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)