Hnox leads U.more­land past Chel­tenham

Glenside News - - LETTERS - By Mike Prince

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.

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