Pen­nridge shuts down CB South

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - ELECTION 2012 - By Mike Cabrey

Micah Stutz­man said the plan to slow down Cen­tral Bucks South was built around what the Pen­nridge football team watched the Ti­tans do seven days prior.

“We watched a lot of tape with North Penn (which South beat 36-29 last Fri­day), and saw that they held (Josh) Adams to un­der a 100 yards (rush­ing). CB South kind of beat them on the pass, then,” the ju­nior Ram said. “So we knew that if our line shut down Adams, that our (de­fen­sive backs) had to do our part in stop­ping the pass game.”

Adams went over the cen­tury mark and CB South col­lected a bunch of yards, but the Ti­tans found points much harder to come by Fri­day night at Poppy Yoder Field.

Pen­nridge pitched a shutout in the sec­ond half and held Cen­tral Bucks South to its low­est point to­tal of the sea­son as the Rams won the bat­tle of the fi­nal two Subur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence un­beat­ens 21-10 for their fifth straight vic­tory.

“We just played a lot of dif­fer­ent cov­er­ages and tried not to be in the same thing two plays in a row,” Pen­nridge coach Randy Cuth­bert said. “That’s a re­ally good team over there and they’ve had a great year so far, but you know our de­fense won this game tonight.”

Mike Class scored a pair of touch­downs for the Rams (6-1, 3-0 con­fer­ence), the sec­ond com­ing on a 70-yard run to make it 21-10 as the clock ex­pired in the third quar­ter a play af­ter Stutz­man in­ter­cepted CB South quar­ter­back John Pi­leggi.

“To be hon­est, I didn’t ex­pect it at all,” Class said. “They were just fir­ing to the ball all night, and I wasn’t get­ting that many yards, but even­tu­ally I broke out that one and it felt great af­ter I scored.”

Class fin­ished with 228 yards on 28 car­ries and also caught a 30-yard touch­down pass from quar­ter­back Alex Krivda in the first quar­ter. For the ju­nior run­ning back, it was the fifth time this sea­son he has col­lected at least 200 yards rush­ing.

The Ti­tans (6-1, 3-1) came into Fri­day night av­er­ag­ing 45.2 points per game, but South went with­out a point af­ter Evan Stahl’s 27-yard field with 33 sec­onds left in

the first half cut the Rams’ lead to 14-10.

“I think (de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor) Bob Rosen­berger put a great game plan to­gether, but com­ing in against a team like that, you’re not ex­pect­ing to shut them down like that,” Cuth­bert said. “The kids did a great job.

“We tried to play mul­ti­ple cov­er­ages. The last cou­ple weeks, we played a lot of man-to-man with no safeties and we didn’t do that tonight. We felt we couldn’t with the run­ning back and the quar­ter­back. We did a lit­tle man free, but we played mostly zone and had a lot of key blitzes and auto blitzes.”

Adams paced the Ti­tans on the ground with 114 yards on 26 car­ries. Pi­leggi was 12-of-25 for 146 yards with one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion. Cale Mosher led South with 95 yards on six re­cep­tions.

Krivda was 4-for-6 for 77 yards, one touch­down and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Rams. Class was Pen­nridge’s lead­ing re­ceiver, catch­ing two balls for 40 yards and a score.

Pen­nridge is back at Poppy Yoder Fri­day as it hosts North Penn. The Rams have lost seven straight times to the Knights, with their last win in the se­ries com­ing in 2004 — the last time Pen­nridge started a sea­son 6-1.

Cen­tral Bucks South, mean­while, looks to bounce back from its first loss Fri­day at home against Cen­tral Bucks East.

On the open­ing drive of the sec­ond half, Pen­nridge moved the ball down to the South six, but a Krivda pass on fourth down was in­com­plete. Later in the third, South had a first-and-10 at the Pen­nridge 40, but Pi­leggi was picked off by Stutz­man at the 30.

One play later, Class went around the left side, found some yards near the left side­line, then cut back into the open field for the 70yard touch­down as time in the quar­ter ran out.

“It was just a pitch to Mike, we didn’t pull any­body, we were just block­ing zone to pick up the blitzes,” Cuth­bert said. “He’s fun to watch when you get him in space.”

Look­ing to get back within one score, the Ti­tans drove to the Rams 18, but Adams was stopped short on fourth down. South got to the Pen­nridge 41 only to give the ball back to the Rams af­ter three straight Pi­leggi in­com­ple­tions. Pen­nridge ran out the clock from there.

The Rams took a 7-0 lead at 5:25 in the open­ing quar­ter, as Krivda fin­ished a nine-play, 53-yard drive by con­nected with Class down the left side­line for a 30yard.

On its next offensive se­ries, Pen­nridge made it 14-0 as Kyle Bigam scored on a three-yard touch­down run at 11:25 in the sec­ond quar­ter, end­ing a nine-play, 89-yard drive.

CB South an­swered with a 12-play, 64-yard drive, cut­ting its deficit to 14-7 at 7:13 when Pi­leggi hit a wide-open Paul Weeks for an eight-yard touch­down. Af­ter Pen­nridge turned the ball over on downs at the Ti­tans’ 21, CB South pulled to within four as Stahl’s 27-yard field goal in the fi­nal minute capped a 10-play drive.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

Pen­nridge’s Andy Graff re­acts af­ter stop­ping Cen­tral Bucks South on a fourth down at­tempt dur­ing Fri­day’s show­down at Poppy Yoder Field.

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