Ma­tri­ots bat­tle past med­die

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

,W ZDs Dn uJOy fiUsW KDOI DW der­man­town Academy. Be­tween the ma­tri­ots and the vis­it­ing med­die School Fal­cons, who made the hour­plus long ride down for the af­ter­noon game, there were six turnovers and seven penal­ties in the open­ing two quar­ters alone.

But it was the ma­tri­ots who were able to cap­i­tal­ize on the mis­takes in a big­ger way. And at the end of the day, while the mis­takes need to be ad­dressed, dA knows that its record is noth­ing to be un­happy with.

rn­der Matt aence, the new head coach of the ma­tri­ots, dA im­proved to 2-0 fol­low­ing a 21-7 win over med­die School Eeight­stown, kJF in a non-league meet­ing at der­man­town Academy on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

qhe ma­tri­ots E2-0, 0-0F forced four fum­bles and saw se­nior Rob dor­man score an offensive and de­fen­sive touch­down en route to the win.

“f’m so happy for these guys,” aence said. “ft’s just such a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere. qo start out the way we did shows that this is a to­tal team ef­fort. qh­ese guys play for each other and it just feels so good. f can’t put into words how much f ap­pre­ci­ate them for what they’re do­ing.”

med­die E0-2, 0-0F ac­tu­ally ZHnW uS fiUsW, FDSLWDOLzLnJ Rn RnH RI GA’s WKUHH fiUsW KDOI turnovers.

LDWH Ln WKH fiUsW TuDUter, dA quar­ter­back eayes kolte had a pass in­ter­cepted at the line of scrim­mage and re­turned 23 yards for a touch­down. But the ma­tri­ots fought back, scor­ing twice in the sec­ond quar­ter, in­clud­ing a de­fen­sive touch­down of their own.

At the 5:58 mark of the sec­ond, se­nior Joe qay­lor, who was on the side­lines deal­ing with cramp­ing in his leg for nearly the en­tire game, caught a 29-yard

first score of the game. And with only one minute, nine sec­onds to play in the half, when it ap­peared WKDW GA wRuOG JR inWR WKH ORcNHr room down by one, the Pa­tri­ots forced a fum­ble and Gor­man re­turned it PP yards for a score.

GA, af­ter be­ing moved bDcN 15 yDrGs, WKHn cRPSOHWed a 20-yard pass from Nolte WR sHniRr LRu 6WHvHns IRr D two-point con­ver­sion and a 14-7 lead at the half.

“The coach has been SrHDcKinJ WR us DOO wHHN WR wRrN KDrG HvHry GDy DnG WDNH iW RnH win DW D WiPH,” Gor­man said. “Be­ing 2-0 is D JrHDW sWHS DnG wH’rH Wry­inJ WR JR RuW DnG PDNH iW 3-0 nHxW wHHN. ,W’s D JrHDW win.”

GRrPDn, wKR fin­isKHG wiWK nine car­ries for P7 yards and a score, was a force on both sides of the ball. Be­sides his two scores, he also caught one pass for 11 yards and helped to com­pletely shut down the )DOcRns’ SDss­inJ DWWDcN.

“5Rb GRHsn’W HvHn wDnW WR cRPH RII WKH fiHOG, HvHr,” Dence said. “I thought we lost KiP IRr WKH JDPH in WKH firsW TuDrWHr wKHn KH JRW in­jurHG, DnG iW wRuOG’vH bHHn D WRWDOOy dif­fer­ent game with­out him. HH’s wKDW PDNHs WKis WHDP go. To have him gut it out, ,’P jusW rHDO SrRuG RI KiP.”

(DrOy in WKH IRurWK TuDrWHr, GRr­man helped GA to cap off a six­play, 80-yard drive with a 10-yard touch­down run. Just one play ear­lier, Nolte found ju­nior Kyle Don­ahue for a 45-yard pass to set up first-and-goal.

2n WKH GDy, 1ROWH fin­isKHG with 182 yards and one touch­down pass­ing while com­plet­ing 11 of 20 passes. He threw two in­ter­cep­tions in WKH firsW KDOI, buW cDOPHG GRwn DnG GiGn’W Wurn WKH bDOO RvHr in WKH finDO WwR TuDrWHrs. BHsiGHs GRrPDn’s per­for­mance, 5-foot-4 ju­nior run­ninJ bDcN 0yOHs AnWKRny OHG WKH JrRunG DWWDcN wiWK 48 yards on 1P car­ries.

Don­ahue caught three passes for 65 yards, while Tay­lor, who barely played in the sec­ond half, caught three passes for 70 yards and a touch­down.

GA wiOO ORRN WR iPSrRvH to P-0 next Satur­day when it hosts Blair Academy.

“,nRurIirsWJDPH,wHGiGn’WKDvH any­turnover­sand­hardlyanype­nalWiHs,buWWKDW’ssRPHWKinJwHnHHGWR wRrN Rn,” DHncH sDiG. “,W wDs KRW WRGDy DnG , WKinN WKHy ORsW D OiWWOH IR­cus and went down, but I told them sWDyORcNHGinDnGnRwwHjusWKDvH to prac­tice at a higher tempo. They KDvH D ORW WR cuW GRwn, buW ,’P jusW so proud of these guys right now.”

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