De­fense car­ries S-F to district fi­nal

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Barry Sankey

Spring-Ford ex­tended its his­tory-mak­ing foot­ball sea­son at least one more week Satur­day af­ter­noon, and the Rams’ de­fense had a lot to do with it.

Spring-Ford may have de­feated Pen­nridge, 35-24, in a District 1 Class AAAA VHPL­fiQDO WR DGVDQFH WR WKH district cham­pi­onship game against Coatesville on Fri­day at 7 p.m. at Down­ing­town West, but some­what FDPRU­flDJHG Ey WKDW KLJK score was some solid play by the de­fense. That ef­fort in­cluded three turnovers against Pen­nridge that in­cluded a fum­ble re­cov­ery RQ WKH KRVWV’ fiRVW SODy IRRP scrim­mage and two big sec­ond-half in­ter­cep­tions.

Ma­son Ro­mano, a 6-foot0, 210-pound ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle, re­cov­ered the fum­ble that helped SpringFord take its early lead. Ro­mano also shared a sack with 6-3, 200-pound se­nior de­fen­sive end R.J. Shel­don. wameer McDow­ell, a 6-5, 220-pound se­nior de­fen­sive end, also reg­is­tered a sack.

hyle Hoffner and Travis Day­walt pilfered passes at crit­i­cal stages of the game for the vis­it­ing Rams.

Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker was happy with those types of plays.

“Our de­fense is clutch,” said Hoffner, a 6-1, 185-pound se­nior line­backer. “They (Pen­nridge) are a big, tough, phys­i­cal team, so we had to buckle down and stop them.

“We have a bunch of guys coming off past games in the play­offs. Ev­ery­one stepped it up.”

The sev­enth-seeded Spring-Ford squad won its third straight district play­off game af­ter vic­to­ries over dar­net Val­ley and Ri­d­ley to start the post­sea­son run. Spring-Ford did so against a Pen­nridge ball­club that just won the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship Thurs­day morn­ing with a vic­tory over Quak­er­town. Pen­nridge fea­tured the likes of 6-5 se­nior quar­ter­back Alex hrivda, ju­nior run­ning back Mike Class, who had run for more than 2,000 yards this sea­son, and some other solid skill play­ers.

Hoffner’s in­ter­cep­tion came with 2:24 re­main­ing in the third pe­riod and Pen­nridge in Spring-Ford ter­ri­tory. Spring-Ford held a 28-24 lead at the time, and Pen­nridge was on the move af­ter re­cov­er­ing an on­side kick.

Spring-Ford con­verted the key turnover into a touch­down at the other end of WKH fiHOG ZKHQ TUDRWHREDFN Hank Coyne found McDow­ell on a 25-yard strike RQ WKH fiRVW SODy RI WKH IRURWK quar­ter for a 35-24 lead.

Spring-Ford com­ple­mented its of­fense with the de­fen­sive work that also in­cluded some plays up front by 6-1, 220-pound ju­nior de­fen­sive tackle Robby Varner and se­nior Ben Schein in the sec­ondary.

The on­side kick­off re­turn gave Pen­nridge some ex­tra mo­men­tum at that point, so Spring-Ford’s play­ers knew they had to dig deeper to re­main ag­gres­sive.

The Spring-Ford coaches and play­ers pre­pared dili­gently all week to pre­pare for an­other stout op­po­nent in Pen­nridge.

“It comes down to know­ing who is go­ing where and pre­par­ing for the game,” said Schein. “So the work we did dur­ing the week de­ter­mines the out­come of the game.”

McDow­ell was thrilled with the vic­tory af­ter he turned in an­other pro­duc­tive con­test on both sides of the foot­ball.

“It is amaz­ing, a good feel­ing,” said McDow­ell. “We knew they were a good run­ning team. We knew we had to get pres­sure against them whether they were run­ning or pass­ing. We couldn’t let them get open.”

Brubaker felt his team forced Pen­nridge into dif­fiFUOW VLWUDWLRQV LQ RRGHR WR SLFN US fiRVW GRZQV DQG FRQWLQUH GRZQ fiHOG.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Pen­nridge’s Mike Class is wrapped up by a host of Spring-Ford de­fend­ers dur­ing Satur­day’s District One Class AAAA play­off game Satur­day at Poppy Yoder Field.

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