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nior kicker Tay­lor Smith banked a 40yard field goal off the left up­right to cut the lead to 17-10 af­ter three.

Just as it ap­peared the Rams would get their chance to tie, Zu­bil­laga stole the showwith a catch along the vis­it­ing side­line. Gor­gone lofted a pass from around his own 35 into enough traf­fic that the Unionville coaches in the press box were al­ready plead­ing for pass in­ter­fer­ence.

Then they saw the side judge’s sig­nal. Zu­bil­laga had­made the catch to give the In­di­ans a first down at SF’s 33. Brath­waite added a 29-yard field goal to widen the lead to 20-10.

Pergine found a wide-open Tyler Ed­wards for a 44-yard TD to cut it to 2017 with just un­der four min­utes to play for the Rams.

“Our ex­pec­ta­tion for the team is that the kids play hard the whole game, and they def­i­nitely kept com­ing,” added Brubaker. “The ef­fort was there all night.”

How­ever, Zu­bil­laga saved his best for last, lin­ing up at quar­ter­back on a 2nd and 3 sit­u­a­tion from the Unionville 26 – as he had so of­ten on short yardage plays all night.

This time, how­ever, he wouldn’t be stopped, rum­bling 74 yards to make the score 26-17 and put a bow on the sea­sonopen­ing up­set.

“We wanted this one bad, af­ter last year when they took it to us,” ad­mit­ted Zu­bil­laga, ref­er­enc­ing Spring-Ford’s 33-3 sea­son-open­ing win at Unionville in 2016. “It’s a great start to the sea­son, the best we could’ve hoped for... and all our goals are in front of us. We want to take it all the­way this sea­son. There are no lim­its on what we can ac­com­plish.”

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