Rp­per Moreland rolls past eat­ters

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Dave Hol­loway dhol­loway@mont­gom- erynews.com

There’s noth­ing like a lit­tle bit of ex­pe­ri­ence – in life and foot­ball. rp­per Moreland used the lessons gained over past sea­sons when it faced eat­boro-eor­sham in their an­nual Thanks­giv­ing Day clash on Thurs­day.

Two years ago, rp­per Moreland was coming off of a tough District lne Class AAA play­off loss and came out flat and lost to the eat­ters. This time, the Bears didn’t let a play­off loss ruin their Thanks­giv­ing Day as well.

oobert hnox led the way, rush­ing for 149 yards and three touch­downs as the Bears rolled to a P5-T vic­tory over their long-time neigh­bor­hood ri­valry.

Coach Dave eey­ing was wary of the let­down, but those wor­ries evap­o­rated early in the week.

“ln Mon­day we watched the film and busted each other’s chops,” he said. “ft kind of light­ened the mood. We had a pizza party and had a punt, pass and kick con­test.

“We wanted to liven it up and say ‘you’re still high school kids, you gave us your best and now it’s time to go out on top.’ A lot of them really un­der­stand this is their last game.”

The Bears took ad­van­tage of an e-e mis­take on the first play of the game to get out to a quick start.

When the pitch by eat­ters’ quar­ter­back pteven malo hit the back of geff ma­nara’s hel­met, rp­per Moreland’s To­rian drumm was there to scoop up the carom at the e-e 25-yard line.

Five run­ning plays later hnox picked up his first touch­down with a 1-yard run just three min­utes into the game.

The Bears made it 14-M mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when Chris hitchens, the Bears’ Thanks­giv­ing Day de­fen­sive Msm, scooped up the sec­ond of three eat­ters fum­bles and re­turned it nine yards for the touch­down.

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

“lb­vi­ously that was real costly,” e-e coach dary magliaro said. “The first three touch­downs were real tough. The first play from scrim­mage we fum­bled in­side the red zone and let them get mo­men­tum with the first score. Then we had the fum­ble in the other red zone. We gave up some valu­able field po­si­tion and it turned out to be costly.”

The eat­ters re­sponded quickly as gimmy Murphy re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off 52 yards to the rp­per Moreland P1. Chris bji­monyeugwo took care of the rest, car­ry­ing the ball twice, the sec­ond one for 24 yards and the touch­down.

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

Dan Cum­mings re­turned the kick­off to near mid­field, then hooked up with quar­ter­back Char­lie eooker for a 51-yard touch­down pass.

“The big­gest play that gave us mo­men­tum was that fade to Cum­mings,” eey­ing said. “ee made a big play, f was really happy for him.”

The Bears were a lit­tle shaky coming out in the sec­ond half. The eat­ters re­cov­ered an on­side kick to open the half, but couldn’t move the ball. Then, while driv­ing in for an­other score, the Bears fum­bled at the e-e 5-yard line.

But when the de­fense held again, hnox ac­counted for 6M yards on two car­ries, the sec­ond a 21-yard touch­down run to put the Bears up 28-T with P:18 left in the third quar­ter.

rp­per 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 rp­per Moreland’s of­fen­sive Msm on Thurs­day, re­mem­bered two years ago.

“f 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.”

ft was a great way for the Bears to fin­ish a good sea­son.

“There’s no bet­ter way than to end the year or a ca­reer than to get a win on Thanks­giv­ing,” he said. “f’m really happy to be able to get it done to­day.

“vou come in here, it doesn’t mat­ter what your record is, both teams are go­ing to fight their hard­est. They want to win this game, it’s a great tra­di­tion, and f’m just happy to be part of it.”

EX­TRAS... nuar­ter­back pteve malo was named e-e’s lf­fen­sive Msm for the game, while gohn Mol­nar earned the De­fen­sive Msm honor.

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