After giving up a combined 87 points in back-to-back losses to La Salle and Archbishop Wood, Tim Moulton and Archbishop Ryan rebounded with a 27-13 victory Saturday night over Archbishop Carroll.
"Defensively, we were a lot sharper," said Moulton, a senior two-way lineman. "Everybody knew their assignments and handled them."
Moulton and the host Raiders held the Patriots to 120 yards rushing on 30 attempts and 81 passing yards in a Catholic League Red Division contest at Northeast's Charlie Martin Memorial Stadium.
Ryan, which has about 55 players on its varsity roster, improved to 3-4, 2-2 in the league.
Depending on Ryan's defensive scheme, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Moulton switches between tackle and nose guard. He has scholarship offers from Central Florida, Duquesne, James Madison, and Massachusetts, among others.
"He's a great kid," Raiders coach Frank McArdle said. "There's no ego to him. He just comes out to practice and plays."
A third-year starter on defense, Moulton has also received interest from Connecticut, Rutgers, Temple, and Villanova. "I try to use my speed and power to make plays," the 18-year-old said.
He was joined up front against Carroll (2-5, 0-4) by rotating tackles Brett Tetlow and John O'Brien and ends Julian Jones and Jason Jefferson.
Support came from linebackers Colin Boyd, Dylan Carris, and Dan McBride, cornerbacks Tyreek Chappell and Mekhi Lang, and safeties Justin Collier and Chris Reed. Reed saw time at quarterback in six games last season.
Moulton, who was slowed as a sophomore by an injured kneecap, has bench-pressed 315 pounds, squatted 425, and dead-lifted 535.
Jefferson carried 10 times for 76 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday. The 5-9, 210-pounder scored on runs of 9, 4, 4, and 3 yards. "He's a great player, runs hard, is competitive," Moulton said. "I love blocking for him."
On a combined 35 carries, Jefferson, QB Jahlil Sanders and halfback Mike Minniti accounted for 236 of Ryan's 248 rushing yards.
The charge up front was led by Moulton, fellow linemen Tetlow (5-10, 240), O'Brien (6-1, 185), Tom Loughran (5-9, 245), and Sean Conway (5-10, 260) and end McBride (5-11, 185).
Moulton, who played youth football for the Rhawnhurst Raiders and Bustleton Bengals, plans to play basketball in the winter after sitting out last year. He may also throw the shot put (for the first time) in the spring.
"I'm trying to get involved in as many activities as I can before I graduate," he said.
Quakertown will visit Upper Moreland in a key Suburban One League American Conference matchup at 7 p.m. Friday. The Panthers are 6-0 and 4-0 in league action; the Golden Bears, coming off a bye week, are 6-0 and 3-0.
Quakertown is spurred on offense by halfback Christian Patrick, QB Brad Bryan, and receiver Tim Shevlin. Upper Moreland has a strong one-two rushing punch in Caleb Mead and Sterlen Barr.
The Panthers, who switched from the Continental Conference last season, topped the Golden Bears, 21-7, last season.