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Football: Pennridge tops CB East

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It couldn’t have gone much better for the Pennridge football team.
The Rams defeated Central Bucks East, 24-7, in a Suburban One League National Conference tilt on Friday at Pennridge’s Wayne Helman Field at Grand View Health Stadium.
The Rams stumbled on their first possession of the game when Matt Labouliere intercepted a pass from Xavier Dantzler, but they recovered quickly via a 59-yard touchdown run by Brayden Landherr.
CB East squandered chances in the second quarter. The Patriots recovered both an onside kick and a muffed punt, but didn’t capitalize on either possession. On the bright side for CB East, Pat Keller hit Jack Donnelly for a 29-yard touchdown pass in that frame.
“We knew they were going to be a really good team,” CB East quarterback Pat Keller said. “We had a tough loss to them last year, it was 42-0, so we were looking to come back and redeem ourselves this year. We knew they were big and physical and they were. We just didn’t capitalize on our opportunities.
“We need to fix some minor miscommunications. The score should have been much closer. We missed some chances and we had some miscues. Just some little things that we didn’t do right that we need to fix for next time.”
Sean Curry’s 29-yard field goal gave the Rams a 10-7 halftime lead.
Brennan Fisher’s 25-yard touchdown run gave Pennridge a 17-7 lead in the third quarter, and Adam Mossbrook put the exclamation point on the win with his 29-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
“We want to score on every play,” Landherr said. “We run a tough offense and every time I get the ball, I want to run through people and I know it’s the same with all the running backs. When you’re hitting a team hard every play, they’re going to quit eventually and that’s what we want.
“Being able to tackle like that and hear the crowd going, it’s awesome. It’s what Friday night lights is all about.”

Landherr led all rushers with 135 yards on nine carries. Tyler Wetzel rushed for 52 yards on eight carries and caught one 14-yard pass, while Fisher had five carries for 50 yards for Pennridge.
The Rams honored their 11 seniors; Landherr, Curry, Mossbrook, Danny Fish, Tyler Fuchs, Shane Kihm, Logan McGowan, Alex McAloon, Jack Price, Stephen Reutlinger and Joey Rindone.
The Pennridge triumph ended a six-game win streak for CB East.
“We felt we needed to win out to make playoffs, so this one is definitely something special,” Landherr said. “Whoever we face, we’ll play anyone, anywhere. The record doesn’t matter to us.”
Pennridge is in action again on Friday at Central Bucks South at 7 p.m.
Ethan Shine led CB East with 66 yards rushing on 21 carries. Labouliere made two catches for 31 yards, and Keller went 7-for-18 for 96 yards passing.

CB East travels to North Penn on Friday at 7 p.m.
“This is only a minor setback,” Keller said. “We’re going to look forward to the next couple of games. No matter what happens, we have to put this behind us.
“We’ve got two big games coming up with North Penn and CB West and we’re looking forward to them. They’re going to be dogfights.”


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