Unbeaten Packers survive Lions in OT

Photo by Barry Taglieber The Packers' Josh Vinson (17) looks for running room while being pursued by the Lions' Cameron Goldsmith (2) during the PMYC Little Brothers football championship game on "Super Sunday" at Charlestown Park.
Photo by Barry Taglieber The Lions' Elijah Martin (10) runs for yardage before being tackled by the Packers' Ethan Smith during the PMYC "Super Sunday" Little Brothers football game.

CHARLESTOWN - The Little Brothers Packers used a five-yard touchdown run in overtime by Tre Davis to defeat the Lions, 6-0, to defeat the Lions and complete a perfect 11-0 Phoenixville Marian Youth Club (PMYC) football season Nov. 17 afternoon at Charlestown Park.

League officials said it marked the first overtime “Super Sunday” championship game in many years at PMYC.

“The Lions (7-4) kept us to six points, which is the lowest we’ve had all year,” said Packers head coach Rob Ferko. “It was a nailbiter.”

Ferko was assisted by his father, Bob Ferko, and Desmond Johnson.

Davis rushed 24 times for 112 yards while Josh Vinson added 17 yards and Desmond Johnson 11 for the Packers. Mason Brill directed the offense at quarterback. Brill also tried one pass that fell incomplete.

Defensively, Davis Bonning recovered two fumbles for the Packers while Davis had one, and Vinson intercepted a pass.

By rule, there was no running clock in overtime. The Packers got the ball first at the 10-yard line and Davis scored on third down. The try for the extra point run by Davis failed as the Lions’ Alex Wielage tackled him short of the goal line.

The two teams stayed at the same end of the field, and the Lions got their chance to score from the 10-yard line. After no gain on first down, the Lions fumbled on second down, and Davis recovered to secure the Packers’ victory.

Martin picked up 34 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Lions. Quarterback DJ Clark, Cameron Goldsmith and Dillon Brennan also ran the football. Martin finished 0-for-2 in the passing department.

Defensively, Wielage, Patrick Layne and Noah Wagner converged on a sack. Wielage, Goldsmith and Ethan Smith each made seven tackles and Layne had six stops. Brennan and Clark each chipped in with four tackles.

Official Steve Pannella of the Norristown Chapter of Officials presented medals to one player on each side for good character and sportsmanship during the contest. They were Patrick Layne of the Lions and Davison Bonning of the Packers.

The Lions were coached by Troy Neizer, Dave Clark, Shawn Wielage and Matt Wagner. Neizer coached his final game at PMYC after 23 years since he and his wife, Sue, are moving to South Carolina.

PMYC official Dave Gyuris recognized Neizer for his many years of service to the organization. Besides coaching, Neizer helped line the field in preparation for games.

“It was a great game today,” said Neizer. “It was a memorable game. We were that close. My guys fought hard all year.

“I am proud of everybody. It has been a tough year out here. It was a good game overall. I didn’t want to lose that way, but that’s the way it goes. It is difficult to walk away. We have to get the numbers up.”

Members of both teams received trophies for their efforts.