Lower More­land edges Academy New Church

Glenside News - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By An­drew Marcus

Academy New Church made the march from their home grounds over to LowHU 0oUHOanG’s IooWEaOO fiHOG at Mur­ray Av­enue Mid­dle School. Trekking through the high school park­ing lot and onto their neigh­bors’ ter­ri­tory had the ex­cit­ing feel of an in­va­sion.

But af­ter leav­ing their blood, sweat and tears on WKH EaWWOH­fiHOG, wKHUH WKH home Lions pre­vailed 12-7, the hike back to Bryn Athyn on Satur­day af­ter­noon was a GLI­fiFuOW onH Wo PaNH.

With ar­mor in hand af­ter four hard fought quar­ters, the climb to Academy New Church’s cam­pus was a long dis­ap­point­ing chance to re­flHFW on wKaW FouOG KavH been.

“Lower More­land played dis­ci­plined and earned it,” ANC coach Ty Klip­pen­steni said. “I thought we would be able to do some things, that ul­ti­mately they de­fended well. We ask a lot of these guys, we are throw­ing a lot at them, but there were too many men­tal mis­takes.”

ANC held the 7-6 ad­vanWaJH KHaGLnJ LnWo WKH fi­naO quar­ter. The new­est mem­ber of ANC, fresh­man Brett Thomas, took a fum­ble re­cov­ery deep into the red zone with two min­utes re­main­ing in the third quar­ter. 7KH fiUsW oIIHn­sLvH SOay aIWHU the turnover, Aramis Al­ston scored from 12 yards out and Shane McCurdy’s ex­tra SoLnW JavH WKHP WKHLU fiUsW lead of the af­ter­noon. Amir Nel­son, who lined up a quar­ter­back, run­ning back and wide re­ceiver, led ANC with 60 rush­ing yards.

“We are try­ing to do a lot of dif­fer­ent stuff with a lot of dif­fer­ent guys,” coach Klip- pen­stein said. “Amir is an aWKOHWH anG wH KavH Wo finG ways to get him the ball. Brett Thomas is go­ing to be a player. We are try­ing to get him up to speed on of­fense and he played some safety on de­fense.”

Even af­ter Lower More­land’s Joe Leven­thal sec­ond one-yard touch­down run put his team ahead again, A1C KaG a fi­naO SossHs­sion to an­swer. While it was yHOOow flaJs WKaW sWaOOHG WKH of­fense’s progress, it was se­nior Glenn Ma­hon’s in­ter­cep­tion that sig­naled the wKLWH flaJ. ,W was LowHU 0oUHOanG’s fiUsW wLn ovHU their ri­vals since 2009.

“It was a bat­tle and a good game for us,” Lower More­land coach Mark Mayson said. “We got be­hind 7-6, came back, and then played de­fense. And we got some con­ti­nu­ity on of­fense. I am proud of these kids.”

Leven­thal led the Lions with 71 yards on 13 car­ries. ANC did not make the full­back’s job easy, but af­ter bat­tling hard for two or three yards on ev­ery carry all af­ter­noon, his 44-yard run in the fourth quar­ter set up the go-ahead one-yard plunge.

“We kept run­ning mid­dle, mid­dle, out­side and the offensive line kept push­ing,” Leven­thal said. “We ran belOy-NHHS ouWsLGH anG WKHn fi­nally we ran gut right up the mid­dle and Mike Faust did a WHUUL­fiF MoE EOoFNLnJ.”

The Lions split car­ries pre­dom­i­nantly be­tween four ball car­ri­ers out of the wish­bone for­ma­tion. Lower More­land had four backs reg­is­ter more than 45 rush­ing yards. Lower More­land was com­ing off a week were the of­fense was ab­sent against Pen­ning­ton School. So the 244 to­tal yards and, of course, the win, left Leven­thal and Lower More­land ex­hausted and ex­hil­a­rated all at the same time.

“I got tired, but I kept push­ing,” Leven­thal said. “ANC is a stone’s throw away anG WKLs Ls Py fiUsW time beat­ing them. It feels good to get a win.”

The Abing­ton An­gels will hold open tryouts for their Girls 10r Fast­pitch Soft­ball Team on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Tryouts will be from noon to 2 p.m. and will be held at Pen­bryn Park, Hous­ton and Edger­ton av­enues in Glen­side.

The 2012-13 An­gels team will par­tic­i­pate in a light fall sched­ule, win­ter train­ing and spring and sum­mer tour­na­ments. There are six ros­ter spots open for girls who are in­ter­ested in play­ing com­pet­i­tive fast­pitch soft­ball.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion please email an­gel­s10u­soft­ball@hot­mail.com or call coach Mark Wolpert 267973-3680.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.