by Aaron Glatter
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once stated, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” However, this season the Cardinals have been nothing short of perfect. At 6-0, Upper Dublin has beaten Delaware Valley, Harry S. Truman, Abington, Cheltenham, Wissahickon and Springfield. Recently, the Philadelphia Inquirer ranked Upper Dublin the sixth best team in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Coach Stover has a lot to be proud of, for his Cardinals are winning on both sides of the football field. The defense, led by Henry Winebrake, Jack Rapine and Stacy Gardner, has allowed only six points per game. On the offensive side of the ball, Ryan Stover, Kaleif Lee and the offense has scored an incredible forty-nine points per game. Todd Spirt has led the special teams unit, with his incredible consistency on kickoffs and extra points.
Though Upper Dublin has had no problem with winning so far, the second half of the regular season may host a couple of challenges. Upper Merion and Hatboro-Horsham should both be easy wins. On the other hand, Upper Moreland (5-1) and Plymouth Whitemarsh (5-1) may give the Cardinal’s a difficult time. Upper Moreland running back, Rodney Morgan, has put up impressive numbers through six games, and the Golden Bear’s defense only gives up fourteen point per game. Plymouth Whitemarsh will continue to hand the ball to their Division One bound rusher Nafeese Nasir. Upper Dublin hopes for the same result as last year, when the Cardinals gained 350 yards of total offense en route to a 34-28 win over the Colonials.
The Cardinals will wrap up their regular season on November 6th. Once the playoffs hit, Upper Dublin will have to play much tougher opponents. However, there is nothing to worry about. As Coach Stover and the Cardinals displayed last year, they have no problem being the underdogs.