Denbigh Patriot's field hockey team played their first game in the district tournament Wednesday against a charged Bethel Bruin's team. The Lady Patriots are district champions and have already gained a place in the regional tournament. They also have the district's player of the year, Lauren Cheatham and Coach of the Year, Lindsay Olson. Evenly motivated, the Bethel Bruin team coached by Alicia Olson defeated the Menchville Monarch the night before advance to the semi-final round. From the start, you could see it would be great offense versus great defense. The Lady Patriots are fast. Their stick work is excellent. The way they maneuver on the field, finding lanes and seams to score is exciting. On the other hand, the Bruins defense defended like it was their home field. The speed they used the collapse on players and counter Denbigh's offense was a total team effort.
Both teams showed poise early with near makes on goal. The pace of the game was frantic. With the transition from offense to defense going back and forth, I surely thought both teams would fatigue. But at the end of the first period it was 0-0 and both team were still going strong. Midway through the second period, Denbigh had opportunities to get scores, yet could not convert. The Bruins got their chance with less than two minutes left in the game; a shot from the right side from about eight feet away gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead. The game ended and Denbigh had suffered their first defeat. The Lady Patriots will rebound and good luck in the Regional Tournament.
This is not the same TEAM. The TEAM that showed the fire, passion, and unity it took to be winners in the first half of the season. The TEAM with the spirit of" we're in this together "has been replaced with "every man for himself." The offensive TEAM that use to have fast starts now can't find its stride until the third quarter. The defensive TEAM that punished runners and quarterbacks with blitzes now can't stop anybody and gives up 278 yards to a sophomore running back. This football TEAM is better than that, but against the Warwick Raiders they didn't show it.
The Raiders are as one dimensional as they come. They are going to run the ball, plain and simple. Denbigh knew it and just couldn't adjust the defense. Warwick's pistol formation and big offensive line handle most of what Denbigh threw at them and by the end of the first quarter Warwick running back Cardon Johnson had 107yds on 6 carries, plus the score 16-0. Denbigh's Daquane Jones is playing unbelievable. His kick returns of 50yds and 80yds helped the Patriots start drives in great field position. His skills at receiver have made him Allen Simon's go to receiver. This young man has a bright future playing in the Peninsula district. The Patriots didn't get things going until down 23-0. And with 4:11 left in the second quarter, went on a 9 play 73 yard drive to make the score 23-7. Denbigh intercepted the Raiders on the next drive and moved the ball to the Warwick 30. Looking for that spark of momentum, the Patriots self destructed. Denbigh had a crucial block in the back penalty, holding penalty plus a mental mistake, when a receiver should have gotten out of bounds instead of trying to get more yardage, so they could set up a field goal attempt.
The second half started bad. Personal fouls and sideline warnings added a sense of frustration that halted the first drive. Warwick blocked the punt and score from 6yards out to make the score 30-7. After more penalties to start the drive, Denbigh went 11 play 84yd and a clutch 4th down completion from Allen Simon to Paul Gostomski for a touchdown, 30-14. However, the first play from scrimmage Warwick's Cardon Johnson sprinted 61yds for a score. Making the score 37-14. Daquane Jones returned the kick off 80yds to the Raider ten. That run was all effort and determination Mr. Jones went hard all night and shows a lot of heart. The Patriots scored from six yards out on an Allen Simon run. Allen left the game late on a sprain ankle injury and was replaced by Terrance Dingle. The young quarterback had some success, but stared down tight end Paul Gostomski on a pass attempt and was intercepted by Warwick for a touchdown that sealed it.
A TEAM is defined by Dictionary.com as "a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest" I would also add" that a TEAM is Mentally and Physically ready to sacrifice what ever time, energy and personnel goals individuals may have to accomplish TEAM success. Including coaches. An old man once told me "Everyone standing beside you is not with you" but if you are mentally on the same page up are one where ever you go. Next up Phoebus Phantoms.
Denbigh's field hockey team won the district title yesterday (10-21-10) with a 1-0 defeat of the Menchville Monarchs. Congratulations to coach Lindsay Olson and her staff for a great regular season. The District tournament starts 10-25-10 @ CNU. Denbigh field hockey plays Wednesday.
Denbigh field hockey is having a great season. They are currently 8-0 in the district and celebrated Senior Night with 2-0 victory over Jamestown. Great Job young ladies.
