WHY SO DE­FEN­SIVE?

After two game-sav­ing per­for­mances in crunch time, Up­per Dublin D faces tough test against Spring­field

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

UP­PER DUBLIN » In the first two rounds of the District 1 Class 5A play­offs, Up­per Dublin’s de­fense has made game-win­ning plays when it needed to the most.

Against Rad­nor in the first round, the Car­di­nals de­fense was on the field for three pos­ses­sions after the of­fense tied the game at 21. The first was four plays and a punt. The sec­ond and third drives — both com­ing after the Car­di­nals took a 27-21 lead — were three­and-outs.

“One of the things we say is, ‘In crunch time, you get a chance to show what a great de­fense you are,’” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Dave Sow­ers said. “That’s when you have to rise to the oc­ca­sion. When your back’s against the wall ... we have to do our job. Our job is to de­fend the end zone and don’t

BOB RAINES — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Up­per Dublin’s Ma­lik Boot­man and Max Wine­brake tackle Quak­er­town’s Michael Terra.

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