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Player of the Week -Radnor - Justin Schellenger (ILB)

Posted Wednesday, September 05, 2007 by Haverford Football
Player of the Week - Honorable Mention

Offense - Wyatt Benson (FB)
Defense - Joe Nassib (DB)
Special Teams - Stephen Aitken (P)

Radnor Game Summary

On Friday night, August 31, The Haverford School Fords opened the 2007 Varsity football season against the Radnor High School Red Raiders. In front of one of the largest crowds that either team has played in front of recently, the Fords dropped the first contest of the season by a score of 16-6. While the loss was certainly not the way the team envisioned opening the season, there were many positives for the team to take away from the game. However, in the end, too many mistakes caused the undoing of the Fords. Early on the triple option offense had the Fords rolling behind the hard running of Fullback Wyatt Benson (9 carries 61 yards), Quarterback Dan Judge (20 carries 123yards) and Tailback Terance Fitzsimmons (8 carries 78 yards). A costly turnover on 4th and inches stalled that early momentum. The defense, led by terrific play from Linebacker Justin Schellenger (4sacks, 13 tackles), was stingy early holding Radnor to just 3 points in the first half. Mistakes again kept the Fords off the board in the first half, when after Tailback Fitzsimmons carried for 65 yards to the 1; the Fords failed to punch it in and fumbled the ball to the Raiders on 3rd down. Later in the half, a 65 yard TD run by Quarterback Judge was called back due to a holding penalty, and the Fords went to the locker room with no points on the board. In the second half the Fords continued to play solid defense, but Radnor was able to muster one long run for a score, making it 9-0 Radnor in the third quarter. Radnor added another TD in the fourth, and Judge scored on another long run, this one staying on the board to result in the final 16-6. On the night the Fords out gained the Raiders 286 yards to 158 yards, but mistakes and turnovers were too much to overcome and the Fords fell 16-6.

From DelcoTimes.com:

Hobson boosts Radnor

RADNOR - On a beautiful August evening at Prevost Field the fans on both sides were treated to an ugly brand of high school football.

Haverford School and Radnor committed a total of 10 turnovers and were whistled for 21 penalties covering 190 yards. In the end, the Red Raiders held off the Fords, 16-6, in the opening week of the 2007 scholastic football season for both teams.

Radnor led 3-0 at halftime courtesy of a Ryan Torrey 26-yard field goal with 11:50 remaining in the second quarter.

On the next possession, Haverford School appeared to take the lead on a nifty 53-yard yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Dan Judge, but the play was called back on a controversial holding penalty on receiver A.J. Jones.

The Fords quickly got the ball back late in the half and appeared to grab the lead for a second time. Junior running back Terance Fitzsimmons nearly pulled off a 52-yard touchdown scamper, but Radnor cornerback Jack Donnelly made the save of the game tripping Fitzsimmons at the 1-yard line. Three plays later, Judge fumbled the football at the 3 and Radnor pounced on it.

The third quarter belonged to Radnor as senior running back Mike Hobson ripped off a 64-yard touchdown run to give the Red Raiders some breathing room at 9-0. It was certainly the offensive play of the game for Radnor as Hobson jumped in the arms of his teammates in the end zone.

Trailing 16-0 late in the fourth quarter, Haverford avoided the shutout as Judge raced through the Radnor defense for a 67-yard touchdown run. Even in defeat, Judge was the player of the game, rushing for 123 yards on just 20 carries, including the long touchdown.

The Fords outgained the Red Raiders, 281-160, in total offense. However, the eight turnovers and 13 penalties were just too much for Haverford School to overcome.

ADAM BALK

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