored a quick touchdown in the first half on an option to Kay Scanlon. The Wild Women then made the one-point conversion, which turned out to be their most important point of the year, giving them a 7-0 lead.
Down by seven, Pasquerilla West got the ball with under a minute to play. After two quick completions from quarterback Andi Will, the Weasels were only a few yards away from a score. With the clock running down they managed to get the snap off, and Will hit an open receiver in the corner of the end zone.
They then tried for the two-point conversion which was batted down by Walsh's Alison Troy securing them a 7-6 victory and a playoff berth.
All Sports Stories for Thursday, October 7, 1999