Player of the Week
Sophomore Sam Shea (DE/OL) played a solid game for the Fords on Saturday. Shea racked up numerous tackles on the defensive side of the football, while also turning in solid play in all areas of the special teams.
Player of the Week - Honorable Mentions
Offense - AJ Kakai Jones (WR)
Defense - Justin Schellenger (LB)
Special Teams - Stephen Aitken (P)
Haverford School blanked
PHILADELPHIA — For the second consecutive week, Haverford School quarterback Danny Judge and the rest of the Fords worked through the field conditions while playing the role of visitor to another foe that ranks in the upper echelon of the Inter-Ac League.
A week ago, the Fords suffered a major setback at the hands of the Malvern Prep Friars.
Well, its next battle would get no easier, as Haverford School traveled to Landreth Field to take on the undefeated Chestnut Hill Blue Devils, who had given up 33 total points to their first seven opponents.
Make that eight.
Boldly highlighted by senior running back Rashad Campbell, the Blue Devils controlled the matchup from the first whistle to the last in a 40-0 blanking of the Fords to remain unbeaten.
The Blue Devils scored in every phase of the game to shut out yet other opponent. In addition, the offensive line separated the Fords defense ala Moses parting the Red Sea, as the Blue Devils’ 232 rushing yards came easily.
Campbell, the luminous offensive threat for Chestnut Hill (8-0, 3-0) week after week, added 169 rushing yards to his 1,000-plus for the season. The scatback also notched four touchdowns on runs of 39, 42, 56 and 5 yards, respectively, increasing his season total to 22 TDs on the ground.
As for the Fords (3-6, 0-3), nothing seemed to flow for head coach Mike Murphy, not offensively nor defensively.
“We’re working on getting more physical like the other teams (we played),” said Murphy. “It did not bode well for us on this field.
“We didn’t tackle well, and we didn’t execute well. That’s how you lose 40-0.”
Judge, who entered the contest with a combined 962 yards rushing and passing, remained just shy of 1,000 total yards for the season after the loss. But despite a tough 2007 campaign, the 6-3 junior signal caller has shown promise running the option and passing the ball when called upon.
“They got some pretty big guys on that defense,” Judge said of Chestnut Hill. “The wet field didn’t help us either.”
In the opening frame, after two Fords drives failed to produce points, the Blue Devils’ second possession was successful. On third-and-2, Campbell took a handoff. In a situation where most would be satisfied with moving the chains, Campbell broke a tackle and sprinted 39 yards for his first score.
The Fords got the ball back trailing 7-0, but Judge made a mistake that proved costly. On third down and long, Judge took the snap out of the shotgun, looked to his intended receiver, and fired a screen pass in the middle of the field. But Judge was almost immediately picked off by defensive tackle Timothy Gramlich, who rumbled 27 yards for the touchdown.
On the Blue Devils’ next drive, Campbell was right back at it, ducking and dodging tacklers en route to capping a four-play, 54-yard drive with his second score, a 42-yard jaunt, with five minutes left in the first half.
But Campbell was not finished for the half.
On only the second play of the last drive before intermission, Campbell watched as Gramlich, from his offensive line position, laid a vicious block on the opposition, making it easy for Campbell to replay his elusiveness down the home sideline for a 56-yard scamper.
In the third quarter, with the Fords trailing by 26, Campbell decided to add a little fuel to the fire. After punching it in from 5 yards out on the opening drive of the half, the speedy Campbell stood back for a punt. The result of the return was a 56-yard TD (his fifth score) with 6:35 remaining.
“Well, I think it was from preparation,” said Campbell of his big game. “Our line made holes that I filled, and I think the coaches’ game preparation was the key factor.”
When the final whistle sounded, the Fords were obviously disappointed. However, rather than hang their heads, the players looked forward to finishing out the season strong.
“We let too many (teams) get to us,” Murphy said. “With Penn Charter, Malvern, and Chestnut Hill, there are no breaks in this schedule.
“We have to keep working,” Murphy added. “Keep working the way we’re working, and to me, we can move through (the rest of the schedule).”
“I feel like we have to step it up in practice and get back to the basics,” said Fords co-captain Blaise Butler. Butler, a two-way lineman, would like nothing better than to end his scholastic career on a good note.
“We just got to regroup and play as a team,” Judge said. “We should be able to pull out (wins) No. 5 and No.6.”
— BUD WEAVER