Allderdice no match for Erie McDowell in PIAA Class AAAA sub-regional
By Andrew John
Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 11:03 p.m.
Even though it was a heavy underdog, Allderdice showed early on it wasn't going to roll over.
However, the strength in numbers and talent of Erie McDowell wore down Allderdice, as the Dragons lost, 49-19, in a PIAA Class AAAA sub-regional at Cupples Stadium.
Allderdice (5-6) struck first as sophomore quarterback James Jackson threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to twin brother Timothy Jackson for a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
But Allderdice wasn't able to stop the option offense of Erie McDowell (6-5), as the Trojans scored 35 unanswered points in the first half.
“You have to look at where we made our mistakes. We made four or five mistakes within the 20-yard line,” Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett said. “If we didn't make those mistakes, we felt like we were able to hang in with this team even though they might be bigger and stronger. But we were throwing the ball all over the place.”
Erie McDowell senior running back Jamie Szymczak ran for two touchdowns, and caught a 38-yard pass from senior quarterback Cameron Spadacene.
Trojan senior running back Tyree Spearman added a 17-yard touchdown run in the first.
Allderdice went into the locker room on a good note as the Jackson twins connected, on their birthday, on a 13-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-12 McDowell at the break.
The Dragons will welcome back the Jackson twins next year as they bid to return to the state playoffs.
“I was proud of how my kids played,” Haslett said. “They have kept playing all year. They made a pact with each other that they won't back down. We expect to be back here next year with the young kids returning.”
Erie McDowell will move onto face Mifflin County in the PIAA Class AAAA playoffs.
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