Falcons shutout C.B. South, advance to district quarterfinals
FAIRLESS HILLS -
The Pennsbury Falcons were too much to handle for Central Bucks South on Friday night, as the “Birds” blanked the Titans by a score of 17-0.
Pennsbury quarterback Zach Demarchis threw for a touchdown and ran for another, but it was the Falcons’ swarming defense that headlined what was a low-scoring, sloppy game overall.
Within the first two minutes of game time, the Falcons’ defense set the tone early with defensive end Mike Gabora taking down Titans quarterback Ryan Shoch in his own end zone, resulting in a safety and a 2-0 lead for the home team.
The Titans recovered the ball on the ensuing kickoff and had great field position, but went three-and-out and were forced to deal with Demarchis and company. A long first quarter drive resulted in a 4-yard touchdown connection between Demarchis and receiver Austin Palmer. A 2-point conversion run from Andrew Basalyga made it a 10-0 game late in the first quarter.
CB South made things interesting late in the second quarter when Falcons’ halfback Nasan Robbins fumbled at the 1-yard line and gave possession right back to the Titans. However, Shoch threw a costly interception deep in his own territory, and that setup a 7-yard touchdown run from Demarchis, giving the Falcons a 17-0 lead that would never be touched.
Pennsbury’s defense was on top of Shoch and company from start to finish, as C.B. South was never really able to get a mojo going on offense. The Falcons’ run defense was nothing short of stellar and the secondary was on top of almost every pass play.
With the victory at Falcon Field on Friday night, Pennsbury gets their one and only opportunity to seek revenge on cross-town rival Neshaminy, who beat the Falcons 21-20 last week on the road and continued their success this week with a 42-21 victory over 16-seeded Spring-Ford.
Demarchis expressed his excitement about playing his archrival one more time.
“It’s great,” said the senior quarterback. “It definitely motivated us for this week and we put ourselves in a great position to redeem ourselves.”
“We did a good job of putting the Neshaminy game behind us,” head coach Dan McShane remarked. “I think we could have done a better job taking care of the ball tonight. We were very sloppy on offense, but our boys hung in there and picked each other up.”
Neshaminy, who holds the top seed in the District One 6A bracket, will host the 8-seeded Falcons in what should be one more classic showdown for the ages. The only difference, though, is that only one team can advance while the other will hang up the cleats.