rp­per aublin rolls past Lin­coln

The Ambler Gazette - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

ff rp­per aublin pre­forms as well on of­fense as it did in its 4O-OM rout of Abra­ham Lin­colnI the teams in the Subur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence should be veryI very afraid.

“f thought our kids played wellI” rp­per aublin coach Bret Stover said. “f was happy that we got out and scored ear­lyI but we got a bit lethar­gic at the end. We chalOHnJHG WKHP WR JHW WKH fiUsW score af­ter half­time and we did and that made the dif­fer­ence.”

qhe Car­di­nals’ run­ning at­tack was on point against Lin­colnI as four backs con­trib­uted to what was a dom­i­nant dis­play on the ground. How­ev­erI it was the aerial game and spe­cial teams that had the big­gest af­fect on the game.

rp­per aublin’s gohn aerr went 8-NN for NNR yards and two touch­downs. qhe ju­nior quar­ter­back was in com­plete con­trol of the game throughout and was a big rea­son for the Car­di­nals’ suc­cess. hhalid Weems also had a big dayI rush­ing for two touch­downs and re­turn­ing a punt for an­other.

“gohn is com­ing of ageI he does a lot of things well. We DUH WUyLnJ WR fiJuUH RuW PRUH ways to use himI” Stover said. “And hhalid is just a spe­cial back. When he gets LnWR WKH RSHn fiHOG, LW’s UHDOOy hard to get him down. Lin­coln had some fast guysI but they weren’t able to chase him down.”

rp­per aublin took ad­vDnWDJH RI JRRG fiHOG SRssHssLRn Rn LWs fiUsW GULvH. oun­ning back hhalid Weems was a one-man wreck­ing crewI catch­ing two passes for OR yards and plunged into the end zone on a two yard run.

qhe Car­di­nals’ de­fense held strongI al­low­ing only two plays for pos­i­tive yardage in the first quar­ter. A slight scare shook up rp­per aublin with NWP9 left in the first quar­ter when a bad snap went over aerr’s head on fourth and threeI set­ting up what should have been an easy score for Lin­coln. qhe oail­split­tersI how­ev­erI turned the ball over on downs al­most im­me­di­ately.

fn the sec­ond quar­terI a big PO-yard pass to Brad Shild­krout and a OS-yard run by aerr set up Weems’ sec­ond touch­down run of the nightI this time of the six-yard va­ri­ety. Be­fore the end of the halfI aerr found jarc Con­ran for an N8-yard touch­down pass to give the Car­di­nals a ON-M lead.

On the en­su­ing kick­offI Lin­coln re­turn man hhail Walker took the kick TR yards for a touch­downI a dose of re­al­ity for rp­per aublin. qhe ex­tra point was blocked and the Car­di­nals went into half­time up ON-S.

qhe sec­ond half treated the Car­di­nals just as well. oeed oap­ine ba­si­cally ran rp­per aublin into Lin­coln’s half by him­self from deep in his own half and aerr capped it off with a O8-yard touch­down strike to Shild­krout to start off the third quar­ter.

qhey didn’t stop there. Af­ter a three-and-out by Lin­colnI aante Brown re­turned the punt to the oail­split­ters’ OM. jike Lee found the end zone on a two-yard runI putting rp­per aublin up PR-S. Weems then took the next punt S9 yards to the end zoneI pad­ding an al­ready in­sur­mount­able lead.

Late in the thirdI Lin­coln’s au­r­rell aixon es­caped a swarm of Car­di­nals’ play­ers and broke free for a 8Nyard touch­down runI cut­ting WKH GH­fiFLW WR 42-12 DIWHU WKH two-point con­ver­sion failed. Lin­coln also found an­other eight points in the fourth on a gobed gen­nings three-yard run and two-point con­ver­sion.

ae­spite the great ef­fort on the offensive side of the ballI Stover will want to see bet­ter de­fense once league play opens next week­end.

“:H IHHO FRn­fiGHnW, buW we have to get bet­terI” Stover said. “We made a lot of mis­takesI and if we want to beat a team like Wis­sahickon xnext weekzI we are go­ing to have to play a per­fect game.”

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