PERKASIE — With one leap of a linebacker the control shifted to the Central Bucks West sideline on Friday night. Senior Marvin Todd broke one tackle, leaped another would-be, and was off 60 yards bringing his Bucks back within on score of Pennridge.
“I thought it was going to get tackled, but I jumped over him and kept running,” Todd said. “I was trying to score for my team.”
Todd eventually brought this team all the way back. He plunged into the Poppy Yoder Field end zone with 97 seconds remaining in the game, giving the Bucks a 21-20 comeback to celebrate.
With under 10 minutes to play Todd was having a quiet night. The Truman transfer, playing his first season with the Bucks (4-1, 2-0), had 29 yards on 10 carries before he burst through the Rams (4-1, 0-1) defense. Todd finished with 110 yards on the ground.
“It feels unreal for me right now I know it feels unreal for everybody else on the team,” Todd said. “I have to thank the line, Fitz, the scout team. The coaches had a good talk with us and we never quit.”
The first half was all about the Rams' senior running back. In the first quarter Mike Class made it 13-0 in flash after he scored from two yards out and followed that up with 90 yard sprint to the end zone. Class carried the ball 22 times for 196 yards, but only managed 48 yards in the second half.
“These guys are resilient,” Bucks coach Brian Hensel said. “They don't let things get the down. We had negative yardage on our first three series, but we kept plugging away. Our defense kept us in the game, special teams made some plays, and it was a great team win.”
After the Todd touchdown the Rams still had time to work the field and regain the lead. What almost seemed a sure bet they would try to get the ball into Class' hands never happened. Micah Stutzman slipped on the slick grass on first touchdown, the ball went in and out of the receivers hands on the second play, and Joe Ramos sealed it with an interception on third down.
“Micah slips, but credit West,” Rams' coach Jeff Hollenbach said. “It is just frustration when you feel like you should of won and you did not.”
“That is the third game in a row that we have picked the ball off to seal a victory,” Hensel said. “When you are closing out games like that it is a sign of a team moving in the right direction.”
While it was not the final drive Rams' quarterback Matt Pasqaule and his favorite target Stutzman were looking for, they would have never built up the 20-7 lead without them. Pasquale threw for 169 yards and 108 of those went to Stutzman. The senior wide-out reeled in a 22 yard touchdown pass and added an interception on defense.
“Micah is one of the best in the league not wearing a C.B. West jersey,” Hensel said. “The poise of the quarterback shows is fantastic. You have to cover everybody. There are still things we want to tighten up.”
The Rams may have been too cavalier for their own good in the second half. After allowing 102 yards in the first half they allowed 189 in the second half. Add that in with 70 yards of penalties, a few dropped passes, and the inability to get off the field on the third down, the Rams were handed their first loss of the year.
“We could not get that three-score lead,” Hollenbach said. “It was a lack of killer instinct with penalties and dropped passes. It is inexcusable.”
Central Bucks West 21, Pennridge 20
Central Bucks West 0 7 0 14 – 21
Pennridge 13 0 7 0 – 20
P – Mike Class two yard run (Psomiadis kick)
P – Class 90 yard run (kick failed)
CBW – Matt Kilkenny 16 yard pass from John Fitz (Miller kick)
P – Micah Stutzman 22 yard pass from Matt Pasqaule (Psomiadis kick)
CBW – Marvin Todd 60 yard run (Miller kick)
CBW – Todd one yard run (Miller kick)
Central Bucks West Pennridge
First downs 11 19
Rushing yards 196 255
Passing yards 95 169
Total yards 291 424
Passing (c-a-i) (8-15-2) (12-23-1)
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-0
Punts-avg 5-33 4-29
Penalties 3-35 7-70
Central Bucks West – Todd 15-110, 2 TDs; Fitz 13-86
Pennridge – Class 22-196, 2 TDs; Pasquale 8-23; Unangst 3-24; Sterling 12-8; Simmons 2-6; Garis 1-(-2)
Central Bucks West – Fitz 8-15-2 – 95, TD
Pennridge – Pasquale 12-23-1 – 169, TD
Central Bucks West – Ciaudelli 2-43; Schott 2-19; Ramos 2-17; Kilkenny 1-16, TD; Todd 1-0
Pennridge – Stutzman 7-108, TD; Class 3-27; Tatarowicz 1-24; Simmons 1-6
Central Bucks West – Undinski, Hill
Pennridge – Beare (2), Hockman, Simmons
Central Bucks West – Ramos
Pennridge – Stutzman, Balmer
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