Fri. Pa. football: Conestoga prevails with 2-pointer

Lincoln's Tariq Blakney returns an interception for a short gain. The Railsplitters beat Overbrook, 6-2. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff
Lincoln's Tariq Blakney returns an interception for a short gain. The Railsplitters beat Overbrook, 6-2. STEVEN M. FALK / Staff
Posted: September 08, 2013

After Ridley scored on fourth and goal from the 16-yard line with 1 minute, 2 seconds left and then scored on its first possession in overtime, Conestoga knew momentum was not on its side.

So Conestoga, visiting a hostile environment, decided to get out as soon as possible.

The Pioneers converted a game-winning two-point conversion in overtime to knock off Ridley, the eighth-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania according to The Inquirer, for a 22-21 win in a Central League matchup.

"They had all the momentum going their way," Conestoga coach John Vogan said. "You could see it.

"Anytime you beat a quality program like Ridley, it always feels good. . . . We're just really happy here at Ridley tonight."

Alex Silverstein completed a 10-yard touchdown to Martin Dorsey for Conestoga in overtime and took a late hit, moving the extra-point from the 21/2-yard line to the 11/2. Parke Schweiter, who scored a touchdown earlier in the contest, punched in the two-point conversion for the win.

Ridley tied the game when Collin Wright completed a 16-yard touchdown to Matt Borchert on fourth and goal, the duo's second touchdown, to force overtime.

Malik Jones scored on a 1-yard run to put Ridley ahead on its first possession in overtime.

"We were frustrated," Vogan said. "We bent a little bit."

In other Central League play:

Marple Newtown 27, Strath Haven 20 (2OT): Marple Newtown running back Ross Binder dragged tacklers 2 yards into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to start the second overtime, and the Tigers' defense tackled a Strath Haven receiver at the 2-yard line to clinch the win. Marple Newtown converted three fourth downs, including fourth and goal from the 5 with six seconds left, to tie the game on its final possession of regulation. Abel Hoff, who ran for two touchdowns, tied the game on that final drive running a sweep left.

Radnor 14, Harriton 7: Chris Galloway cut to his right, broke through multiple tackles, and scored his second touchdown, a 12-yard score with 5:48 left that proved to be the difference. Galloway finished with 199 yards rushing and intercepted a pass on defense. Dan Kurtyka and Brice Sydnor also intercepted passes for Radnor.

Garnet Valley 27, Upper Darby 20: Christian Portale tossed a 52-yard touchdown and later sealed the game in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard touchdown run. Jake Irving ran for two scores for Garnet Valley and Tim Spain caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score for Upper Darby.


New Hope-Solebury 49, Morrisville 7: Joe Dwight ran nine times for 117 yards and three touchdowns and returned a punt 42 yards for another score. Jason DeVunto caught a 55-yard touchdown on the game's first play.


Boyertown 61, Upper Perkiomen 19: Boyertown's Eric Heller had three rushing touchdowns, including runs of 60 and 30 yards. Dylan Pasik had two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Boyertown.

Perkiomen Valley 44, Methacton 7: Rasaan Stewart threw three touchdown passes and had a 58-yard touchdown run for Perkiomen Valley.


West Philadelphia 8, Dobbins 6: West Philadelphia's Eric Davis broke a tackle eight yards downfield and went on to score on a 77-yard run, his only carry of the game. Aaron Pinckney caught an 18-yard touchdown with 8:39 left, but Dobbins fumbled the snap on the two-point conversion.


Neshaminy 39, Downingtown West 0: D'Andre Pollard ran for three scores in the second half to cement the win for Neshaminy, the Inquirer's third-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Central Bucks West 19, William Tennent 12: Marvin Todd scored two touchdowns, including the game-winning, 7-yard score with seven minutes left.

Lansdale Catholic 31, Germantown Academy 0: Ryan Quigley and Mike Isabella each ran for a pair of touchdowns for Lansdale Catholic.

Lincoln 6, Overbrook 2: Trayvon Williams caught an 11-yard touchdown from Devon Thompkins for the game's only touchdown.

West Catholic 38, Washington 17: Greg White had 251 all-purpose yards and 124 yards rushing. He also scored two touchdowns and converted a two-point conversion.

Pennridge 37, Bensalem 6: Imeri Simmons had touchdown runs of 35 and 23 for Pennridge, The Inquirer's 17th-ranked team in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Matt Pasquale ran for a 50-yard touchdown and threw a touchdown passes.

Oxford 14, Newark (Del.) 7: Ethan Herb ran for a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winning score with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Delco Christian 21, Annapolis Christian (Md.) 20: Delco Christian erased a 14-point deficit in the second half and stopped a two-point conversion in the final minute to hold on for the win. Delco Christian's Ron Burrell ran for two touchdowns.

Perkiomen School 40, Carson Long Military 8: Perkiomen School running back Isaiah Smith ran for 97 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

High School of the Future 33, Edison 6: Robert Hall ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries and returned an interception 37 yards for a third score.

Daniel Boone 35, Owen J. Roberts 7: Owen J. Roberts' Kolten Hainsey returned a fumble 86 yards for a touchdown.

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