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Academy Park wins one for the "G' - October 30, 1994

October 30, 1994 | Delaware County Daily Times (Primos - Upper Darby, PA)
| Section: News
635 Words

ASTON -- Chuck Buechler tried to wait until he and Academy Park coach Sal Oropollo got to Crozer Chester Medical Center to give fellow assistant coach Tony Gagliardi all the details of the Knights' 22-10 Del Val League victory over Sun Valley Friday night.

He really did -- but he just couldn't wait that long.

Buechler had to call his fellow assistant coach, who underwent a successful angioplasty earlier in the day to clear blocked arteries. So, being the 90s kind of guy that he is, Buechler pulled out his cellular phone and gave Gagliardi a call.

It didn't take long for that ""brief'' phone call to turn into a gabfest. Player after player grabbed the phone to wish their defensive coordinator a speedy recovery.

The Knights (2-3, 4-5) had dedicated the game to Gagliardi, who suffered a mild heart attack prior to the Knights' 26-7 loss to Penn Wood last week. Then they went out and brought home the man they call ""G'' a win.

Afterward, Buechler and Oropollo said they were going to sneak into Gagliardi's room so they could present him with the game ball.

Fittingly, Gagliardi's defense led the way.

""We just wanted to win this one for Coach G,'' said defensive end Pat Hicks, who blocked a punt and spent most of the night in the face of Sun Valley quarterback Brad Messick. ""He's always been there for us and we just wanted to show him that we're behind him now.''

Hicks, and fellow defensive end Kwasi Asare, had a field day teeing off on Messick. Both ends spent so much time in the Sun Valley backfield Friday night that they could qualify for a varsity letter at the Vanguards' banquet at the end of the season. AP sacked Messick six times for minus-39 yards and never let the Sun Valley offense maintain any consistency after Messick's 18-yard TD pass to tight end Dave Lock gave the Vanguards (3-5) a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

""We just didn't let up,'' Asare said. ""Our game plan was to keep the pressure on the quarterback and that's what we did.''

It didn't take long for the Knights to recover from that early deficit. Asare and Hicks teamed up to sack Messick for a safety as the first quarter game to a close. In the next four minutes, Jeremy Klein would go 58 yards for a touchdown and kick two extra points, and quarterback Tim Flynn would throw an 11-yard scoring toss to Chris Ferrari to put the Knights up for good, 16-7.

Even a 22-yard Jerry Guidotti with 35 seconds to play in the first half could not swing the tide in Sun Valley's favor. The Knight defense simply would not allow it.

Flynn, Ferrari and Kevin Hornug intercepted Messick on three consecutive plays from scrimmage and James Carmichael (22 carries, 107 yards) sprinted 32 yards for the final TD to make sure the game ball Gagliardi received had a ""W'' attached to it.

""This game was for Coach G and we weren't going to let them take it away from us,'' Asare said. FOOTBALL

Academy Park 23, Sun Valley 10

Academy Park 2 14 0 7 -- 23> Sun Valley 7 3 0 0 -- 10>

SV -- D. Lock 18 pass from Messick (Guidotti kick)

AP -- Safety

AP -- Klein 58 run (Klein kick)

AP -- Ferrari 11 pass from Flynn (Klein kick)

SV -- FG Guidotti 22

AP -- Carmichael 32 run (Klein kick)


First Downs67


Passing Yards58102






RUSHING -- Academy Park: Carmichael 22-107, Smart 9-0, Howatt 1-(-8), Klein 5-58, Flynn 3-(-17). Sun Valley: G. Lock 16-39, Messick 6-(-39), Horn 1-0.

PASSING -- Academy Park: Flynn 4-8-1, 58. Sun Valley: Messick 10-24-3, 102. Kelly 0-0-0, 0.

RECEIVING -- Academy Park: Carmichael 1-5, Klein 1-33, Ferrari 1-11, Hornug 1-9. Sun Valley: Horn 7-66, D. Lock 1-18, G. Lock 1-11. Starkey 1-7.

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