U.dublin knocks down Nor­ris­town

The Colonial - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

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.

It may not have been the FDsH fivH wHHNs DJR, EuW WKH fiUsW yHDU TuDUWHUEDFN Ls start­ing to trust his offensive OLnH DnG finG KLs WHDPPDWHs in open space with reg­u­lar­ity. His 6-for-6 start, with in­cluded two touch­down passes, was just what the Car­di­nals needed.

“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.”

DHUU finLsKHG wLWK 104 yards and one in­ter­cep­tion to go with his two scores. While the tipped pass turned turnover did not feel good at the time, it re­minded the Car­di­nals’ new sig­nal-caller he is far away from where he wants to be.

“WH DUH GHfinLWHOy SUR­gress­ing, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Derr said. “We are com­ing to­gether. Not many of us had the ex­pe­ri­ence and we were all RvHU WKH SODFH, EuW DIWHU fivH weeks we are get­ting bet­ter.”

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.

“This is only Johnny’s fiIWK sWDUW, sR wH DUH WUyLnJ not to give him too much too soon,” Stover said. “He can hurt you both ways, with his feet and with his arm. He is go­ing to be tough to stop over the next fivH wHHNs.”

“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.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Nor­ris­town’s Joe Smith gets dragged down by Up­per Dublin’s Reed Rap­ine dur­ing Fri­day’s Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

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