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Hales Runs Past Delran Advancing Overbrook To The Next Round

Saturday, November 15, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Overbrook took one step closer in proving their football program has come a long way during the past few years of rebuilding. Several reasons for their recent success is a result of coaching, the running game, defense and the addition of Frank Wilczynski. The versatile player not only can call the plays as the quarterback, he also catches touchdowns as well. During their first time matchup against the Bears from Delran, Overbrook wasted little time putting this game out of reach. After scoring all the points they needed in the first quarter, the Rams ran away with a 34-14 win. Frank Hales scored four times for Overbrook.

It didn’t take long for Overbrook to score, especially with the high wind to their backs. On the opening kickoff, the Bears fumbled the football and Overbrook took full advantage. Two plays later, Hales burst throw the defense and scored with only 49 seconds into this game. Overbrook was forced to punt the ball on their next possession only to see the football get caught up in the wind for an extremely short punt. This time Overbrook’s next possession was faced with a 4 and 1 at the 15-yard line. Lined up for the field goal attempt, pace kicker Joe Bupp received the snap and found pace holder Wilczynski wide open in the endzone. Hales’ second 15-yard touchdown run of the quarter pushed Overbrook’s lead to 21-0.

With the wind playing a major factor, it was Delran’s turn to have the wind at their backs during the second quarter. The Bears’ offense would not be able to find room to run or pass against the Rams defense. As for Overbrook, they kept the ball on the ground with Hales scoring his third touchdown and his fourth in the final quarter. Delran would score twice during the second half on Reiss’ 1-yard and Crawford’s 45-yard touchdown runs.

Photos by Art Redd

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