Late drive lifts Rams past CB West
In a tie game in the fourth quarter Friday night, Pennridge coach Randy Cuthbert was not taking any chances.
With 72 yards to reach the end zone, Mike Class and Mackenzie Crawford were going to carry the Rams there.
“The game was on the line, so I wanted the ball in my best guys’ hands,” Cuthbert said. “Mike and Kenny are going to be touching it, we were trying to mix it up, to keep them a little bit off balance and to who’s going to get it.”
Class was the one who SuW WKH fiQLVKLQJ WRuFKHV RQ the 12-play drive, as his 10yard touchdown with 1:26 remaining allowed visiting Pennridge to hold off Central Bucks West, 28-21, in a Suburban One Continental Conference matchup at War Memorial Field.
“I got the ball and I saw they had a guy coming through. And I tried to cut it back and I got hit,” said Class of the game-winning score. “But luckily I broke the tackle and went through. And then I had another guy coming at me, and I just gave him a little stiff DUP DQG , ZDV DEOH WR fiQG WKH end zone.”
Class ran for 168 yards and three touchdowns, while Crawford had 128 yards and a score as the Rams (4-1, 1-0 conference) earned their third straight victory.
“I think the best part is knowing that my team didn’t quit,” Class said. “And they didn’t quit on anybody else. And knowing that having that last drive, coming out, KDvLQJ WKDW fiUH uS LQ RuU stomachs. Knowing that we wanted to win more than they did.”
Sherrod Higginbotham had both a rushing and receiving touchdown, while Cody Riemenschneider had a pair of touchdown passes for Central Bucks West (2-3, 0-2), which has lost its last three games.
The Bucks trailed 14-0 after a Crawford 38-yard touchdown run at 3:44 in the second quarter, but rallied to pull even at 21-21 at 6:53 in the fourth on Riemenschneider’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Kurt Logan and twopoint conversion.
Pennridge then took over at its own 28 with 6:57 remaining. Of the 12 plays on the drive, 10 were runs by either Class or Crawford . The other two plays were a two-yard run by John Kim and quarterback Alex Krivda converting a third-and-6 from the Rams’ 44 with a 16-yard pass to Kim.
“I think the line played well. It was a heavy front to block against, but I think they did a good job of getting the guys some holes,” Cuthbert said. “Kenny and Mike when they got through, they got a bunch of yards.”