Haverford School runs over Kennett

Posted: September 23, 2012

Haverford School quarterback Stephen Fitzgerald threw the ball only eight times on Saturday afternoon, and he was completely fine with it.

In fact, he described himself as "comfortable."

The comfort level might have had something to do with the success the Fords had in the running game, which led them to a nonleague win over host Kennett, 35-14.

"I'm fine with a win," Fitzgerald said. "Whatever gets the job done."

The senior ran for 32 yards on eight carries, four of which went for touchdowns. The Fords (2-2) wore out the Blue Demons defense by using different types of backs all game long.

"We have fast running backs, and then [Matt] Galambos can just go up the middle and run people over," Fitzgerald said. "It's a great balance; we have a lot of options."

Galambos, a senior linebacker/running back/tight end and a University of Pittsburgh recruit, rushed the ball 15 times for 132 yards. In the first half, he also intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards.

But Galambos' biggest play was a pitch from a spinning Fitzgerald that went for 48 yards on a third and 8. The play gave the Fords a first down with less than five minutes to play and eventually led to their fifth touchdown, icing the game.

The drive was the result of an interception by the Fords' Darren Watson. It was third pick of the afternoon for the Blue Demons and their fourth overall turnover.

"We talk all the time about winning the turnover battle," Fords coach Mike Murphy said. "What I like is that we then turn around and capitalize on that turnover."

Before the interception, momentum was going Kennett's way, as the Blue Demons had just recovered a Haverford fumble and were driving. Watson caught the tipped ball inside the Fords' 20-yard line.

For the Blue Demons (3-1), senior fullback Jordan Lardani touched the ball 19 times, gaining 62 yards.

Junior quarterback Jordan Jones ran for 89 yards on 14 carries, reaching the end zone early in the second quarter and late in the third quarter. The second score completed a nine-minute drive for Kennett.

Haverford School   6 14 0 15 – 35

Kennett   0 7 7 0 – 14

HS: Stephen Fitzgerald 2 run (kick blocked)

K: Jordan Jones 9 run (Brett Rose kick)

HS: Fitzgerald 1 run (kick failed)

HS: Matt Galambos 2 run (Chris Morgan run)

K: Jones 1 run (Rose kick)

HS: Fitzgerald 11 run (Galambos run)

HS: Fitzgerald 6 run (Aron Morgan kick)

Contact Kate Harman at rallysports@phillynews.com.

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