DENBIGH 2, JAMESTOWN 0
Halftime: 2-0. Goals: L. Cheatham, R. Cheatham. Assist: Coates. Saves: Jamestown, Wilson 8; Denbigh, Pearson 1. Records: Denbigh 13-1-1, 8-0 Peninsula District. JV: Jamestown won 2-1.
JV-Football Denbigh vs Woodside (@woodside 4:30pm)
Volleyball Denbigh vs Menchville (@ Denbigh 5:00pm)
Which Denbigh player should we spotlight?
1. Allen Simon
2. O'shea Bryant
3. Alex Killiam
4. Paul Gostomski
or a person of another sport. Leave a comment and i will respond.
"The Back Yard Brawl" as I called it, turned out to be just that. The schools are less than a ten minute drive from each other, the players grew up playing little league football, basketball, or baseball together, plus the parents of future patriots and wolverines have a vested interest, to choose a school in the coming years. However, in this match these schools couldn't be more opposite. On this side of the field(or ring), we have the Woodside Wolverines 4-2 record, relatively new school, running the double wing offense, they run the ball 80% of their plays. Across the field (or ring) we have the Denbigh Patriots 3-3 record, the older school in terms of years, running a spread offense, they passes 80% of their plays. Power against finesse, Hagler and Leonard. (In my Michael Buffer voice) Let get ready to Rumbbbbbblllllleee.
Woodside receiver the ball and returned it down to the Denbigh thirty. Woodside sized the Patriots up quickly. With runs of 36yd by Donnell Lewis and 27yds by Majique key, on their first two drives, Woodside threw the first punches, leading the Patriots 14-0 with 7:54 left in the first quarter. But the Patriots countered, going 70yds on 8 plays, to bring the score to 14-7 with 4:40 left in the first. Their touchdown came on a 4th down play, in which the Patriots had trips ( three wide receivers) to one side, the two outside receiver ran short routes underneath, the Woodside cover 3 zone, while the inside receiver ,Paul Gostomski, ran to corner of the zone to make a great catch for the score. The Wolverines didn't flinch. Taking advantage of good field position they score 10 unanswered points to go up 24-7 with 7:28 left in the half. The Homecoming fans had their white towels ready, but Denbigh said not so fast. Behind the legs and right arm of quarterback Allen Simon, Denbigh responded with a furry of short pass and nice runs to go 70yds to bring the score to 24-14. The Patriots took advantage of the soft zone coverage Woodside was playing and also the small defensive lineman to open holes for Simon, #20 Jevonta Henmey,#12 Andre Watson, and #6 Shaquille Keyes. Starting at the own 30 Woodside went for the knock out blow, going 70yds in 3 plays to widen the margin 31-14. At that point, I thought I heard a call for Adrienne (Rocky Movies). But it was the halftime horn.
The Second half began with Denbigh receiving. Their adjustments were to pound the middle (mid section) of Woodside’s defense. Running back, Jevonta Henmey was on a mission, he ran hard breaking tackle after tackle determined not to be stopped. However around to 34yd line of Woodside the Patriots let their guard down and fumbled away a good scoring opportunity. Seeing their opponent dazed the Wolverines went for the finishing blow and with 6:34 left in the 3rd, #33 Javonte Parker scored for one yard out to seemingly put it away. Who knew the Patriots were playing possum. From that point on, the Denbigh Patriots dominated the game. They scored on an 8 play 68yd drive, capped by a terrific run by quarterback Allen Simon. That made the score 37-21. The crowd begged for a stop by the Denbigh defense. Alex Killiam, Edward Petteway, and Donovan Scale must have heard their cry, because they smacked the Wolverines around forcing punts on back to back possessions. The Patriots and fans sensed the momentum had changed. Allen Simon hit passes to Daquane Jones, Paul Gostomski, and Tevin Platteborze to set up a scoring pass to #80 Jones to 37-29 with the point conversion attempt good. Woodside was now on the ropes barely hanging on and Denbigh knew it. With all their time out and 2:47 left the Patriot were in great shape to tie the game. With the ball Woodside clutched on to their opponent, holding ball, wasting the last two minutes only leaving one last shot with 7sec left. Denbigh's final pass fell incomplete.
This was a very good game despite what the score might indicate. Both teams gave and took each other best shot. Denbigh had a few players no mentioned the article that played well: the Offensive line did a great job, O'shea Bryant, Michael Taylor, and last but not least the coaching staff did a great making adjustments and keeping the guys in the game. Well Done.
