Player of the Week
Sophomore QB Matt Lengel stepped in for an injured Dan Judge on Saturday and led the Fords to victory over the Spartans. Lengel rushed for 105 yards on 12 carries and 1 TD, while completing 7 of 15 passes for 91 yards and 1 TD. He committed 0 turnovers and ran the offense well.
Player of the Week - Honorable Mentions
Offense - Terance FitzSimmons (TB)
Defense - Wyatt Benson (LB)
Special Teams - Trocon Davis
PASSING ALONG some city high school football tidbits . . .
Although Haverford School is hardly a pass-first team, 15 guys have already made snags. Against Springfield-Montco, junior tight end Shane Gallagher ... became the first Ford with a three-catch game . . .
- TED SILARY
Haverford School rebounds
HAVERFORD ? Coming off a tough road loss against the Peddie School (N.J.) last week, The Haverford School had some work to do. With starting quarterback Dan Judge out with a shoulder injury, Fords coach Mike Murphy had to turn to someone else on the roster to ignite a spark on Lancaster Avenue.
That someone was sophomore quarterback Matt Lengel, who finished up under center last week and orchestrated the Haverford School offense up and down the field en route to a 24-6 nonleague win over Springfield (Montco). Lengel was stellar in place of Judge, running the option all day to perfection and finding his receivers when it counted most. When the clock ran out, Lengel had 105 yards rushing while also passing for 91 and totaling two touchdowns.
?It feels great (to get back to even strength),? said the 6-3, 205- pound Lengel. ?We struggled a bit in the first half, but we got it together in the locker room and got it going in the second half.?
Along with Murphy?s quarterback, the Fords (3-3) used a plethora of running backs against the Spartans? defense. Terance Fitzsimmons (64 yards), Christopher Ambrogi (54 yards), and Chris Fratini (44 yards) all were leading contributors in a Fords running game that racked up 299 total yards. Shane Gallagher also added three receptions worth 48 yards.
In the opening quarter, both teams came out flat, with only a 23-yard field goal by the Fords? Billy Annesley going on the board.
In the second, Spartans running back Matt Maienshein was knocked back into the end zone by sophomore linebacker Wyatt Benson, resulting in a safety for the Fords with 2:25 remaining in the half. With time running out of the half, the Spartans (3-3) would not let The Haverford School put them away, as quarterback David Sachrison found Martin Goldfarb with an 80-yard strike to give them the lead. However, this would be it for Springfield?s momentum.
To start the second half, the Fords only needed three plays until Fitzsimmons ripped off a 50-yard scamper down the sideline to take the lead for good. Then, halfway through the third, Lengel sold the pitch and took the option play 41 yards to the end zone. ?(Springfield) was overcoming with linebackers and I just sprung free,? said Lengel of his touchdown run. Even though it was not pretty at times, the Fords totaled 17 first downs, compared to just four by Springfield. Also, Haverford School?s 390 total yards of offense nearly quadrupled the Spartans? offensive output (107 total yards).
?In the locker room (at halftime), I told them we were hurting ourselves,? said Murphy. ?We had opportunities we let slip away, and we can?t do that. We let that happen last year.? With the starter Judge on the sidelines, Murphy said he would only consider putting Judge in under desperate measures. ?Most likely, we wouldn?t have put him in,? said Murphy. ?We felt good with what Lengel brought to the table. If we needed him, maybe, but we didn?t.?
As for Lengel, it was all about listening to his coaches and executing that ultimately earned his team a win. ?(Judge) got hurt last week against Peddie and I finished up the game,? said Lengel. ?(This week) the coaches prepared me and I made the best of it.?