Glory Days Football Writer

HADDON HEIGHTS — A 2-minute, 46-second span of game time here on Saturday showed some reasons why Audubon’s football team owns South Jersey’s longest active win streak.

It summed up both the Green Wave and the ingredients needed to make for a special run like this, now stretched out over nine games back to last season.

Through all the back-and-forth action in Audubon’s 35-25 triumph against Haddon Heights, that quick turnaround served as a perfect portrait.

The Green Wave (3-0) trailed Haddon Heights 6-0 due to a first-quarter Jackson Ferrante touchdown run. Early in the second frame, Audubon quarterback Scott Lynch shoveled a pass to Luke Hoke, who dashed 14 yards to score.

On the next kickoff, Audubon recovered a mishandled squib kick. Four plays later, Hoke plunged in from nine out.

Those back-to-back trips to pay dirt seemed enough to make a statement.

Then, Billy Lindemuth added the dot at the bottom of the exclamation point. On the third snap of the next Garnets’ series, the junior plucked a deflected pass across the middle and cruised 44 yards.

“They ran a slant right across the field and I was just following him,” Lindemuth said. “The linebacker was on the front side and I was on the back.

“It hit off his hands and went right into mine. I saw the quarterback and knew I had one man to beat. It was just a race to the end zone.”

In the blink of an eye, the Green Wave gained complete control. Heights (2-1) battled throughout but couldn’t quite get even. The Garnets even trimmed the deficit as close as two, at 21-19.

Audubon always had an answer.

“We have a lot of good players that can make great plays at any time,” Lindemuth said. “We all play together as a team, a family.

“We went down early and knew if we played as a team we would come back. We just did our jobs and it happened.”

There were plenty who accomplished their tasks. Lynch at quarterback threw it and ran on occasion with authority. Hoke and Derrick Bryant ran hard and fast both between the tackles and off the edges. Sean Driscoll made a couple stellar contested catches in the red zone — one of which stood good for a score.

Driscoll left the game after a leg injury late that occurred on the game’s most pivotal snap. Up three with 2:34 left, he punted and was run into by a defender.

Heights had used its three timeouts on the plays prior. The penalty effectively removed all drama from the finish. Though, Bryant would dash in to round out the score soon after.

There were others as well, of course, who added to the Audubon effort. That’s what happens on teams that find ways to win — now nine times in a row.

“I think we were playing well and kept our foot on the pedal,” coach Dan Reed said. “We really preach turnovers and explosive plays are really what decide games. I think you saw that today.

“Big plays went back and forth and they came ready to play the entire time. They didn’t stop either, which was huge for us. We do have a lot of playmakers on the team, we’re very deep in the skill positions. Guys just continue to make plays whether they’re starters or not.”

Lynch, who’d left home to go play in Florida last year, has added even more leadership and ability to the squad’s repertoire.

“I don’t know, it just kind of happens,” Lynch said as he laughed, slightly flummoxed by Saturday’s quick turn of events. “Everyone goes both ways, plays both ways and does good.

“We’re looking to go undefeated this year and we don’t have that many kids, but we’ve just got to do what we’ve got to do.”

Through all the wacky bounces and scores, the scoreboard again tilted in favor of the green and gold. There’s a bit of magic around this tiny school right now — even famous alum Joe Flacco stopped by to catch some of the action.

Hopefully he saw the 3-minute span that illustrated how good this team can be — and why a nine-game streak continues to be boosted by the good vibes around it.

Mark Trible covers high school football for Glory Days Magazine. Check out his weekly Facebook Live show every Wednesday at 7 p.m. The South Jersey Football Frenzy Show can be seen at