Late TD lifts Pen­nridge over Knights

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

Kyle Bigam took his one­handed catch from quar­ter­back Alex Krivda 39 yards for a touch­down with 25 sec­onds left as the Pen­nridge football team stayed alone atop the Subur­ban One League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer- ence with a 28-21 win over North Penn Fri­day night at Poppy Yoder Field.

“It was the great­est feel­ing in the world,” said Bigam of reach­ing the end zone. “Great­est feel­ing in the world. Noth­ing can beat that – ever.

Bigam also had a rush­ing touch­down and an in­ter­cep­tion on de­fense as the Rams E7-1, 4-0 con­fer­enceF won their sixth straight and ended an eight-game los­ing streak to the Knights E4-4, 3-2F.

“That was just an un­be­liev­able clutch play. I mean, one-handed catch with all that on the line, and then to take it in,” Pen­nridge coach Randy Cuth­bert said. “I’m proud of these guys. They won it as a team.”

North Penn trailed 14-0 at half­time, but ral­lied to pull even at 14 on Kyle May­field’s 49-yard touch­down run at 4:22 in the third quar­ter. The Rams then re­took the lead as Kenny Craw­ford crossed the goal line on a 1-yard run at 8:33 in the fourth.

Af­ter trad­ing punts, North Penn took over at its own 35 with 4:02 left and drove 65 yards on nine plays to make it 21-21 as May­field scored on a 4-yard run with 51 sec­onds.

“I’m proud, I thought the kids played hard,” Knights coach Dick Beck said. “We had our backs against the wall the whole game.”

With the loss, North Penn’ s hopes for reach­ing the Dis­trict One post­sea­son pretty much came to an end. The Knights have not missed the post­sea­son since 2001.

Start­ing at Rams’ 36 with 51 sec­onds re­main­ing, Krivda ran 14 yards for a first down. A Craw­ford 4-yard run and a Krivda 7-yard pass to Micah Stutz­man brought Pen­nridge to the 39, where Krivda hit Bigam for the game-win­ning score.

“I think we just called the de­fense. I think there was a mis­un­der­stand­ing about what was called,” Beck said. “I think we were in the wrong de­fense. It was a lit­tle con­fu­sion. I’ll take that, that’s my fault.”

Pen­nridge sealed the vic­tory as Jeremy uan­der picked off Knights quar­ter­back Mike Ber­stecher for the sec­ond time.

Both teams are back on the field Fri­day. Pen­nridge vis­its Cen­tral Bucks East, while North Penn hosts Cen­tral Bucks West.

Mike Class gave the Rams a 7-0 lead at 2:39 in the first quar­ter on a 10-yard touch­down run to cap a 13-play, 67-yard drive. Bigam dou­bled the Pen­nridge ad­van­tage with his 24-yard run to the end zone at 8:16 in the sec­ond.

North Penn made it 14-7 af­ter a touch­down on the open­ing drive of the third when Luke Berry scored on a 2-yard run at 7:19.

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