Erie Royals Dominant in First Ever Game, Defeat Meadville 34-7
Written by: Shane Lux on Sunday, August 27th, 2017
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The Erie High School Royals football team made sure that that they made history in their inaugural game Saturday night at Veterans Stadium.
Erie exploded for 551 yards of total offense and was equally synonymous with defense as they routed Meadville 34-7 for the school’s first victory.
The Royals got big games from running backs Danny Blue and Jgannon Williams who rushed for 178 & 152 yards respectively.
Though the start to their season offensively didn’t go as planned as they lost a fumbled on their opening snap of the football game; setting up the Bulldogs at Royal’s 18-yard line. Just as they had forced Meadville to go three-and-out to begin the game, they forced them to four-and-out as Julius Ream came up 1-yard short of the Erie 8-yard line.
It would mark the beginning of the end for the Bulldogs as they would fail to score on four red zone trips in the game.
Two plays later Blue exploded out of the wildcat formation for 86 yards to score Erie’s first ever touchdown.
Following an interception and subsequent return from Barry Thompson Jr; Blue again, two plays later scored on a 15-yard run as the Royals went ahead 13-0 after a quarter with the failed extra point.
In position to try and get themselves back in the game, Meadville’s Colin Kilburn connected with Ream on a 32-yard pass to the Royals 20-yard line. Five plays later the Bulldogs were knocking at the door; on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line running back De’Shawn Wofford was stuffed at line scrimmage and striped with Jerome Henderson recovering the loose ball for a touchback.
Three drives later Isaiah Manning intercepted a Jason Willams pass and returned it to the Erie 13-yard line. Again, Ream was stopped 1-yard short of a first down at the Royals 5-yard line.
Taking over on down at their 5-yard line with 3:12 remaining in the quarter number two, Erie all but sealed up the win as they drove 95 yards capped by Jason Williams 26-yard touchdown pass to Henderson with :14 seconds left in half. Jgannon Williams 37-yard gain coupled with a pass interference call on Meadville aided the drive.
Only Erie threatened in the third quarter but wasted a 69-yard completion to Caleb Houston as a bad snap from center on third-and-goal allowed the Bulldogs to regain possession.
An 11-play 87-yard drive capped by Jason Williams 4-yard touchdown gave the Royals a 27-0 lead. Jason Williams had key 23-yard run on fourth down from the Bulldogs 27-yard line.
Jgannon Williams put the finishing touches on the game for Erie as he outraced the Meadville defense for a 59-yard scoring run with 6:52 left.
Meadville finally got their offense going as Manning broke free for a 54-yard touchdown that gave him a team-high 102 yards on 15 carries.
“Offensively we’re struggling”, said Meadville head coach Ray Collins. “I don’t know that we have the right people in there right now; I have legitimate concerns about our offense. Our defense at times tonight played well; we won the turnover battle. But to be realistic they were on the field for three-quarters of that game.”
Erie 34 Meadville 7
Meadville 0 0 0 7 – 7
Erie 13 7 0 14 – 34
E – Danny Blue 86 yd run (Tyler Viera pat), 6:43
E – Blue 15 yd run (kick failed), 3:28
E – Jerome Henderson 26 yd pass from Jason Williams (Viera pat), :14
E – Jason Williams 4 yd run (Viera pat), 9:34
E – Jgannon Williams 59 yd run (Viera pat), 6:52
M – Isaiah Manning 54 yd run (Julius Ream pat), 5:53
Rushing – Meadville: Isaiah Manning 15-102, De’Shawn Wofford 7-7, Julius Ream 14-34, Colin Kilburn 3-4, Jontae Brown 1-0, Keshaun Arnold 2-12. Totals: 42-159. Erie: Tony Foster 7-46, Jason Williams 7-42, Danny Blue 12-178, Darius Williams 1-20, Barry Thompson Jr. 3-6, Jgannon Williams 11-152, Team 2-(-23). Totals: 49-445.
Passing – Meadville: Kilburn 1-for-4 32 yards, 1 Int. Erie: Jason Williams 3-for-7 106 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int.
Receiving – Meadville: Ream 1-32. Erie: Jerome Henderson 1-26, Caleb Houston 1-69, Jonny Moore 1-11.
Interceptions – Meadville: Manning, Wofford. Erie: Thompson Jr.
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