Ghosts bounce back, tops CB East

Glenside News - - SPORTS - By Dave Hol­loway

Coaches sons have a sim­ple way of look­ing at the game. It’s usu­ally black and white, good and bad, right and wrong. They cut through all of the static and rarely worry about be­ing po­lit­i­cally cor­rect.

So when Abing­ton’s Gage Gorm­ley, the son of Jenk­in­town coach Phil Gorm­ley, was asked about the dif­fer­ence be­tween last week’s loss to Ply­mouth Whitemarsh and Fri­day’s game against Cen­tral Bucks East, he got right to the point.

“Last week, I’m not go­ing to su­gar-coat it, we got our (bleeps) kicked,” he said, not us­ing the word bleeps. “PW came out and they were ready to play and we weren’t. I guess this is just a nice re­sponse.” A re­ally nice re­sponse. The Ghosts lim­ited Cen­tral Bucks East to just 41 yards on the ground and eased to a 21-6 vic­tory in their home opener at Schwartz­man Sta­dium on Fri­day.

Abing­ton coach Tim Sorber was spe­cific about the im­prove­ment.

“It was the de­fense,” he said, “ab­so­lutely the de­fense. I think the kids were up­set and we got em­bar­rassed last week.

“One big help was at the line­backer po­si­tion. We got Jimmy Heiler back, he was injured on the sec­ond play of the (Sa­muel) Fels game, and that helps. He’s a leader out there, he’s our most ex­pe­ri­enced player on de­fense and he makes plays. I think the kids feed off of him.”

The Ghosts al­lowed just the 41 yards on the ground and an­other 132 in the air – 79 of those com­ing on CB East’s lone scor­ing drive late in the third quar­ter.

“I thought our d-line played a phe­nom­e­nal game, the made a lot of plays in the back­field,” Sorber said.

“And I thought our out­side back­ers – Josh Jones and Chris­tian Werner, did a nice job of keep­ing ev­ery­thing inside which we didn’t do last week.

“It was a great team ef­fort as far as the de­fense. Take away that one pass (a 49yard Zach Nelsen-to-Chris Burian play that led to the lone score) and I think we did a great job of play­ing de­fense.”

B u t d o n ’t t a k e a n y t h i n g away from t h e o ff e n s e . W h i l e m a y b e i t ’s n o t t h e high-pow­ered unit that has been an Abing­ton sta­ple in re­cent sea­sons, it came through when needed.

Ju­nior back Craig Reynolds had 90 yards on 23 car­ries and a pair of touch­down runs, while Collins com­pleted five passes for 111 yards, in­clud­ing an eight-yard scor­ing toss to Trey Guaglionona to give Abing­ton the lead early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We g o t s o m e b i g t h i r d down plays to keep some drives go­ing,” Sorber said. “I thought Reynolds car­ried the load and made some nice runs on third downs. And Gage Gorm­ley and Dy­lan Collins came up big when we needed them.”

Gorm­ley caught two big passes from Collins, in­clud­ing a 46-yarder on a thir­dand-15 play that set up the clinch­ing touch­down early in the fourth quar­ter, the pos­ses­sion af­ter CB East had scored.

“We had man cov­er­age and Gage beat the kid and Dy­lan threw a good ball,” Sorber said. “And then we scored, that was the clincher.”

“A lot of times their dback would look back and that’s when I’d get sep­a­ra­tion,” Gorm­ley said. “Collins just throws the ball and I catch them. It’s just pitch and catch.”

Reynolds, whose dad Eric is on the staff at Wil­liam Ten­nent, also knows how to spread the love. He spread the credit around for his key runs.

“That’s the O-line,” he said. “The wide re­ceivers, the tight ends, the full­back, it’s easy t o run t hrough holes like that with the guys up front. We kept at­tack­ing them, kept go­ing at them.”

And a week af­ter get­ting thrashed, the Ghosts bounced back.

“We pre­pared for it and worked hard,” Reynolds said. “It was the lit­tle things, ev­ery rep get­ting bet­ter. We came out fired up, came out with the in­ten­sity and worked hard for it.”

It’s as sim­ple as that.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Academy New Church’s Shane McCurdy breaks away from Spring­field’s Ma­lik Ball dur­ing Fri­day’s non-league ac­tion.

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