Neshaminy slips by CB South in overtime

Rarely has a third-quarter tackle been so important in an overtime thriller.

Friday night, however, a third-quarter hustle play by Neshaminy junior defensive back Cory Joyce kept his team alive against host Central Bucks South.

Joel Stills had the eventual game-winning, 7-yard touchdown run in Neshaminy’s 21-14 overtime victory.

And sophomore quarterback Brody McAndrew hit Mike Garlick for an 11-yard score to tie the game at 14 with 34.7 left in regulation.

But when CB South speedster Ryan Watson broke free with the Titans ahead, 14-7, in the third, Joyce chased him down from behind with about 4 minutes left in the frame.

“I just had backside and he broke it,” Joyce said. “We work pursuit angles every week in practice. I just ran as hard as I could and chased him down.”

The Neshaminy defense held and the Titans missed a 35-yard field goal on the drive, and never scored again.

Asked if he was surprised that he caught Watson, Joyce just smiled.

“Ah, I got a little bit of speed,” he said with a laugh.

Speed thrilled in front of a packed crowd on homecoming for the Titans.

Stills, a senior running back, finished with 74 yards and a score on 18 carries.

Junior running back Savion Hebron added 65 yards and a score, including a 47-yard touchdown run to give Neshaminy (6-1) an early 7-0 edge.

The Titans (5-2) responded with trickery after quarterback Josh Consoletti caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from receiver Jerry Letherland to give CB South a 14-7 edge at intermission.

Watson finished with 101 yards on 17 carries. Consoletti finished 13 of 25 for 127 yards and a score.

Stills scored on the second play of overtime.

Box

Neshaminy 7 0 0 7 7 21

CB South 0 14 0 0 0 14

N: Savion Hebron 47 run  Matt Leonhauser kick

CB: Collin Dompert 25 pass from Josh Consoletti. Brian Madden kick.

CB: Consoletti 9 pass from Jerry Letherland. Madden kick.

N: Mike Garlick 11 pass from Brody McAndrew. LEONHAUSER kick

N: Joel Stills 7 run. Leonhauser kick