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Farrell, firing on all cylinders, spoils Big Reds’ homecoming

Written by: on Saturday, October 4th, 2008

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. – Two solid lines of red-clad West Middlesex residents watched as the annual homecoming parade traveled down Route 318 to the high school.

Come game time, Farrell’s offense marched through the Big Reds’ defense with little resistance.

The Steelers (4-2) rolled up 450 yards of offense and 19 first downs, shutting down the potent Big Reds’ (4-2) ground attack in a 36-7 victory which ended with the mercy rule invoked.

In a game that appeared to be even on paper, Farrell dominated on the field.

“That’s the best football team we’ve played all year, no doubt about it,” West Middlesex head coach Jason McElhaney said.

It was true.  Farrell’s first two plays from scrimmage were a Terrell Jackson 32-yard run and 26-yard run by quarterback Dan Odem.  The Steelers scored three plays later on a one-yard plunge by Odem, and led, 6-0.

After forcing a Big Reds punt, Farrell again drove for a touchdown, this a 10-yard scoring run by Donte Pinkens (7 rushes, 56 yards, TD) to push the blue and gold’s advantage to 13-0.

West Middlesex’ grind-it-out offense finally got something going on its next drive, but, after gaining a first down on three straight Nate Ash runs, the red and white were forced to punt again.

Odem added another one-yard keeper on Farrell’s ensuing possession to make it 20-0, which was the margin entering halftime.

“West Middlesex is a very tough football team,” Farrell head coach Jarrett Samuels said.  “I did not think the outcome would be (like it was when it ended).”

The Steelers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on big plays to invoke the running clock.  The first score, an Odem 42-yard run, his third of the night, pushed the Farrell margin to 28-0 after the successful two-point conversion run.

The second score came from the 814 area code, literally.

Odem executed a beautiful play-action fake, leaving wide receiver Dion Elam open by 25 yards deep down the field.  Odem (5-of-9, 149 yards, TD) lofted a nice spiral, and #10 took it untouched for a 60-yard touchdown.

“That was a good call by our offensive coordinator (Robbie Townsend),” Samuels said.  “We had it (the play-action) all game long.  He kept setting it up and setting it up.”

West Middlesex got on the board when Kyle Wimer (1-of-3, 21 yards, TD, INT) hooked up with Jon Jansco from 21 yards out to break the shutout.

The Big Red offense, limited to just 177 yards of offense and seven first downs, got another 100-yard effort from feature back Kyle Allen, who ran for 109 yards on 12 carries.  Allen now has 926 rushing yards on the season.

Ash added 55 yards on 17 carries for West Middlesex.

Odem finished with 76 rushing yards and three touchdowns in addition to his 149 passing yards.  Lamont Hailstock chipped in with 74 rushing yards and a 30-yard reception.

Terrell Jackson finished with 36 rushing yards and Kevin Brodie had 21 yards on three carries. 

Dion Elam caught three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers, who have now won four straight games after dropping their opening two games of the year to Sharon and Mercer.

“We’ve got a lot of big games coming up – we’ve got to get ready to go,” Samuels said.  “But I’m gonna enjoy this one tonight.”

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