Garnet Valley defense ‘fills holes,’ shuts down Quakertown

Posted on November 10, 2018 in Newspaper.

Quakertown running back Christian Patrick is surrounded and tackled by Garnet Valley defenders Jake Morin (32), Evan Hrivnak (68), Steven Patterson (27) and Luke Shoemaker (44) Friday night. PETE BANNAN – DIGITAL FIRST MEDIA

By Matt Smith

 Nick Gabos and Danny Bradley each tried to avoid taking credit for a pass break-up in the second half of Garnet Valley’s District 1 Class 6A quarterfinal game against Quakertown.“It definitely wasn’t me,” said Gabos, pointing to his teammate. “It was Bradley.”

Bradley smiled and nodded in affirmation, then said, “Let’s just say it was a team effort.” 

That is the Garnet Valley way. That is oneness.

Doing things well on an individual basis pales in comparison to winning as a team.

Bradley’s tip in the end zone on fourth down halted a Quakertown drive at the 2-yard line. Quakertown had four shots at it, too.

That one play encapsulated third-seeded Garnet Valley’s defensive resurgence following a shaky start. Bradley and Gabos were partially responsible, but so were linemen Adam Oldrati, Cade Brennan, Alex Westburg and many others.

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