On paper it appeared that Sunday's non-league game between Lower Moreland and Valley Forge Military Academy was a huge mismatch, with the Cadets only dressing about 15 players for the game.

The Lions, a bit beat up themselves, overcame three first half turnovers and a 14-point deficit to defeat Valley Forge 26-20 in overtime.

"Valley Forge really played a magnificent game,' Lower Moreland coach Mark Mayson said. "It wasn't easy for us, we had a number of turnovers that contributed to that. We got down 14-0 and we hung in there.'

Lower Moreland had four possessions in the first half. In the first three it lost fumbles. Valley Forge was able to take advantage of the Lions turnovers as it turned them into 14 Cadet points to get the early two score lead.

"We knew we needed to do that,' Valley Forger coach Paul Noon said of his team winning the turnover battle. "We saw on their film against the Academy New Church that they put the ball on the ground a lot, but they strip the ball pretty well too.'

Lower Moreland finally got back on track in its final possession of the half as Ryan Killion cashed in with a two-yard touchdown run to cut the Valley Forge lead to just one score going into half.

The Lions came out of halftime and fumbled twice on their first drive, however, they recovered both and again reached the end zone, this time it was a Tyler Hunn run from 11 yards out.

"We struggled once they started to hit the run,' Noon said. "They played pretty fundamentally sound football.'


Valley Forge converted yet another Lower Moreland fumble into points, as a fumble on the last play of the third quarter was returned deep into Lions territory. Two plays later Bronson Szallar ran in his third touchdown of the game.

"We had a problem today,' Mayson said of his team's fumbles. "But we had guys hurt, playing hurt, getting hurt right away in the game.'

With 48 minutes of play not enough to separate to the two teams, the Lions needed only one possession in overtime to finish off Valley Forge after getting a defensive stop, Ryan Killion ran in his third touchdown of the game for the game winner.

Valley Forger Military Academy 0 14 0 6 0-20

Lower Moreland 0 7 7 6 6-26


VF- Szallar 14 run (Evans run)

VF- Szallar 5 run (pass failed)

LM- Killion 2 run (Pocrass kick)

LM-Hunn 11 run (Pocrass kick)

VF- Szallar 5 run (pass failed)

LM- Killion 5 run (kick failed)

LM- Killion 4 run

VFMA L.Moreland

First downs 13 12

Yards rushing 209 219

Yards passing 44 27

Total offense 253 246

Passing 3-6-1 1-4

Fumbles-Lost 2-0 6-4

Penalties 5-35 1-5

Punts-avg. 6-28.3 2-38.6


Valley Forge Military Academy: Szallar 31-130; Allen 4-18; Evans 13-48; Haley 2-13

Lower Moreland: Killion 17-80, 3 TD; Chung 4-41; Hunn 7-40, TD; Leventhal 11-16; Gallagher 1-42


Valley Forge Military Academy: Haley 3-6-1, 44 yards; Allen 0-1-1

Lower Moreland: Leventhal 1-4, 27 yards


Valley Forge Military Academy: Lacy 2-41; Szallar 1-3

Lower Moreland: Canter 1-27