Offense is for kicks as Red Team all-stars squeeze by Blue Team at Hero Bowl

Posted on June 1, 2018 in Newspaper.

Blue (3) Quadir Gibson of Glen Mills can’t escape the grasp of Red defenders (12) Kyle Addis of Radnor and (17) Jonathan Klee of Haverford in the first quarter. PETE BANNAN-DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA

By Matt Smith

Originally, Jack Coary of Springfield wasn’t on the Hero Bowl Red Team roster. He had to lobby for himself to head coach Rich Gentile.“Coach Gentile then asked me, ‘Do you want to play in the Hero Bowl?’” Coary said. “I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity. I said, ‘Absolutely I would like to play.’”

Coary punted and kicked in Thursday’s 42nd edition of the Delaware County all-star football classic. Along with Marple Newtown’s Luke Ciavardelli, who hit a 37-yard field goal, it could be argued they were two of the best-performing players on the field.

The Red squad earned a 10-6 victory, but if you were looking for a clinic or highlight reel of offensive football … well, this wasn’t the year for that.
Coary’s punting — he had boots of 35, 53, 38 and 56 yards — made life difficult for an already offensively challenged Blue team that, outside of

All-Delco wide receiver Rahiem Bowens of Penn Wood, seemed stuck in park all night. And Coary’s punting also alleviated the offensive woes of the Red team, which completed only two passes for 47 yards and amassed a whopping 21 yards rushing.

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