U.dublin knocks down Norristown
Imagine 11 soaring, hungry and out to feast on the Flying Cardinals with the ball in hand. Seeing the Norristown defenders blitz Upper Dublin quarterback John Derr faced might have been overwhelming at one time, but the junior stayed calm and controlled on Friday.
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“My nerves were out of control the first game this season,” Derr said. “Now I feel a lot more comfortable, but I have a lot of work to do. I just have to stay focused and do my thing.”
Every time looked to make up ground there was a mental mistake to pause their progress. The Cardinals added three rushing scores in the second half and went on to a 35-19 victory.
“We just made too many mental mistakes,” Norristown coach E.J. Smith said. “We have to bounce back, practice, and get it right. It’s not matter of us liking or not liking (the plays call). What the defense gives us we try to take.”
The Cardinals defense did a solid job keeping the breakaway speed of the Eagles contained. Senior Robert Parker peeled off a 43-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but at that time, with the score 35-14, it was in the Eagles’ best interests to take the air. Eagles’ junior quarterback Sonny Brewer completed 5-of-19 passes for 40 yards with two interceptions.
“We tried to make them bounce it and we had a guy planned to be sitting out there,” Cardinals coach Bret Stover said. “For the most part I was happy with the performance.”
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Though Derr spent his entire sophomore season without a snap at the varsity level, he has been surrounded by a pretty good person to ask questions. Derr is replacing older brother Andrew at quarterback and defensive back.
“Andrew was a huge leader on this team and a big factor,” the current quarterback said. “I have some tough sKRHs WR fiOO, HsSHFLDOOy wLWK the leadership. If I do something wrong he’ll tell me. I have learned a lot from watching him. Andrew has been there for me.”
It’s easy to say as the quarterback goes, as will Cardinals (3-2, 1-1), but Stover was pleased with the discipline his entire team showed in its win over the Eagles (14, 1-1). As long as they keep moving the chains in the right direction this season, this young group will have a lot to be excited about.
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“We hit a speed bump and our kids took it to heart. We had a real good week of practice and it showed. Our captains did a nice job of leading us. We still have not played a perfect game and
that is something to shoot for.”
Norristown’s Joe Smith gets dragged down by Upper Dublin’s Reed Rapine during Friday’s Suburban One American Conference action.