By Josh Kipple, Eye of the Tigers
October 29, 2010
The stands of Harry Harvey Stadium were filled with fans wearing orange and black, ready to kick off Halloween weekend and support their Tigers on Senior Night this past Friday. The Harriton Rams had a few tricks up their sleeves, but Marple Newtown would give their fans the ultimate treat by keeping their winning streak alive and grabbing a 28-20 victory.
The Rams got the ball first and looked to be ending the drive on a 3-and-out. They lined up for a punt on 4th down, but fooled everyone in the stadium when running back Mike Allen took a direct snap and ran the ball 29 yards into Tiger territory. Though the Rams came into this contest with only one win overall, they stunned the Marple Newtown crowd when by scoring on the next play. Allen ran the ball 32 yards for a touchdown to give Harriton the early lead, but failed to convert the extra point, leaving the score at 6-0. The Tigers moved the ball extremely well on their opening drive and capped it off with a touchdown when senior running backRyan Duffy took the ball over the goal line on a 1-yard run to retake the lead. The Marple Newtown defense held the Harriton offense to just 27 yards after their first score, until the end of the 2nd quarter when the Rams found the end zone again. Spencer Reid, son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, scored on a 26-yard run to give the Rams the lead again. They decided to go for a 2-point conversion but failed to get into the end zone, holding the score at 12-7. The Tigers got the ball back with only 4 minutes left in the 1st half and moved the ball all the way downfield for another touchdown before halftime. Ryan Duffy made his way over the goal line for his second score of the evening, and after the Anthony Nicolardi extra point went through the uprights, Marple Newtown had a 14-12 lead at the end of the 2nd quarter.
The Tigers extended their lead on the first series of the 2nd half when Ryan Duffycontinued his stellar performance and made his way into the end zone on a 2-yard run. The Rams faced a 4th down and 5 on the next drive, and decided to go for it as they saw their chances for a comeback start to fade away. The Rams completed the pass, but Christian Whiteside brought the receiver down before he could come close to the 1st down marker forcing a turnover on downs. The Marple Newtown offense used the momentum from the 4th down stop and put together a drive that ended in a score just after the start of the final quarter of play. Duffy took the ball from 2 yards out and amazingly punched in his 4th touchdown of the night to give the Tigers a 28-12 lead. The Rams were not ready to throw in the towel and found themselves down by only one score when they got the ball into the end zone on the following drive. Harriton quarterback Pat Moriarty completed a touchdown pass to Mike Allen, and then completed a 2-point conversion pass to Ryan Kelly on the ensuing extra point. The Tigers ate up a lot of yards and ran the clock down to just under 3 minutes before they punted the ball back to the Rams. Moriarty completed two passes for 29 yards, but on the third play of the drive, Ryan Whiteintercepted the ball to end all hopes of a Harriton comeback and made sure the Tigers would close out the game in victory formation.
Ryan Duffy had the performance of his career and finished the night with 235 yards on the ground and 4 touchdowns on 42 attempts. This was the best rushing attack of the past 5 years for Marple Newtown, and Duffy fell just 15 yards short of the all time single-game record set by Steve Coyne in 1983. Quarterback Billy Weaverling was perfect for the second week in a row, completing all 4 of his throws for a total of 60 yards. Though he did not find the end zone on offense,Cimirrow Moat led the team with 7 tackles on the night.
The Tigers (4-5, 3-5) take their show on the road and look to even up their record when they face the Red Raiders of Radnor (2-6, 2-5) this Friday night.