The Homecoming game is a special event. It's the game, a player circles on the calendar and guarantees a victory. If one was made, Patriots came through. Todd Stadium's atmosphere was electric. The fans bought thunder sticks, had body and face paint, there was red, white, and blue everywhere, plus the crowd was loud and wanted the win badly. Although it wasn't easy, the Menchville Monarchs played a very tuff and disciple game. Both teams were eager to hit the field, Menchville had just defeated Gloucester and wanted to add to the win column, as for the Patriots , they were on a three game slide and needed a won the right the ship.
At this point in the season "you are who we think you are". A team establishes an identity over the course of a season and usually goes with it. So with that thought, open your window and throw out your preconceived notions. Menchville opened the with a new wrinkle. They had a new quarterback #12, Jamel Boothe and placed their key player Clifton Richardson in a variety of positions. It must have caught the patriots off guard, not handing it to Richardson every play, because the Monarch marched down the field eating up over seven minutes of the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead. The Menchville staff had their team prepared. On that drive they used three different quarterbacks, each with a specific duty and an array of formations from the I-formation, to the spread, to the empty and even the Maryland I formation. Denbigh had a counter. They started the game with a new back field. In place of Allen Simon and Andre Watson were Terrance Dingle and Jevonta Henmey. Coach Harris started very conservative handing to ball to #20 Henmey, who broke off big gains, but several holding penalties caused Denbigh to punt. The Monarch held to ball the rest of the quarter with a 6-0 lead.
After finding out Senior quarterback Allen Simon was benched for the first quarter because of disciplinary reasons, he returned in the second to lead the Patriots with some pin point passes to #81, Paul Gostomski, #80 Daquane Jones, and his usual instinctive running that wrecks havoc on defense and with 6:28 left in the second quarter the Patriots nodded it up 6-6. Denbigh's kickoff coverage is a major problem; all year there's been big return and gaping holes everywhere. The Monarchs took notice. Menchville set up their wedge return and started their drive at midfield. Methodically they went to down the field. Clifton Richardson fueled the charged with bone crushing runs that sent a messages to Denbigh defenders "i'm not going down easy". Denbigh only gave up a field goal and with 1:10 left in the half it was 9-6 Menchville. On the Patriots next possession, quarterback Allen Simon was stripped while trying to pass giving the Monarch another opportunity for points. With no time outs, they attempted two short passes and spike the ball to stop the clock. The field goal try was wide right and at the half it was still 9-6.
Denbigh's Daquane Jones caught the second half kickoff and broke up the middle of the field, but some reason stopped to cut back give defender angles to catch him, otherwise he would have returned it for a touchdown. With good field position, the Patriots hit key passes to #1, Tevin Platteborze to move the ball inside the Monarch's five yard line. Allow me to speak for all Denbigh fan and people who follow the program casually, "STOP THROWING THE BALL INSIDE THE TEN YARD LINE" I’ve been watching since to Tabb scrimmage and it doesn't work. So from the five yard line, Allen Simon drops back to throw and it's picked of by a Menchville linebacker, who smartly takes a knee.
Menchville took over on their twenty. But after three plays miss-handled the punt attempt, allowing a safety. The score now is 9-8 Menchville. The Patriots were intercepted at midfield on next drive. The Monarchs pounded the ball down to the Denbigh's ten with a nice sweep play with Richardson. He came out the game with an injury and the Monarchs fumble the next play. That’s when the momentum turned. Denbigh got the ball and running back Shaquille Keyes put on a show. His patient running style and speed through the holes put Denbigh in scoring position. From the fifteen yard, Keyes took the hand off, sprinted left saw that their was no openings, cut back right, broke through two Patriot lineman and bolted for the end zone. Wow impressive! Denbigh lead with 1:00 left in 3rd 14-9.
Menchville return the kickoff all the way down to Denbigh's twenty to set up an exciting fourth quarter. Menchville capitalized on the field position with touchdown and two point conversion and took the lead 17-14. The Patriots next two position put the Homecoming crowd on their feet. Two terrific bombs thrown by Allen Simon one to #80, Daquane Jones for forty yards (40yds), at the 9:06 mark in the fourth, that placed the ball on the one yard line and Shaquille Keyes scored from there and another, with 6:30 left in the game, to #1 Tevin Platteborze for forty-seven yards (47yds) that broke the game open for good. Now, the score was now 28-17, Denbigh. Menchville had to abandon the running game. The Patriot pass defense held off the Monarch to finish the game 28-17.
Next up, the Back yard Brawl, Woodside Wolverines.