Rpper Moreland rolls past eatters
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.