SHARON HILL — After being shut out by Academy Park in the first half on Friday it took the Pennridge football team mere seconds to score and take the lead in the third quarter. Running back Mike Class scored on a 28-yard run and the Rams never looked back. The senior finished with 23 carries for 246 yards and two scores in the 28-13 win over the nonleague Knights.
"At halftime I said we have to come out and show we were stronger inside than them,' Rams coach Jeff Hollenbach said. "Our conditioning just showed up. They were getting excited about playing power football. 4-0 is what we will live with.'
Class capped off the comeback win with a 52-yard dash to the end zone in the fourth quarter. On what would be his final run of the night he used the width of the field and blocking of fullback Ryan Sterling to break free. The senior Sterling did more than blocking during the Rams' fourth win of the season.
"Ryan is a heady player,' Hollenbach said. "He is a smart person, one of the top in our class. He made a few really nice plays tonight.'
"We are blessed to have Mike on the team,' Sterling said. "All I have to do is open up a little whole. I am not the biggest guy at fullback at 180, but if I can get Mikey a crease he is gone.'
Sterling rushed for 55 yards with one rushing touchdown. Only 10 seconds after he scored on offense, he intercepted a screen pass while playing linebacker to go 5 yards for another touchdown.
Knights quarterback Brian Ingram was picked off three times, twice by Micah Stutzman.
"We wanted to be 4-0 more than them tonight,' Sterling said. "They really disguised their stuff well and there was tough reads to make on defense. It was a screen and the quarterback has is eyes on the receiver the whole way and I saw that, took the ball, and went in for the score.'
While Ingram only completed 8-of-24 passes for 85 yards, he did rush for 138 and scored both of the home team's touchdowns. The senior signal caller had to be the dual threat option on this night especially as senior standout Jerry Lanier suffered an upper-body injury for the second half. Lanier rushed for 74 yards in the first half, but was forced to watch the Rams run away with the win and hand the Delaware Valley Conference team its first loss of the season.
"First half was punch, counter punch and they came out more fired up in the second half,' Academy Park coach Jason Vosheski said. "Jerry was not on defense and Brian is a special player and if we can fix some of the issues he has as a quarterback the sky is the limit for him. We just have to get better in all aspects as a team.'