Pen­nridge falls short against S-F

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

Half­time of the District 2nH CODss AAAA sHPifinDO game be­tween Pen­nridge and Spring-Ford gave both floFNs oI 5DPs D rHD­son Wo be op­ti­mistic they were two quar­ters away from a trip to WKH WiWOH JDPH nHxW wHHN.

Spring-Ford showed off its EDODnFHd DWWDFN Dnd KHOd D 21-18 lead. Pen­nridge pulled wiWKin WKrHH SoinWs WKDnNs Wo D WouFK­down in WKH finDO sHFonds of the quar­ter.

6SrinNOHd inWo Dn HnFourDJinJ fin­isK Wo WKH firsW KDOI for Pen­nridge, was the unWiPHOy nHws WKHir IuOOEDFN and se­nior cap­tain henny Craw­ford would not re­turn to ac­tion with a head in­jury. The home team has not made ex­cuses all sea­son and was not go­ing to start on Satur­day.

How­ever op­ti­mism slowly IDdHd, sWDrWinJ wiWK WKH firsW play of the third quar­ter. Spring-Ford’s Jarred Jones made one hard cut and 74 yDrds ODWHr KDd Kis 5DPs on top for good. Spring-Ford’s 35-24 win at Poppy voder Field ended the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence Champ’s sea­son.

Spring-Ford will play Coatesville for the district cham­pi­onship this Fri­day.

“We went in to the half SrHWWy Fon­fidHnW,” 5DPs’ sHnior TuDrWHrEDFN AOHx hrivda said. “We have been down be­fore. We have a lot oI Fon­fidHnFH. WH MusW FouOd noW FDSiWDOizH.”

The 74-yard score by -onHs wDs Kis firsW WouFK oI the af­ter­noon. Se­nior run­ninJ EDFN YousHI Lundi KDd al­ready found the end zone WwiFH in WKH firsW KDOI Dnd TuDrWHrEDFN HDnN CoynH threw a touch­down pass in each half. In the end, SpringFord had too many op­tions.

“henny has been great for us DOO yHDr DW IuOOEDFN Dnd OinHEDFNHr,” 5DPs’ FoDFK 5Dndy CuWKEHrW sDid. “,W wDs D WouJK ErHDN, EuW in­MuriHs KDSSHn. 7KHsH Nids KDYH been re­silient and stayed closed. We lost to­day and that is dis­ap­point­ing, but it has been an un­be­liev­able yHDr.”

Pen­nridge’s num­ber one oSWion, Mu­nior run­ninJ EDFN 0iNH CODss, wDs TuHsWionDEOH Wo SODy in WKH sHPi­fi­nal game, but dressed and re­ceived 20 car­ries. How­ever with the loss of his OHDd EOoFNHr CrDwIord, Dnd the big de­fen­sive front of Spring-Ford, Class was held to 58 yards, which in­cluded an 11-yard touch­down run. The score was the long­est of the day, and a Class run nevHr rH­suOWHd in D firsW down.

“,W wDs diI­fiFuOW Wo run,” Cuth­bert said. “They had some really big, ath­letic, strong guys up front. Their sizH wDs WKH diIIHrHnFH.”

With Class be­ing slowed for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, Pen-

Pen­nridge re­lied on se­nior hyle Bigam to break the big plays they have seen from their util­ity man all sea­son. BLJDP fiOOHG LQ DW IUOOEDFN IRR Craw­ford, but still did most of his dam­age out­side the hash­marks. Bigam caught four balls for 72 yards, in­clud­ing the 28-yard touch­down prior to half­time, de­spite be­ing triple-cov­ered on the route.

“It was Hail-Mary and I just saw the ball and went up and got it,” Bigam said. “Their cor­ner had his hands on it too, but I pulled it out. We ex­pect to come out here and make big plays when we need to.”

At times it looked bleak for Pen­nridge. They fum­bled WKH VQDS RI WKH fiRVW SODy RI the af­ter­noon. Spring-Ford in­ter­cepted two passes and was up two scores on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions. An in­ter­cep­tion and fum­ble re­cov­ery by Pen­nridge’s line­backer Matt Pasquale kept hope in the heart, but in the end Spring-Ford sur­vived.

“Our de­fense made some plays to keep us in the game,” Pasquale said. “But num­ber one (Tate Carter), 39 (Lundi), and Jones were good play­ers. I was shocked to not see Jones LQ WKH fiRVW KDOI. :H SODyHG hard, but it was not enough.”

Pen­nridge pos­si­bly could point to the three missed ex­tra points and one failed two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt. They could ex­plain the loss with a few un­timely in­juries, or hav­ing to play two games in three days. BUW 3HQQRLGJH fiQLVKHG WKH VHD­son 12-2 and league champs be­cause they never made ex­cuses. They won as a team all sea­son. Now, but with their heads held high, they have to lose as a team.

“We are not go­ing to make ex­cuses,” Bigam said. “We came out here and played as hard as we could and fell short. What hurts more than los­ing is know­ing this group most likely will never play with each other again. We be­came a fam­ily.”

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