Linden dims Sunshine, 43-6

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 8, 2007

LINDEN &8212; The Patriots came out and established their dominance early and regularly in the first quarter of their, 43-6, victory over Sunshine High School before calming the scoring into the second half.

The Patriots put up 21-unanswered points in the first quarter of play and the Tigers didn&8217;t find the end zone until the beginning of the fourth. Darius Fountain opened the scoring floodgates in the quarter with a 56-yard touchdown on the Patriots second play of the game.

Both coaches noted both good and bad aspects of their team&8217;s performances.

On the physical side, the Patriots had over 350 yards, with 304 of those yards coming from two rushers. Maurice Tate lead the group with 153 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns, while Fountain seconded his effort with 151 yards on 11 caries and a touchdown.

The mental slips Williams referred to were his group&8217;s 14 penalties that gave Sunshine High School 135 free yards.

Sunshine High School coach Jonathan Jenkins said he saw several bright spots out of the loss: &8220;I saw hard running out of my running backs and I saw the offense come on in the second half.&8221;

Jenkins also said there were key elements that hampered his team&8217;s chances early, aside from the loss of senior quarterback Marcus Lee to a hamstring injury.

Jenkins said his team is also relatively young, so the group is adjusting as freshmen and sophomores step into key roles.