rpper aublin rolls past Lincoln
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.”
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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.”