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Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Ed Mor­lock emor­lock@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @emor09 on Twit­ter

It takes a dom­i­nat­ing of­fen­sive per­for­mance to beat a league ri­val 47-30.

That’s ex­actly what Up­per More­land dis­played Fri­day night when it han­dled Ply­mouth Whitemarsh in a Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence matchup at Up­per More­land High School.

Run­ning back Caleb Mead was at the head of the at­tack. The se­nior fin­ished with 181 yards and three touch­downs on 20 car­ries. His scores came from four, 10 and 30 yards away.

“Ev­ery­thing (was work­ing),” Mead said. “It was the line re­ally. Ev­ery­thing came to­gether tonight. I feel like the real key to this game is buy­ing in. Our record that we had be­fore this does not de­fine us. We’re not a los­ing team. We are a good team. All we have to do is buy in to what the coach is talk­ing about. Ev­ery­one came to­gether and you see what hap­pened.”

“Caleb Mead is a spec­tac­u­lar ath­lete,” PW coach Dan Chang said. “He’s a guy who is just re­ally spe­cial. He’s head and shoul­ders faster than every­body on the field. When you have a guy like that, he’s dan­ger­ous every time he touches the ball. I thought a lot of times as I’m watch­ing it we’re in good spots, then he just plants his foot in the ground, ac­cel­er­ates and all of the sud­den he’s through a tiny seam. Big credit to him.”

Mead’s part­ner in the back­field, Safier Barr, ran for 28 yards on six car­ries.

It wasn’t just the run­ning game that got the Golden Bears (2-3, 1-1) go­ing.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Jon Knight fin­ished 9-for-11 for 199 yards and two touch­downs.

Both touch­downs went to fel­low sopho­more Ja­haire John­son.

The two scores were nearly iden­ti­cal plays in the first quar­ter. Knight lined up in the shot­gun with John­son out wide to his right. John­son ran go routes and Knight hit him in stride for touch­downs from 53 and 33 yards out.

“I’m ex­cited,” Mead said of the sopho­more duo. “They’re go­ing to be a prob­lem. They’re good.”

John­son fin­ished with six catches for 151 yards — in­clud­ing a few plays where he had to out-

jump a Colo­nials cor­ner and rip the ball away.

“I just look for­ward to get­ting the ball and mak­ing a play,” John­son, who had over 100 yards and a touch­down last week in a loss against Quak­er­town, said.

“The of­fen­sive line played a great game. The QB got the ball out well. Over­all a great per­for­mance.”

The Golden Bears of­fense to­talled 300 yards. They never punted in the game and every time the of­fense took the field in the first three quar­ters they scored a touch­down.

Wild start

If you had trou­ble find­ing park­ing or went to the bath­room be­fore get­ting to your seat, you missed a lot.

In the first seven min­utes of the game, Up­per More­land and Ply­mouth Whitemarsh com­bined for five touch­downs.

It started right out of the gate.

Mead was back deep for the Golden Bears to re­turn the open­ing kick­off. He got a hand on the ball to knock it down, picked it up and raced around the Colo­nials cover­age team for an 80yard touch­down.

“I was just hun­gry,” Mead said. “I talked the team up and I feel like I have a lot to prove. That’s ba­si­cally what hap­pened on the open­ing kick­off.”

On the first play from scrim­mage af­ter the en­su­ing kick­off, Ply­mouth Whitemarsh run­ning back Brian Dres­nin kept his legs mov­ing to break through a pile and was all alone for a 65-yard score.

That’s two touch­downs in the first 33 sec­onds.

“It was a crazy first quar­ter,” Chang said. “I felt like the first quar­ter took for­ever. I’m proud of our guys for bounc­ing back af­ter that first kick­off. I knew once that kick­off went deep to (Mead) we were all hold­ing our breath. I’m happy we

were able to bounce back and make a lit­tle play there.”

The Colo­nials (1-4, 1-1) kicked away from Mead on the fol­low­ing kick­off. It was the right move be­cause Up­per More­land fum­bled and PW took over at the Golden Bear’s 38-yard line.

Six plays later — in­clud­ing a 30-yard Michael Pa­ciello run on third-and-16 — Pa­ciello scored from two yards away. He punched in the two-point con­ver­sion and it was 15-6 PW with 8:09 left in the first quar­ter.

“We’ve been through this be­fore,” Mead said. “We’re con­fi­dent enough to know that no mat­ter how many points they score, we can still score four touch­downs in a quar­ter be­cause that’s what we’ve done be­fore.”

Knight and John­son con­nected on their first touch­down three plays later and — af­ter Ply­mouth Whitemarsh threw an in­ter­cep­tion — they did it for the sec­ond time to give the Golden Bears a 19-15 lead with 5:07 still re­main­ing in the first.


Up­per More­land quar­ter­back Jon Knight throws for the end zone dur­ing game with Ply­mouth Whitemarsh Fri­day night.


Up­per More­land’s Ja­haire John­son reaches for a pass as Ply­mouth Whitemarsh’s Larry McLaugh­lin de­fends Fri­day night.


Ply­mouth Whitemarsh quar­ter­back Larry McLaugh­lin goes out­side as he is tack­led by Up­per More­land’s Ja­cob Man­non Fri­day night.

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