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Philadelphia takes shootout over West

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
October 6, 2001
PHILADELPHIA – Harpole Stadium has witnessed a lot of great games and great individual performances throughout its long history of use by the Philadelphia Tornadoes.
Friday's 39-32 Region 5-3A win by Philadelphia over West Lauderdale has to rate high on that list. So do the individual performances of Philadelphia's Kenshay Hunter and West's Carlessio Blanks. The two running backs filled a highlight reel in the first three quarters alone.
Philadelphia rallied from a 21-7 first quarter deficit to improve to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in 5-3A. West fell to 3-3 and 1-2.
Hunter finished the night with 312 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. A heart surgeon couldn't have carved the Knights' defense any better as he had 306 yards by the end of the third quarter only to play the final period under a steady downpour that left much of the field standing in water.
Blanks had a great night too as he had 184 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries before going down with an injury late in the third period. He was unable to return. Blanks also returned three kickoffs for 139 yards to give him 323 all-purpose yards.
West took a 7-0 lead when Blanks got loose on a 40-yard run with 8:05 left in the first quarter. The Knights covered 80 yards in six plays with the key play being a 30-yard pass from C. Jay Fountain to Caleb Dulaney on a fake punt at the West 25. Will Moseley added the extra point.
It took just three plays for Philadelphia to draw even as quarterback Tyler Threadgill raced 71 yards on an option keeper, then booted the extra point with 6:31 to go in the opening period. The drive covered 80 yards.
Three plays later, the Knights were up 14-7 as Blanks zipped off 47 yards to the end zone. Moseley added the PAT. The drive covered 55 yards in three plays, all rushes by Blanks.
Shundrick Scott intercepted a Threadgill pass at the Tornado 15 to put the Knights back in business. A 15-yard gallop to the end zone by Blanks capped the short, two-play drive. Moseley's kick put West up 21-7 with 41.7 seconds remaining in the opening period.
Philadelphia got to within 21-14 with 4:08 to go before halftime on a 15-yard burst by Cedric Love around right end to cap an eight-play, 89-yard drive. Threadgill added the PAT.
The Tornadoes got to within a point as they covered 81 yards in just three plays with just over a minute to go before halftime. The drive's big play was a 59-yard touchdown romp by Hunter as he shook off several tacklers along the way. The extra point failed after a bad snap.
The Knights opened the second half with a five-play drive that covered 42 yards before stalling. Moseley booted a 50-yard field goal to give West a brief 24-20 advantage with 8:53 remaining in the third period.
It took just 16 seconds for Love to put the Tornadoes up as he recovered Threadgill's bobble of the kickoff and motored 94 yards to the end zone. Threadgill was stopped short on a two-point try, but the Tornadoes had their first lead of the game at 26-24.
Hunter extended the lead to 32-24 with a 93-yard jaunt with five minutes left in the third quarter. Threadgill's PAT was no good.
Blanks returned to the lengthy highlight film with a 90-yard kickoff return to the Tornado 3. Fountain scored two plays later on a two-yard keeper around right end. Fountain then teamed with Moseley for a two-pointer to tie the epic at 32-32 with 4:03 still left in the third quarter.
Not to be outdone, Hunter raced 58 yards to the end zone 93 seconds later. Threadgill's kick gave the Tornadoes a 39-32 edge.
Blanks went down on the Knights' next possession and did not return.
On their final three possessions in the game, the Knights got to the Philadelphia 17, 27, and 36, but were unable to score in the steady rain.
Threadgill finished with 72 yards on 14 carries after having 90 yards on nine rushes through three periods.
Philadelphia had 449 total yards with 448 coming on 37 rushes. West had 346 total yards with 273 coming on 47 rushes and 73 coming on a 6-for-19 effort in the air.
West hosts Greene County next Friday, while Philadelphia travels to Heidelberg.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com or call him at 693-1551, ext. 3234.

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