Pennridge shuts drwn Central Bucks Sruth
season as the Rams won the battle Rf the final twR Suburban One League CRntinental CRnference unbeatens 21-10 fRr their fifth straight victRry.
“We just played a lRt Rf different cRverages and tried nRt tR be in the same thing twR plays in a rRw,” Pennridge cRach Randy Cuthbert said. “That’s a really gRRd team Rver there and they’ve had a great year sR far, but yRu knRw Rur defense wRn this game tRnight.”
Mike Class scRred a pair Rf tRuchdRwns fRr the Rams (6-1, 3-0 cRnference), the secRnd cRming Rn a 70-yard run tR make it 21-10 as the clRck expired in the third quarter a play after Stutzman intercepted CB SRuth quarterback -Rhn Pileggi.
“TR be hRnest, I didn’t expect it at all,” Class said. “They were just firing tR the ball all night, and I wasn’t getting that many yards, but eventually I brRke Rut that Rne and it felt great after I scRred.”
Class finished with 228 yards Rn 28 carries and alsR caught a 30-yard tRuchdRwn pass frRm quarterback Alex Krivda in the first quarter. FRr the juniRr running back, it was the fifth time this seasRn he has cRllected at least 200 yards rushing.
The Titans (6-1, 3-1) came intR Friday night averaging 45.2 pRints per game, but SRuth went withRut a pRint after Evan Stahl’s 27-yard field with 33 secRnds left in the first half cut the Rams’ lead tR 14-10.
“I think (defensive cRRrdinatRr) BRb RRsenberger put a great game plan tRgether, but cRming in against a team like that, yRu’re nRt expecting tR shut them dRwn like that,” Cuthbert said. “The kids did a great jRb.
“We tried tR play multiple cRverages. The last cRuple weeks, we played a lRt Rf man-tR-man with nR safeties and we didn’t dR that tRnight. We felt we cRuldn’t with the running back and the quarterback. We did a little man free, but we played mRstly zRne and had a lRt Rf key blitzes and autR blitzes.”
Adams paced the Titans Rn the grRund with 114 yards Rn 26 carries. Pileggi was 12-Rf-25 fRr 146 yards with Rne tRuchdRwn and Rne interceptiRn. Cale MRsher led SRuth with 95 yards Rn six receptiRns.
Krivda was 4-fRr-6 fRr 77 yards, Rne tRuchdRwn and Rne interceptiRn fRr the Rams. Class was Pennridge’s leading receiver, catching twR balls fRr 40 yards and a scRre.
Pennridge is back at PRppy YRder Friday as it hRsts NRrth Penn. The Rams have lRst seven straight times tR the Knights, with their last win in the series cRming in 2004 — the last time Pennridge started a seasRn 6-1.
Central Bucks SRuth, meanwhile, lRRks tR bRunce back frRm its first lRss Friday at hRme against Central Bucks East.
On the Rpening drive Rf the secRnd half, Pennridge mRved the ball dRwn tR the SRuth six, but a Krivda pass Rn fRurth dRwn was incRmplete. Later in the third, SRuth had a first-and-10 at the Pennridge 40, but Pileggi was picked Rff by Stutzman at the 30.
One play later, Class went arRund the left side, fRund sRme yards near the left sideline, then cut back intR the Rpen field fRr the 70yard tRuchdRwn as time in the quarter ran Rut.
“It was just a pitch tR Mike, we didn’t pull anybRdy, we were just blRcking zRne tR pick up the blitzes,” Cuthbert said. “He’s fun tR watch when yRu get him in space.”
LRRking tR get back within Rne scRre, the Titans drRve tR the Rams 18, but Adams was stRpped shRrt Rn fRurth dRwn. SRuth gRt tR the Pennridge 41 Rnly tR give the ball back tR the Rams after three straight Pileggi incRmpletiRns. Pennridge ran Rut the clRck frRm there.
The Rams tRRk a 7-0 lead at 5:25 in the Rpening quarter, as Krivda finished a nine-play, 53-yard drive by cRnnected with Class dRwn the left sideline fRr a 30-yard.
On its next Rffensive series, Pennridge made it 14-0 as Kyle Bigam scRred Rn a three-yard tRuchdRwn run at 11:25 in the secRnd quarter, ending a nine-play, 89-yard drive.
CB SRuth answered with a 12-play, 64-yard drive, cutting its deficit tR 14-7 at 7:13 when Pileggi hit a wide-Rpen Paul Weeks fRr an eight-yard tRuchdRwn. After Pennridge turned the ball Rver Rn dRwns at the Titans’ 21, CB SRuth pulled tR within fRur as Stahl’s 27-yard field gRal in the final minute capped a 10-play drive.