Thomp­son leads Chelts past Car­di­nals

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

Af­ter an offensive hold­ing call brought back an ap­par­ent 62-yard touch­down for Chel­tenham’s Mark Thomp­son, the se­nior didn’t think too much of it. In fact, he came right back out, ran all over the de­fense and even­tu­ally found his way back into the end zone.

Thomp­son had a mon­ster fiUsW KDOI IRU WKH 3DnWKHUs. ,n IDFW, Ln WKH fiUsW TuDUWHU alone, he racked up 86 rush- ing yards and a touch­down on only nine car­ries, while also catch­ing a pass for 17 yDUGs. ,n WKH sHFRnG TuDUWHU, he broke off a 25-yard run to set up an­other Chel­tenham sFRUH. AnG Rn WKH 3DnWKHUs’ finDO GULYH RI WKH KDOI, D 28yard catch on fourth down put Thomp­son in the end zone for the sec­ond time.

,n WKH HnG, 7KRmSsRn fin­ished with 162 yards and two sFRUHs Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI DORnH WR KHOS OHDG WKH 3DnWKHUs WR D 28-7 win over Up­per Dublin in a Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence meet­ing at Chel- ten­ham on Fri­day night.

“Mark does things for us that are re­ally neat. You can’t say that he’s not an ex­plo­sive kid or out­stand­ing,” Chel­tenham coach Joe dro sDLG. “2uU fiUsW KDOI wDs nLFH tonight and I was happy to see that. We needed it re­ally bad.”

,W wDs D fiUsW KDOI WR IRUJHW for the Car­di­nals (3-3, 1-2), who al­lowed Chel­tenham (4-2, 2-1) to out­gain them in to­tal yardage, 236-69, and sDw WKH 3DnWKHUs WDkH D 21-0 lead into the locker rooms.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties and we didn’t take ad­van­tage of them,” Up­per Dublin coach Bret Stover said. “Chel­tenham has some re­ally good ath­letes and you have to play a per­fect game against them and we didn’t have it tonight. You can’t give their ath­letes any­thing to cap­i­tal­ize on and our guys got beat on those plays and that was the dif­fer­ence tonight.”

CKHOWHnKDm’s fiUsW sFRULnJ drive was an im­pres­sive one, Ds WKH 3DnWKHUs UDn 12 SODys IRU 80 yDUGs wKLOH WDkLnJ D

full seven min­utes off the clock. Thomp­son capped it RII wLWK D fivH-yDUG WRuFK­down run. On the Pan­thers’ next drive, Hyneef Dock­ery capped off a four-play, 44yard drive with a one-yard run to put Chel­tenham up 14-0. Thomp­son’s sec­ond touch­down came with only 26 sec­onds re­main­ing in the KDOI DnG finLsKHG RII Dn 11SODy, 76-yDUG, fivH PLnuWH, 38 sec­ond drive to put Chel­tenham up by three scores.

“We came out elec­tri­fiHG,” 7KRPSsRn sDLG. “:H were com­ing off a tough loss from last week in a game we should’ve won.”

And while the of­fense slowed down in the sec­ond half, Chel­tenham’s de­fense didn’t.

The Pan­thers recorded their sec­ond take­away of the game when se­nior Jonathan Howard in­ter­cepted a John DHUU SDss nHDU PLG­fiHOG Ln the third quar­ter. In the fourth, Dock­ery in­ter­cepted a pass and re­turned it 43 yards for a touch­down and a 28-0 Chel­tenham lead.

“The de­fense played a big part,” Thomp­son said. “We held them to zero un­til the jayvee came in, but our de­fense is a lot bet­ter than it was last year and we have a lot of guys in ro­ta­tion do­ing what they need to do.”

Up­per Dublin did get on WKH ERDUG Rn WKH finDO SODy RI the game, as backup quar­ter­back Matt Thomp­son found Ryan Dona­cie for a 29-yard score in the cor­ner of the end zone to end Chel­tenham’s hopes at a shutout.

The Car­di­nals were led by Khalid Weems’ 53 rush­ing yards and 19 re­ceiv­ing yards. Thomp­son com­pleted 2 of 3 passes for 54 yards and a touch­down in his limLWHG UROH Ln WKH finDO PLnuWH.

Chel­tenham was led by Thomp­son, who rushed 18 times for 108 yards and a touch­down, while also catch­ing three passes for 66 yards and a score. Dock­ery ran seven times for seven yards and a touch­down, while com­plet­ing 6 of 12 passes for 94 yards and a score.

“We were real fo­cused Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI DnG , WKLnN the kids were re­ally tun­nelvi­sion fo­cused,” Gro said. “I want to see us have that same kind of in­ten­sity in ev­ery game.”

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