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Spring-Ford’s Cole Turner ties program record with 4 interceptions

WEST NORRITON >> Spring-Ford safety Cole Turner entered Friday night with one interception on the season.

The senior doubled his interception total on Norristown’s first pass attempt of the game and tripled it the second time they threw the ball. Turner grabbed his third pick of the game early in the second quarter before snagging his fourth – and returning it 32 yards for a touchdown – two minutes before halftime.

“The defensive line got pressure, the linebackers dropped, corners did their job and I was just there to do my job, too,” Turner said. “I was happy to make it happen.”

Turner’s defensive score was his final play of the game. The Rams starters were given the rest of the night off after the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder gave them a 49-0 lead, which stood as the final score in the Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division matchup at Norristown Area High School.

Turner’s four interceptions tie a Spring-Ford record that’s stood for 48 years, when Jay Feairheller accomplished the feat in 1973.

“It means a lot to me and my team,” Turner said. “I know we all work extremely hard. I work extremely hard and I’m glad it happened. I didn’t even know I got four. I was so locked into the game. It just happened. I put myself in good positions.”

“Cole has been one of the best leaders that we’ve had here at Spring-Ford,” head coach Chad Brubaker said. “He’s really kept us together during that three-game losing streak. It was tough. That was something we’re not necessarily used to. Cole’s just been outstanding. As much as those interceptions – he’s played excellent on the field – but he’s also just a great leader for us. I think that would be universal, everybody on the team; if you asked them, that’s what they’d say.”

A lot of Turner’s hard work comes in the film room. Brubaker said they introduce the game plan and send it out on Sunday night or Monday morning. By the first practice of the week, Turner knows everything and is ready to go.

“I saw (Norristown likes) to throw to (wide receiver Julian Arthur) a lot,” Turner said of this week’s film study. “I just had my eyes on him and read the QB and the linemen and I just did my read from there and then flew to the ball.”

When asked if he was surprised the ball kept coming his way, Turner said, “No, cause I put myself in good positions and my corners did their job and linemen did their job and linebackers did great today. We all did our part today.”

The safety’s record-setting night highlights a dominant effort from the Rams (4-3, 2-1 PAC Liberty) defense. The starters played seven possessions – interception, interception, punt, interception, fumble recovery, fumble recovery and interception touchdown. Gavin Shafer and Will Fish each recovered a fumble in the second quarter.

In those seven possession, the Rams allowed 45 yards and two first downs on 21 plays.

Spring-Ford flexed its defensive depth and held the Eagles (0-7, 0-3 PAC Liberty) scoreless for four possessions after the starters exited the game to finish the shutout.

“We tell all our guys no matter what the score is come into every quarter, every play it’s 0-0,” Turner said. “We have that 0-0 mindset, next-play mindset. Shutout the score and do your job. That’s how we get our ‘dubs.'”

Third down offense

The Rams offense thrived on third down while building its early lead. They converted on 3rd-and-10, 3rd-and-14 and 3rd-and-8 on three of their first four touchdown drives.

“That’s not necessarly a good sign,” Brubaker said of the third down conversions. “We’ll have to take a look at the film with some things.

“We threw the ball well and I guess the bright side is we converted third downs, but we don’t want to be in those situations, obviously.”

Quarterback Ryan Freed, who finished the game 6-for-6 for 179 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Kolten Kqira for a 65-yard gain on 3rd-and-10 on the third play of the game. On the ensuing play, he threw a jumpball into the end zone and Zach Zollers came down with it for an eight-yard touchdown.

After two Turner interceptions sandwiched around a Fish 10-yard touchdown run, Freed and Zollers were back at it again. On 3rd-and-14, Freed found his tight end for a first down and Zollers took it the rest of the way for a 47-yard score.

The teams traded punts and Turner grabbed another interception to set up Freed’s third touchdown of the game. On 3rd-and-8 he connected with Gage Swanger on a crossing route. Swanger was off to the races along the Norristown sideline and found paydirt from 64 yards away for a 28-0 lead.

