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Bucks best Titans in rivalry matchup, remain unbeaten with one game left


What transpired at War Memorial Field on Friday, Oct. 20 was nothing short of spectacular.

High school football fans packed the stands in Doylestown to watch two undefeated rival teams go head-to-head. And at the end of the thrilling contest – which held SOL conference title implications – Central Bucks West came out on top, defeating Central Bucks South 40-29.

The Bucks now stand just one win away from accomplishing their goals and completing a historic season. They’re one win away from being unbeaten on their home field. They’re one win away from winning the conference. They’re one win away from winning the Central Bucks Cup and they’re one win away from clinching home field advantage.

Anyone who was at the game knows how energetic the atmosphere was. The Bucks also know that – and how important that is for playoffs.

“To play here, throughout districts, is a huge deal,” CB West head coach Rob Rowan said. “This place is rocking, our guys play different. … There’s just a different level of energy.”

It was a back and forth contest between the Bucks and Titans.

CB West (9-0) kicked off the scoring frenzy on the fourth play of the game, as quarterback Cooper Taylor connected with Devin McGowan downfield for a 47-yard touchdown. On their next possession, Conor McFadden took a handoff 46 yards for a touchdown.

CB South (8-1) answered with a 58-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Owen Pinkerton to Anthony Leonardi. Though moments later, the Bucks responded with a 41-yard run from Ryan Clemens that eventually set up a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Jack Williams.

“I was proud of the way we came out,” Rowan said. “[CB South] scored, they went down on a big drive and it was a one-score game and our offense came back on a five- or six-play drive. Those are the type of things winning football teams do. They answer and respond when adversity hits them in the face and our guys did that.”

Williams – who also had an impact on defense, constantly applying pressure and forcing tackles for loss – scored a second touchdown late in the third quarter.

“It was a hard-fought battle,” Williams said. “We felt like once we came in and punched them in the mouth right away, we were kind of like ‘alright, let’s go. Let’s roll.”

“It was just fun, the whole thing was just fun. …This is high school football right here,” he said.

McFadden, who had a special night for the Bucks, scored for a second time on a 12-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

For the Titans, Pinkerton was responsible for all four scores. He finished the game 3-of-11 passing with 104 yards and two touchdowns (Leonardi, Sean Moskowitz) while rushing 22 times for 218 yards and two more touchdowns.

Alongside his touchdown reception, Leonardi also rushed 19 times for 118 yards.

“These are a couple of the best teams in the district,” CB South head coach Tom Hetrick said. “I think CB West is a great football team. They had a lot of experience back, they’re coached well [and] they have a couple of offensive weapons. They got to us tonight. It was a heck of a game, I’m proud of my guys. We fought, we didn’t give up, so it was a heck of high school football game.”

The Bucks are set to face CB East (4-5) Friday in their regular season finale. And coming off their biggest win of the season, CB West is motivated heading into playoffs.

“It gave us a lot of momentum,” Williams said. “Everyone was like ‘South is 8-0 too.’ We handled it. We wanted to take on the challenge. We took it to the chin.”

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