Bensalem takes down Council Rock South
For BucksLocalSports BENSALEM — Bensalem didn’t need any extra incentive to play well in its Suburban One League National Conference opener last criday night against Council Rock South. But the Owls got it anyway.
cresh off of a 28-point non-league loss one week earlier, Bensalem lost cocaptain Jalen Nieves to a devastating ankle injury less than four minutes into the game.
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Nieves, who’s been used mainly as a receiver on offense and as a key defensive back, was injured at the end of a 12-yard run by teammate Alex Arcangeli. Someone rolled onto Nieves’ right leg in a sideline pileup.
It appeared as if he suffered a broken ankle or lower leg, perhaps both.
Seemingly inspired by Nieves’ injury, Bensalem emerged from the long delay dominant on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they constructed a 14-play, 65-yard drive almost exclusively on the ground and took the lead on Arcangeli’s nine-yard touchdown run.
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Bensalem surged ahead by 14 points with four minutes tR JR LQ tKH first KDOI wKHQ Arcangeli scored on a seven-yard run to cap an eightplay, 78-yard drive. Again, the Owls needed just one pass play in the sequence, a short toss from Hopkins to Reed. Meanwhile, fullback Pisarchuk pounded the heart of the CR South defense for runs of 29 and 18 yards.
The Hawks replied on their next offensive snap as Christian Crane raced up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown, but Bensalem made the score 21-7 on Pisarchuk’s 10-yard touchdown run with 59 seconds left in tKH first KDOI.
CR South got no closer than 14 points for the rest of the game.
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crom here, South travels to Pennsbury to take on the calcons this criday night. Bensalem gets on a bus to Abington, which edged CR North by two points last criday night.
Council Rock South QB Greg Paprocki and P.J. Steinmetz work the option in an earlier season matchup for the Hawks.
CR South senior Christian Crane (L) scored on a pair of touchdown runs last Friday in Bensalem though the Owls emerged with the win.