DOYLESTOWN — Central Bucks West had waited 13 years for a home playoff victory, and after Friday night's rousing 50-26 District One Class AAAA win over visiting Plymouth-Whitemarsh, there was plenty for the Bucks and their fans to savor.
There was the performance of the West defense, which forced Plymouth-Whitemarsh into five straight three-and-outs during a crucial stretch and didn't allow the Colonials a single offensive point in the second half.
There was the versatile play of quarterback John Fitz, who rushed for nearly a hundred yards and completed nine passes for 130 more.
There was the impressive play of the Bucks' offensive line, which dominated the Colonials' big defensive front and pried open huge running lanes all evening long.
And then of course, there was the dynamic performance of West running back Marvin Todd.
"He's a special athlete, and I think everyone on this team knows he's a special athlete,' West coach Brian Hensel said. "You give him a little bit of space and he can really make some magic happen.'
Todd's magic show included 19 explosive carries for 230 yards and a school record six touchdowns, as the seventh-seeded Bucks ran away from No. 10 PW and earned another home playoff game, next week in the quarterfinals against No. 15 Perk Valley.
"My offensive line did a real good job and once I saw a seam, I took off after that,' said Todd, who also had a six-touchdown game as a sophomore when he was playing for Harry S. Truman.
On the first play of the second half, Todd turned a slim 21-20 West lead into a 28-20 advantage, as he broke free for a 62-yard touchdown run on this chilly evening at War Memorial Field.
Following a PW punt and a 50-yard return by Corey Schott, Todd was back in the end zone again on the Bucks' next offensive play, finding a huge lane on the right side and sprinting away untouched for a 20-yard score and a 35-20 West lead.
The Bucks' offensive line had taken over the game.
"They have a bit of a nasty streak in them,' Hensel said. "You have to bring it all for 48 minutes, and if you ask them, they're extremely tired right now. They went to battle with these guys and that PW team is powerful.'
The Colonials (8-3) did regain some hope when Nafeese Nasir intercepted Fitz and took it 95 yards for a score to cut the margin to 35-26. A failed two-point pass attempt came up short of the goal line, keeping it a two-score game.
West would do the only scoring in the fourth quarter, as Todd scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the night - a one-yarder and a 46-yarder - to put the game away.
"I gotta give PW a ton of credit,' Hensel said of the Colonials, who fell in the first round of districts for the third straight year. "Their line fights hard, they have skills all over the field. They have kids that are just fighters. We were looking at them on film and a lot of what they did at the skill positions on both sides of the ball worried us.'
PW did build a 20-7 lead in the first half.
A four-yard touchdown run by quarterback Connor Hanlon put the Colonials ahead 7-0, and then after a two-yard rush by Todd evened it at seven apiece, PW used a four-yard TD run by fullback Jose Mora-Vega and a pretty 34-yard scoring strike from Hanlon to James Rodgers to lead by 13.
But after scoring touchdowns on each of its first three possessions, PW could not find any running room the rest of the way, and the Bucks' offense found all the running room they needed. A 48-yard touchdown run by Todd and a 10-yarder by Fitz put West in front for good.
"We had been down before so it wasn't anything different,' Fitz said. "We just wanted to continue to fight.'
And they'll continue to fight next week, right back at War Memorial.
"Home playoff games are crazy,' Fitz said, "and it's gonna be sweet to have another one.'
Central Bucks West 50,
(10) Plymouth-Whitemarsh 14 6 6 0 - 26
(7) CB West 7 14 14 15 - 50
PW: Connor Hanlon 4 run (Trice kick), 4:31
CBW: Marvin Todd 2 run (Mike Miller kick), 1:40
PW: Jose Mora-Vega 4 run (Trice kick), :20
PW: James Rodgers 34 pass from Hanlon (kick failed), 7:02
CBW: Todd 48 run (Miller kick), 6:16
CBW: John Fitz 10 run (Miller kick), 1:51
CBW: Todd 62 run (Miller kick), 11:44
CBW: Todd 20 run (Miller kick), 9:16
PW: Nafeese Nasir 95 interception return (pass failed), 3:00
CBW: Todd 1 run (Miller run), 9:42
CBW: Todd 46 run (Miller kick), 6:38
First Downs: 12 21
Rushing yards: 110 387
Passing yards: 130 147
Total yards: 240 534
Passing: 7-16-1-1 9-12-0-1
Fumbles-fumbles lost: 1-0 1-0
Turnovers: 1 1
Punts: 3 1
Penalties-yards: 2-10 6-35
PW: Hanlon 14-11, TD; Nasir 7-68; Brian Afflick 9-18; Mora-Vega 3-13, TD
CBW: Todd 19-230, 6 TD; Fitz 16-95, TD; Thalen Sayres 4-23; Dallas Owen 1-(-1); Brent Hudicka 4-23; Eddie Shields 3-17
PW: Hanlon 7-16-130-1-1
CBW: Fitz 9-12-147-0-1; Shields 0-0-0-0-0
PW: Afflick 2-12; Nasir 1-11; Rodgers 2-30, TD; Mora-Vega 1-25; Luke Mascio 1-52
CBW: Mark Ciaudelli 4-88; Corey Schott 2-15; Todd 3-44
CBW: Luke Durkin
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