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But Upper Moreland wasn’t going to let this one get away.
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Upper Moreland iced the game less than two minutes into the fourth quarter when hnox took a direct snap and scored from 11 yards out.
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“I was playing my sophomore year and those guys were really disappointed and it’s tough to come back after you had such high aspirations for the team,” he said. “But practice was good all week and we were just able to execute today.”
Pennridge quaterback Alex Krivda hits Mike Class with a short pass during Saturday’s District One Class AAAA playoff game against Spring-Ford.