Haddonfield shuts down Woodbury

Posted: September 22, 2013

Led by strong run defense that didn't allow a first down until midway through the third quarter and a balanced offense, Haddonfield knocked off Woodbury, 25-6, Friday night in Colonial Conference football.

Haddonfield controlled the game from the start, as Woodbury did not record a first down until about seven minutes remained in the third.

"Our players were very disciplined in following our game plan," Haddonfield coach Frank DeLano said.

Haddonfield, ranked 12th in South Jersey by The Inquirer, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. On a third and 8, Mike McLaughlin tossed a 34-yard touchdown pass to Henry Klaus to give the Bulldogs a 6-0 advantage.

Later in the first, a Haddonfield touchdown was called back on an illegal formation, which led to a missed field goal and gave 25th-ranked Woodbury a momentum swing.

The Bulldogs (2-0) got the ball back on what looked to be a fake punt gone wrong, as the punter attempted to run with the ball and gained nothing, placing Haddonfield on the Thundering Herd 15.

Haddonfield took advantage of the turnover with a 2-yard touchdown run by Mike DeFeo for a 12-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Haddonfield expanded the lead in the second half. Starting from the Bulldogs' own 36, a balanced attack of McLaughlin through the air and DeFeo on the ground led to an 8-yard fade pass from McLaughin to Tyler Klaus to extend the lead to 18-0.

Woodbury (1-1) showed signs of life in the third quarter when Christopher Bascomb intercepted McLaughlin for the second time, setting up the Thundering Herd at Haddonfield's 16. From there, Daevon Ayers tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeray Demby to close the gap to 18-6.

On the next Haddonfield possession, the Bulldogs went three and out and were forced to punt. A botched snap gave Woodbury premium field position at Haddonfield's 22 with a chance to make it a one-possession game.

However, the Thundering Herd couldn't capitalize on the opportunity, with two dropped passes keeping them out of the end zone.

"I was concerned about Woodbury because they have a lot of talent," DeLano said. "Thinking about their players kept me up at night. It was important to not let them get on a roll."

Woodbury 0 0 6 0 – 6

Haddonfield 6 6 6 7 – 25

H: Henry Klaus 34 pass from Mike McLaughlin (kick failed)

H: Mike DeFeo 2 run (kick failed)

H: Tyler Klaus 8 pass from McLaughlin (kick failed)

W: Jeray Demby 10 pass from Daevon Ayers (pass failed)

H: Jake Robinson 8 pass from McLaughlin (Sean Funke kick)

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