Pennsbury overruns Downingtown East

Posted: September 14, 2013

Thursday night's nonleague football clash between Downingtown East and Pennsbury was delayed nearly an hour and a half because of rain and lightning.

After play finally did get underway, the Falcons, with another strong rushing performance and a few well-timed pass completions, downed the Cougars, 26-14, in Fairless Hills.

Sparked by a trio of running backs - Charles Snorweah, Ronquay Smith, and Raheem Thompson - the hosts netted 347 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

Junior quarterback Breon Clark also played an important role, throwing for 96 yards and scrambling for timely gains.

Pennsbury, which is ranked No. 7 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, improved to 2-1; No. 8 Downingtown East dropped to 2-1.

Registering three touchdowns for the second consecutive game, Snorweah, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound junior speedster, scored on runs of 27, 6, and 15 yards.

With a little more than eight minutes to go, Smith surged through the middle, dashed toward the left sideline, and went 22 yards for a score that put the Falcons in front, 26-14.

In holding Downingtown East to a pair of scores, Pennsbury's 4-4 defense was led by junior lineman Jordan O'Neill, senior linebackers John Jakimowicz and Quinn Pfender, and senior safety Brendan Campbell.

In the third quarter, after Snorweah's 15-yard touchdown run gave the Falcons a 20-7 advantage, Campbell intercepted a pass by Downingtown East quarterback Ryan Rumer at the Pennsbury 8.

Snorweah's 27-yard, left-side run late in the first quarter gave the hosts an early lead. Downingtown East, which opened the season with wins over Frankford and Roman Catholic, answered with Ryley Angeline's 2-yard plunge.

With less than three minutes to go until intermission, after Clark hit Snorweah on a 46-yard pass, Snorweah found pay dirt from the 6 to make it 14-7.

Late in the third frame, Angeline's 7-yard touchdown rumble cut the gap to 20-14. Pennsbury responded with a seven-play, 71-yard scoring series. It included a 20-yard run by Smith and an 18-yard scamper by Clark.

In the late going, Pfender's interception at the Downingtown East 26 clinched a lightning-delayed triumph.

Downingtown East 7 0 7 0 – 14

Pennsbury 7 7 6 6 – 26

P: Charles Snorweah 27 run (Mike Geary kick)

DE: Ryley Angeline 2 run (Drew Brennan kick)

P: Snorweah 6 run (Geary kick)

P: Snorweah 15 run (kick blocked)

DE: R. Angeline 7 run (Brennan kick)

P: Ronquay Smith 22 run (kick failed)


Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com. Follow @ozoneinq on Twitter. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.inquirer.com/ozone

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