There is a saying in sports that when rivals met, records are thrown out the window.
That adage could not have been more true Friday night in Easton where Pleasant Ridge hosted Immaculata in a competitive Delaware Valley contest. The Rams, who entered the game 3-0, were heavily favored over the 0-3 Raiders.
Yet costly PR mistakes and clutch Imac plays produced an entertaining first half, wherein the Rams held a 19-14 advantage at the half time break. However, Ridge eventually proved why its unbeaten and picked apart Immaculata in the third and fourth quarters to win 46-14.
“We let them stay in the game and gave them some chances to stay with us,” PR head coach Chris Powers said. “We’ve been struggling in these first quarters and I don’t know why, but we responded. They did a good job after that.”
The game began as the squads’ records would indicate. Pleasant Ridge received the opening kickoff and proceeded to march down the field. The Rams ran the ball 10 times in the near six-minute drive, but faltered in the red zone where Immaculata’s Corey Leintz picked off a Dalton Warden pass in the end zone.
Despite the turnover, the Raiders couldn’t capitalize and punted after three offensive plays. Again, PR would drive deep into Imac territory but again, for the second straight possession, Leintz intercepted a Warden pass in the endzone. Immaculata could not convert a third and long and punted to end the first quarter.
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