Spring-Ford foot­ball makes no mis­takes in 33-0 romp over OJR.

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Rob Se­nior

BUCKTOWN >> Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker didn’t mince words when dis­cussing his team’s 2017 visit to Owen J. Roberts, call­ing the 33-0 set­back a “dis­as­ter.”

Thanks to a sched­ul­ing quirk, the Rams found them­selves back in the same po­si­tion this year — matched up with the Wild­cats at OJR’s Home­com­ing with their un­de­feated Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence record on the line.

The Rams’ de­fense made sure light­ning didn’t strike twice.

Wal­ter Mol­ishus led the charge with three sacks and com­bined with DJ Fran­cis for an­other that led to a sec­ondquar­ter safety, and the Spring­Ford of­fense re­cov­ered from a slow start to get their pay­back, 30-7 over the Wild­cats (5-3, 2-2 PAC Lib­erty) at Henry J. Ber­nat Sta­dium.

“We put in the work. We all shine in our mo­ments,” said Mol­ishus, a 6-7, 295 line­man. “I think ev­ery game we’ve made small im­prove­ments, and we’re peak­ing at the right time.”

It was the fifth con­sec­u­tive win for the Rams (7-1, 4-0 PAC Lib­erty) who put them­selves in po­si­tion for a win­ner-take-all show­down for the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion ti­tle against Perkiomen Val­ley in next Fri­day’s con­test at Coach McNelly Sta­dium.

“Our de­fense, they’ve been strong all year,” said Chad Brubaker, head coach of the Rams. “First game of the year, they got us through (a shutout against Cen­tral Bucks South). Af­ter that, we knew they’d get us through any­thing.”

A de­fen­sive bat­tle for field po­si­tion led to both teams adopt­ing quick­kick­ing strate­gies — first, Spring-Ford’s En­gro’s ef­fort gave OJR a touch­back at their own 20, then Cooper Cham­ber­lain booted the Wild­cats out of trou­ble on 3rd and long.

Af­ter an er­rant snap backed the Rams up to their own 39, the Rams ap­peared to draw first blood be­fore a hold­ing penalty negated En­gro’s TD pass to Dante Bo­nanni.

But the next time the Rams got the ball back, the com­bi­na­tion of Stephen Brill and An­drew Yoon got the Rams into the red zone, where En­gro made the play of the night to get the Rams on the board. Flushed out of the pocket by OJR’s Ai­dan Hay­ward, the ju­nior QB evaded two more tack­lers be­fore find­ing a wide-open Blaize Scar­celle for nine yards and a 7-0 Rams lead.

On the Wild­cats’ next pos­ses­sion, penal­ties back the of­fense up to their own 4-yard line, where Mol­ishus jarred the ball loose from Cham­ber­lain and out of the end zone for a Rams safety, ex­tend­ing the lead to a 9-0 ad­van­tage the Rams would take to the locker room.

For the open­ing half, Spring-Ford lim­ited the Wild­cats of­fense — clearly ham­pered by Mar­cus Martin’s lin­ger­ing knee in­jury — to 52 to­tal yards of of­fense. Martin, not at all him­self on Fri­day night, car­ried only nine times for five yards.

“If it weren’t Spring-Ford, he prob­a­bly wouldn’t have played at all,” of­fered OJR head coach Rich Kolka. “We felt we owed it to Mar­cus to give it a shot, his be­ing a se­nior and a great leader and all.”

En­gro gave his de­fense a lit­tle breath­ing room on the first play of the sec­ond half, keep­ing on a zone read play and ex­plod­ing up the mid­dle for 64 yards and SF’s sec­ond TD of the evening to grow the lead to 16-0.

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