Tuayemie, Roy­als feel­ing wor­thy of Su­per sta­tus

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Harry Chaykun For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

NEW­TOWN TWP. >> James Tuayemie and his Up­per Darby team­mates wanted to make a state­ment when they trav­eled to Marple New­town Fri­day night.

For Tuayemie, a ju­nior, it was as easy as let­ting his ac­tions on the field do most of his talk­ing.

Tuayemie scored on an

80-yard re­cep­tion in the first quar­ter and on an 81yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn on the first play of the sec­ond quar­ter in help­ing the Roy­als roll to a 42-0 Cen­tral League vic­tory over the Tigers (4-4, 3-4).

“We’re not in the (Daily Times) Su­per 7, and we wanted to do some­thing about that,” Tuayemie said, af­ter Up­per Darby rolled up 373 yards of to­tal of­fense while giv­ing up 186, of which only 38 yards came on the ground.

Ka­reem McA­dams, an­other ju­nior, got the first of his two scor­ing runs on the Roy­als’ sec­ond pos­ses­sion. Less than two min­utes later, Tuayemie was in the end zone for the first time, haul­ing in a Kevin Ker­wood pass and us­ing his sprinter’s speed to run away from the se­condary to com­plete an 80yard scor­ing re­cep­tion.

“I ran a post (pat­tern),” Tuayemie said. “When I got the ball, I just cut past the safety.”

McA­dams then ran for two points to put UD ahead, 14-0.

Tuayemie’s next re­cep­tion came on a pass thrown into the flat by Marple New­town quar­ter­back Brian Joslin. He came up on the ball, made the in­ter­cep­tion, and just kept run­ning un­til he heard a whis­tle and saw the touch­down sig­nal.

“I knew I had to make that play,” he said.

Up­per Darby head coach Rich Gen­tile was de­lighted with his team’s sixth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory, par­tic­u­larly with Ri­d­ley and Gar­net Val­ley on the sched­ule for the Roy­als (7-1, 5-1) in the next two weeks.

“We played well on both sides of the ball,” Gen­tile said. “Our de­fen­sive line played bet­ter than it has in the last cou­ple of weeks. And we keep work­ing hard in the se­condary.”

Tuayemie, Mar­son Weh, and Alex Chieves had in­ter­cep­tions for the Roy­als.

De­fen­sive end Taryale Alexan­der, a trans­fer from Sun Val­ley, was among the Up­per Darby de­fend­ers who pitched a sec­ond straight shutout.

“We wanted to stick with the game plan and not let their quar­ter­backs run around,” Alexan­der said.

In the sec­ond half, the Roy­als re­cov­ered a Marple fum­ble and picked off a pair of passes. Up­per Darby got a sec­ond short scor­ing run from McA­dams, then Dar­ryl Farmer (31 yards) and Shawn McCul­lough (11 yards) ran for TDs in the fourth quar­ter.

“Kevin Ker­wood keeps get­ting bet­ter run­ning the of­fense,” Gen­tile said. “And we’re happy with the way the de­fense is play­ing. But we know we have some tough games com­ing up.”

Marple New­town head coach Chris Gick­ing said that his team will be hard at work next week get­ting ready Strath Haven.

“All credit to Up­per Darby,” Gick­ing said. “They have a great team and played a great game. We know we have to get bet­ter, and we will get bet­ter.” to host

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