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ALEXANDRIA – The Delaware Valley Excessive Faculty soccer staff knew it might have to be near mistake free Friday night time if it was to have an opportunity to topple a elegant machine like A.L Johnson.

Sadly for the Terriers, errors made it that a lot simpler for the unbeaten Crusaders to go away Faucet Webb Subject with a forty nine-21 victory in a Mid-State 37 Valley Division recreation.


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A.L. Johnson improved to 4-0 both overall and in division play. Delaware Valley dropped to 2-2 and 1-2 in the division. A.L. Johnson can wrap up the division by beating Hillside in Clark next Friday night.

Delaware Valley had the opportunity to make the division pursuit a three-way race, but it didn’t happen as A.L Johnson ran for a whopping 428 yards behind a quality line and backs like Joe Turek, who ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries, and Mike Bruno, who went for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Johnson led 28-0 in the second quarter and was in command with its hybrid triple-option offense doing the damage. Turek and his teammates ran counters, misdirections, iso runs and sweeps behind the offensive line.

“Every time I see Johnson they seem to fire off the ball harder and harder than they did the last time,” Delaware Valley coach Mike Haughey said. “You cannot simulate their physicality and speed in practice. The physicality is the hardest thing.”

Quarterback Mike Bruno only threw two passes and both were caught, one for a touchdown. Two turnovers and a botched snap on a punt led to Crusader points.


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“We had dropped balls, fumbles, an interception, a punt snap over our heads,” Haughey said. “Even against New Providence (40-0)  in a win last week we made mistakes and we did not clean them up this week. Hurting ourselves is uncharacteristic of Del Val football. We have to clean them up going forward.”

The positives were that the Terriers didn’t quit on the night. Twice Johnson reached Mercy Rule territory in the second half and twice Delaware Valley answered with touchdowns. But that wasn’t exactly what the Terriers were looking for on a day the unbeaten 1960’s team was honored.

A.L. Johnson scored on the first series of the game and soon was in complete control.

“Johnson is a better team, but I don’t know if they are 28 points better than us,” Haughey said.

A division title is no longer a possibility, but a Central Group II playoff berth is. Short memories will need to be part of that quest. The Johnson game film will be reviewed by the team Saturday morning,…