Pen­nridge falls short against Spring-ford

The Globe - - OPINION - By An­drew Mar­cus

HDOIWLPe oI WKe DL­sWr­LFW 2ne CODss AAAA sePLfinDO game be­tween Pen­nridge and Spring-Ford gave both floFNs oI 5DPs D reD­son Wo be op­ti­mistic they were two quar­ters away from a trip to the ti­tle game next week.

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.

HoweYer oSWLPLsP sOowOy IDded, sWDrWLnJ wLWK WKe firsW play of the third quar­ter. 6SrLnJ-)ord’s -Drred -ones made one hard cut and 74 yDrds ODWer KDd KLs 5DPs on WoS Ior Jood. 6SrLnJ-)ord’s 35-24 win at Poppy Yoder Field ended the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence CKDPS’s seD­son.

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.”

The 74-yard score by -ones wDs KLs firsW WouFK oI the af­ter­noon. Se­nior run­ning back Yousef Lundi had al­ready found the end zone WwLFe Ln WKe firsW KDOI Dnd TuDrWer­bDFN HDnN Coyne threw a touch­down pass in each half. In the end, SpringFord had too many op­tions.

“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.”

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