Malvern Prep puz­zles Ger­man­town Academy

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus


com Play­ing the new brand of Ger­man­town Academy IRRWEDOO unGHr firsW yHDr head coach Matt Dence has hHOSHG WhH 3DWrLRWs HTuDO WhH amount of wins from last sHDsRn (WhrHH) Ln WhH firsW four weeks of ac­tion this sea­son. How­ever, on Satur­day Malvern Prep was able to get the Pa­tri­ots away from their game plan and it re­sulted in a 24-7 loss, the sec­ond of the sea­son.

The Fri­ars (4-2) found the end zone on the open­ing drive and in or­der to rally back the Pa­tri­ots (3-2) tried to play an up-tempo style of of­fense, some­thing they as­sumed their In­terAc foe would not be pre­pared to de­fend. How­ever the fast pace air at­tack was not some­thing the of­fense was com­pletely com­fort- able with and it re­sulted in fiYH WurnRYHrs.

“Put the turnovers on me,” coach Dence said. “We wanted to go up-tempo to make them ad­just and be­cause of that I don’t think Hayes (Nolte) felt com­fort­able with some of his reads. HH Ls D hHFN RI D TuDrWHrEDFN and those turnovers are on me.”

As se­nior wide re­ceiver Joe Tay­lor jogged out­side of the hashes and placed his toe on the line of scrimPDJH hH JDYH RnH TuLFN JODnFH LnWR hLs MunLRr TuDrter­back Hayes Nolte. While the run­ning game was ef­fec­tive in spurts, the pas­sand-catch tan­dem knew they needed to make some noise if they were go­ing to rally from a 14-0 half­time GH­fiFLW.

“The ground game was not get­ting the big chunks of yards that we needed,” Tay- lor said. “We had to go to the air, but time ran out. I trust Hayes can get me the ball in any spot.”

Tay­lor sat down in open space against the Fri­ars’ zone de­fense and reeled in IRur FDWFhHs IRr 52 yDrGs. How­ever the Fri­ars were not al­ways play­ing the same scheme and it forced a hand­ful of in­com­ple­tions and three in­ter­cep­tions. The Fri­ars’ se­nior Joe Car­lini had two in­ter­cep­tions and Eric Pur­nell came away with the clincher in WhH finDO sHFRnGs RI SODy Rn pass just out of the reach of Tay­lor.

“I feel coach has the con­fiGHnFH Ln PH WR JR WR PH in big spots,” Tay­lor said. “I don’t know if I am the go-to guy, but I have con­fiGHnFH , FDn PDNH D SODy. But we called a play that would work on man de­fense and they dropped back into cover three. It was a good job by their de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.”

1ROWH finLshHG 13-RI-32 for 126 yards. Robert Gor­man scored on the open­ing GrLYH RI WhH WhLrG TuDrWHr af­ter the Fri­ars fum­bled the open­ing kick on their own 26 yard line. The Pa­tri­ots looked to de­crease the Fri­ars’ lead to one a score game early in the fourth TuDrWHr, EuW WhH 3DWrLRWs fum­bled on the one yard line and the Fri­ars’ Hunter Paulus re­cov­ered in the end zone for the touch­back.

“We played catch up, but we never gave up,” Tay­lor said. “Of­fen­sively we moved the ball, but we need to tighten up on de­fense.”

Af­ter the un­timely turnover the Fri­ars used their de­cep­tive Wing-T of­fense WR GrLYH 80 yDrGs IRr WhH fi­nal points of the af­ter­noon. It

was Con­nor Bohs one yard run that sealed the win. Bohs had 109 of the Fri­ars 251 rush­ing yards.

“We re­ally wanted to get off to a good start be­cause they are a team that wants to get out ahead and con­trol the clock,” Dence said. “The Wing-T has be­come one of those of­fenses that only a hand­ful of teams run and run well. They did a re­ally good job dis­guis­ing it, but I am proud of our kids. We fought hard.”

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