U.dublin bat­tles past Tru­man

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

Up­per Dublin scored 2U points on earry p Tru­man in the sec­ond quar­ter and cruised to a 2U-T vic­tory.

“I think we played well in spotsI” Up­per Dublin coach Bret ptover said. “We had good en­ergy and cap­i­tal­ized on turnoversI which helped us a lot.”

Af­ter a score­less first quar­terI the Car­di­nals took ad­van­tage of turnovers to get on the board early and of­ten. Tru­man quar­ter­back Jake wolna threw an in­ter­cep­tion with T:45 to go in the quar­terI which Up­per Dublin sig­nal-caller John Derr even­tu­ally turned into a 15-yard touch­down pass to Reed Rap­ineI giv­ing the Car­di­nals a T-0 lead.

“lur kids are play­ing ag­gres­sive­lyI” ptover said. “YRu sHH fiYH RU sLx Juys Rn a tackle ev­ery playI which is good for a young team. Cre­at­ing turnovers is go­ing to help us im­mensely as the sea­son goes on.”

7KH nHxW SRssHssLRn dLd not work out much bet­ter for Tru­man. Af­ter los­ing a fum­bleI Derr con­nected with Khalid Weems for a 42-yard touch­down throw to put Up­per Dublin up 140. With less than two min­utes re­main­ing in the halfI Rap­ine con­trib­uted on the de­fen­sive endI pick­ing up a fum­ble and re­turned it 21 yards for the Car­di­nals’ third touch­down.

“Tru­man pretty much dom­i­nated the game un­til mid­way through the sec­ond quar­terI” ptover said. “But we started get­ting turnovers and our de­fense played re­ally well. They al­lowed yardsI but didn’t let them in the end zone.”

Be­fore the half­time whis­tle blewI Derr added his third touch­down passI a quick strike to the cor­ner of the end zone to Brad phild­krautI pro­vid­ing Up­per Dublin with a com­mand­ing 2U-0 lead head­ing into the break.

“When we were up 21-0I ZH dLdn’W HxSHFW WR sFRUH against be­fore the halfI” ptover said. “But we got a few bLJ SODys Dnd JRW Ln fiHOd goal rangeI and then Derr threw a great pass and got us an­other touch­down. That was huge for usI es­pe­cially be­cause it came so late in a quar­ter where we had suc­cess.”

Points be­came sparse from that point for­ward. The Tru­man de­fense set­tled down and played bet­ter in the sec­ond halfI while the Up­per Dublin de­fense con­tin­ued to keep the Tigers out of the end zone. The only other scor­ing play came 9:41 left in the game when Tru­man run­ning back Manny Fisher plowed in a one-yard touch­down runI avoid­ing a com­plete shutout.

Derr shined the bright­est in the gameI com­plet­ing eight of 12 passes for 10U yards and three touch­downs. The Up­per Dublin de­fense also played very wellI snag­ging an in­ter­cep­tion and only al­low­ing 29 pass­ing yards in the shutout.

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