Upper Dublin eases past Springfield
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“Tonight I got a lot of opportunities and I thank my team for that,” Rapine said. “John has stepped up in practice and he is being smarter with the ball. He has improved a lot. My line blocked well and it was a total team effort.”
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“PW is a make or break game and we will come in guns loaded,” Cardinals’ coach Bret Stover said. “John is playing solid and Reed is having a great year for us. He is one of our senior captains. He is on the fiHOG IRU WKH HnWLUH JDPH.”
There was some concern during the week that the Cardinals could overlook the struggling Spartans (44, 1-4), with the Colonials around the corner, but that was not the case. The Spartans botched a snap on the opening series, which resulted in a 2-0 lead, and quickly the Cardinals’ defense dem- RnVWUDWHG KRw GLIfiFuOW would be to run against it.
“We shut them down and did what we talked about in practice,” Rapine said. “We were a little rocky with deep balls, but we did what we had to do to win.”
With the Cardinals winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and the Spartans dealing with a few injuries Ln WKHLU EDFNfiHOG, 6SDUWDnV’ coach Chris Shelly had no choice but to lean on the right arm of his sophomore quarterback Chris Stone.
“When you have guys get dinged it becomes a landslide,” Shelly said. “Chris is an outstanding player and we thought we had a lot of stuff open in the passing game.”
The Spartans’ underclassmen under center showed off his dynamic abilities all night. Stone threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns. His most reliable target was senior tight end
LW Billy Dahm, who caught three balls for 89 yards. The Spartans suffered four dropped passes on the night, which stalled drives that looked destined to end in points.
“We are still not playing discipline football,” Shelly said. “It’s not one kid, because a lot of things went wrong with drops, center snaps and penalties. We need to stay together as a team.”
Keeping up with the Cardinals proved too much of a task for the Spartans. Other than an interception that coach Stover took responsibility for, the Cardinals lone other turnover was a fumble with 22 seconds left in the game.
“Once we were able to spread them out the matchups were there for us,” Stover said. “The interception was more my call than John’s throw. We stressed all week not to look ahead and the seniors did not allow it.”