Cougars overmatch Winslow Township to start season 3-0

Mike Reisman ('13)/ Eastside Staff

When the Cherry Hill East football team stepped onto the field at Winslow Township high school on Saturday, they had the opportunity to go 3-0, a huge accomplishment that had not been done in decades.  The only thing standing in their way was the Winslow Township Eagles, a team that came into the game having not scored a point all season, losing both of their first games.  While the Eagles looked to pull off an upset on their home field, Winslow would prove to be no obstacle, though, as the Cougars would run their way to a 41-6 victory, keeping them undefeated with a record of 3-0.

The Cougars would waste no time driving the ball downfield, capitalizing on good starting field position for their first drive, and getting a 19-yard touchdown run from running back Brian Regan (’12) to open up the scoring.  Mike Suli (’12) would add the field goal, giving East a quick 7-0 lead.  Less than one minute later, the Cougars would recover a Winslow fumble, setting up a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jesse Gold (’12) to Colin Roualet (’12), which, coupled with the extra point, put East on top 14-0.

East would continue to pile on the first quarter points, adding to their lead with a Regan one yard touchdown run, which was set up by a big third down reception by Taj Frazier (’12).  The extra point would give East a 21-0 lead.  Winslow would try to cut the lead, getting their first touchdown of the season on a seven yard quarterback sneak, but Roualet would block the extra point, keeping the Cougars up by 15, 21-6.

Neither team would score for the rest of the half, but the Cougars would come out of the halftime intermission ready to go, as Regan exploded for 58 of his 118 total rushing yards, on his third rushing touchdown of the game.  The extra point made the score 28-6, extending the lead even further.  Just more than two minutes later, the Cougars would get another big play, this time in the form of a 73 yard touchdown pass from Gold to wide receiver Rob Taylor (’12).  Suli’s extra point would make the score 35-6 before the third quarter had even ended.

The Cougars would get one more touchdown, a 35-yard run by Isaiah Milligan-Smith (’13), finishing off the scoring for the game (the extra point was blocked), and giving Cherry Hill East a 41-6 lead, one they would not relinquish on their way to their third consecutive win.

The Cougars are now 3-0 and are sitting atop the standings in the West Jersey National division.  Next Saturday, East will look to stay unbeaten, hosting division rival Pennsauken at 2:30.