Record-set­ting Ruane, Fords air it out, beat Strath Haven

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By An­thony SanFilippo For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

NETHER PROV­I­DENCE >> Mon­day night, Jake Ruane was sit­ting on his couch watch­ing the Wash­ing­ton Redskins play the New Or­leans Saints. In that game, he saw Saints quar­ter­back Drew Brees throw a 62-yard touch­down pass in the sec­ond quar­ter to Tre-Quan Smith, set­ting the record for most pass­ing yards in NFL his­tory.

Four nights later, Ruane was a copy­cat.

He threw a 60-yard touch­down pass to Trey Blair in the sec­ond quar­ter and on that play sur­passed Jack Don­aghy for the most pass­ing yards in the his­tory of Haver­ford High foot­ball.

“I thought about it af­ter­ward,” Ruane said. “I was like, ‘I just watched this a cou­ple days ago.’”

It was a play in­dica­tive of the Fords’ of­fense all night long, as they rolled through Strath Haven 4020 at Ge­orge L. King Field. Haver­ford (7-1, 6-1) amassed 523 yards of to­tal of­fense. Ruane, who threw two touch­downs and ran for two more, amassed 210 yards pass­ing and an­other

96 via the ground. “He’s just an an­i­mal,” Blair said of his quar­ter­back. “He just played his heart out.”

Ruane has 5,437 pass­ing yards, pass­ing Don­aghy

(5,296). He’s just the fourth passer in Delco his­tory to sur­pass 5,000 ca­reer yards.

Blair wasn’t too bad him­self. If Ruane was copy­ing Brees, then Blair was putting on a Saquan Barkleyesque show. Blair rushed for

123 yards and caught four balls for 101 yards. He, too, had two touch­downs, one rush­ing and one re­ceiv­ing.

“He’s a freak,” Ruane said. “He does ev­ery­thing. It’s not just on of­fense. He plays safety. He even kicks off for us. He’s un­real.”

An an­i­mal. A freak. That makes two unique char­ac­ters that coach Joe Gal­lagher is thrilled to have on his team.

“They make me look good,” Gal­lagher said. “They’re both in­cred­i­ble tal­ents. Haver­ford has been play­ing foot­ball for 100 years and to be able to coach the most pro­lific quar­ter­back in all that time means I’m blessed and I’m a lucky coach. And Trey is a spe­cial tal­ent. Any­body who’s seen us play knows just how spe­cial he is.”

But in or­der for that of­fense to hum along as it did Fri­day, it needs some help from more than just the skill play­ers on the team. And that’s what has Gal­lagher so ex­cited as the Fords pre­pare for a cou­ple of big Cen­tral League games com­ing up against Spring­field and Ri­d­ley.

“Our of­fen­sive line has got­ten bet­ter and bet­ter and bet­ter each week,” Gal­lagher said. “They pass pro­tect well, they run block well. That’s who I’m re­ally im­pressed with right now. Ev­ery­one knows about our skill guys, but they can’t do what they do if they don’t have the line go­ing as well as they are.”

Ruane fin­ished 12-for-15 pass­ing, but only one pass was ac­tu­ally in­com­plete. One was caught on the side­line by Shane Mosley, but he landed out of bounds. An­other was ruled in­com­plete, but re­ally was a fum­ble that the of­fi­cials missed. He had the time to sit in the pocket and let his re­ceivers get open.

The Fords av­er­aged nearly

10 yards per carry, to­tal­ing

313 yards on 32 rushes. “Their of­fense is re­ally, re­ally good,” Strath Haven coach Kevin Clancy said. “They kept the pres­sure on us the en­tire game. We were on our heels and had to play with them to stay in it. I thought our of­fense was bet­ter in the sec­ond half, but we just didn’t do the things we’re used to do­ing in the first half.”

The Pan­thers (3-5, 3-4) had 62 to­tal yards in the first half, and that in­cluded a 27-yard touch­down strike just be­fore half­time from Jake Fisher to Arion Ford. Strath Haven was able to take ad­van­tage of a Haver­ford fum­ble late in the sec­ond quar­ter to get good field po­si­tion to stay in the game head­ing into half­time.

But Haver­ford’s of­fense was too much, and al­though Zack Hus­sein was able to score a pair of touch­downs in the sec­ond half for the Pan­thers and fin­ished with 85 yards rush­ing, the Haven de­fense had no an­swer for Ruane and com­pany, who scored touch­downs on each of their first three pos­ses­sions af­ter half­time.

ERIC HARTLINE – FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Haver­ford quar­ter­back Jake Ruane, here throw­ing a pass in a re­cent win over Pen­ncrest, set the Haver­ford pro­gram record for ca­reer pass­ing yards in Fri­day’s 40-20 win over Strath Haven.

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