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Football: CB East beats Pennridge

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They got off to a slow start.

But once they got rolling, they were pretty much unstoppable.

The Central Bucks East football team defeated host Pennridge 28-6 in a Suburban One League Continental Conference tilt on Friday night at Wayne Helman Field at Grand View Health Stadium.

It was the regular season finale for CB East. Pennridge still has its annual Thanksgiving game with Quakertown remaining.

It was the third win in a row for CB East (6-4, 3-3 SOL Continental).

Pennridge (2-8, 0-6) had stopped a seven-game losing streak last week with a surprising win over Harry S Truman.

CB East junior quarterback Anthony Giordano’s 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter accounted for the only scoring in the first half. Mike Smigley’s extra-point attempt was true and the Patriots took a 7-0 lead into the intermission.

The CB East offense went on a third quarter tear, scoring 21 points in a row. Giordano ran for a pair of touchdowns, the first a 1-yard run and the second 7 yards out.

He figured into the third TD of the period when he connected with Will Silverman for an 18-yard pass that found the end zone.

“It was a very big game for us,” Giordano said. “We got off to a slow start. We had some plays that we didn’t execute well. I thought we did a pretty good job in the second half coming out and executing and our defense played a hell of a game. It was just a great team effort.”

The Patriots needed the win as they made their final push for a berth in the District One Class 6A tournament.

“I think we did it, I think we earned that spot,” Giordano said. “I’m very excited. We’ve got to see the results of the other games to see the seedings so this may be our last game. We wanted to win to try to get into the playoffs and also to win for our seniors so I’m happy for them but I’m hoping we move on to the playoffs.

“But if this was our last game, it was a great day to be a CB East Patriot.”

Unfortunately for CB East, the win was not enough. Pennsbury, which topped Neshaminy on Friday, nosed out the Patriots for the 16th and final playoff berth.

Pennridge spoiled the shutout with five minutes to go in the game. Elias Dantzler caught a pass from quarterback Bobby Croyle for a 26-yard touchdown. The Rams missed the extra point.

Pennridge committed 11 penalties for 113 yards and lost two fumbles.

“We took too many penalties and we got in our own heads,” Pennridge senior Logan Green said. “We’re typically more disciplined than that. This was uncharacteristic of us and we couldn’t fix our mistakes in the end.

“We knew they needed this game to stay in playoff contention and it definitely would have been fun to be the spoiler. It would have been great to end the season on that note.

“We still have the Quakertown game on Thanksgiving and we’re looking forward to that. That’s definitely a game where we hope to redeem ourselves and end our season on a good note.”

Pennridge senior Taj Utsey finished the game with 124 yards on 23 carries to lead all rushers.


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