The Pennridge Rams improved to 3-1 after defeating their conference rival, the Souderton Indians, 34
The Rams dominated on both sides of the ball, with their running game racking up three rushing touchdowns and their defense keeping Souderton out of the end zone all night.
Senior running back Ryan Angelini started off the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter. Angelini proved to be Coach Jeff Hollenbach’s favorite weapon in the red zone. Despite only rushing seven times for 26 yards, he scored three touchdowns.
It looked as though Souderton would respond quickly. On their next series, senior quarterback Dean Dipisia connected with junior receiver Tre Samuels for a 53-yard reception that put the Indians on the Rams’ 15-yard line.
The Pennridge defense came up big though. After a sack on 3rd-and-goal by junior defensive tackle Austin Bishop, it forced Souderton to settle for a field goal with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter.
At 7-3, it looked as though this would be a close game, but Pennridge’s defense responded by making sure those were the last points they allowed.
On Souderton’s next series, a bad snap led to Dipisia being sacked for an 8-yard loss as he was hit by both freshman defensive end Jack Ferguson and senior end Oliver Jervis. Two plays later Souderton lost another seven yards when Dipisia was sacked again, this time by senior linebacker Matt Weisberg.
That set the tone for the rest of the game for the Rams’ defense. Dipisia was held to only 107 yards passing and the Indians, as a team, finished with -20 rushing yards.
The Pennridge offense followed the example set by their defense and extended their lead on their next possession. Junior quarterback Zak Kantor hit senior running back Josh Pinkney in the flat. What initially looked like a short gain turned into a 27-yard touchdown after Pinkney ran through four separate would be tacklers en route to the end zone.
The Rams got the ball right back after Dipisia was picked off by sophomore cornerback Thomas Deyesso. The ensuing drive was capped off by Angelini’s second touchdown of the game. After his 1-yard touchdown run, Pennridge went into halftime with a 20-3 lead.
Pennridge continued rolling in the second half. After back-to-back sacks pinned Souderton deep in their own territory, they were forced to punt. Senior receiver Joe Devine received the punt at midfield and returned it 43 yards to the Souderton 7-yard line.
One player later, Angelini found the end zone for the third time to give the Rams a 27-3 lead with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter.
The route was completed on the first play of the fourth quarter when senior running back Evan Exner got in on the action with a 14-yard touchdown run.
Souderton falls to 1-3 and will travel to undefeated Central Bucks South next week.
After executing to perfection on offense, defense and special teams, Pennridge will try to carry this momentum into next week when they host North Penn.
The full game is replayed below: