New Hope Solebury rolls past Lower Moreland

Lower Moreland has had its fair share of lopsided losses this season and added another one to the list Saturday afternoon as it took on the class of the Bicentennial Athletic League in New Hope Solebury.
New Hope entered Saturday’s contest with a perfect 6-0 record. New Hope’s record would remain unblemished as it left Lower Moreland with a 55-8 win.
It would be fair to say that Lower Moreland entered the game as heavy underdogs but self-inflicted wounds continuously killed it all game.
“We have a lot of kid playing right now,” Lower Moreland coach Mark Mayson said. “Every kid on the team plays in the varsity games and that’s the situation we find ourselves in so we’ll keep working at it.”
On the first play of the game Lower Moreland fumbled the ball deep in its own territory setting New Hope up with a first goal from the nine-yard line. It took New Hope all of one play to capitalize as sophomore quarterback Nick Garritano hit Blake Hildebrandt for the touchdown. Lower Moreland was trailing just 17 seconds into the game.
Garritano found Hildebrandt four times total for 64 yards and two touchdowns as Garritano finished with 136 yards passing, completing 10 of 15 passes with two touchdowns.
“New Hope’s an outstanding football team they’re 7-0 for many reasons,” Mayson said. “They play with a lot of energy. They’re a very good football team.”
Lower Moreland struggled to move the ball for the majority of the game. Josh Wattenmaker led Lower Moreland with 14 rushing attempts for 38 yards.
Wattenmaker’s largest contribution on the day however came on the final play from scrimmage as he hauled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Mike Parisse to put points on board after a tough day.
“Its always important to score a touchdown,” Mayson said. “Its not fun being down 55-0.”
Lower Moreland is obviously not in any position to overlook any team but it has two winnable league games in Valley Forge Military Academy and Jenkintown upcoming in the next two weeks. Lower Moreland should be in position to grab another win in the next couple of weeks.
“They’re all going to be difficult challenges,” Mayson said of the remaining games. “We’re 1-6, we have to be positive, hang in there together, stick together, work hard, get ready for the next one and play our best football game.”

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