Bucks County Herald

Rams bottle up Bucks

DON LEYPOLDT

Call it a shutout* for Pennridge?

On the game’s opening play, Central Bucks West quarterback Josh Crecca hit wideout Ricardo Washington on a 71-yard bomb to give the host Bucks a 6-0 lead over Pennridge on Friday.

Ram Kyle Schetter responded by blocking the point-after try and making one of Pennridge’s nine tackles for loss on CB West’s second play. It set the tone for the rest of the game.

“That first play shouldn’t have happened,” Schetter said. “We knew right from then that we had to get turnovers and three-and-outs and get our offense down the field. We corrected from there.”

“It’s all about effort, giving yourself up every play and working hard,” star linebacker Nick Tarburton said. “That’s what we did.”

The Rams yielded just 100 yards the rest of the way in their 26-6 win. They held CB West to -11 rushing yards.

“Mike Barainyak, our defensive coordinator, did a great job gameplanning,” Pennridge head coach Jeff Hollenbach said. “He threw a ton of blitzes at them. We were not a vanilla defense. That puts pressure on the secondary, which has to cover some good receivers. But inside ’backers Nick and Chris Feralio and our combination of our defensive line shut them down except for that first play.”

“I think we have a good D-line and ’backers,” Schetter said. “We fill the holes and stop them.”

CB West went three-and-out on its second drive; Pennridge then moved 40 yards in five plays. Zak Kantor’s 28-yard misdirection pass to Ryan Garner got the ball to the CB West 2. Schetter burrowed into the end zone.

“The line helped us out a lot tonight. They blocked well and opened holes,” Schetter said.

Kantor found freshman Shane Hartzell for a three-yard touchdown toss early in the second quarter, ending a seven-play, 44-yard drive that featured six runs. A wide-open Garner hauled in a Kantor offering and raced 59 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter. Pennridge took a 20-6 lead into halftime.

CB West started 5-1 on the strength of its defense, the one that yielded just 83 points in those first half-dozen games. Standout linebacker Jake Reichwein stopped Schetter on 4th-and-goal at the 1 early in the fourth quarter.

“Jake is great competition. I’ve played with him since CYO football,” praised Tarburton, who had four tackles for loss.

“I think [CB West] is a really good team defensively,” Hollenbach praised. “Jake is a player and Ryan Hieber is a tough kid.”

“Our defense has been playing well,” CB West head coach Chas Cathers noted. “We’ve been pretty opportunistic on defense and one of the things we’ve really focused on is taking the ball away. But you keep a defense on the field that long, you’re bound to have some problems.”

Pennridge turned in yet another three-and-out and got great field position. Kantor efficiently flipped a third-down shovel pass to Tarburton, who crashed 20 yards for a touchdown.

“We’ve been practicing that,” said Tarburton, who has verballed to Penn State. “I love the play. It messes with the defense a little bit. I found a hole and hit it.”

Josh Pinkney’s 58 yards on 13 carries paced the Rams. Garner had 153 yards on 16 touches.

“Our line did really well tonight,” Garner praised. “All credit to them. All of the backs ran tough. We didn’t break any runs, but we ran hard and I’m happy with it.”

Pinkney leads the ground-oriented Rams with just 424 rushing yards. The trio of Pinkney, Garner and Schetter went over 1,000 yards on Friday.

“Schetter is a real downhill runner and Josh is really fast. I guess I’m in between,” Garner scouted.

Kantor completed seven of 10 passes for 133 yards. Pennridge did not turn the ball over and had only one play for negative yards.

Crecca completed 10 of 24 passes for 182 yards. Washington hauled in three balls for 96 yards; Rohan McDonald had a pair of grabs for 54 yards.

Someone was going to get a quality win in Doylestown. Both teams left the contest at 5-2, with Pennridge, which is 3-1 in the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental, holding a one-game lead over CB West in the conference.

Both teams hit the road this Friday. CB West travels to rival Central Bucks South, which is coming off of an overtime loss to a potent Neshaminy squad.

“One of the pivotal moments this year was North Penn and how we responded after that loss,” Cathers shared. “I think this is an opportunity for our guys to understand that their response to this loss is going to determine the outcome for the season. We do need to get on the same page offensively.”

Pennridge will be favored at William Tennent, which is seeking its first win. The Rams host CB South on Oct. 20 in a critical game for playoff seeding.

“We came out pretty flat against Council Rock South and that is not happening again,” Hollenbach stated.

“They know they can’t afford any more flat games. I told them that we will come out against Tennent the same way we came out tonight.”

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