Pennridge falls short against Spring-ford
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Spring-Ford showed off its balanced attack and held a 21-18 lead. Pennridge pulled within three points thanks to D WouFKdown Ln WKe finDO seFonds of the quarter.
Sprinkled into an encourDJLnJ finLsK Wo WKe firsW KDOI for Pennridge, was the untimely news their fullback and senior captain Kenny Crawford would not return to action with a head injury. The home team has not made excuses all season and was not going to start on Saturday.
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Spring-Ford will play Coatesville for the district championship this Friday.
“We went in to the half SreWWy FonfidenW,” 5DPs’ senior quarterback Alex Krivda said. “We have been down before. We have a lot oI FonfidenFe. We MusW FouOd not capitalize.”
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“Kenny has been great for us all year at fullback and OLnebDFNer,” 5DPs’ FoDFK 5Dndy CuWKberW sDLd. “,W wDs a tough break, but injuries happen. These kids have been resilient and stayed closed. We lost today and that is disappointing, but it has been an unbelievable year.”
3ennrLdJe’s nuPber one option, junior running back Mike Class, was questionDbOe Wo SODy Ln WKe sePLfinal game, but dressed and reFeLYed 20 FDrrLes. However with the loss of his lead blocker Crawford, and the big defensive front of Spring-Ford, Class was held to 58 yards, which included an 11-yard touchdown run. The score was the longest of the day, and a Class run never resuOWed Ln D firsW down.
“,W wDs dLIfiFuOW Wo run,” Cuthbert said. “They had some really big, athletic, strong guys up front. Their size was the difference.”
With Class being slowed for a variety of reasons, Pennridge relied on senior Kyle BLJDP Wo breDN WKe bLJ SODys they have seen from their uWLOLWy PDn DOO seDson. BLJDP fiOOed Ln DW IuOObDFN Ior Crawford, but still did most of his damage outside the KDsK-PDrNs. BLJDP FDuJKW four balls for 72 yards, including the 28-yard touchdown prior to halftime, despite being triple-covered on the route.
“,W wDs HDLO-0Dry Dnd , just saw the ball and went uS Dnd JoW LW,” BLJDP sDLd. “Their corner had his hands on it too, but I pulled it out. We expect to come out here and make big plays when we need to.”
At times it looked bleak for Pennridge. They fumbled WKe snDS oI WKe firsW SODy oI the afternoon. Spring-Ford intercepted two passes and was up two scores on three separate occasions. An interception and fumble recovery by 3ennrLdJe’s OLnebDFNer Matt Pasquale kept hope in the heart, but in the end Spring-Ford survived.
“Our defense made some plays to keep us in the JDPe,” 3DsTuDOe sDLd. “BuW number one (Tate Carter), 39 (Lundi), and Jones were good players. I was shocked Wo noW see -ones Ln WKe firsW half. We played hard, but it was not enough.”
Pennridge possibly could point to the three missed extra points and one failed twopoint conversion attempt. They could explain the loss with a few untimely injuries, or having to play two games Ln WKree dDys. BuW 3ennrLdJe finLsKed WKe seDson 12-2 Dnd league champs because they never made excuses. They won as a team all season. Now, but with their heads held high, they have to lose as a team.
“We are not going to make exFuses,” BLJDP sDLd. “We came out here and played as hard as we could and fell short. What hurts more than losing is knowing this group most likely will never play with each other again. We became a family.”