Farrell Manhandles Linesville for 27-0 WinWritten by: William Albright on Friday, September 26th, 2008
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Western PA Writer
FARRELL — After facing a lot of adversity in its first four games of the season that resulted in a mediocre 2-2 record, the real Farrell Steeler football team made an appearance at Paulekas Stadium Friday night.
Two things that you can’t coach in the game of football are physical size and overall team speed, and Friday night the Steelers showed they have plenty of both.
Combining an overwhelming and swarming defense with an opportunistic offense and several big plays by the special teams, the Steelers tossed a 27-0 shutout at previously unbeaten Lionsville (4-1, 3-1) in District 10 Region 1 football action.
“Our guys came out tonight and played really hard against a good team,” said Farrell head coach Jarrett Samuels. “That team over there (Linesville) is one of the best teams in D-10. Our guys showed up tonight ready to play and I think the score shows that. Those guys who came back (from disciplinary action) were very humbled, their attitudes are very positive and now we have to keep it going in the classroom as we prepare for our next game.”
Just how dominant the Steeler defense was could be seen in the halftime statistics.
At the break, Farrell (3-2, 2-1) had amassed 221 yards of total offense while scoring four times, while on the other side of the line, Linesville was held to a meager 15 yards of total offense during the first 24 minutes of the game.
“Their offense is tailor made for our defense and we worked real hard on it during the week,” said Samuels. “Our defense has improved because we now have a number of guys back healthy. But tonight, we were who I thought we were. We are a good football team.”
After the two teams exchanged punts to begin the game, the Steelers took total command of the contest as they scored on four of their next five possessions for a 27-0 lead and they never looked back.
For the game, Farrell compiled 290 yards of total offense, 137 on the ground and another 153 through the airways. Terrell Jackson was the leading rusher with 52 yards on nine carries while scoring a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Dan Odem completed six of 12 attempts for 153 yards, one of his tosses going to Norman Blue for a score. Odem completed the scoring when he ran in from seven yards out for the fourth and final score.
“We did a lot of good things tonight, but again, we still have a lot of things that we need to go back and clean up,” said Samuels. “We have a big game coming up against West Middlesex so we have a lot of work to do.”
Although the Lions failed to dent the scoring column, they mounted their best drive of the game early in the fourth quarter when they marched from their own 30 to the Farrell 3.
However, at that point, it was again the Farrell defense that stood tall to turn the Lions away from the end zone and preserve the shutout.
As for his team’s inability to mount any consistency on offense during the game, Lionsville head coach Pat Gould put his finger on the obvious.
“We couldn’t handle them up front and with their speed, they were in our gaps before we knew it,” said Gould. “We were trying to run an option and we couldn’t get the ball off because they always had someone on our quarterback. They are very fast and a really good team.”
If there was a negative in the game for the Steelers, it might have been in the penalty category where they were flagged nine times for 87 yards.
“We had 10 (penalties) last week also and we have to continue to work on that,” Samuels said. “If we don’t correct that situation, it will catch up to us down the line. But aside from those mistakes, our effort tonight was great and I’ll take a win like this one all the time. We put it all together tonight.”
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