Pen­nridge holds off Penns­bury to ad­vance

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By An­drew Marcus

The Pen­nridge de­fen­sive ends were dig­ging into the soft soil of Poppy voder Field on Penns­bury’s game ty­ing ex­tra point at­tempt in WKe fi­naO Pin­uWes oI WKe Dis­trict One Class AAAA quarWer­fi­naO FonWesW. 7Ke 5aPs were hop­ing to get a hand on the try.

The snap was clean and WKe 5aPs were un­aEOe Wo block the chip spot. But they were able to ex­hale as the two back ref­er­ees sig­naled no good. The ex­tra point clanked off the post and the 5aPs neYer reOinTuisKeG WKe lead.

“We do what it takes to win,” 5aPs’ FoaFK 5anGy Cuth­bert said. “The main goal is to move on and we are not wor­ried about style points. When you have two good teams the mo­men­tum is go­ing switch from side to side. We knew we would get their best in the sec­ond half.”

The 28-27 thriller tor­mented the weak at heart, EuW as WKe 5aPs KaYe Gone all sea­son, found a way to FoPe ouW oI a GoJ­fiJKW wiWK the vic­tory.

“We have a great group of guys and we refuse to lose,” se­nior FaSWain -oKn DuEyk said. “I live for this.”

Even af­ter the missed ex­tra point at­tempt, the Fal­cons re­cov­ered the on­side kiFk anG IorFeG WKe 5aPs’ de­fense to step up for one last se­ries. Tack­ling the 6-foot-3 Shawn Pep­per anG WKe 255-SounG DaTuan Mack all evening was start­ing to take its toll, but on fourth down and four yards they elected to keep the ball in the hands of quar­ter­back Breon Clark.

“They were good backs, but our de­fen­sive line got inWo WKe EaFk­fieOG aOO JaPe,” DuEyk saiG. “2ur enGs keSW con­tain and our lineback­ers closed the holes.”

Clark rolled out to his strong side and be­fore he FouOG finG Kis WarJeWs Gown fieOG, WKe 5aPs’ 0ike COass came off his de­fen­sive back po­si­tion to bring down Clark and bring on SpringForG. 7Ke 5aPs ouW oI WKe 3aF-10 GeIeaWeG 5iGOey 2826 on Fri­day and will play the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence champs at Poppy voder on Satur­day.

“Mike is a great de­fen­sive back, but he car­ries the ball a lot on of­fense,” Cuth­bert said. “We had an in­jury and Mike was pre­pared. We are ex­cited to have an­other home game.”

Class’ game sav­ing tackle will be talked about in town for a while, but his per­for­mance on of­fense al­lowed WKe 5aPs Wo Wake 28-7 earOy in the sec­ond half. The ju­nior run­ning back picked up 154 yards rush­ing and found the end zone twice. Class’ sec­ond score was a 69-yard dash to pay-dirt be­hind tackle Shane Kraynik, who sealed off the edge and al­lowed the sprinter speed of the area’s top tail­back to do the rest.

“They were big, but we were able to get to our blocks, and we have Mike,” Kraynik said. “As the game goes on, we made some ad­just­ments. Our hard work is pay­ing off. It is a dream come true.”

7Ke 5aPs sFor­inJ was started by se­nior John Kim’s 16-yard run and capped off by se­nior Alex Krivda’s 25-yard touch­down pass to Kyle Bigam. 7Ke roaG Wo WKe DisWriFW One Cham­pi­onship Game goes through Perkasie. Be­lieve or not, it is just how WKe 5aPs exSeFWeG iW Wo Ee back Au­gust.

“Some asked me a cou­ple weeks ago if we expected to be 9-1 and I said, ‘no’,” Krivda said. “We expected to 10-0.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Pen­nridge quater­back Alex Krivda scram­bles away from Penns­bury de­fend­ers dur­ing Fri­day’s Dis­trict One Class AAAA play­off con­test at Poppy Yoder Field.

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