Forte scores in OT to lift Kennett past Strath Haven in thriller

Posted on November 9, 2019 in Newspaper.

By Bryan Davis

One is a debutante, playing at level previously unattainable. The other, a program with a long list of accomplishments, was looking to reach a height it hasn’t since 2011.

First-timer Kennett and old football blue blood Strath Haven thrilled the fans at Kennett Stadium Friday night, and even gave them bonus football.

On Kennett’s first posession of overtime, quarterback Sam Forte scampered in from 10 yards out for the winning score to lift fourth-seeded Blue Demons to a 20-14 victory over No. 5 Strath Haven in the quarterfinals of the District 1 Class 5A football playoffs Friday.

The Blue Demons (10-1) advance into the semifinals for the first time in school history, and will travel to top-seeded Cheltenham next Friday.

“This is crazy. This is awesome,” said Forte. “But we’re not satisfied. We want more.”

Strath Haven got the ball first in the extra session and tried to use its wing-T to get the lead. From the 10, John Prochniak and Ibrahim Pio carried the ball three times between them to get to the 1.

On fourth down, Prochniak plowed into the line, and when the mass of humanity untangled, he was determined to be inches short.

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