Gar­net Val­ley keeps rolling at District 1 play­offs

Bradley, Gar­net Val­ley run all over Quakertown to ad­vance in District 1 Class 6A play­offs

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Chuck Smith

CON­CORD >> One of Gar­net Val­ley’s defin­ing traits as a pro­gram over the past decade or so is the Jaguars’ abil­ity to wear down even the most fit of op­po­nents.

Fri­day night at Moe DeFrank Sta­dium, Gar­net Val­ley looked a very com­pet­i­tive Quakertown squad right in the eye and pro­ceeded to im­pose its will. Be­hind a mauling of­fen­sive line and per­sis­tent rush­ing at­tack, the Jaguars bashed the Pan­thers

49-14.

“We knew Quakertown was go­ing to come out and play with a lot of con­fi­dence,” Jaguars coach Mike Ricci said. “They’re dis­ci­plined; I re­ally liked their of­fense, their quar­ter­back, and what they do. We had a cou­ple of things that we needed to get cleaned up on de­fense, but we have re­ally been ex­e­cut­ing our of­fense at a high level. Of course, that starts up front, but the quar­ter­backs have to make their reads and Cole (Palis) does such a good job of that.

“The kids play with such a pas­sion and such a to­geth­er­ness. That first half was as well as we have ex­e­cuted all year.”

Gar­net Val­ley’s of­fen­sive pre­ci­sion was, in­deed, near flaw­less on the night. Aside from one punt and one lost fum­ble, the Jaguars were sen­sa­tional. The teams traded scores early to make it 14-14 as Dan Bradley (149 yards) and Greg Reynolds

(110 yards) each had scor­ing runs for the Jaguars, while the Pan­thers were paced by a scor­ing pass from quar­ter­back Brad Bryan to Tim Gar­lick and also an 11-yard scor­ing run by Bryan.

“Our men­tal­ity was just stick­ing to­gether, be­ing one and be­ing a fam­ily,” Reynolds said. “When they scored, we got right back on the field and did our job and put points on the board.”

At that point, Gar­net Val­ley’s de­fense be­gan to buckle down a bit, while the Jaguars’ of­fense was just hit­ting its stride.

“We no­ticed that a lot of their play­ers were go­ing both ways, so we knew there would be a point where they would get tired and where we would be able to phys­i­cally dom­i­nate them,” Gar­net Val­ley of­fen­sive line­man George Wiesen­dan­ger said. “When it was 14-14, we were also able to dom­i­nate them be­cause we stuck to­gether. We knew our de­fense strug­gled a lit­tle at the be­gin­ning, but we stuck by their side and they stuck by our side.”

Af­ter his 55-yard scor­ing run ear­lier in the half, Reynolds added a 17-yard touch­down jaunt, while Colin Robin­son (75 yards) and Bradley each had ad­di­tional scor­ing runs. The Jaguars’ back­field was elec­tric.

“Greg is a re­ally fast back and he’s a re­ally hard worker,” Ricci said. “We’ve been ro­tat­ing four backs with Robin­son, Bradley, Reynolds, and (Do­minic) LaBric­cioso all year, and with our of­fense you never know who’s go­ing to get the ball. It re­ally just de­pends on what the de­fense gives us. Greg just works re­ally hard. He’s only a ju­nior who is go­ing to be a re­ally good back and you could see his speed tonight.”

Mixed in-be­tween those touch­downs were a plethora of big plays. Cole Palis hooked up with Adam Ol­drati for a 64-yard pass, while Bradley had a 60-yard run. LaBric­cioso also played a part in the vic­tory with 70 yards rush­ing. It was a thor­oughly dom­i­nant of­fen­sive per­for­mance from the Jaguars.

“When you have line­men like Jake Colelli and Kyle McCul­lough and they’re mak­ing great holes for us, we can put any back in there and they’ll get yardage ev­ery sin­gle play just be­cause we have such a good line,” Reynolds said. “(Quakertown) had a very ex­plo­sive and strong d-line, but the only things we were fo­cused on were Cole mak­ing the right reads and our line block­ing the right guys, so our backs could get yardage.”

De­spite the lop­sided fi­nal score, Quakertown (9-3) was no slouch. The Pan­thers had qual­ity ath­letes at the skill po­si­tions and across the of­fen­sive line, led by Bryan, run­ning back Chris­tian Patrick and wide­outs Tim Gar­lick and Tyler Mer­warth. Bryan threw for 110 yards and ran for an­other 32 yards, while Patrick ac­cu­mu­lated 92 yards on 19 car­ries to pace the Quakertown at­tack.

“De­fen­sively, we were mak­ing a cou­ple of mis­takes; we were over-pur­su­ing, we were get­ting too far up­field a lit­tle bit, we weren’t mak­ing clean reads in a cou­ple spots,” said Ricci, whose team im­proved to 12-0. “As I told the kids af­ter the game in the hud­dle, I was re­ally im­pressed with the guys who the coaches got on; they re­sponded, they com­peted, and they didn’t sulk. The other kids picked them up and I was re­ally proud of the way they re­sponded.”

The Pan­thers, like so many oth­ers, tried to trade hay­mak­ers with the deep, tal­ented, and speedy Jaguars. Like so many other teams, ul­ti­mately they could not keep up.

“We knew they were an all-around great team and we kind of stuck to our own game plan and pounded them with the run,” Bryan said. “We were go­ing to throw a cou­ple and it was work­ing good for the first quar­ter. They have a lot a lot of depth, so they kind of wore us down.”

PETE BAN­NAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Dan Bradley breaks off a 61-yard run for Gar­net Val­ley in the first half of a District 1 Class 6A quar­ter­fi­nal blowout win over Quakertown Fri­day night.

PETE BAN­NAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Gar­net Val­ley line­men, Kyle McCul­lough (72) and Lance Schwartz (62) con­grat­u­late Jaguars run­ning back Greg Reynolds (31) af­ter he scored a touch­down in the first half against Quakertown in a District 1 Class 6A quar­ter­fi­nal game Fri­day at Gar­net Val­ley.

PETE BAN­NAN – DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Gar­net Val­ley quar­ter­back Cole Palis es­capes into the open field on a first-half run in what be­came a 4914 Jaguars vic­tory over Quakertown Fri­day night.

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