Ger­man­town Academy edges Hill in opener

The Ambler Gazette - - SPORTS - By Jeff Stover

The de­fense pro­duced a con­sis­tently in­tense and ef­fec­tive ef­fort.

The of­fense rose to the oc­ca­sion — al­beit late — by SrRvLGLnJ WKH HTuDOLzHr WR Ger­man­town Academy’s early score, and the spe­cial teams even had their mo­ments of glory.

BuW WKH finDO numEHrscrunch­ing couldn’t give The Hill School a vic­tory in its sea­son opener Satur­day. In­stead, the Blues came away from a hot af­ter­noon on their KRmH fiHOG wLWK D 7-6 ORss WR their non-league guests.

A mis­play on a two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt, with 3W28 left in the game and the Hill fresh from re­duc­ing WKH GH­fiFLW WR RnH, SrRvHG WKH dif­fer­ence. It negated what had been a yeo­man per­for­mance across the board, the lo­cals see­ing one last pos­ses­sion get only as far as their 39-yard line be­fore be­ing stopped on downs with lit­tle more than a minute left.

“This was teek lne. lur goal is to get bet­ter each week in prepa­ra­tion for our (0LG-AWODnWLF 3rHS) OHDJuH opener,” head coach Grey Simp­son said. “Right now, we have con­cern over our lack of depth and in­juries.”

The in­jury fac­tor played a crit­i­cal part in the Hill’s come­back bid. Simp­son noted the con­ver­sion team at­tempted the two-point play mi­nus sev­eral key per­son­nelW Adam Re­gens­burg in WKH EDFN­fiHOG, DnG ORnJ snDSper Sean Dougherty.

In­stead of get­ting what would have been a one-point lead off the touch­down — a 40-yDrG SDss IrRm TuDrWHr­back Grant Smith to wide re­ceiver Seth Re­gens­burg — A.J. Gar­cia ended up cov­erLnJ D KLJK snDS. 7KH 3DWrLRWs got the ball back and ran al­most two min­utes off the FORFN, WKHn rDn RII WKH finDO minute with two “knees” to sew up their sea­son-open­ing win.

“I told the guys that was my fault,” Simp­son said. “I have to do a bet­ter job of play-call­ing. Go­ing with the mud­dle-hud­dle ex­tra-point team, I should have known we had key peo­ple injured. te should have ei­ther gone with our reg­u­lar of­fense, or kicked the ex­tra point.”

“:H sDw LW Rn fiOm, DnG DGjusted to it,” GA head coach Matt Dence said of the play. “te were ready for it. I’m glad we didn’t have to go into a last-sec­ond sit­u­a­tion.”

The Hill de­fense rose to

teams even had their mo­ments of glory.

BuW WKH finDO nuPbHUscrunch­ing couldn’t give qhe Hill School a vic­tory in its sea­son opener Satur­day. fn­steadI the Blues came away from a hot af­ter­noon on their KRPH fiHOG wLWK D 7-6 ORss WR their non-league guests.

A mis­play on a two-point con­ver­sion at­temptI with PWO8 left in the game and the Hill fresh from re­duc­ing WKH GH­fiFLW WR RnH, SURvHG WKH dif­fer­ence. ft negated what had been a yeo­man per­for­mance across the boardI the lo­cals see­ing one last pos­ses­sion get only as far as their P9-yard line be­fore be­ing stopped on downs with lit­tle more than a minute left.

“qhis was Week One. Our goal is to get bet­ter each week in prepa­ra­tion for our Ejid-At­lantic mrep) league open­erI” head coach Grey Simp­son said. “oight nowI we have con­cern over our lack of depth and in­juries.”

qhe in­jury fac­tor played a crit­i­cal part in the Hill’s come­back bid. Simp­son noted the con­ver­sion team at­tempted the two-point play mi­nus sev­eral key per­son­nelW Adam oe­gens­burg in WKH bDFN­fiHOG, DnG ORnJ snDSper Sean aougherty.

fn­stead of get­ting what would have been a one-point lead off the touch­down — a 4M-yard pass from quar­ter­back Grant Smith to wide re­ceiver Seth oe­gens­burg — A.g. Gar­cia ended up cov­er­ing a high snap. qhe ma­tri­ots got the ball back and ran al­most two min­utes off the clockI WKHn UDn RII WKH finDO PLnuWH with two “knees” to sew up their sea­son-open­ing win.

“f told the guys that was my faultI” Simp­son said. “f have to do a bet­ter job of play-call­ing. Go­ing with the mud­dle-hud­dle ex­tra-point teamI f should have known we had key peo­ple injured. We should have ei­ther gone with our reg­u­lar of­fenseI or kicked the ex­tra point.”

“:H sDw LW Rn fiOP, DnG DGjusted to itI” GA head coach jatt aence said of the play. “We were ready for it. f’m glad we didn’t have to go into a last-sec­ond sit­u­a­tion.”

qhe Hill de­fense rose to the oc­ca­sion most of the af­ter­noonI stunt­ing GA no less than three times on deep for­ays into the Blues’ end RI WKH fiHOG Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI. One red-zone trip ended on downs at the sev­enI and two other suc­ces­sive ones ended wLWK PLssHG fiHOG-JRDO DWWHPSWs — WKH fiUsW by BRbby cloodI a OR-yarderI blocked by Colin jc­je­namin.

Brandt BeckI Austin Black DnG CKULs AUJHnWL DOO fiJuUHG in on sacks of GA quar­ter­back Hayes kolteI head­ing a unit that lim­ited the ma­tri­ots to just 44 yards rush­ing.

“qhe de­fense re­ally played hardI” Simp­son said. “qhe coach­ing staff did a great job get­ting them ready. We were look­ing for NN play­ers who wLOO JR DW LW KDUG, fly WR WKH ball. f think we found them.”

But the Hill of­fense was un­able to get on track in the early go­ing. ft wasn’t able to FURss PLG­fiHOG unWLO ODWH Ln the third quar­terI and three pos­ses­sions — one get­ting within ON yards of the end zone — stalled on downs.

qhat short­fall ended when AGDP 5HJHns­buUJ fiHOGHG a GA punt at his 4S and re­turned it to the ma­tri­ots P9. qwo plays la­t­erI Smith E8-forONI TP yards) hooked up with Seth oe­gens­burg Esix catches for TT yards) on a 4M-yard toss oe­gens­burg col­lected in the back of the end zone.

“We’ve just got to get our re­ceivers to get out and make playsI” Simp­son said. “We also have to get bet­ter pro­tec­tion from the line.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Wis­sahickon’s Bradley Jones plays de­fense against La Salle’s Bran­don Koch dur­ing Tues­day’s ac­tion.

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