Up­per Dublin routs Unionville in semis

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FORT WASH­ING­TON >> Be­fore they dom­i­nated the field, they were shov­el­ing it.

Their home turf un­plowed af­ter Thurs­day’s snow­fall, the Up­per Dublin coach­ing staff and a few faith­ful oth­ers took mat­ters into their own hands, shov­el­ing snow and clear­ing the way for Satur­day’s Dis­trict 1-5A Semi­fi­nal with Unionville.

“Those kids play for the com­mu­nity be­cause the com­mu­nity came out and backed them,” Car­di­nals coach Bret Stover said of his squad. “That was part of the rea­son we came out on fire.”

Lu­cas Roselli ran half­way to Am­bler on his sec­ond carry of the game, his 88-yard touch­down sprint send­ing Up­per Dublin on its way to a 40-7 vic­tory.

“I thought we were gonna pass a lot, and when I saw the sec­ond play of the game was a run, I kind of got ex­cited,” Roselli said. “And there was a big hole so that kinda worked out.”

“That re­ally set the tone for our of­fense,” said 6-foot5, 260-pound tackle Quin­ton Derr, who helped pry open such holes all af­ter­noon. “We got the mo­men­tum shifted in our di­rec­tion.”

And the Car­di­nals never lost it, scor­ing touch­downs on all four of their firsthalf pos­ses­sions to go rock­ing into their sec­ond dis­trict fi­nal in four years (4A in 2015). Next up is ei­ther Penn Wood or West Ch­ester Rustin.

Roselli ex­ploited holes, slipped out of tack­les and showed a tremen­dous burst in break­ing away to a game­high 145 yards and two touch­downs. He also added a 60-yard touch­down re­cep­tion.

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