Play­off Push

Big Red routs CR North, in­creases post­sea­son chances

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports — Kev Hunter

FRANCONIA >> Soud­er­ton Area won for the fourth time in five games, strength­en­ing its play­off chances with a dom­i­nant 39-6 win over Coun­cil Rock North in a non-con­fer­ence game Fri­day night.

Big Red im­proved to 4-4 over­all while Rock North dropped to 1-7 on the sea­son.

Soud­er­ton built a 25-0 lead by the break and got an 85-yard touch­down run by Jalen White in the third quar­ter. Af­ter a 19yard TD run by Rock North’s Tim Gib­son, Big Red pro­vided the fi­nal points with a one-yard burst by Ethan Moyer.

Soud­er­ton Area forced four first-quar­ter fum­bles, con­vert­ing three of those into points.

Two plays af­ter Rock North’s first turnover, DeAn­dre Wake­field scored on a seven-yard run to put the In­di­ans in front, 7-0, just 1 minute and 9 sec­onds into the con­test.

Soon af­ter, Tre Sa­muels scooped up a fum­ble by Rock North and re­turned it 30 yards for a score. The ex­tra-point at­tempt was wide, leav­ing the mar­gin at 13-0.

Big Red forced an­other fum­ble near the end of the first quar­ter, con­vert­ing it into a 35-yard field goal by Wil­liam Ley­land to start the sec­ond quar­ter, mak­ing it 16-0.

The Rock North In­di­ans had a punt snap sail out the back of the end zone for a safety, ex­tend­ing the mar­gin to 18-0, and Wake­field showed off his ver­sa­til­ity by re­turn­ing the en­su­ing free kick for a score, mak­ing it a 25-0 gap at the break.

North Penn 20, CB West 6

TOWAMENCIN >> Jon Haynes hauled in a 29-yard touch­down pass as time ex­pired in the third quar­ter while Ju­lian White added a 1-yard score in the fourth as North Penn stayed per­fect with a 20-7 win over Cen­tral Bucks West Fri­day night.

Af­ter the teams ended the first half tied 6-6, Haynes gave the Knights (80, 4-0 SOL Con­ti­nen­tal the lead, leap­ing then hold­ing on in the end­zone for the 29-yard TD from Solomon Robin­son to put NP up 13-6.

CB West (2-6, 1-4) went for it on 4th and 2 from its own 43 and was stuffed for no gain with 10:07 in the fourth. The Knights went ahead 20-7 on the next se­ries, White scor­ing on a 1-yard run at 6:54.

North Penn took a 6-0 lead with a nine-play, 71yard in the first quar­ter drive White capped by plow­ing over the goal line from a yard out at 5:15.

West tied the game in the half’s fi­nal minute. Jack Fal­lon in­ter­cepted Robin­son and re­turned it to the NP 42 with 50 sec­onds left. On a 2nd down from the 31, Fal­lon took a Jack Neri pass 30 yards down to the one. FirNeri rolled right and hit Con­nor Le­vant in the end zone to make it 6-6 with just six sec­onds re­main­ing. — Mike Cabrey

Up­per Dublin 47, Wis­sahickon 12

FORT WASH­ING­TON >> A ri­valry matchup al­ways has the chance for fire­works no mat­ter what type of sea­son a foot­ball team may be hav­ing. So when Wis­sahickon crossed Beth­le­hem Pike to play Up­per Dublin on Fri­day night, there was no doubt the win­less Tro­jans came out fired up, ready to sur­prise the Fly­ing Car­di­nals.

How­ever the home Birds put the fire out early by scor­ing early and of­ten. The Fly­ing Car­di­nals (5-1, 4-0 in con­fer­ence) led by ju­nior quar­ter­back Mike Slivka cruised to a 47-12 win over the Tro­jans (0-8, 0-5). With 40 points in the first half, a run­ning clock in the sec­ond half sent the Tro­jans home hurt­ing.

An early fum­ble put the Tro­jans on their heels and once the Fly­ing Car­di­nals con­nected on a 24 yard pass, Slivka to Lu­cas Roselli, the Tro­jans could not help to think Fri­day night would not be any dif­fer­ent than the pre­vi­ous weeks. Roselli would later catch a 32 yard strike from Slivka in the win.

The Tro­jans may be in the same con­fer­ence, in the same class, based on the num­ber of stu­dents in their school, but the dif­fer­ence in num­bers on the side­line made, and has made a huge dif­fer­ence this sea­son. The Tro­jans are banged up and depth is their big­gest is­sue. The Sub­ur­ban One sched­ule is not kind to a team down in num­bers.

The Fly­ing Car­di­nals could look ahead in the sec­ond half with the game well un­der con­trol.

The Car­di­nals started the sec­ond with a John Kohlbren­ner 70-yard kick re­turn and con­tin­ued to show off their depth. The Tro­jans se­nior run­ning back Chris Smalls was a bright spot as he churned up 100 yards and plunged into the end zone in the third quar­ter to avoid the shutout. — An­drew Mar­cus

Quak­er­town 17, PW 14

QUAK­ER­TOWN >> Ply­mouth Whitemarsh dropped a Sub­ur­ban One League Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence matchup to Quak­er­town, 17-14, Fri­day night at Quak­er­town’s Alumni Field

The Colo­nials de­fense forced a Pan­thers punt with 2:58 left in the game and gave the of­fense a chance to tie or take the lead.

They over­came a 3rdand-14 from their own nine-yard line when Larry McLaughlin con­nected with Christo­pher Pierce for a 32-yard gain to set up a first down near mid­field.

Four plays later, PW faced a 4th-and-9 with less than 50 sec­onds left. Quak­er­town’s Ben Sch­legel sacked McLaughlin to end the drive and the game.

The Colo­nials (1-6, 1-3) took a 7-0 lead right from the jump. They opened the game with a 10-play, 93yard drive capped off by a 25-yard Pierce touch­down run.

The Pan­thers scored the next 17 points on a Gavin Croisette field goal and two Chris­tian Pa­trick touch­down runs to take a 10-point ad­van­tage into the fourth quar­ter.

PW trimmed its deficit to three when Mike Pa­ciello broke free for a 21-yard touch­down run with 8:14 re­main­ing in the game.

Pierce fin­ished with 74 yards re­ceiv­ing and 59 yards rush­ing.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Soud­er­ton’s Dean­dre Wake­field runs for a touch­down in the first quar­ter Fri­day night against CR North.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Soud­er­ton’s Tre Sa­muels III gains yards af­ter a Coun­cil Rock North fum­ble Fri­day night.

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