Hnox leads U.moreland past Cheltenham
Trailing in the third quarterI Upper Moreland’s Charlie eooker and Robert hnox took it upon themselves to make sure the Golden Bears didn’t walk out of their own stadium on their homecoming night with a loss.
In the second halfI hnoxI a seniorI caught a touchdown passI intercepted a ball on defenseI ran in the eventual game-winning score and then returned a punt for a touchdown to help lead the Bears to a OU-O1 win over visiting Cheltenham in a Suburban One American Conference meeting at Upper Moreland eigh School on Friday night.
After being unable to muster too much offense in the fiUsW KDOI, WKH BHDUs (5-3, 3-2) came alive thanks to an impressive third quarter drive by eookerI which saw the MuQLRU FRPSOHWH 4 RI 5 SDssHs IRU 75 yDUGs, LQFOuGLQg D SHUIHFW 15-yDUG WRuFKGRwQ SDss to hnox. EventuallyI Upper Moreland would rip off OO consecutive second half points en route to the victory.
“Our backs were against the wallI” hnox said. “We knew coming into this game that we had to win this game and it was a great way for us WR fiQG RuU WHDP wKHQ RuU backs were against the wall like that. It says a lot about us as a team.”
hnox had a fantastic game across the board. ee ran 1S times for 11M yards and a score. ee caught two passes for 1M yards and another touchdown. ee recorded one interception and also had the punt return touchdown to give him three total scores on the day.
Upper Moreland got the gDPH’s fiUsW sFRUH wKHQ sHnior Chris hitchen ran in a two-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal in the wanLQg sHFRQGs RI WKH fiUsW TuDUter. After a failed two-point attemptI the Bears led S-M.
Late in the second quarterI CKHOWHQKDP fiQDOOy gRW RQ the boardI as the PanthersI tooI converted on a fourth down play. After a poor snap went over eeimann’s headI eeimann was able to make the most of a broken play and found senior Christian Salem all alone in the HQG zRQH IRU D 15-yDUG SDssing score. The touchdown gave the Panthers a T-S leadI which they took into the half.
In the third quarterI the Panthers built on their lead when eeimann found senior Ahjavon Patrick wide open IRU D 63-yDUG WRuFKGRwQ pass. But the Bears came right backI as eooker found hnoxI who made a fantastic 15-yDUG WRuFKGRwQ FDWFK LQ the corner of the end zone. hnox ran in a two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.
hnox continued to dominate in the fourth quarterI running in a two-yard touchdown run to put Upper Moreland up O1-14. The Bears were set up at the two-yard line after hnox intercepted a pass at Cheltenham’s 38-yDUG-OLQH DQG UHWuUQHG LW 36 yDUGs. AQG DIWHU WKH Panthers were unable to do anything on offenseI it was hnox scoring yet againI this time on a TO-yard punt return to put the Bears up by two scores.
“Robert hnox is a great playerI” Upper Moreland coach Dave eeying said. “I’ve said it time and time again – he’s a special player. ee’s awesomeI he’s a leader and he’s just one of the kids I root for. ee works hardI he does everything we ask of him and he’s a good kid and I can’t say enough about him. ee’s my favorite football player on the team this year and picks us up an extra notch. ee’s just there for us and I’m so glad he’s on our team.”
Besides hnox’ incredible nightI eooker had a great showingI completing 1M of 1T passes for 1M1 yards and a touchdown. ee also recorded an interception in the fiQDO sHFRQGs RI UHguODWLRQ WR end any hopes of a Cheltenham comeback.
One drive earlierI late in the fourth quarterI eeimann and Dockery connected for a touchdownI but it was too littleI too late for the Panthers.
“They took a drive and drove it down our throats,” Cheltenham coach Joe Gro said. “They threw one down and then drove one down and that certainly hurt. We had some coverages in that they did a nice job on and then they came back and got physical with us. They moved the ball down that way and that was it. We played pretty well in the first half, but they had nice things work in the second with (Robert) Knox. He’s a good football player. I’ve known him for three years.”
Knox was the star of the game for Upper Moreland, but Kitchen also played a big role, running 13 times for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Cheltenham was led by Heimann, who went 10-for-16 in the air for 117 yards, throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ryan Phillips ran six times for 76 yards, while Dockery was able to catch four passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. Patrick caught three passes for 105 yards and a score to pace Cheltenham’s receivers.