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Week #5 News Articles

Posted Sunday, September 28, 2008 by Haverford Football
Judge playing a leading role
By: Chuck Marsilio , Special to www.delcotimes.com

Haverford School’s [player] uses a stiff arm to fend off a Peddie School defender during the Fords’ 46-15 victory Saturday.
HAVERFORD - After watching his team roll to a 46-15 victory over the Peddie School Saturday afternoon, Haverford School coach Michael Murphy was emphasizing the virtues of what Allen Iverson disdains - practice. "We had a great week of practice, one of the best weeks of practice we had all year, and it really showed in the way we played today," Murphy said.
The Haverford School dominated the Peddie School in all aspects of the game. With a 46-8 lead at the end of the third quarter, Murphy pulled his starters. "In practice, we work hard on not being a one-dimensional team," Murphy said. "We have to do everything well - run, throw, tackle, catch and create turnovers."
Murphy's vision of a complete team was fulfilled by the play of his junior receiver/linebacker A.J. Jones. Jones was all over the field on both sides of the ball. In the second quarter, he intercepted a pass and took it in 10 yards for a touchdown, putting the Fords up 20-2. A little more than two minutes later, a 14-yard reception from Fords quarterback Dan Judge set up a 6-yard scoring pass from Judge to Joseph McCarthy.

Less than a minute later, Jones broke his way into the Falcons' backfield and forced quarterback Jeremy Hart to fumble the football, which he recovered, setting up another Haverford touchdown. "I just work hard," Jones said. "That's what coach keeps telling us, work hard and play non-stop, and that's what I do."

Judge turned in another stellar performance, throwing for three touchdowns, as well as running for one. Murphy praised Judge, who recently committed to play his college ball for Richmond. "He played great in all phases of the game," Murphy said. "All week I've been challenging him to step up and take over this team. He really stepped up today."

The best example of Judge's leadership wasn't on the field, but the sideline. With the game in check in the third quarter, a player for the Peddie School took a big hit running down the Fords' sideline. The Falcon was injured on the play and a Ford player cheered the big hit. Judge took the player aside and told him to stop cheering in respect to the injured player. "That's the kind of leaders we have on the team," Murphy said. "They're all good kids with really good hearts."

Defensively the Fords were led by seniors, Shomari Watts, Wyatt Benson and Christopher Ambrogi. Benson and Watts continually broke into the Falcons backfield, causing Hart to scramble. Ambrogi forced a fumble in the second quarter, which led to a Haverford touchdown.


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