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Central Bucks East Survives Double Overtime Thriller

Tagged under: District 1, Gameday Hub, News

| September 24, 2022


Buckingham– The Central Bucks East Patriots (5-0) (2-0) survived another defense of their undefeated record on Friday night when the Rams of Pennridge (2-3) (1-1) came charging full steam ahead into Patriot stadium for a Suburban One League-National Conference showdown.  Both teams put forth a strong effort, but it was the Patriots who came out victorious 16-13 in double overtime. Junior placekicker No. 25 Jack Corrigan hit the game winner from 31 yards out to seal the deal late into the evening. “It feels unreal, I still don’t think it happened, “said Corrigan after the game. He continued, “I am so fortunate and blessed to be on such a great team. I’ve been here since I was a freshman. I remember freshman year on this very same field, and it didn’t end to well for us. I owe it all to my teammates and to the guys who got into the endzone tonight.”

One of those teammates, Senior running back No. 21 Ethan Shine was locked in all evening. He carried the ball a whopping 37 times for 248 yards & 1 TD.  He also stepped in at quarterback for his team as starter Pat Keller went down with an injury late in the game. Ethan attributed his success to the big dawgs upfront and of course his defense. “Mostly our offensive line. I’m not running for that many yards without them,” said Shine. He continued, “Also our whole defense in general. That was a chippy game and we powered through it. It’s what we needed to do, and we did it.” With his performance tonight he now stands at 122 carries for 1,001 yards & 13 TDs after only 5 games.

The Patriots and Rams both started off by gaining chunks of yards on each of its first few possessions of the opening quarter, but nothing ever materialized for either side because both defenses came through in clutch moments to stop the momentum gained by the other squad.   It wasn’t until 4:20 left in the first quarter that the score opened up. After a huge run by Ethan Shine to set up first and goal from the two-yard line, Senior QB No. 10 Pat Keller barreled his way through for the score. A Jack Corrigan extra point made it 7-0.

The first quarter would close out with the score still locked at 7-0.

The second quarter would see a bunch of yards accumulate from both sides. Senior running back and Army Commit Brennan Fisher from Pennridge ate up yards but couldn’t find paydirt as the East defense, which was also led by Ethan Shine from the linebacker position had an answer for him. On the offensive side of the ball, Shine would find holes and chunk yardage together, but the Pennridge defense led by Dylan O’Brien swarmed and never allowed for him to break one off. The half ended with the score deadlocked at 7-0.

To open up the second half, Brennan Fisher received the opening kickoff at his own 10-yard line and raced unscathed 90-yards to the house. Unfortunately, the PAT was missed leaving the Rams trailing 7-6.

Some costly penalties started adding up against the Patriots as the third quarter closed out. In the fourth however, the Patriots marched 94 yards ending in an Ethan Shine 2-yard score with 9 minutes and some change remaining.

East went for the two-point conversion to make it a two-possession game but Dylan O’Brien had other plans and stopped the runner short of the goal line. The Patriots lead extended to 13-6. The Patriot defense came up clutch on the next possession as Pennridge drove all the way down to the Patriots own 9-yard line only to be stopped for a tackle for loss by non-other than Ethan Shine. On the next possession East fumbled the ball  and set up Pennridge deep into Patriots territory. 4 plays later Senior running back No. 8 Tyler Wetzel took the handoff 8-yards for the score.

The PAT was good and knotting the game up at 13 apiece with a little under 3 minutes to play in the game! Both defenses refused to be the one to let their squad down and we closed out the fourth deadlocked. In overtime, East got the rock first and Shine was bottled up just a yard shy. Pennridge took over and drove to the 4-yard line before and arrant snap caused the ball to roll back, and the attempted kick missed. We then headed to double overtime, this time seeing the Rams start with the ball first and Senior WR No. 14 Nate Mossbrook on 4th and 5 raced to the 1-yard line only to come up short as a host of East tacklers met him for the stop. At this point the stadium was buzzing and all the momentum shifted East’s way. The Patriots were once again plagued by penalties and found themselves staring at 4th & 13. Corrigan stepped up and Pennridge HC Chuck Burgy called timeout hoping he could ice the kicker. After the timeout Corrigan regained his composure and lined back up from 31-yards out.

The snap was good, the hold was just right, and the ball sailed through the middle of the uprights. “It’s goooooood,” shouted the announcer and the stadium erupted in celebration as the hometown Patriots survived another week undefeated.


P: Fisher 32-175, Tyler Wetzel 3-12 1TD, Mossbrook 2-4; Xavier Dantzler 2-13; Pat Burdick 2-(-3)

CBE: Shine 37-248, 1TD, Tommy Day 6-23, Pat Keller 5-13 1TD, Nick Giordano 1-2; Luke Wilson 2-16,


P: Burdick 5-14-24.

CBE: Keller 5-12-49.


P: Mossbrook 4-25, Dantzler 1-(-1).

CBE: Jack Donnelly 2-24, Luke Quillen 2-21, Matt LaBouliere 1-4.

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