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Haverford School shows off its depth in an easy victory

Posted Sunday, September 27, 2009 by www.delcotimes.com
By TERRY TOOHEY


HAVERFORD — Carl Walrath’s day was done by the eight-minute mark of the second quarter. That was enough time for the junior running back to score twice and pile up 151 yards rushing on nine carries.

Linebacker Wyatt Benson’s afternoon was finished shortly thereafter.

Most of the starters were gone by the midway point of the second quarter as Haverford School rolled over Sun Valley, 47-0, in a nonleague game at Sabol Field Friday afternoon.

Some of the starters, like Walrath and Benson, came out early because of nagging injuries. Both are nursing sore shoulders and Haverford School coach Mike Murphy did not want to risk further damage.

The rest of the starters came out because of the lopsided score.

The Fords (3-1) racked up 536 yards in total offense, 415 on the ground. Haverford School averaged 12.2 yards per carry.

That dominating performance allowed Murphy to sub liberally.

“One of the things we’re excited about this football program is that we do have pretty good depth,” Murphy said. “A game like this allowed us to get some of our backups some significant playing time. We’ve got guys pushing the starters for playing time and it was good to get them meaningful reps.”

One in particular was junior running back Nick Craig. He was almost as effective as Walrath. Craig carried the ball seven times for 109 yards and one touchdown.

Backup quarterback Vincent Garmen also benefited from the blowout. He played roughly 21/2 quarters after starter Matt Lengel was given the rest of the game off after throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to backup fullback Dan Oakley with nine minutes left in the half.

Oakley started at fullback in place of Benson and also tallied the first touchdown on a 2-yard run.

“It’s nice to see the young guys get some playing time,” Walrath said. “They work just as hard as we do. They’ve been there through came and the first three games and it was good for them to get on the field. They deserved it.”

The starters made the most of their limited playing time. The first unit scored on four straight possessions after turning it over on downs the first time Haverford School had the ball.

Walrath scored on two short runs to give the Fords a 21-0 lead. Five of his runs were for 11 yards or more.

“We put in a new trap play and it worked well,” Walrath said. “The offensive line did a great job and the fullbacks did a great job of blocking. All I had to do was run.”

“He’s being modest,” Benson said of Walrath. “He did a great job of running the football.”

Benson made the most of his only carry. He rumbled 11 yards for a touchdown to give the Fords a 35-0 cushion at halftime.

The defense was equally impressive. The first unit held the Vanguards (0-4) to minus-nine yards rushing and 50 total yards before giving way to the second team.

“This was good for us,” Benson said. “We were able to get some of the younger guys some playing time and we also sent a message. None of the other Inter-Ac schools were playing today so they were all here scouting us. We showed that we have a pretty good football team.”

HAVERFORD — Carl Walrath’s day was done by the eight-minute mark of the second quarter. That was enough time for the junior running back to score twice and pile up 151 yards rushing on nine carries.

 

Linebacker Wyatt Benson’s afternoon was finished shortly thereafter.

 

Most of the starters were gone by the midway point of the second quarter as

HaverfordSchool rolled over Sun Valley, 47-0, in a nonleague game at Sabol Field Friday afternoon.

 

Some of the starters, like Walrath and Benson, came out early because of nagging injuries. Both are nursing sore shoulders and

HaverfordSchool coach Mike Murphy did not want to risk further damage.

 

The rest of the starters came out because of the lopsided score.

 

The Fords (3-1) racked up 536 yards in total offense, 415 on the ground.

HaverfordSchool averaged 12.2 yards per carry.

 

That dominating performance allowed Murphy to sub liberally.

 

“One of the things we’re excited about this football program is that we do have pretty good depth,” Murphy said. “A game like this allowed us to get some of our backups some significant playing time. We’ve got guys pushing the starters for playing time and it was good to get them meaningful reps.”

 

One in particular was junior running back Nick Craig. He was almost as effective as Walrath. Craig carried the ball seven times for 109 yards and one touchdown.

 

Backup quarterback Vincent Garmen also benefited from the blowout. He played roughly 21/2 quarters after starter Matt Lengel was given the rest of the game off after throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to backup fullback Dan Oakley with nine minutes left in the half.

 

Oakley started at fullback in place of Benson and also tallied the first touchdown on a 2-yard run.

 

“It’s nice to see the young guys get some playing time,” Walrath said. “They work just as hard as we do. They’ve been there through came and the first three games and it was good for them to get on the field. They deserved it.”

 

The starters made the most of their limited playing time. The first unit scored on four straight possessions after turning it over on downs the first time

HaverfordSchool had the ball.

 

Walrath scored on two short runs to give the Fords a 21-0 lead. Five of his runs were for 11 yards or more.

 

“We put in a new trap play and it worked well,” Walrath said. “The offensive line did a great job and the fullbacks did a great job of blocking. All I had to do was run.”

 

“He’s being modest,” Benson said of Walrath. “He did a great job of running the football.”

 

Benson made the most of his only carry. He rumbled 11 yards for a touchdown to give the Fords a 35-0 cushion at halftime.

 

The defense was equally impressive. The first unit held the Vanguards (0-4) to minus-nine yards rushing and 50 total yards before giving way to the second team.

 

“This was good for us,” Benson said. “We were able to get some of the younger guys some playing time and we also sent a message. None of the other Inter-Ac schools were playing today so they were all here scouting us. We showed that we have a pretty good football team.”

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