Harry Adieyefeh Jr. scored a pair of touchdowns – from two yards and seven yards out – to make it 42-0 before Turner’s defensive score put an exclamation point on the Rams first half dominance.

Spring-Ford’s Harry Adieyefeh Jr. scored two touchdowns against Norristown Friday night. (Ed Morlock/MediaNews Group)

BOX SCORE

Results

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Spring-Ford212800049
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Details

Date Time League Season
October 8, 2021 7:00 pm PAC 2021

Spring-Ford

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Ryan Freed-77173300000000000000
Matt Zollers-136000000000000000
Harry Adieyefeh-00000114620000000000
Will Fish-0000011010000000000
Kolten Kqira-0000000025900000000
Jseth Owens-0000023901-400000000
Travell Wellons-0000032300000000000
Tim Allen-0000041100000000000
Luke Hall-000002400000000000
Arthur Vigilante-000001000000000000
Zach Zollers-0000000035420000000
Gage Swanger-0000000027010000000
Cole Turner-000000000000400000
Sam Herman-000000000000070000
Total 81017930241333817930470000

Norristown

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Chris Carter-210904111300000000000
Brendan Farrell-020000000000000000
Meyon Ferrell-0000097000000000000
Rashad Triplett-0000032900000000000
Jamal Griffin-000003201000000000
Julian Arthur-0000021200000000000
Santino Antonelli-000006900000000000
Adam Moffitt-000001-300000000000
Marzon Carr-0000021800000000000
John DiNolfi-000000001900000000
Total 2129043715002900000000
 

Spring-Ford 49,

Norristown 0

Spring-Ford 21 28 0 0 – 49

Norristown 0 0 0 0 – 0

Scoring

First Quarter

SF – Zach Zollers 8-yard reception from Ryan Freed (Sam Herman kick) 10:11

SF – Will Fish 10-yard run (Sam Herman kick) 8:23

SF – Zach Zollers 47-yard reception from Ryan Freed (Sam Herman kick) 5:04

Second Quarter

SF – Gage Swanger 64-yard reception from Ryan Freed (Sam Herman kick) 8:23

SF – Harry Adieyefeh Jr. 2-yard run (Sam Herman kick) 5:04

SF – Harry Adieyefeh Jr. 7-yard run (Sam Herman kick) 4:31

SF – Cole Turner 32-yard interception return (Sam Herman kick) 2:11

TEAM STATISTICS

SF           NOR

First downs 14           10

Rushes-Yards 26-139   37-150

Passing yards 185           9

Total yards 324         159

Passing 7-9-0     2-12-4

Punts 2            1

Fumbles-Lost 1-0         2-2

Penalties-Yards 1-15        2-15

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING

SF: Harry Adieyefeh Jr. 11-51, 2 TD; Will Fish 1-10, TD; Kolten Kqira 1-(-6); Jseth Owens 2-39; Travell Wellons 3-29; Tim Allen 4-6; Luke Hall 2-4; Arthur Vigilante 2-6.

NOR: Meyon Ferrell 9-70; Julian Arthur 2-12; Chris Carter 11-13; Jamal Griffin 3-2; Rashad Triplett 3-29; Santino Antonelli 6-9; Adam Moffitt 1-(-3); Marzon Carr 2-18.

PASSING

SF: Ryan Freed 6-6-179-3-0; Matt Zollers 1-3-6-0-0.

NOR: Chris Carter 2-10-9-0-4; Brendan Farrell 0-2-0-0-0.

RECEIVING

SF: Zach Zollers 3-54, 2 TD; Kolten Kqira 1-65; Gage Swanger 2-70, TD; Jseth Owens 1-(-4).

NOR: Jamal Griffin 1-0; John DiNolfi 1-9.

INTERCEPTIONS

SF: Cole Turner 4.

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