was forced to run at least 10 times on the night. “It made me boot out of the pocket and try to make something happen. They were taking the linebackers and sending them late and all the pressure just made plays fall apart.”
The biggest play of the night for Conestoga was one that didn’t really happen.
Trailing 10-0 early in the fourth quarter, Braendel fumbled a shotgun snap from his own 24 yard line. The junior scooped it up and tried to make something happen, breaking tackles and weaving through the secondary for what appeared to be an electrifying 76-yard touchdown run.
But the single yellow flag sitting at the Radnor 43yard line meant it was all for naught. A block in the back call brought the Pioneers back to their own 47, and two sacks later, Conestoga was forced to punt.
“That’s a momentum taker,” Braendel said. “That really killed our momentum.”
Other than the first-quarter
touchdown, the biggest play of the night for Radnor came on Conestoga’s next drive after the calledback Braendel run.
With less than five minutes left, and facing a third and 15 from his their own 40, Braendel dropped back in the shotgun and saw an open Peyton Force Jones streaking down the center of the field.
But this time, it wasn’t a flag that stymied the Pioneers, it was linebacker Najeh Fowler, who made an unbelievable play tracking back to break up the pass and ending Conestoga’s last real hope.