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Tribe Runs Past Lower Moreland
Written by Staff Report
2021-09-08

            Upper Perkiomen relied on a potent running game to post its first victory of the season last week. Brady Thompson broke the 100-yard barrier and Dylan Hank scored three touchdowns to spark a 35-20 non-league road victory over Lower Moreland on Friday, Sept. 3.

            "It's always good to get a win," head coach Tom Hontz said. "Lower Moreland was a good level of competition for us."

            Thompson averaged more than seven yards per carry. He finished with 138 yards on 18 carries. Dylan Hank posted 65 rushing yards on 10 carries. The senior also caught two passes for 21 yards.  "Brady did a fantastic job," Hontz said. "He has to be our main guy (carrying the ball) for the time being."

            Overall, the Tribe's running game rolled up 264 yards and averaged more than 5.7 yards per carry against the host Lions. Tom Fehnel also scored a touchdown on the ground.  "We did a really good job executing our running game," Hontz said.

            Gorje Navarrete completed 6-of-11 passes for 43 yards the Indians, who built a 21-halftime advantage, then added a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. The quarterback also threw one interception.

            A pair of sophomores, Jayden White and Julian Rzonca, paced Upper Perkiomen's defensive effort, according to the coach. Nevan Smith recorded his second interception of the season.

            The Indians (1-1) return home to take on Fleetwood at 7 p.m. on Friday at Keeny Stadium. The Tigers (1-1) are led by Gavin Morris and Tanner Maddocks. Stopping their offense will be a challenge, according to Hontz.  "We've got to contain the passing game or figure out a way to stop their running game," he said.

            Last week, Morris – a 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior running back – finished with 137 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns to lead his team to a 38-14 victory Annville-Cleona.

            Maddocks, a senior quarterback, who has reportedly accepted a scholarship to continue his career at Villanova University, added 109 rushing yards on 16 carries for Fleetwood, which built a 26-0 lead late in the second quarter in last week's victory.

            Last season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder completed 53.2 percent of his passes for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns.

            According to Hontz, Maddocks displays poise in the pocket and is not afraid to throw the ball down the field. The coach described him as a gunslinger.

            "He can really chuck it," Hontz said of Maddocks. "He's not afraid to run with the ball either. He's quite an athlete."

            Prior to the game, district officials will hold a ceremony honoring Bill Keeny, the stadium's namesake. Keeny coached the Indians from 1960 to 1979. Members of the Keeny family and several former players are expected to attend the ceremony, which is scheduled to commence at 6:45 p.m.


 

 

 

 

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