Pennridge holds off Pennsbury to advance
The Pennridge defensive ends were digging into the soft soil of Poppy voder Field on Pennsbury’s game tying extra point attempt in WKe finaO PinuWes oI WKe District One Class AAAA quarWerfinaO FonWesW. 7Ke 5aPs were hoping to get a hand on the try.
The snap was clean and WKe 5aPs were unaEOe Wo block the chip spot. But they were able to exhale as the two back referees signaled no good. The extra point clanked off the post and the 5aPs neYer reOinTuisKeG WKe lead.
“We do what it takes to win,” 5aPs’ FoaFK 5anGy Cuthbert said. “The main goal is to move on and we are not worried about style points. When you have two good teams the momentum is going switch from side to side. We knew we would get their best in the second half.”
The 28-27 thriller tormented the weak at heart, EuW as WKe 5aPs KaYe Gone all season, found a way to FoPe ouW oI a GoJfiJKW wiWK the victory.
“We have a great group of guys and we refuse to lose,” senior FaSWain -oKn DuEyk said. “I live for this.”
Even after the missed extra point attempt, the Falcons recovered the onside kiFk anG IorFeG WKe 5aPs’ defense to step up for one last series. Tackling the 6-foot-3 Shawn Pepper anG WKe 255-SounG DaTuan Mack all evening was starting to take its toll, but on fourth down and four yards they elected to keep the ball in the hands of quarterback Breon Clark.
“They were good backs, but our defensive line got inWo WKe EaFkfieOG aOO JaPe,” DuEyk saiG. “2ur enGs keSW contain and our linebackers closed the holes.”
Clark rolled out to his strong side and before he FouOG finG Kis WarJeWs Gown fieOG, WKe 5aPs’ 0ike COass came off his defensive back position to bring down Clark and bring on SpringForG. 7Ke 5aPs ouW oI WKe 3aF-10 GeIeaWeG 5iGOey 2826 on Friday and will play the Suburban One Continental Conference champs at Poppy voder on Saturday.
“Mike is a great defensive back, but he carries the ball a lot on offense,” Cuthbert said. “We had an injury and Mike was prepared. We are excited to have another home game.”
Class’ game saving tackle will be talked about in town for a while, but his performance on offense allowed WKe 5aPs Wo Wake 28-7 earOy in the second half. The junior running back picked up 154 yards rushing and found the end zone twice. Class’ second score was a 69-yard dash to pay-dirt behind tackle Shane Kraynik, who sealed off the edge and allowed the sprinter speed of the area’s top tailback to do the rest.
“They were big, but we were able to get to our blocks, and we have Mike,” Kraynik said. “As the game goes on, we made some adjustments. Our hard work is paying off. It is a dream come true.”
7Ke 5aPs sForinJ was started by senior John Kim’s 16-yard run and capped off by senior Alex Krivda’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Bigam. 7Ke roaG Wo WKe DisWriFW One Championship Game goes through Perkasie. Believe or not, it is just how WKe 5aPs exSeFWeG iW Wo Ee back August.
“Some asked me a couple weeks ago if we expected to be 9-1 and I said, ‘no’,” Krivda said. “We expected to 10-0.”
Pennridge quaterback Alex Krivda scrambles away from Pennsbury defenders during Friday’s District One Class AAAA playoff contest at Poppy Yoder Field.