Bosak, Ridley revel in Interboro errors in second-half tide – PA Prep Live

RIDLEY TWP. — Owen Bosak’s last football game as the Ridley Green Raider will live long in his memory.

Bosak scored two touchdowns and rushed for 1,000 yards to lead Ridley to a 47-7 victory over Interboro on Thanksgiving.

The 5-11, 180-pound running back/defensive back was one of several seniors to go out with a bang Thursday. Bosak’s TDs came after passes from second quarterback Ryan Carroll, including a 34-yard connection that opened the goal in the first quarter. In the third quarter, with the game tied 7-7, Carroll rolled to the left and found Bosak in the flat for a six-yard score.

Interboro’s Dom Gunter (right) scores a 49-yard touchdown in front of Ridley’s defenseman Kimir Stephenson in the first half Thursday. (PETE BANNAN-DAILY TIMES)

“With all the work I’ve put into here over the last four years,” said Bosak, “it feels good to know that I’ve done something positive for the team and the community.”

Paul Jackson is another of those great senior weapons, the Green Raiders Swiss Army Knife. Jackson turned out of wildcat formation and hit from ten yards out during Ridley’s 27-point blast in the fourth quarter. He finished rushing for 31 yards and made three catches for 30 yards.

Stephen O’Donovan rushed for 90 yards on five receptions and played excellent defense in his secondary school.

“When everyone comes to this game, the energy is insane,” O’Donovan said. “It’s like a playoff game and it means a lot to us and the community.”

Ridley and Interboro were a one-sided rivalry. Thursday’s win gave the Green Raiders an all-time 40-13 record on Thanksgiving against the Bucs. Since 2007, the Green Raiders have won 10 out of 13 battles.

“You could hear people talking about this game all over the community,” O’Donovan said. “We knew there was no way we could lose.”

Ridley had three weeks off to prepare. Interboro had five days. The Bucs played two more PIAA playoff games than the Green Raiders. After winning the District 1 Class 4A title two weeks ago, the Bucs lost to Bonner & Prendergast in the first round of the state tournament in Ridley last Saturday. It was evident that Interboro had run out of juice during the second half of Thursday. Ridley took advantage of that.

Ridley’s game plan was to stop senior Abu Kamara, who started the day with 2,802 rushing yards, a Delco record for a season. Kamara was bottled for just 31 yards on 14 carries. He suffered a game-ending injury in the third quarter.

“We had to stack the box and let our linebackers play downhill,” Jackson said. “Every moment of the game we had to play downhill and win at the scrimmage line.”

Ridley’s defense limited Interboro to less than 100 yards on the ground, forcing five fumbles and an interception. After Kamara’s injury, the Bucs leaned on senior fullback Theo Demopoulos, who had 77 yards on 14 carries.

Ridley quarterback Ryan Carroll throws a pass in the first half. The Green Raiders broke up the game in the second half en route to a 47-7 win over Interboro. (PETE BANNAN-DAILY TIMES)

“It was really the same plan that we’ve used against Upper Darby, Conestoga and Marple for the past few weeks. We made it in the playoff game against Spring-Ford, but we couldn’t put the extra guys in the box because of their RPO play,” said Ridley coach Dave Wood. “We were broken like everyone else but we got into a bowl mentality. We gave the kids three or four days completely off, then we had a few days in the weight room, and then the last 10 days were probably our best exercises. …

“I think it showed defensively today. That’s how we played the track. When we needed those big wins in Conestoga, in Marple and here against Upper Darby, we played really good football.”

After the Green Raiders took a 7-0 lead, the Bucs responded quickly as quarterback Julian Bulovas caught up with wide receiver Dom Gunter on a 55-yard touchdown. Gunter made five catches for 118 yards. Bulovas completed 7 of 16 attempts for 149 yards.

After halftime it was all Ridley. Carroll threw his third and fourth TD passes to Khameen Powell, who ran a post route 49 yards to home, and to Nahaj Saleem, who hauled in a five-yard unguarded catch in the end zone. Alante Smith had a one-yard scoring run, and JP Lynam grabbed an Interboro fumble and sprinted 36 yards for Ridley’s final TD.

Carroll recovered from two first-half interceptions. He completed 15 of 23 attempts for 273 yards and four TDs.

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