Pen­nridge routs Haver­ford School

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

There were 11 Haver­ford School de­fend­ers star­ing past Pen­nridge’s offensive line and around its quar­ter­back. All eyes were on the oams’ run­ning backs on Fri­day night. gu­nior Mike Class has re­ceived pre­sea­son recog­ni­tion throughout the area and he was the Fords’ fo­cal point.

Sec­onds af­ter Class car­ried for the sixth time for a to­tal of four yards, his se­nior team­mates made their pres­ence felt. With the de­fen­sive backs play­ing the run, se­nior quar­ter­back Alex Krivda found se­nior Kyle Bigam for a 52-yard strike to start the scor­ing.

“We had a hard time run­ning it at the be­gin­ning and then Alex made a ton of big plays to loosen it up,” oams’ coach oandy Cuth­bert said. “Alex needs to be the guy that keeps them hon­est. I thought he made great de­ci­sions.”

Now need­ing to re­spect the pass, the oams’ bal­anced at­tack routed the Fords 41-T at Poppy Yoder Field. Krivda threw for 113 yards and Class and crew even­tu­ally found run­ning room.

“First game of the year evHUyRnH KDV bXWWHUflLHV,” .ULYda said. “We went out there and set the tone. We no­ticed one of their de­fen­sive backs was re­ally ag­gres­sive and took ad­van­tage of it. Bigam is go­ing to be run­ning the ball, catch­ing the ball and a big part of our of­fense.”

It was Class who capped off three drives or­ches­trated by Krivda, who made plays when he had to and moved the chains. The oams elimi- nated the Fords’ big play de­fend­ers Matt dalam­bos (Pitts­burgh com­mit) and Sema’j oeed by us­ing a va­ri­ety block­ing schemes.

“They were re­ally big and had some guys we could not move,” Cuth­bert said. “We used some crab blocks and dou­ble team and mixed it up. (dalam­bos) is a heck of a player and we ran away from him all day.”

CODVV, wKR finLVKHG wLWK 118 yards, had two one-yard touch­downs and scored a 1T-yard touch­down in the non-league sea­son opener. Full­back Kenny Craw­ford added 5T yards and a score. The suc­cess of the skill play­ers stemmed from line’s per­for­mance.

“We found that with (Mike) Supp and (Shane) Kraynik we could give them prob­lems,” Cuth­bert said. “They never knew were the block was com­ing from.”

It was the de­fen­sive front that al­lowed the oams to ex­tend their lead. The Fords RnOy SLFNHG XS HLJKW fiUVW downs and barely cracked 1MM to­tal yards of of­fense af­ter three quar­ters. Se­nior quar­ter­back Stephen Fitzger­ald’s six-yard scam­per in the third quar­ter was the lone bright spot.

“We just need to keep our en­ergy up and fo­cus more,” Fords’ ju­nior run­ning back An­thony Hill said. “It was ex­actly what we expected from them, but they came out hard, ready to play.”

The Fords at­tempted to run a no-hud­dle of­fense, but penal­ties and turnovers slowed its strat­egy down. The Fords com­mit­ted seven penal­ties for TM yards and three fum­bles lost never DOORwHG WKHP WR finG WKH rhythm the In­ter-Ac school needed to suc­ceed.

“We came out and tried to play a lit­tle faster,” Hill said. “We need to pay more at­ten­tion at prac­tice and be more fo­cused in the game. We need to put this be­hind us and bounce back.”

The ma­tu­rity of Krivda con­tin­ued once the pads were off as he re­mained re­al­is­tic about the big win. As ex­cited as he was to see his team ex­e­cute the game plan to near per­fec­tion, the se­nior knows there is a lot more to prove. Sec­onds af­ter the clock hit zero his fo­cused shifted to sec­ond week op­po­nent, Ben­salem, which lost 44-T to Arch­bishop Wood.

“It’s great to have a win, but it is just one win,” Krivda said. “We can­not get over FRn­fiGHnW. ,W LV D ORnJ IRRWball sea­son, so we are go­ing WR FRPH RXW fiUHG XS DJDLnVW Ben­salem.”

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