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Haverford School Takes Care of Business against Malvern Prep, Sets Up Title Showdown with Arch-rival

Written by: on Monday, November 4th, 2019

 

MALVERN: For the Haverford School Fords to have a shot at possibly clinching a share of the Inter-Ac League title they had to first go on the road knock off the defending league champions Malvern Prep Friars. For the Fords to have a chance to play for the outright title they would need to win and have their arch-rival Episcopal Academy lose to Germantown Academy which would set up a winner take all for the league title next Saturday. While heading to Quigley Field at the Pellegrini Athletic Complex the Fords got word that Germantown Academy did their part to set up the show down for the league title, knocking off EA 56-55 in OT. The Fords also did their part jumping out to a 20-0 first half lead on their way to a 30-20 victory.

“It really didn’t change what we were doing because we knew without a win (tonight) it really didn’t matter to us.” Fords coach Mike Murphy said when asked if GA win gave the team any extra motivation. “We were hype, but we knew but we knew we had to focus in on this game.” Mekhi Ajose Williams said.

Williams led the Fords on their opening driving carrying the ball six times for 56 yards setting up a 34-yard field goal by Chris Clark giving them the 3-0 lead. A three and out and bad snap by the Friars on the ensuing drive extended the lead to 5-0.

Three plays following the Safety Dante Perri hit Daiyaan Hawkins on a swing pass and the speedy back raced his way for the 75-yard touchdown. Williams would convert on the 2point conversion.

Pat Toal interception of Friars QB Lonnie White set up the next Fords touchdown a 28-yard run from Williams. Williams finished the game with 165 yards on 22 carries.

The Friars wouldn’t go away quietly, and it was behind the legs of White kept the ball on an option and raced his way for a 49-yard touchdown to cut the lead down to 20-7

Unfortunately, for the Fords White, who is a Clemson Baseball commit was just getting warmed up, On the Friars opening drive of the second half White with help from a big block by Hunter Jones again got free and raced 49-yards to cut the Fords lead to 20-14. White would be finishing the game with 150 yards on the ground while struggling thru the air completing 2 of his 9 passes for 26 yards.

“I give them(Malvern Prep) credit they made they made some great halftime adjustments.”Murphy said of opponents calling them a quality and saying that coach Dave Gueriera has done great job, while also calling White a dynamic player

Clark would stop the bleed for the Fords with his 50-yard field goal that tied the Delaware County record for longest field goal.

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