Haverford School toppled
HAVERFORD — One week after getting hammered by Malvern Prep, The Haverford School hoped for a turnaround against Chestnut Hill.
That scenario didn’t unfold.
The Fords couldn’t get anything going and dropped a 31-6 decision to the Blue Devils in an Inter-Ac League game Saturday. The back-to-back losses followed a four-game winning streak that had Haverford School mentioned as the second-best team in the league.
Coach Michael Murphy didn’t think the Fords were dealing with a hangover from the Malvern setback. He simply felt his team turned in a sub-par performance.
“I don’t think the Malvern game had anything to do with this,” Murphy said. “I told the team we just did not play a good football game, not even close. And that starts with me and goes downhill. I thought we had an OK week in practice but obviously we need to re-evaluate some things. We’ve got to get some things together and find how to come together as a team when times get tough.”
Times got tough early for the Fords. The Blue Devils marched down the field on their opening drive behind the running of Ibraheim Campbell who, on the first drive alone, racked up 58 yards on three carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run.
Chestnut Hill took advantage of two first-quarter turnovers by the Fords to take a 14-0 lead with 7:16 left the first quarter.
Murphy said the early mistakes set a negative tone that lasted for the rest of afternoon.
“They have the ability to control the football,” Murphy said. “They have the ability to move the football. You can’t make those mistakes, and we’ve made them two weeks in a row against two good football teams and this is the result.”
Campbell was a one-man show. The 5-11, 185-pound junior workhorse back finished with 234 yards on 42 carries and all four Blue Devils touchdowns.
Campbell scorched the Fords defenders for 153 of those yards in the first half. Except for a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter, Haverford seemed to have him somewhat in check after intermission. Did Murphy make any adjustments?
“Nothing,” the coach said. “We did nothing. We tackled in the second half. We didn’t tackle him in the first half. He’s a great football player and he ran all over us. In the second half, we tackled.”
Terance FitzSimmons led Haverford School with 71 yards rushing on seven carries. The 6-1, 180-pound senior scored the Fords’ lone touchdown on a 49-yard sprint in the third quarter. Quarterback Dan Judge rushed eight times for 34 yards.
The Fords started the season with promise. After back-to-back lopsided losses — scoring just six points in the last eight quarters — Haverford is looking for a spark.
Murphy was asked how his team will bounce back.
“That’s a great question,” he said. “It’s got to start with our older kids and our leadership. We have to get refocused and put together the type of game that we put together earlier in the season.”
— AL THOMPSON WWW.DELCOTIMES.COM