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Explosive 4th Quarter Pushes Penn Wood Past Interboro // @Penn_WoodFB @ihsbucsfootball

Written by: on Saturday, March 20th, 2021


It was a battle between two stout defenses for most of the game before a barrage of Penn Wood (2-0) touchdowns vaulted the Patriots past Interboro (0-2). 

On a beautiful spring afternoon in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, both teams served up several hard hits that reverberated throughout the stadium early in the game.

Both the Patriots and Bucs tried to establish the run early before Penn Wood went over the top with a 50-yard strike from junior quarterback Jason Kempf to speedy receiver Mike Price for the first score of the game. 

“I knew the ball was coming to me,” Price said. “The DB was talking a bit in the middle of my route, so I just wanted to show everyone what I could do.”

In the second quarter, the Interboro offense began to gain some traction behind the smashmouth running of junior Robert Forbes and sophomore Tolu Awoemi. The Bucs put together an impressive 19 play drive before being denied by Penn Wood on 4th-and-goal. 

The Patriots had a chance to add to its lead at the end of the first half, but Interboro came up with a tough goal-line stand of its own, forcing four straight incomplete passes and entering halftime trailing just 6-0. 

The Bucs struck first in the second half, relying on the offensive line to create holes giving running back Alfred Thomas his turn to show off his toughness. Quarterback Abu Kamara punched it in from the 1-yard line on a keeper.

But Interboro’s 8-6 lead would be short-lived. It only took two plays for Penn Wood to go 60-yards and answer with a touchdown of its own. 

With the Patriots leading 12-8 after the failed 2-point conversion, neither team would score again in the 3rd quarter.

What looked like a game that would go down to the final few minutes, the Penn Wood offense made sure that would not be the case. On the Patriot’s opening drive of the final quarter, Price scored his second touchdown of the afternoon on a 50-yard reverse. 

“When I got the ball, I knew it was going to the house and just had to make a couple of cuts to get there,” Price stated.

From there, Penn Wood kept piling it on. Kempf scored on a QB keeper and a possession later connected with tight end Christian Suber for a short touchdown pass extending the lead to 26-8. 

A few possessions later, junior Jayon Hailey would cap off the Patriots 24 unanswered points with a 56-yard touchdown scamper, extending the lead to 32-8. 

“At the end, I think our athletes helped us pull away,” Coach Ato Troop said. “We had a lot of playmakers who were able to get involved.”

Interboro would score late in the game, making the final score 32-14. 

“Give credit to Interboro,” Coach Troop said. “Both teams played really hard. Their kids came out with great intensity, and our kids had to match that intensity to find a way to win.”

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