Collingswood handed the Pirates their first loss of the 2016 season on Friday night, 12-8.
Cinnaminson is now 5-1 on the year and has a bye this coming Friday.
“This (Collingswood) is a playoff team, we knew that coming in,” head coach Mario Patrizi said. “We have a good shot to be very competitive and very good.”
“We have the bye week and then we have West Deptford and Bordentown. Then we’ll see where we land in the standings and go from there.”
It was a back and forth defensive battle the entire first half, with the Pirates picking up 61 yards of offense.
The Panthers only mustered 60 yards of offense as both teams accounted for nine punts by halftime of a 0-0 game.
Collingswood began the second half with the football at their own 25 after the kickoff.
The Panthers went 75 yards on 14 plays, all of them on the ground, to take a 6-0 lead on a two-yard run by Mike Taulane.
The scoring play came on fourth and goal for the Panthers.
It was the first time all season the Pirates trailed in a game.
The Panthers held the 6-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Cinnaminson’s scoring drive began on the team’s 21 and almost stalled before Shaun Davilla hit Andrew Goshine down the Pirates sideline for the catch in the video below.
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On fourth and nine from the Panthers 15, Goshine caught a pass down the middle of the field from Davilla and took it to the Panthers two.
Davilla punched the football into the end zone one play later and added a two-point conversion run to give the Pirates an 8-6 lead with 8:51 to play.
“I’m proud of the effort,” Patrizi said. “The resilience is there. We know that. We’re never going to give up, that’s never going to happen.”
On the ensuing Panthers drive, Collingswood quarterback Jovon Allie found receiver Adam Hunt down the Panthers sideline for a 54-yard touchdown pass.
The Panthers two-point conversion attempt failed and Collingswood held a 12-8 lead with 7:46 to play.
“That’s what happens in that type of game,” Patrizi said. “They have great athletes. We have great athletes. The kid made a nice throw there.”
“Our penalties (7 for 54 yards) are killing us. It’s a discipline thing and if we don’t clean it up, we’re going to have problems. You can’t keep getting penalties in big spots. Tonight we had a couple penalties that hurt us.”
One penalty negated an 83-yard touchdown run by Davilla in the first half.
Cinnaminson moved the ball to the Panthers 15 before converting on fourth down on a run by Davilla to the five.
A false start on fourth and goal from the two pushed the Pirates back to the seven.
“You gotta punch it in. You gotta punch it in,” Patrizi said. “They know it. They made one more extra play tonight than we did.”
On the ensuing play Davilla was stopped at the five for a turnover on downs to secure the win for the Panthers.
Collingswood has now won four in a row and improves to 4-1 on the season.
It is the third loss all-time against Collingswood for the Pirates. All three games have been played since 2006.
“Good teams rebound. It was a great ballgame,” Patrizi said. “It was about the team that was going to make the extra play. They made the extra play. We came up a little short.”
The Pirates return to the field on Friday, October 28 with a road contest against west Deptford at 7pm.
“It’s a bad taste the way we lost,” Patrizi said. “It’s right there for the taking and we didn’t capitalize and that’s disappointing.”
3rd: Collingswood: Michael Taulane 2 run (kick failed)
4th: Cinnaminson: Shaun Davilla 2 run (Shaun Davilla run)
4th: Collingswood: Adam Hunt 54 pass from Jovon Allie (run failed)
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