Player of the Week
Sophomore (DB/WR/KR) Joe Nassib contributed in all facets of the game on Friday. He had 4 tackles, 1 catch, no passes completed against him and he did a solid job handling punts for the Fords.
Player of the Week - Honorable Mentions
Offense - Dan Judge (QB)
Defense - Justin Schellenger (LB)
Special Teams - Stephen Aitken (P)
Haverford School blanked
MALVERN — On a muggy afternoon at Quigley Field, Haverford School coach Mike Murphy looked to his football team to give the Malvern Prep Friars their first loss of the season.
But slippery conditions only seemed to add to Haverford School’s woes as Malvern Prep, unfazed by Mother Nature, rolled to a 41-0 rout of the Fords in Inter-Ac League play.
Malvern Prep amassed 348 total yards of offense, with 249 of them coming via a ground game that was highlighted by the Friars’ Neil Willis. Willis finished with two touchdowns and 117 yards on 10 carries, along with a 58-yard interception return.
While attempting to work the option that has been a pest to opponents in the past, Fords quarterback Danny Judge started off the opening drive with lots of success, faking handoffs and finding seams. But it all came to an end when Judge went down and out with an ankle injury for a brief period. This gave the Friars time to figure out the game plan.
“The first series, we had it going,” Judge said. “Then, I busted my ankle which slowed me down the whole game.”
“I twisted (the ankle),” Judge added of the injury. “It’s either a deep tissue bruise or a high ankle sprain. I’ll ice it and I’ll be fine (next week).”
After a scoreless first quarterback, backup quarterback Matt Lengel threw the interception to Willis halfway through the second quarter that initiated the scoring spree. On the next possession, Judge returned to the game to light a spark under the Fords’ offense. However, the Friars’ defensive unit anticipated Judge’s every move.
“(Malvern Prep’s defense) run a scheme where they mirror our quarterback which makes it hard to break off that long run,” said Murphy. “We weren’t able to run straight at them.”
On Malvern’s next possession after the long defensive score, quarterback Ryan Nassib marched the Friars (6-0, 2-0) to their second touchdown, a 25-yard strike to wide receiver Joe Price with just over a minute left in the half.
In the second half, Willis capped a 66-yard drive that lasted 2:11 to start off the third quarter with a 35-yard scamper for his first offensive score.
The Fords (3-5, 0-2) fought desperately to put points on the board on the ensuing drive, converting four first downs. But Judge fell short of a fourth-down conversion at the Friars’ 7-yard line, turning the ball back over and giving the Friars even more monentum.
Once again, Malvern took to the legs of Willis on the next drive that worked into the final quarter. Willis eventually capped off the series, running half the football field for his second rushing touchdown and third TD of the day.
When the deficit got a little wide for Murphy’s comfort, he sent out his second units to finish up the day. Also, Murphy could not bear to watch Malvern sack his quarterback one more time.
The Friars kept the ball grounded, with James Connelly and Tom Keefer contributing to the blowing up of the scoreboard with runs of 3 yards and 13 yards, respectively. These touchdown runs ultimately stretched the score to 41-0.
“We had a great week of practice,” Murphy said of the preparation. “I felt, (trailing) 14-0 at half, we kept playing hard.”
— BUD WEAVER