Haver­ford gashes GA

The Ambler Gazette - - LETTERS - By An­drew Marcus

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com Black paints chips dan­gled from the ma­roon and gold hel­met of Haver­ford School’s Matt Galam­bos. Many Ger­man­town Academy black hats landed on the Fords’ bruis­ing back on Satur­day af­ter­noon, and it was usu­ally mul­ti­ple mem­bers of the Pa­tri­ots’ de­fense at one time.

No mat­ter how quickly the Pa­tri­ots read dive and brushed off their blocks, bring­ing down the 6-2, 225 pound Pitts­burgh re­cruit at fiUVW FRnWDFW wDV DnRWKHU VWRry. Galam­bos work be­tween the twen­ties set up scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and helped the Fords push past the Pa­tri­ots with a 20-14 In­ter-Ac win.

“Ex­cel­lent player, ex­cel­lent back, ex­cel­lent line­backer, and ex­cel­lent per­son” Pa­tri­ots’ coach Matt Dence said of Galam­bos. “He is what you want in the In­ter-Ac. You just want him on your team.”

Galam­bos ac­crued 158 yards on 33 car­ries, but never found the end zone, but did enough for kicker Aron Mor­gan to con­nect on twoRI-IRuU fiHOG JRDOV. 7KH fiUVW fiHOG JRDO IRU WKH 3Hnn UHcruit was a 47-yarder. MorJDn’V fiHOG JRDO RI 22 yDUGV ran the score to its even­tual finDO wLWK 2:19 UHPDLnLnJ Ln the game.

“They were not re­ally look­ing to pass,” Pa­tri­ots ju­nior line­backer Patrick Caw­ley said. “They bunched up the mid­dle and tried to bump it out­side. If (Galam­bos) came at me I hit him. We did KROG WKHP WR fiHOG JRDOV. ,W was a real phys­i­cal game.”

The Pa­tri­ots al­ways re­mained op­ti­mistic they could walk off Carey Sta­dium with

a win. Ju­nior nuar­ter­back Hayes Nolte had al­ready dis­played his quick strike abil­ity ear­lier in the game, so two min­utes and change was not too tall of a task. In the sec­ond quar­ter it was his 85-yard touch­down pass to se­nior tight end Lou Stevens that al­lowed the Pa­tri­ots to take a 14-10 lead into the locker room at the half.

“We are go­ing to take our shots,” Dence said. “We have a great quar­ter­back and some re­ally nice re­ceivers. I still need to learn to tem­per my en­thu­si­asm. At the end of the game I prob­a­bly took a shot too early.”

1ROWH fiQLVKHG wLWK 128 SDVVLQJ yDUGV, EuW KLV fiQDO pass at­tempt of the af­ter­noon re­sulted in his sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion, both be­ing dag­gers to the heart of the hard work­ing Pa­tri­ots. The Fords’ Chris Sukonik re­turned Hayes’ third quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion 78 yards for the go-ahead score. Chris Mor­gan sealed the win with his take­away.

“:H VWUHVVHG fiQLVKLQJ DOO week in prac­tice,” Mor­gan said. “These schools know each other so well and it is all about the fourth quar­ter. De­fense came up big. We have been to­gether for a while and we trust each other.”

Mor­gan closed the game with his de­fen­sive hero­ics, and also started the Fords on the right foot. Fill­ing in for the injured run­ning back Phillip Po­quie, the se­nior sprinted 71 yards on the sec­ond play of the game for an early score.

“Coach said I was go­ing to get some car­ries in this game DQG WKH fiUVW RQH , WRRN WKH house,” Mor­gan said. “We needed play­ers to step up and I feel I can make big plays.”

The Pa­tri­ots(3-3, 1-2) know they can con­nect on big plays as well as any­one else in the In­ter-Ac, but Fords(5-3, 2-0) held the ad­van­tage in game-chang­ers on this day.

“We have the tal­ent and the drive to win,” Caw­ley said. “We know what it feels like to lose. So we just need to put it all to­gether.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Up­per Dublin’s Reed Rap­ine breaks to the out­side for long yardage against Spring­field.

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