By LARRY HENRY JR.

Correspondent

CINNAMINSON — The Audubon Green Wave Football team is picking up exactly where it left off in 2020 — even with a new head coach at the helm. 

Dan Reed took over for Dom Koehl and watched his team roll past Cinnaminson, 31-6, on Friday night in West Jersey Football League action, moving to 2-0 in the early stages of the 2021 season. Quarterback Scott Lynch led the way with 228 yards and three touchdown passes while Derrick Bryant added 81 combined yards and two scores in the lopsided victory. 

“I am happy with the win, but also I felt we left a lot of chances on the table to perform even better,” Reed said. “Still, it’s good to move to 2-0 and set ourselves up nicely for next week’s rivalry showdown with Haddon Heights. The guys played tough for the second week in a row and the scoreboard shows that.”

“It’s easy to perform when you have a good group of guys here,” Lynch, who played at Northside Christian Academy in Florida last season under former NFL fullback Mike Alstott, said. “Last week, Derrick stole a lot of the show and this week we had a lot of guys step up and deliver touchdowns and some big moments. Our goal is to go undefeated and we are two wins into that goal so far.” 

Lynch and the Audubon offense got to work early on its first drive of the game, capping off a six-play, 20-yard drive with the quarterback connecting with wideout Zach Beebe on a 1-yard score on 4th-and-goal. The Green Wave defense forced a fumbled snap on a fourth-down attempt by Cinnaminson, giving Lynch and his teammates great field position to take a 6-0 advantage. 

Cinnaminson did well defensively to keep Audubon off the scoreboard on each of the Green Wave’s next two offensive series, but failed to get into the end zone on three straight offensive possessions. Lynch was put under pressure again on fourth down deep in Cinnaminson territory, but hooked up with Billy Lindemuth for a 13-yard touchdown to extend Audubon’s lead to 13-0 at halftime. 

“It was huge to get that touchdown before the half since we were receiving the ball back to start the second half,” Lynch said. “We knew we had to mix it up more offensively after halftime and that was the plan. We did that and I think that early touchdown to start the third quarter really set us on our way tonight.” 

Charlie Grady capped off a four-play, 45-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run to give Audubon a 19-0 advantage early in the third quarter before Lynch found Bryant on a 35-yard screen pass with 3:21 left in the quarter to make it 25-0. Cinnaminson’s lone bright spot came with 10:59 remaining in the game as quarterback Jack Zarnawski scrambled his way to a 34-yard touchdown on a fourth-down attempt.

The Pirates watched, though, as a Bryant interception paired with a Luke Hoke 24-yard score capped the final score at 31-6, giving Cinnaminson its second-consecutive loss by 25 points or more to start the new campaign. 

“You have to give Audubon credit, they have a good program, good players, and a great scheme, in my opinion,” Cinnaminson head coach Mario Patrizi said. “I think their quarterback is a top talent and he looked very comfortable in the pocket, which means we didn’t do our job pressuring him. We made some silly mistakes and it cost us in the final score tonight. We have a young team so I am proud of the effort, but hopefully it’s a learning lesson for our guys.” 

Audubon outgained Cinnaminson 353-257, once again showing its flexibility on the offensive side of the ball. Six different players made a reception for the Green Wave, showing just the amount of willing hands that Lynch has on his side of the field. Now with two wins and a plus-52 points differential heading into back-to-back road trips to Haddon Heights and Camden Catholic, Audubon is riding high on confidence to keep its mojo going on both sides of the ball. 

“We had a good season in 2020 and we have started off just how we wanted to this season,” Bryant said. “There’s a lot of chemistry on the team and with Scott’s ability to pick defenses apart, it will only make us that more dangerous going into the next couple of games. We’re happy with our effort, but we know there’s always room to improve.” 

Cinnaminson (0-2) travels to local rival Delran on Sept. 17 looking to add to its six points scored through 96 minutes of action so far. After being on the end of back-to-back lopsided defeats, Patrizi backs his players to be ready to go for what should be a packed stadium at Delran next week. 

“We’re going to treat this week like it’s preparation for a championship,” Patrizi said. “Starting off the season against teams like Salem and Audubon is tough, but we know Delran will be ready for us. We have to focus on the film from this and try to prepare for what is always a good rivalry game against a team we are very familiar with.” 

Larry Henry Jr. is a Burlington County correspondent for Glory Days Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @lhenry019