Up­per Moreland rolls past Hat­ters

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Dave Hol­loway

There’s noth­ing like a lit­tle bit of ex­pe­ri­ence – in life and foot­ball. Up­per Moreland usHG WKH OHssRQs JDLQHG RvHU past sea­sons when it faced Hat­boro-Hor­sham in their DQQuDO TKDQNsJLvLQJ DDy clash on Thurs­day.

Two years ago, Up­per Moreland was coming off of a tough District One Class AAA SODyRII ORss DQG FDPH RuW flDW and lost to the Hat­ters. This time, the Bears didn’t let a play­off loss ruin their ThanksJLvLQJ DDy Ds wHOO.

Robert hnox led the way, rush­ing for 149 yards and three touch­downs as the BHDUs UROOHG WR D 35-7 vLFWRUy RvHU WKHLU ORQJ-WLPH QHLJKERUKRRG ULvDOUy.

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“On Mon­day we watched WKH fiOP DQG EusWHG HDFK RWKer’s chops,” he said. “It kind of light­ened the mood. We had a pizza party and had a punt, pass and kick con­test.

“WH wDQWHG WR OLvHQ LW uS and say ‘you’re still high sFKRRO NLGs, yRu JDvH us your best and now it’s time to go out on top.’ A lot of them really un­der­stand this is their last game.”

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When the pitch by Hat­ters’ TuDUWHUEDFN 6WHvHQ PDOR KLW the back of Jeff Pa­nara’s hel­met, Up­per Moreland’s To­rian drumm was there to scoop up the carom at the H-H 25-yDUG OLQH.

FLvH UuQQLQJ SODys ODWHU .QRx SLFNHG uS KLs fiUsW WRuFK­down with a 1-yard run just three min­utes into the game.

The Bears made it 14-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when Chris hitchens, WKH BHDUs’ TKDQNsJLvLQJ DDy GHIHQsLvH 09P, sFRRSHG uS the sec­ond of three Hat­ters fum­bles and re­turned it nine yards for the touch­down.

“I was ac­tu­ally really sur­prised, the ball just popped up,” hitchens said. “I kind of got lucky. I looked up and no one was ahead. It just bounced right to me and I started run­ning.”

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The Hat­ters re­sponded quickly as Jimmy Murphy re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off 52 yDUGs WR WKH USSHU 0RUHODQG 31. CKULs EMLPRQyeugwo took care of the rest, car­ry­ing the ball twice, the sec­ond one for 24 yards and the touch­down.

But Up­per Moreland wasn’t go­ing to let this one get away.

Dan Cum­mings re­turned WKH NLFNRII WR QHDU PLG­fiHOG, then hooked up with quar­ter­back Char­lie Hooker for a 51-yDUG WRuFKGRwQ SDss.

“The big­gest play that JDvH us PRPHQWuP wDs WKDW fade to Cum­mings,” Hey­ing said. “He made a big play, I was really happy for him.”

The Bears were a lit­tle shaky coming out in the secRQG KDOI. TKH HDWWHUs UHFRvered an on­side kick to open WKH KDOI, EuW FRuOGQ’W PRvH WKH EDOO. TKHQ, wKLOH GULvLQJ LQ IRU an­other score, the Bears fumEOHG DW WKH H-H 5-yDUG OLQH.

But when the de­fense held again, hnox ac­counted for 60 yards on two car­ries, the sec­ond a 21-yard touch­down run WR SuW WKH BHDUs uS 28-7 wLWK 3:18 OHIW LQ WKH WKLUG TuDUWHU.

Up­per Moreland iced the game less than two min­utes into the fourth quar­ter when hnox took a di­rect snap and scored from 11 yards out.

hnox, who was Up­per 0RUHODQG’s RIIHQsLvH 09P on Thurs­day, re­mem­bered two years ago.

“I was play­ing my sopho­more year and those guys were really dis­ap­pointed and it’s tough to come back af­ter you had such high as­pi­ra­tions for the team,” he said. “But prac­tice was good all week and we were just able to ex­e­cute to­day.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Pen­nridge quater­back Alex Krivda hits Mike Class with a short pass dur­ing Satur­day’s District One Class AAAA play­off game against Spring-Ford.

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