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Defenses dominate on Thursday night gridiron


The Rosh Hashanah holiday prompted District One football teams to play on Thursday evening … and in a scheduling quirk, go up against the Eagles-Vikings game. If you were focused on the Birds, here is a recap of area teams under Thursday night lights.

Central Bucks South 13 - Central Bucks East 6

South (4-0) entered the game having allowed just 17 points all season. East’s (2-2) defense surrendered just 23 in their first three games. Both standout defenses lived up to their billing and made points scarce.

Anthony Leonardi, South’s leading rusher entering the game, broke a defensive stalemate with a 12-yard fourth quarter touchdown run to give the visitors a 13-6 lead.

The Titans struck first, with Jim Wade rushing for his second touchdown of the season from 3 yards out. East tied it with a Dean Blackwell 10-yard touchdown run near the half.

Central Bucks West 20 - Pennsbury 3

What is more impressive about Central Bucks West’s (4-0) first four games? Three straight 17-plus point wins, or going 3-0 against three teams that defeated the Bucks last year?

At Pennsbury, it was CB West who demonstrated “ground and pound,” opening the scoring with a 5-yard Cooper Taylor touchdown run in the first quarter. Ryan Clemens added a 32-yard field goal midway through the second to put the Bucks up 10-0; he added a 27-yarder in the third. West got a short field on a field fake Falcons punt and Cooper’s 1-yard sneak with 3:00 left iced the game.

Pennridge 28 - Abington 0

The Rams (2-2) won their second straight game and their SOL National opener behind Noah Keating’s three touchdown passes. The win marks Pennridge’s second straight shutout, and the second year in a row it pitched consecutive shutouts against Bensalem and Abington.

Keating found Joseph Gregoire over the middle for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Jacob Arteaga added a 3-yard touchdown run late in the first to give host Pennridge a 13-0 advantage. Keating swung a 15-yard touchdown throw to Nick Stolarski in the second quarter and the Rams added a safety to put them up 22-0 at halftime. Keating’s 15-yard connection to Chase Marshall late in the fourth closed the scoring.

Pennridge's offense was perfectly balanced. The Rams ran for 172 yards and passed for 171. Sam Kuhns ran for a season high 69 yards on 13 carries. Gregoire went over 100 yards receiving on his six catches. Chase Washington's 2.5 tackles for loss paced the defense.

Quakertown 21 - Plymouth Whitemarsh 0

Quakertown (2-2) had an impressive win before starting Continental play, handing the host Colonials their first loss. Vince Micucci found Aiden Burgy on a 4-yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. A blocked punt gave the Panthers a short field. Micucci capitalized with a quarterback sneak in the end zone. Micucci added a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Council Rock South 48 - Harry S. Truman 19

Council Rock South’s (3-1) offense bellied the theme of stout defenses, opening up a 42-0 halftime lead in cruising to a 48-19 home win. This was the Continental opener for both teams.

Chase Ennis threw three touchdown passes, one of them to Chase Myers who also ran for two scores. Wes Waninger also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. South now just needs one win to match its victory total from last season.

Other results

Souderton 42 (4-0) - Council Rock North 0 (0-4)

Jenkintown (0-4) forfeited to New Hope-Solebury (3-1)

Friday night

South Hunterdon (2-1) at Middlesex (2-0)

Palisades (1-2) at Southern Lehigh (3-0)

Archbishop Wood (1-2) idle

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