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Moorestown Overcome Mistakes, Phillips Scores Twice Against Haddonfield

Friday, November 14, 2003

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

The Quakers started their quest for a group title off to a good start against the Bulldogs from Haddonfield Friday night in Moorestown. What was impressive were the twenty-five points put on the scoreboard before halftime. The not so impressive were the turnovers in this game that did not really hurt Moorestown at all. Tailback Steve Phillips had a banner day scoring two touchdowns while his counterpart Al Pierce also had a successful day running the ball. Moorestown advanced to the next round with their 39-7 victory over Haddonfield.

Knowing that any team can beat another team giving the right situation, no game is an easy game. Just ask the Eastern Vikings football team that upset the number one seeded Mainland by a single point. So when the second seeded Quakers fumbled the football that Haddonfield recovered, just for a moment the Bulldogs had hope. But on that some play, Phillips recovered the second fumble of the play setting up his 4-yard run in the first quarter.

It would be the defense that kept Moorestown from being hurt by turnovers. There efforts kept Haddonfield scoreless until early in the second half. Moorestown jumped out to a 12-0 lead near the end of the quarter on Phillips’ dazzling 59-yard touchdown run. Add a Ryan Van Wright 1-yard run and a defensive touchdown with 3:26 remaining in the first half and you have a 25-0 lead at intermission.

Haddonfield would get on the scoreboard in the third quarter when they recovered a fumbled kickoff. Dennis Dahms was in the right place at the right time to scoop up the ball and scored with 10:25 showing on the clock. Moorestown would respond with a late quarter touchdown run by Al Pierce and a fourth quarter keeper by Matt Hegarty.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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