Central Catholic rallies late to beat Pine Richland
Written by: AJ Schaffer on Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Central Catholic got the ball to start the game. On 3rd and 4 Ronnie Jones gets the carry and is short of the chains and they punt it away. The Rams start at their 31. On one play Phil Jurkovec finds Anthony Battaglia to the 43. After a couple penalties Jurkovec is throwing again and this time he connects with his receiver all the way down to the Vikings 25. After a penalty Phil Jurkovec is intercepted and the Vikings have it at their 18. After a run and incomplete pass it is 3rd & 7 and another pass falls incomplete and they punt it again. The next drive the Rams get into Vikings territory but the drive ends up stalling because of several penalties so they punt it away. On one play Quarterback Troy Fisher runs it to the Rams 48. On 3rd & 8 Fisher connects with Bricen Garner down to the 24 for a first down. On the next play Vinny Emanuele gets the carry and finds the end zone from 24 yards out making it 7-0 with 3:32 in the first. The next drive after 2 runs it is 3rd & 2 and a third run is short and they have to punt once again. A run by Fisher ends the first quarter.
The second quarter starts and a pitch to Ronnie Jones gets to the Rams 49. He gets the ball on the next play and it is a big run down to the 15. Eventually they face 3rd & 7 and Troy Fisher connects with Rashad Wheeler for a 12 yard touchdown making it 14-0 Vikings with 10:19 in the second quarter. On one play Jurkovec completes a pass to Saige Simpson to the 47. A few plays later the Rams face 3rd & 8 and Phil Jurkovec connects with his old brother Tom Jurkovec down to the 29. After a few runs it is again 3rd & 8 and a pass falls incomplete. Rams decide to go for it on 4th & 8 and a second incomplete pass gives the ball back to the Vikings. After a false start and a run the Vikings have it at the 23. On the following play Troy Fisher throws the ball deep to Jacob McKee which is caught for a 77 yard touchdown. The Vikings are now up 21-0 with 6:25 in the second. The next Pine Richland drive results in nothing and they punt it away. After a hold the Vikings are at the 13. On the following play the Vikings fumble and the Rams recover at the 11. A Graf run gets it to the 5. Eventually Jimmy Graf is in for a 3 yard touchdown to make it 21-7 Vikings with 2:17 left before half. The next drive Central Catholic does nothing with the ball and ends up punting. The Rams get out to about midfield but the half ends there with the Vikings up 21-7.
The third quarter begins and Rams eventually face 3rd & 2 and Jurkovec connects with Jordan Crawford out to the 48. A Graf run gets to the Vikings 48 and it is 3rd & 6. A Jurkovec run is way short and they have to punt. The next drive the Vikings do nothing with the ball, and Pine Richland gets the ball at their own 43. After a few plays Rams are at the Vikings 37. On a 3rd & 2 Jurkovec runs enough to get a first down to the 25. On the next play he’s throwing and he finds Brandon Humphrey for a 25 yard touchdown and the Rams are within a touchdown with 5:33 in the third. On the next drive the Vikings are in Rams territory at the 39 and it is 3rd & 8. Fisher is throwing and is intercepted by Jimmy Graf. The Rams get the ball close to the 40, where it is 3rd & 3 and a pass is incomplete and they go to punt and it’s blocked and the Vikings have great field position starting at the Rams 32. A Jones run to the 18 ends the quarter with his team up 21-14.
On the first play to start the fourth Troy Fisher throws complete to Damar Hamlin for an 18 yard touchdown and it is 28-14 Vikings with 11:54 left. On a 3rd & inches Jurovec picks it up to their own 45. On the next play Jurkovec completes it to Crawford to the Vikings 30. After a personal foul it is at the 10. After a penalty and completed pass to the 11, it is 4th and Goal and Phil Jurkovec finds Jordan Crawford for an 11 yard touchdown. It is 28-21 with 8:15 left. The following 2 drives the Vikings and Rams exchange punts. The Rams punt it away and a big return that was close to a touchdown is wiped out by a block in the back. Eventually Vikings face 3rd & 13 and a pass falls incomplete. They go to punt and unfortunately for them it is a bad kick and Rams start at the Vikings 33. On the first play a pass to Graf gets to the 6. Eventually it is 3rd and Goal and it looks like Jurkovec is going to be sacked for a loss but somehow finds a way to get through for a 6 yard touchdown with 2:52 left. The next drive it seems like the Vikings want to run the clock out, but on one play Fisher throws deep to Jacob McKee and again it is complete at the Rams 25. After that Fisher scrambles to pick up a first down but somehow keeps running and finds the end zone from 21 yards out to make it 35-28 with 26 seconds left. Rams can’t do much after that and the game ends, with the Vikings escaping with a 35-28.
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