Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker gathered his ecstatic players together and directed his small group of seniors to go and collect the PIAA District 1 Class 4A championship trophy.

With their defense stuffing Interboro's two-point conversion run in overtime, the visiting Falcons nipped the stunned Bucs, 27-26, in the title matchup Friday night at the cold and windy South Avenue Athletic Complex.

Fighting back from a 20-7 deficit early in the second quarter, Pennypacker's young squad captured its third district crown in seven seasons.

"So many big plays happened in this game," the 28th-year coach said. "I'm so proud of my kids. They played a great game. I can't say enough about them."

Taking possession first in the extra session, Pottsgrove went ahead, 27-20, on quarterback Ryan Finn's 1-yard sneak and Nathan Kasper's extra-point boot. Rahsul Faison's runs of 5 and 4 yards set up the tally.

Interboro likewise scored quickly on three runs, with Chris Thomas finding pay dirt on a 2-yard, right side run.

That's when longtime Bucs coach Steve Lennox opted to roll the dice and go for the win. After Pennypacker called a timeout, Thomas' attempt in the same direction came up short.

The Falcons (8-4) will face District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic in a first-round state playoff next weekend at a neutral site and time to be determined. Bethlehem Catholic ousted Saucon Valley, 27-21, Friday.

Interboro (10-2) went in front, 12-0, in the opening 8 minutes on Kaylie Kuyateh's 33-yard jaunt and Thomas' 3-yard run.

Down by 20-7 in the second, Pottsgrove put together a 15-play, 90-yard scoring drive that was capped by Finn's 8-yard toss to Bailey Delp.

Faison (34 carries for 162 yards) and company evened things at the start of the second half with an 11-play, 68-yard series that was finished by Finn's 3-yard run.

The Falcons survived even though they committed four turnovers and allowed the gritty Bucs to net 313 rushing yards on 53 attempts.

For the season, Faison, a junior transfer from Archbishop Carroll, has carried 254 times for 1,980 yards and 25 TDs.

Pennypacker said his team has only eight seniors. "We've persevered through a lot with this team," he said. "We're very, very young."

Interboro is scheduled to host Delaware County neighbor Ridley (10-2) on Thanksgiving Day. The Green Raiders blanked the Bucs, 12-0, last season.

It's a good bet that Steve Lennox will be back for his 25th season as Interboro's boss.

"I always evaluate things after each year," he said. "But I get a lot of support from the school, the parents, and the community. That means a lot."

Pottsgrove 7 6 7 0 7 - 27

Interboro 12 8 0 0 6 - 26

I: Kaylie Kuyateh 33 run (kick blocked)

I: Chris Thomas 3 run (run failed)

P: Rahsul Faison 12 run (Nathan Kasper kick)

I: Kuyateh 77 run (Thomas run)

P: Bailey Delp 8 pass from Ryan Finn (kick blocked)

P: Finn 3 run (Kasper kick)

P: Finn 3 run (Kasper kick)

I: Thomas 2 run (run failed)

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