Pottsgrove Exacts Revenge on Bayard Rustin 21-14
It was a game that Pottsgrove put on their schedule exactly 364 days ago. It was a game they pointed to all year. They did not want to lose to the same team in the same round on their home turf two years in a row.
In the end, all the hard work, blood sweat and tears paid off as Pottsgrove defeated Bayard Rustin 21-14 at Falcon Field on Friday Night.
“We put this game on the schedule last year,” said Pottsgrove Head Coach Rick Pennypacker. “We knew we were going to meet them at some point this season.”
Preston Hamlette’s four yard touchdown run with 8:02 left in the game and two point conversion run that capped a 27 yard 10 play drive that gave Pottsgrove (12-0) the 21-14 lead. Hamlette, who was stellar on defense all night entered the game when Fullback Kayvon Greene left the game with an injury. The Falcons converted two fourth down plays on the drive. The Falcons got the ball on the 27 when Terrell Chestnut returned a Rondell White punt to the Rustin 42 and was hit late out of bounds.
“You can’t give a good football team like that short fields to work with,” said Rustin Head Coach Mike St. Clair. “We just couldn’t overcome that.”
Rustin (11-1) got on the scorboard first just three plays into the game as Rondell White went 66 yards for the touchdown. Will Mau’s first of two extra points gave the Golden Knights a 7-0 lead. White finished the night with 122 yards on 18 carries but other than the long touchdown run, was held in check most of the night.
The Falcons answered right back as Chestnut hit Angelo Berry with a 27 yard touchdown pass with 4:07 to play in the first quarter. Zack Robinson’s extra point tied the game at 7-7. It was the first score the first team defense of Rustin had allowed all season.
Pottsgrove then took a 13-7 lead as Chestnut went over from the 1 that ended a 62 yard 10 play drive with 6:21 left in the second period. Maika Polamalu caught a 30 yard pass from Chestnut and the drive was aided by two personal foul penalties committed by Rustin.
Rustin regained the lead with 53 seconds to play before halftime as Rondell White scored his second touchdown of the game on a four yard run. Rustin recovered a fumble on the Falcon three yard line but again, another personal foul penalty set the ball back to the 18 yard line.
Whatever Pennypacker told his kids at halftime, it sure did work.
In the second half, it was Pottsgrove wearing Rustin down, not the other way around.
“The game was won on our offensive line,” said Pennypacker. “We looked at Rustin on film and we were just amazed at their physicality. We knew we had to be physical in this game if we wanted to win.
Rustin got the ball back with just over two minutes to play and had one last chance but a fourth down pass to Rondell White just fell off his fingertips and the Maroon and White started celebrating.
With the win, Pottsgrove now plays Interboro, a 33-19 winner over Owen J. Roberts probably on Saturday because they have a Thanksgiving date with newly crowned District One Class A Champion St. Pius X of Pottstown.
“We’ll worry about it on Monday,” Pennypacker said. “We’re just going to enjoy this tonight.”
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