Player of the Week
QB Dan Judge did a great job leading the Fords offense vs Pius X. He carried the ball 13 times for 111 yds and 1 TD. He was 4 for 9 passing for 71 yards in leading the Fords to the 19-0 victory.
Player of the Week - Honorable Mentions
Offense - Terance FitzSimmons (TB)
Defense - Blaise Butler (DE)
Special Teams - Matt Fortin (LS)
Judge rules for Haverford School
By ADAM BALK
HAVERFORD - Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Archbishop Carroll last week, Haverford School needed to regroup and get ready to face an opponent that blew the Fords out a year ago.
Third-year head coach Mike Murphy led his team onto the field against Pius X of Roseto, searching for a victory that would get the the Fords' record back to the .500 mark. Coach Murphy and his staff not only received a win, but the entire Fords roster chipped in for a 19-0 shutout over a Royals team that could only manage 174 yards in total offense.
"We had a good week of practice and I talked to the guys that each week as the season gets shorter and the weeks get shorter we need to continue to build and build," said an excited Murphy, who was congratulated by the many fans who came out to support the Fords.
One Ford who continues to get better and better is quarterback Dan Judge. The junior outgained the Royals team with 186 total yards, 114 coming on the ground including the game-clinching touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
"We had a great week of practice and we tried to bring our power game to this game to open up play-action pass and it really opened up the game," said Judge, who also threw for 72 yards.
As a team, Haverford rushed for 349 yards on 47 carries for an eye-popping 7.5 yards per rush. Junior running back Terrance Fitzsimmons contributed 97 rushing yards, including the opening score of the game. Midway through the second quarter, Fitzsimmons took a pitch to the left and used his speed and muscle to break away from the Royals defense for an electrifying 29-yard score.
After the Fords finally put the ball in the end zone, the defense got even more fired up. Most of the damage came from underclassmen on the defensive side. Junior defensive back Christopher Ambrogi recorded an interception midway through the third quarter and the defensive front seven put the pressure on Royals quarterback Anthony Casciano all afternoon. Juniors Shomari Watts and Anthony Martino and sophomore Joe Nassib recorded sacks.
However, the one senior who certainly made an impact was defensive end Blaise Butler. A tri-captain, Butler notched a sack and numerous quarterback pressures, including a hit on Casciano that nearly planted him into the turf.
Haverford still only led 7-0 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Fords capitalized on the Ambrogi interception with an impressive drive culminating in a Wyatt Benson 12-yard touchdown run. The score occurred one play after Judge threw a 40-yard completion to sophomore wide out Billy Annesley.
The Fords not only redeemed themselves from last year's defeat to Pius X, but more importantly, coach Murphy has his young team at 2-2 thanks in large part to a balanced offense and a dominating defense.
There was even more press present for the shutout against Pius X this past weekend. Mr. Silary himself scouted the game and wrote a very fine article about Senior Captain, Blaise Butler! See the "News" section of the website for the complete text that appeared on Phillynews.com. Mr. Silary also took many pictures and these can be seen at: http://flickr.com/photos/8172647@N06/sets/72157602 - 126349350/
GO FORDS! KEEP WINNING!