Interboro keeps things moving in seventh straight victory

CHESTER >> Interboro coach Steve Lennox isn’t always concerned with the number of plays his Bucs run.

Lennox likes to see the clock running as his players run with the football, picking up yardage as well as points.

At Chester High Saturday morning, Interboro got off 62 plays on offense to the Clippers’ 38, rolling up 308 yards on the ground in averaging 5.9 yards per carry. The Bucs (7-1, 3-0 Del Val League) rolled to their seventh consecutive victory, earning a 40-18 decision over Chester (2-5, 2-1), which had given up just six points in league wins over Glen Mills and Chichester.

“I’m proud of the way our kids fought out there today,” Lennox said. “Give Chester credit. I have a lot of respect for the job Tony (Beaty, Chester’s head coach) is doing.

“He made a comment about how strong our kids were. We work hard in the weight room, and its pays off for our line.”

Interboro junior Chris Thomas turned in his first 100-yard rushing performance (114 yards on 22 carries) and had a scoring run as well as a pair of two-point conversion runs.

Senior Chris Hummel (50 yards on eight carries) added a TD run after his third-quarter interception.

“We can’t do anything without the help of our offensive line,” Thomas said.

Sophomore Brett McLaughlin, juniors Cameron Brooks, Quentin Frangelli and Michael MacMillan, and seniors Brandyne Tynes and Chase Pattinson were the key members of the offensive line earning their teammates’ praises.

“They’re doing such a good job that nobody has been stopping us,” said Hummel, who is headed to Mount St. Mary’s to play lacrosse.

Interboro stayed on the ground in marching 96 yards in 14 plays on its first possession. Hummel picked up 15 yards on the only third-down carry until quarterback Danny Mea covered the final four yards. After a Chester penalty, Thomas ran in for two points.

Amare Kenneth’s fumble recovery set the Bucs up for a 68-yard drive for the next six points, which came on a short Thomas run.

Interboro added six more points before halftime when Nate Murtha tossed a 5-yard scoring pass to Matthew DiSands, and Kalie Kuyateh chipped in with a 14-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.

Chester quarterback Jamir Green made things interesting for the home fans with TD passes of 26 yards to Rashee Alexander and 10 yards to Jaquan Flood five minutes apart.

A Mea interception was followed one play later by a Hummel pick and 20-yard return to the Chester 10, from where Hummel coasted up the middle for six points.

Pattinson’s fourth-down sack of Green gave the Bucs the ball at Chester’s 34. After a 17-yard run by Hummel, Thomas banged over from the 1 for a touchdown.

“You want to (make plays) on defense because defense is what wins championships,” Pattinson said. “They had a couple scoring drives in the third quarter, and we knew we could do better. You have to be tough on defense.”

Green and Alexander got together on a 43-yard pass play for Chester’s last score, which proved to be too little and too late to stop the surging Bucs.

“We have to think about Chichester on our senior night (Friday) and not be looking past anyone,” Thomas said, not mentioning that in two weeks Interboro and Academy Park might be putting perfect Del Val records on the line at AP’s Knight Park.

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