The Marple Newtown senior class ended their high school careers in style, besting Penncrest 33-21 at Harry Harvey Field on Friday night. The Tigers finished the season with a 5-6 record overall and a 5-5 record in Central League play.
The Tigers got on the board first, as Ross Binder scored from nine yards out to give the home team a 6-0 lead. Later in the first quarter, Anthony Rosanio punched it in from the 2-yard line and Nick Pezzotti added the extra point to put MN up 13-0.
Marple Newtown took a 13-0 lead into the half, but Penncrest put together a drive to cut the lead to 13-7 to open the third quarter.
The Tigers responded quickly, as Rosanio broke a 69-yard run to give Marple Newtown a 20-7 lead. Austin DiFabio opened up the fourth quarter scoring with a 38-yard touchdown scamper of his own, putting MN ahead 26-7.
After a Penncrest score pulled the Lions within twelve, DiFabio turned on the burners and broke another long touchdown run. The 50-yard score gave the Tigers a 33-14 lead.
Ross Binder helped kill a Lions drive with his third interception of the season. Corey Power, Ed Graham, Craig Hamilton, Markos Katrakazis and Kevin Rafferty applied pressure up front forcing a fumble and connecting on several QB sacks. R.J. Kline had several key tackles and Andrew McHale broke up a key fourth-down pass to force a turnover on downs.
Penncrest scored to make it 33-21, but the Tigers recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to end the game and the 2012 season.