By Matt Chandik
There were more than a few surprised people at halftime of the Upper Darby-Strath Haven game Friday night.
Considering the spots that the teams occupy in the Central League standings, the thought of seeing the Royals only lead the Panthers by a touchdown raised a few eyebrows. It didn’t go over well in the Upper Darby locker room, either, but the Royals never panicked.
Instead, they just rode their horse.
Isaiah Bruce took the second play from scrimmage in the second half 62 yards for a touchdown, and on the ensuing drive, darted 44 yards to set up a 3-yard Christoff Minott touchdown. The haymakers did a number on Strath Haven, and by the end of the night, Bruce and the rest of the first-stringers watched from the sidelines as the Royals put the finishing touches on a 34-7 rout.