CHARLESTOWN - The Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC) held its 57th opening day Sunday, Sept. 9, at Charlestown Park with two Little Brothers football games.
In the first game, the Lions defeated the Packers, 25-13. In the second contest, the Redskins shut out the Cardinals, 21-0.
Opening ceremonies included the additon of William Maguire to the memorial stone at the field. Members of his family were on hand, and longtime PMYC official Francis “Bumper” O’Neill read the many contributions Maguire made to the organization. Maguire passed away on July 11, 2012, just after celebrating his 76th birthday.
In addition, PMYC president Chuck McQuiston, who is head coach of the Little Brothers Redskins, received a plaque for his 25 years of distinguished volunteer service to the circuit.
Last year’s “Super Sunday” champions, the Big Brothers Eagles and Little Brothers Redskins, were recognized for their accomplishments.
Phoenixville High School assistant football coach Don Jackson gave remarks on behalf of head coach Bill Furlong. Middle school coach Anthony Stavenski also made remarks along with Phantom Football Parents Association president Chrissie Pannella. A number of current Phoenixville High players who are former PMYC players were on hand for the season openers.
After a scoreless first period, the Packers took a 13-12 halftime lead against the Lions. But the Lions came back to score a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to post the victory.
The Lions’ Mark Montague scored on runs of 60 and 30 yards while ruhsing for 124 yards on eight carries. Quarterback Elijah Martin added 53 yards and a 40-yard TD on 26 attempts. Patrick Layne and D.J. Clarke were also in the Lions’ backfield.
Defensively, Montague led the way withs even tackles while Alex Wielage had three. Also helping spark the defense were Martin, Brandon McCreary, Ezequiel Gonzalez, Dillon Brennan, Joseph Moffa and Cameron Goldsmith. Brennan had a fumble recovery and Goldsmith broke up a pass attempt.
The Packers’ Joshua Vinson ran for two TDs covering 38 and 24 yards. He finished with 66 yards on five tries. Trey Davis gained 29 yards on 10 plays and quarterback Mason Brill picked up 15 yards on six snaps. Desmond Johnson was also in the backfield.
Defensively, Jeremiah Baker had seven tackles and a fumble recovery for the Packers and Davis also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery. Also helping out on defense were Tyrell Cornish with three tackles, Preston Brindle, Johnson, Sean Aiman, Niles Vinson and Joshua Vinson. Brindle also pounced on a fumble for the Packers.
The Redskins scored in the first, third and fourth quarters in blanking the Cardinals.
Redskins quarterback Justin Geiger raced 51 yards for a TD around right end on the second play from scrimmage. He had two carries for 52 yards. He also ran for the point after and a 7-0 lead that stood up at the half.
Antonio Valenteen scored on a 41-yards scamper and also had a 43-yard run while totaling 96 yards on seven attempts. Fullback Angelo Franzone finished with 44 yards on nine plays, including a 2-yard scoring run. Jared Geiger also assisted in the backfield.
Franzone paced the defense with six tackles while Valenteen, Marcus Spivey, Damian McNeill, Owen Koch and Justin Geiger assisted the cause.
Valenteen scored with 4:20 left in the third period, and Justin Geiger passed to McNeill for the conversion and a 14-0 lead.
Cardinals quarterback Gavin Pippin garnered 24 yards on 15 tries while Justin English had two rushes for 10 yards. Savion Smith and Luke Leach also ran four times apiece.
Gavin Pippin also made five tackles on defense while Zachary Gephart made a fumble recovery. Bryce Pippin, Smith and Dejaun Francis also helped anchor the defense.