TELFORD >> Undefeated in their red jerseys, the Souderton seniors have never suffered defeat at home in their three seasons as varsity athletes. Head coach Edward Gallagher congratulated them on the achievement after the Souderton Indians defeated the Council Rock South Golden Hawks 23-0 on Friday night.
The accomplishment was made all the more special with this match falling on Senior Night, it would have been hard to imagine a more stellar send-off for the Souderton seniors than a shutout win for their final home game of the season.
“It’s just a testament to the character and leadership of these kids,” Gallagher said, “to get a shutout on senior night is just icing on the cake.”
Young players like junior Ryan Sadowski were inspired by the way his seniors played and were excited to send them into fashion.
“It was amazing, it’s great to see our seniors get this last victory. Three years in a row, no defeats at home, no defeats in the red shirts. It’s great to see that.
The defense led the charge Friday night and were outstanding. The defensive line and linebackers worked perfectly to throttle Council Rock South’s running offense before it could begin. The Golden Hawks only had two carries of 10 or more yards and couldn’t sustain any drives throughout the game.
“Our line opened up spaces,” Sadowski said, “and our linebackers were able to fly all day and able to pinch and press to keep the ball in the box. We met every line run.
Because Souderton’s run defense was so strong, Council Rock South was forced to pass. Yet they were no more successful in the air than on the ground. Souderton harangued Golden Hawk bystanders in a stat line that said; 3 for 11 for 18 yards with an interception. The defensive line put constant pressure on the quarterback and the secondary didn’t allow enough separation for passes to be completed.
“We just listened to our coaches, we played man to man,” senior defensive back Shaun Pervy said, “we felt like the top athletes and we went out there and played at the soccer.”
The offense might have felt like it left points on the board by finishing several drives with field goals instead of touchdowns. However, when needed, their offense is provided largely through their elders.
Senior quarterback Jared Zimmerman was the first to step in what was then a 3-0 game. Zimmerman on a QB read kept the ball and missed several defenders en route to a 68-yard touchdown that was one of two scores rushed for the quarterback in the game.
“He (Zimmerman) has done it all year, he had the long touchdown tonight,” Gallagher said, “he’s handled the ball well all year.”
Zimmerman also did it in the air with the help of senior wide receiver Purvy who came alive in the second half with four catches for 73 yards. That wide receiver-quarterback connection has been well-honed for years.
“It’s been strong since we were young playing together and it’s only going to keep growing,” Zimmerman said.
Purvy echoed his quarterback’s sentiments.
“It’s a great connection that we’ve been playing together since we were seven or eight,” Purvy said, “he knows where I’m going to be, I know where he’s going to be and I just like playing with a quarterback. like that .”
Souderton’s win sets up a titanic clash next week when they travel to Upper Dublin at 7pm on Friday to take on the Cardinals in a match that will in all likelihood decide the winner of the SOL Continental Conference.
Souderton knows how important this match is and is looking forward to the challenge according to Gallagher.
“Upper Dublin have us circled on their calendar, we’ve had them circled on our calendar for months now.”
The wait is almost over, with just one week left until this clash of two of the best in the SOL conference.