HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Northern Burlington wins the inaugural Colonial Division with a 21-14 win over Allentown
By ADRIAN FEDKIW
For the Trentonian
ALLENTOWN — They may have not been in the game at the same time, but running backs Tosin Adeyemo (Northern Burlington) and Ross Scheuerman (Allentown) squared off in a running back duel with the inaugural Colonial Divisional title of the WJFL on the line.
It was Adeyemo and the Northern Burlington Greyhounds who picked up the victory, 21-14.
Last year’s CVC leader in rushing, Scheuerman, came into the game ranked third on the ground with 1,512 yards and 21 touchdowns. Adeyemo had 1,051 yards and seven TDs against WJFL opponents.
Adeyemo was simply a workhorse on the night. Adeyemo carried the ball 34 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns. The Greyhounds ran 42 total plays.
“He’s a great leader, not through his words, but through his actions,” said Northern Burlington head coach Jon Reising. “He doesn’t boast about himself. The kid has tremendous work ethic. At practice, he goes full speed on every play.”
Adeyemo had a great game, but he knows that he couldn’t have done it without his offensive line blocking and creating holes for him.
“They help us win games,” said Adeyemo. “They push forward for me.”
Allentown’s Scheuerman wasn’t too shabby either. He carried the ball 27 times for 139 yards.
“#2 (Scheuerman) is one of the best we’ve seen all year,” said Reising. “The vision that he has is pretty special. It looks like he’s going inside and bounces it out.”
“He’s very gifted,” said Adeyemo. “I don’t know how our defense was able to keep up with him.”
Northern Burlington struck first with a Tosin Adeyemo five-yard touchdown run. Adeyemo carried the ball 10 times for 77-yards on the drive. The possession went 86 yards on 12 plays, taking 7:34 off the clock.
Allentown answered with a long sustaining drive of their own. Nick Palladino found Desmond Bush in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown pass. They took 7:28 off the clock as they methodically moved their way down the field. The Redbirds ran 17 plays for 60 yards, picking up a total of five first downs. They converted on three third downs, and two fourth downs. Ross Scheuerman had 34-yards on ten carries on the possession.
On the ensuing Northen Burlington drive, the Greyhounds decided to score quickly. Tosin Adeyemo went 75-yards on the first play to put the Greyhounds right back on top 14-7.
“When I run, I don’t remember it, I just do it,” said Adeyemo. “The touchdown wasn’t from me, it was the lineman.”
The start of the second half became a battle of field position as both defenses stepped up. The Greyhounds defense forced a critical three-and-out, and got the ball in good field position at Allentown’s 29-yard line. Three plays later, Adeyemo scored from five yards out to make it 21-7.
Allentown would answer with a Sam Shonk 25-yard touchdown reception to make it 21-14 with a half a quarter to play.
After a huge three-and-out, Allentown got the ball back. A gigantic holding penalty on the Allentown offense was called on first down. Three plays later, the Redbirds were unable to convert on a 4th and 18.
From there, Northern Burlington ran out the clock to seal the win and the divisional crown.
“We’re history now in our school,” said Adeyemo. “It means a lot. It’s the first one in 14 years, it’s really great.”
No. Burlington 7 7 0 7 — 21
Allentown 0 7 0 7 — 14
NB- Adeyemo 5 run (Kick)
A- Bush 9 rec (Kolin Kick)
NB- Adeyemo 75 run (Kick)
NB- Adeyemo 5 run (Kick)
A- Shonk 25 rec (Kolin Kick)