Up­per Dublin de­nies Up­per More­land

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

Up­per Dublin un­der­stood Up­per More­land had a hand­ful of tal­ented football play­ers they had to be aware of on Fri­day nightK But they also knew they could not let num­ber three on the Golden Bears be the one to beat themK

“One play,” Fly­ing Car­di­nals’ coach Bret Stover saidK “He got loose on one play and that tells you how good he isK He made the game a lot more in­ter­est­ing than it should have beenK”

kum­ber three on the Golden Bears is se­nior Robert KnoxK He is listed as a run­ning back in the pro­gram, but he lined up all over the fiHOG Ln WKH 6uEuUEDn 2nH Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence con- testK And other than his S3­yard touch­down run, the stud se­nior was held to 33 yards on 15 car­riesK

“We tried to get the ball to other ath­letes,” Bears’ coach Dave Hey­ing saidK “Robert is a spe­cial player, but we want to get as many guys touches as pos­si­bleK We are not try­ing to be one di­men­sion­alK”

The Golden Bears tried a va­ri­ety of ways to get the ball in Knox’ hands, in­clud­ing D flHH-flLFNHU SDss wLWK WKH game in the bal­anceK Knox re­ceived the pitch and reOHDsHG D 40-yDUG SUDyHU. 7KH Car­di­nals’ Brad Shild­krout in­ter­cepted the at­tempt to sHFuUH WKH 14-7 wLn, KHOSLnJ KLs WHDP LPSURvH WR 4-3 (2-2 in the Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence) and the Golden Bears fall to 4-3 (2-2 Ln WKH FRnIHUHnFH).

“I was very happy with the way our de­fense played,” Stover saidK “I am very proud of the way our guys re­sponded af­ter last week’s loss to Chel­tenhamK I think we have a lit­tle magic go­ing on hereK We have a lot of late-game hero­ics in our winsK”

The Car­di­nals came to Up­per More­land with­out their start­ing stud run­ning back, Khalid Weems, side­lined with an injured toeK The loss of Weems for the week just meant fel­low se­niors full­back Reed Rap­ine and tail­back Mike Lee would have to put their nag­ging in­juries be­hind them for the nightK

“I am com­ing back from my own in­jury and I knew I had to step it up,” Lee saidK “I tore a lig­a­ment in my el­bow, and even doc­tors were not sure I should play, but I had to be there for my teamK”

LHH finLsKHG wLWK 39 yards, though he did have D 40-yDUG EuUsW FDOOHG EDFN GuH WR D SHnDOWy flDJ. )ODJs frus­trated both teams all night, and though Hey­ing un­der­stands his de­fense did not do enough to win, the ques­tion­able calls are go­ing to irk him all nightK

“I am so in­fu­ri­ated,” Hey­ing saidK “They called a penalty on third down and 10 af­ter we stopped themK They called it on us and I don’t even mind off­set­ting penal­ties thereK I know my kid should not be out there, but that per­sonal foul call changed the gameK”

bven with S0 penalty yards and two lost fum­bles, the Golden Bears were inside the 10-yard line late in the fourth quar­terK Af­ter Knox

caught a 33-yard pass from Char­lie Hooker on fourt­hand-12, the Bears drive stalled at the seven-yard line. The touch­down runs by the Car­di­nals’ Rap­ine and quar­ter­back John Derr proved to be enough.

“It can be tough to run in the red zone,” Hey­ing said. “I thought we had some plays there, but a cou­ple guys did not run the right routes. I have to go back and ORRk DW WhH fiOP.”

“Our kids felt we were go­ing to win the game,” Stover said. “Our cap­tains (Rap­ine, Ben Wine­brake, Derek and Jones) held a play­ers-only meet­ing and our ef­fort all week was great.

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