Bears roll past Hat­ters

The Globe - - OPINION - By Dave Hol­loway

There’s noth­ing like a lit­tle bit of ex­pe­ri­ence – in life and foot­ball. Up­per Moreland used the lessons gained over past sea­sons when it faced Hat­boro-Hor­sham in their an­nual Thanks­giv­ing Day clash on Thurs­day.

Two years ago, Up­per Moreland was coming off of a tough District One Class AAA play­off loss and came RuW flDW DnG ORVW WR WKH HDWters. This time, the Bears didn’t let a play­off loss ruin their Thanks­giv­ing Day as well.

Robert Knox led the way, rush­ing for 149 yards and three touch­downs as the Bears rolled to a 35-7 vic­tory over their long-time neigh­bor­hood ri­valry.

Coach Dave Hey­ing was wary of the let­down, but those wor­ries evap­o­rated early in the week.

“On Mon­day we watched WKH fiOP DnG buVWHG HDFK RWKer’s chops,” he said. “It kind of light­ened the mood. We had a pizza party and had a punt, pass and kick con­test.

“We wanted to liven it up and say ‘you’re still high school kids, you gave us your best and now it’s time to go out on top.’ A lot of them really un­der­stand this is their last game.”

The Bears took ad­van­tage of an H-H mis­take on the fiUVW SODy RI WKH JDPH WR JHW out to a quick start.

When the pitch by Hat­ters’ quar­ter­back Steven Palo hit the back of Jeff Pa­nara’s hel­met, Up­per Moreland’s To­rian Grumm was there to scoop up the carom at the H-H 25-yard line.

Five run­ning plays later .nRx SLFNHG uS KLV fiUVW touch­down with a 1-yard run just three min­utes into the game.

“The turnover was big early,” Hey­ing said. “We wanted to get up on them early, so that was nice.”

The Bears made it 14-0 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter when Chris Kitchens, the Bears’ Thanks­giv­ing Day de­fen­sive MVP, scooped up the sec­ond of three Hat­ters fum­bles and re­turned it nine yards for the touch­down.

“I was ac­tu­ally really sur­prised, the ball just popped up,” Kitchens said. “I kind of got lucky. I looked up and no one was ahead. It just bounced right to me and I

staUtHG UuQQiQJ.”

“ObYiously that was UHal costly,” H-H coach GaUy 3aJli­aUo saiG. “7hH fiUst thUHH touchGowQs wHUH UHal touJh. 7hH fiUst play IUom scUim­maJH we fum­bled in­side the red zoQH aQG lHt thHm JHt momHQ­tum with thH fiUst scoUH. 7hHQ we had the fum­ble in the other UHG zoQH. :H JaYH up somH Yalu­ablH fiHlG po­si­tioQ aQG it tuUQHG out to bH costly.”

The Hat­ters re­sponded quickly as Jimmy Murphy re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off 52 yaUGs to thH 8ppHU 0oUHlaQG 31. ChUis EMi­moQyeugwo took care of the rest, car­ry­ing the ball twice, the sH­coQG oQH IoU 24 yaUGs aQG thH touchGowQ.

But Up­per Moreland wasn’t go­ing to let this one JHt away.

DaQ Cum­miQJs UH­tuUQHG thH kick­oII to QHaU miG­fiHlG, then hooked up with quar­ter­back Char­lie Hooker for a 51-yaUG touchGowQ pass.

“The big­gest play that JaYH us momHQ­tum was that fade to Cum­mings,” Hey­ing saiG. “HH maGH a biJ play, , was UHally happy IoU him.”

The Bears were a lit­tle shaky coming out in the sec­oQG halI. 7hH Hat­tHUs UH­coYered an on­side kick to open thH halI, but coulGQ’t moYH thH ball. 7hHQ, whilH GUiY­ing in for an­other score, the Bears fum­bled at the H-H 5-yaUG liQH.

But when the de­fense held aJaiQ, KQox ac­couQtHG IoU 60 yaUGs oQ two caUUiHs, thH sH­coQG a 21-yaUG touchGowQ UuQ to put thH BHaUs up 28-7 with 3:18 left in the third TuaUtHU.

Up­per Moreland iced the game less than two min­utes into the fourth quar­ter when KQox took a GiUHct sQap aQG scoUHG IUom 11 yaUGs out.

KQox, who was 8ppHU 0oUHlaQG’s oIIHQsiYH 0V3 on Thurs­day, re­mem­bered two yHaUs aJo.

“I was play­ing my sopho­more year and those guys were really dis­ap­pointed and it’s tough to come back af­ter you had such high as­pi­ra­tions for the tHam,” hH saiG. “But pUac- tice was good all week aQG wH wHUH Must ablH to HxH­cutH toGay.”

It was a great way for the BHaUs to fiQish a JooG sHa­soQ.

“There’s no bet­ter way than to end the year or a ca­reer than to get a win on 7haQk­sJiYiQJ,” hH saiG. “I’m really happy to be able to JHt it GoQH toGay.

“You come in here, it doesn’t mat­ter what your record is, both teams are JoiQJ to fiJht thHiU haUGHst. 7hHy waQt to wiQ this game, it’s a great tra­di­tion, aQG ,’m Must happy to bH paUt oI it.”

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