Fords come up short
The Haverford School had its chances to take control of a nonleague matchup with the McDonogh School Saturday in Maryland. When the Fords couldn’t take advantage, they quickly found themselves in a sizable deficit.
Rudy Johnson, a Buffalo recruit, proved to be a problem for Haverford as the McDonogh quarterback threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to give the Eagles a 35-21 victory.
Haverford School’s defense started strong, receiving a fumble recovery from Sam Shea and an interception from A.J. Jones on McDonogh’s first two possessions. But the Fords were unable to benefit from the turnovers, which proved costly.
Johnson tossed two touchdown passes in the first quarter, another in the second and ran for a touchdown early in the fourth as the Eagles built a 28-7 lead. By then, the potential of a Haverford rally was erased.
“He was a nice player,” Haverford coach Michael Murphy said of Jones. “We got them to turn it over on their first two series, but we didn’t capitalize and they got some momentum. And we put the ball on the ground four times and lost them all, and that was the deciding factor.”
After Johnson put McDonogh ahead, 7-0, Haverford tied the score when Matt Lengel connected with Jones on a 50-yard touchdown. The Eagles reeled off the next 21 points, until Nick Craig made it 28-15 when he found the end zone on a 20-yard run.
McDonogh responded with a lengthy touchdown run to take a 35-15 edge. The Fords closed the scoring late in the fourth quarter when Vince Garman tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hupfeldt.
By Mike Mreczko
Special to the Times
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