U.Moreland falls short of Interboro
For Montgomery Media Rashon Fentress was exhausted, but the Interboro senior described his condition as “happy tired” Friday night after starring on offense, defense and special teams in the Bucs’ 27-21 down-to-the-wire nonleague football win over Upper Moreland.
Fentress blocked a punt in the first Tuarter, which teammate Steve Phillips recovered in the end zone for a touchdown to stake the Bucs (2-1) to an early 14-0 lead.
With the game tied midway through the fourth Tuarter, Fentress made a spectacular circus catch that kept a drive alive that eventually ended with Nick Rentos rifling a 22-yard go-ahead touchdown strike to Mark Everton.
And it was Fentress who teamed with Warren Allen to tackle Upper Moreland’s Robert Knox at the Interboro 5-yard line, stopping the Golden Bears’ workhorse two yards short on fourthand-three with 29 seconds left in the game.
“The coaches expect a lot of me,” Fentress said. “We came out knowing we had to redeem ourselves after the 41-0 loss to Episcopal last week. I was going to do whatever it took to win this game.”
No play was bigger than when Fentress and Allen joined forces with the game on the line, somehow finding enough strength to take down Knox — who riddled the Interboro defense throughout the night, rolling up 163 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.
“We kind of collided at the running back,” Fentress said.
“I didn’t know we had stopped (Knox) short until I heard the crowd,” Allen said
Allen was the Bucs’ main offensive weapon with 100 yards and two TDs on 15 carries.
Even though Interboro relied almost exclusively on its ground game, the Bucs also needed clutch Tuarterbacking from Rentos down the stretch. The senior completed just 4 of 5 passes for 69 yards, but his prettiest throw of the evening was the third-and-13 touchdown toss over the middle to Everton that closed the scoring with 6 minutes, 48 seconds left in the final Tuarter.
Yet, as Upper Moreland (2-1) showed in battling back from a 14-0 deficit less than 4½ minutes into the game, the Bucs’ late lead was anything but safe.
Knox was relentless to the end, rebounding from a seven-yard loss on a tackle by Fentress to almost singlehandedly carry the Golden Bears within the shadow of the Interboro goalposts in the final seconds.
The effort left Upper Moreland coach Dave Heying searching for adjectives to describe his sTuad’s all-out effort.
Knox “is a great football player, pure and simple, he runs the ball hard on every down,” Heying said.
“I don’t want our guys to beat themselves up over this loss,” the coach continued. “I’m so proud of the effort, I’m happy with how we responded from the early 14-0 hole. Even though we won our first two games this season, I’d say this is my favorite football game in my two years at Upper Moreland.”
Academy New Church’s Shane McCurdy breaks away from Springfield’s Malik Ball during Friday’s non-league action.