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Father Judge Gets First U10 Win, 26-12 over Reading High

Written by: on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. Follow Bruce Badgley on Twitter.


READING – It had been seven months since the Reading High Football team took the field Friday night.  It had only been one week for Father Judge. But to start this U10  contest, the Red Knights were the team clicking on all cylinders. Led by Sophomore Quarterback Amier Burdine, Reading built a 12-0 lead early in the second quarter.  Father Judge battled back to move in front just before halftime. When Burdine exited the contest late in the first half, the Crusaders’ defense took over.  Reading Highs one-dimensional wildcat offense sputtered in the second half.  Father Judge (1-1) then used a solid running attack to pull away late and beat Reading High (0-1) 26-12.

The turning point of the game was in the second quarter when Father Judge’s Nymeir Appling grabbed a punt deep in his own end and bolted down the sidelines for the go-ahead score.  The Crusaders Running Back, Eric Smith, continued to impress. Eric racked up TD runs of four and 19 yards. Despite an early exit, Reading QB Amier Burdine was the most impressive player on the field.

Reading was off to the races to start the game.  The Red Knights controlled most of the first quarter and led 6-0 on a Burdine run.

Reading built a 12-0 lead in quarter two.  Father Judge battled back to earn a 13-12 advantage at the break.

The third quarter was dominated by each team’s defense.  Father Judge got its ground game moving in the fourth quarter.  The Crusaders controlled the clock and came away with a 26-12 win over Reading High.


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