Football Secures Outright Liberty Title with Romp of Delran

Football Secures Outright Liberty Title with Romp of Delran

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The Pirates football team picked up a 49-13 win over rival Delran Wednesday night to finish the year 7-3 and win the Liberty title outright.

“It’s tough after the playoffs,” head coach Mario Patrizi said. “The one thing about this team, they are very resilient. Delran came out and played well too. Coming back after the weekend off, we were excited. I could tell we were ready to play.”

Cinnaminson jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back en route to scoring 49 points in the victory.

The scoring started when junior defensive lineman Kai Leibfried scooped up a Delran fumble and rumbled 16 yards to paydirt, his second in as many games.

“The playoff one was sweet, but this one feels a lot better to get the ‘W’ after,” Leibfried said. “You just gotta make sure the younger guys know the expectations and have them pick it up. We were feisty. We played hard. It was a fun season.”

Delran made it an 8-6 game on a Charles Hall two yard touchdown run and that is as close as the Bears would come in this one.

“Kai is going to be a bid player for us next year,” Patrizi said. “He’s going to play both ways for us. His last two years he’s progressed nicely and I see no different for his senior year.”

Cinnaminson has now won six in a row in the series against Delran.

The win Wednesday night secured the Liberty Division (5-0) title outright for the Pirates. It is the program’s fifth title in the last six years.

Senior quarterback Shaun Davilla accounted for three touchdowns tonight. He scored on a 10 yard run and threw a three yard pass to sophomore running back Rashad Raymond in the first half.

“Coming out of halftime, we knew it was our last half,” Raymond said. “I did it for my team and the rest of the guys did it as well.”

Davilla’s second touchdown pass came in theĀ fourth quarter on a 36 yard pass to senior wideout Andrew Goshine, who had two interceptions on defense.

“Rashad was at about 80% right now,” Patrizi said. “He’s a great player. Next year his role will expand even more.”

Senior Frankie Stepnowski scored on a 17 yard run to open the scoring in the second half.

Hall added a 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth for the Bears before Raymond scored on a 49 yard touchdown run.

“I’m just a playmaker,” Raymond said. “If I have to score, I do it. I work hard all the time and try to improve everyday. We have to take every game like it’s our last game.”

Senior running back Joe Saxton capped the scoring on a three yard run.

“What a great group of guys,” Patrizi said of the seniors. “Winning five out of the last six league titles. Getting to the playoffs, winning a few playoff games here and there.”

“It’s a great group of guys, but it’s a bittersweet night. You’re happy for them that they won the game, but we’re going to miss them. There’s no doubt about it.”

Scoring:
1st: Cinnaminson: Kai Leibfried 16 fumble return (Andrew Goshine run)
1st: Delran: Charles Hall 2 run (run failed)
2nd: Cinnaminson: Shaun Davilla 10 run (Rashad Raymond run)
2nd: Cinnaminson: Rashad Raymond 3 pass from Shaun Davilla (Andrew Goshine run)
3rd: Cinnaminson: Frankie Stepnowski 17 run (run failed)
4th: Cinnaminson: Andrew Goshine 36 pass from Shaun Davilla (kick failed)
4th: Delran: Charles Hall 91 kickoff return (Jake Angelone kick)
4th: Cinnaminson: Rashad Raymond 49 run (Joe Cody kick)
4th: Cinnaminson: Joe Saxton 3 run (kick failed)

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com