Up­per Dublin eases past Spring­field

The Ambler Gazette - - LETTERS - By An­drew Marcus

7KURuJK WKH fiUVW PRnWK of the football sea­son Up­per Dublin’s quar­ter­back John Derr dealt with the grow­ing pains that come with be­ing a fiUVW yHDU VWDUWHU. 1Rw, DV HYi­dent in the 50-21 win over 6SULnJ­fiHOG Rn )ULGDy, WKH ju­nior is just a grow­ing pain for op­pos­ing de­fenses.

Derr dropped back and placed passes right on the num­bers all night. Of the 13 passes he at­tempted, nine wHUH FRPSOHWHG DnG fiYH wHnW for scores. Three of the scores went to full­back Reed Rap­ine. The se­nior snuck out of the EDFN­fiHOG DnG uVHG WKH RSHn fiHOG Ln IURnW RI KLP IRU VFRUHV of 22, 58 and 18 yards.

“Tonight I got a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties and I thank my team for that,” Rap­ine said. “John has stepped up in prac­tice and he is be­ing smarter with the ball. He has im­proved a lot. My line blocked well and it was a to­tal team ef­fort.”

DHUU finLVKHG wLWK 211 SDVVing yards and pushed his to­tal to 12 touch­downs on the sea­son. It looks as though the Car­di­nals are click­ing a right time with Ply­mouth-Whitemarsh await­ing them next week. The Car­di­nals (5-3, 3-2) playoffs hopes may be in the bal­ance on Homecoming Night.

“PW is a make or break game and we will come in guns loaded,” Car­di­nals’ coach Bret Stover said. “John is play­ing solid and Reed is hav­ing a great year for us. He is one of our se­nior cap­tains. He is on the fiHOG IRU WKH HnWLUH JDPH.”

There was some con­cern dur­ing the week that the Car­di­nals could over­look the strug­gling Spar­tans (44, 1-4), with the Colo­nials around the cor­ner, but that was not the case. The Spar­tans botched a snap on the open­ing se­ries, which re­sulted in a 2-0 lead, and quickly the Car­di­nals’ de­fense dem- RnVWUDWHG KRw GLI­fiFuOW would be to run against it.

“We shut them down and did what we talked about in prac­tice,” Rap­ine said. “We were a lit­tle rocky with deep balls, but we did what we had to do to win.”

With the Car­di­nals win­ning the bat­tle at the line of scrim­mage and the Spar­tans deal­ing with a few in­juries Ln WKHLU EDFN­fiHOG, 6SDUWDnV’ coach Chris Shelly had no choice but to lean on the right arm of his sopho­more quar­ter­back Chris Stone.

“When you have guys get dinged it be­comes a land­slide,” Shelly said. “Chris is an out­stand­ing player and we thought we had a lot of stuff open in the pass­ing game.”

The Spar­tans’ un­der­class­men un­der cen­ter showed off his dy­namic abil­i­ties all night. Stone threw for 181 yards and two touch­downs. His most re­li­able tar­get was se­nior tight end

LW Billy Dahm, who caught three balls for 89 yards. The Spar­tans suf­fered four dropped passes on the night, which stalled drives that looked des­tined to end in points.

“We are still not play­ing dis­ci­pline football,” Shelly said. “It’s not one kid, be­cause a lot of things went wrong with drops, cen­ter snaps and penal­ties. We need to stay to­gether as a team.”

Keep­ing up with the Car­di­nals proved too much of a task for the Spar­tans. Other than an in­ter­cep­tion that coach Stover took re­spon­si­bil­ity for, the Car­di­nals lone other turnover was a fum­ble with 22 sec­onds left in the game.

“Once we were able to spread them out the matchups were there for us,” Stover said. “The in­ter­cep­tion was more my call than John’s throw. We stressed all week not to look ahead and the se­niors did not al­low it.”

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