HORSHAM >> Upper Dublin responded to an early 7-0 hole against Hatboro-Horsham by scoring 33 straight points on its way to a 40-13 road win against the Hatters on Friday.
The Cardinals came into the game having not played since a 38-9 win over Central on Aug. 29. Upper Dublin fumbled on its first drive of the game and threw an interception on its second, leading to a five-yard touchdown run from Hatboro-Horsham’s Pat Chapman.
“Not the start we’re looking for obviously,” Upper Dublin head coach Bret Stover said. “I don’t want to blame the week off because it was good for us, we got healthy and got some people back. I’ll take the blame for that first quarter, but after that we played ball.”
Hatboro-Horsham running back Omar Ali was a big part of the Hatters’ early success. His 56-yard run put his team in position to take the early lead, and the sophomore back finished with a team-best 97 yards on 16 carries.
“Omar is a really good, explosive football player,” Hatboro-Horsham head coach Mark Schmidt said. “He’s a hard-working kid and does a great job, as you saw tonight.”
Once the Cardinals shook some of the rust off from their extended break from action, the offense that averaged 33 points per game in its first two games of the season began to get going, led by the arm and legs of quarterback Mike Slivka.
Slivka, who finished with 201 yards and two touchdowns on 13-17 passing, used his feet and size to escape pressure and find open receivers for most of the night.
“I felt really good tonight, my wide receivers were making plays and the line blocked really well,” Slivka said. “I like to move outside the pocket to let my receivers get open and find the open man.”
Slivka also finished with 41 rushing yards, but left in the third quarter with a knee injury after being sacked in an awkward position.
Adam Overton and Bazel Brady both caught a touchdown pass from Slivka.
Logan Heim ran the ball in twice for the Cardinals, and Michael Wright and Jacob Rossman each had a rushing touchdown.
The Hatters (0-4, 0-1) travel to Wissahickon on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
Upper Dublin (3-0, 1-0) hosts Penn Charter on the same night.
Slivka went down with time ticking down in the third quarter, walking off after being attended to by trainers. He tested out the knee on the sideline before eventually sitting for the remainder of a game the Cardinals had in hand.
Stover said he doesn’t expect the injury to cause his senior quarterback to miss time, but added he won’t know until Slivka sees a doctor.
“We’re going to handle it and see what the doctor says,” Stover said. “I think he would’ve gone back in if he had to, but we won’t know anything for sure until he sees someone.”
Sophomore’s Nick Rodriguez and Tristan Cairnes both saw time after Slivka left the game.
Rodriguez was intercepted on his only pass. Cairnes did not attempt a throw.
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Hatboro-Horsham freshman quarterback Colin O’Sullivan took some hits against a tough Upper Dublin defense, but finished with 100 yards through the air on 6-22 passing.
His lone interception came in the fourth quarter as Upper Dublin’s Brian McCarry made a grab along the sideline to force the turnover.
“That kid (O’Sullivan) has given everything he has and is doing a terrific job,” Schmidt said. “He makes mistakes here and there but he’s a smart player. He had some drops out there and a couple throws that were just off, but these are things we can improve on.”
Schmidt also mentioned O’Sullivan’s intelligence on the field as something that sticks out when he watches him play.
It’s been a slow start to the season for the Haters, but the future is bright for a team that is graduating just one starter on either side of the ball.
Upper Dublin 40, Hatboro-Horsham 13
Upper Dublin (3-0, 1-0) 7 19 7 7— 40
Hatboro-Horsham (0-4) 7 0 0 6 — 13
HH — 5 yard run by Pat Chapman; 6:07
UD — 16 yard pass from Mike Slivka to Adam Overton; 00:00
UD — 6 yard run by Logan Heim; 8:04
UD — 5 yard run by Logan Heim; 7:51
UD — 4 yard run by Jacob Rossman; 1:31
UD — 18 yard pass from Slivka to Bazel Brady; 9:03
HH —4 yard run by Omar Ali; 11:03
UD — 25 yard run by Michael Wright; 3:04
First Downs 14 9
Rushing yards 112 99
Passing yards 201 100
Total yards 303 199
Passing 14-18 6-23
Penalties 6-50 6-50
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3
Punts-Avg 4-26 4-32
Rushing: UD: John Kohlbrenner 2-(-8); Mike Slivka 5-41; Jacob Rossman 9-39 1 TD; Logan Heim 3-15 2 TD; Matt Sharkey 6-35; Jacob Gondek 1-(-4); Nick Rodriguez 1-(-1); Tristan Cairnes 1-(-5)
HH: Pat Chapman 7-24 1 TD; Omar Ali 16-97 1 TD; Colin O’Sullivan 3-(-22)
Passing: UD: Mike Slivka 13-17 201 Yards 2 TD 1 INT; Nick Rodriguez 0-1 1 INT
HH: Colin O’Sullivan 6-22 100 Yards 1 INT.
Receiving: UD: John Kohlbrenner 2-22; Adam Overton 2-30 1 TD; Bazel Brady 3-48 1 TD; Jacob Womelsdorf 1-36; Brian McCarry 3-17; Jason Butler 3-48
HH: Chrishon Avery 5-65; Isaiah Beauchamp 1-35.
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