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Interboro Downs Penn Charter

Varsity vs William Penn Charter School on 9/17/2011 12:00:00 PM
Posted Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Rick O'Brein

Interboro downs Penn Charter

September 18, 2011|By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer

Ryan Tambon epitomizes the Interboro football team. He's not that big or quick, but he's as gritty and rugged as anything.

On Saturday at Penn Charter, with Tambon scoring two touchdowns and picking off two passes, the Bucs, with another workmanlike performance, forced four turnovers and downed the banged-up Quakers, 27-19, in a nonleague contest.

"We're undersized, but we're real physical," said the 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior wingback and cornerback.

Late in the second quarter, on a second and 11 from the Penn Charter 18, Tambon reached paydirt after hauling in Shawn Frampton's halfback-option toss.

Tambon all but sealed the outcome midway through the fourth quarter. He stepped in front of wideout Daryl Worley, intercepted Kevin Murphy's pass, and dashed 45 yards for a score that gave Interboro a 27-13 advantage with 7 minutes, 48 seconds remaining.

  • Interboro's Ryan Tambon reaches up to bat away a pass intended for Penn Charter's Daryl Worley. The Bucs' Shawn Frampton helps out on the play. Tambon had two interceptions. (LOU RABITO / Staff)
    • Interboro's Austin Quiah bulls past Penn Charter defender Kyle Drayton to score the Bucs' first touchdown in the first quarter.

"The pass was underthrown," he said. "I just came up and took it. On the return, I got a nice block from [outside linebacker] Sonny Armstrong. It was a great feeling. That really changed the momentum."

Tambon's other interception came in the second quarter. On that return, he was slammed to the turf near the visiting sideline, by Penn Charter's Mike McGlinchey, a 6-8, 275-pound two-way tackle and Division I recruit.

"It was a nice hit," said the 18-year-old from Glenolden. "I like getting hit."

The Bucs, looking to regain the Del-Val League crown that was taken away last year by Penn Wood, improved to 2-1. They had opened the season with a 35-21 loss to Delaware County neighbor Springfield.

"We're trying to get better each week," Bucs coach Steve Lennox said. "We've moved some kids around, made some technical adjustments. The kids have responded."

Because of injuries, the Quakers (1-1) were without a pair of two-way starting linemen: junior Mark Opaliski and senior Ed Malandro. They lost a third, senior Tyler Mercer, in the second half.

Penn Charter tailback Eric Neefe, a 5-10, 215-pound junior, carried 20 times for 139 yards and three TDs.

On the game's opening series, Neefe capped a six-play drive with a 41-yard TD jaunt. Later in the first quarter, he broke free for a 27-yard score that put the hosts in front, 13-7.

In the final minute of the third quarter, Interboro broke a 13-13 deadlock on Josh Breen's 23-yard TD pass to fullback Tom Takacs.

After Tambon's pick-six, the Quakers drove 68 yards, on nine plays, and made it 27-19 on Neefe's 2-yard TD run.

Interboro 7 6 7 7 - 27

Penn Charter 13 0 0 6 - 19

PC: Neefe 41 run (Regni kick)

I: Quiah 3 run (Christaldi kick)

I: Tambon 18 pass from Frampton (run failed)

PC: Neefe 27 run (kick failed)

I: Takacs 23 pass from Breen (Christaldi kick)

I: Tambon 45 interception return (Christaldi kick)

PC: Neefe 2 run (kick failed)

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