Fitzsimmons' four TDs spell defeat for Sun Valley
ASTON - Learning from last week's loss, The Haverford School made sure to create plenty of running lanes which were exploited in a 35-12 victory Friday night that put a damper on Sun Valley's homecoming festivities.
Senior Terance Fitzsimmons found the end zone four times as part of a 160-yard night in total offense, 152 of which came on the ground. "The line did a good job of opening a lot of holes," Fitzsimmons said. "We were real disappointed after last week, so they really worked hard." Fitzsimmons opened the scoring with 7:58 left in the first quarter and scored again on a 33-yard sprint less than five minutes later.
Josh Lovelace scooped up a loose ball at midfield with 5:12 left in the second quarter to bring the Vanguards within eight, but that is as close as the home team would get.
The Fords' third-year starter struck again in the second half with a pair of five-yard scoring runs to put the game out of reach. Sun Valley could only respond with a 10-yard scramble by quarterback John Wellbrock in the final minute of the game. By then, Fitzsimmons had done too much damage for the Vanguards to overcome. "He's a great worker," said Haverford School coach Mike Murphy. "He's someone we really rely on."
Both teams had trouble controlling the ball, accounting for nine combined fumbles.
"The mark of a good team is when you can persevere when everything isn't going your way," said Murphy.