RIDLEY TVP. – Owen Bosack’s last football game as Ridley Green Raider was remembered for a long time.
Bosack hit two touchdowns and eclipsed the season’s 1,000 rushing yards to lead Ridley to a 47–7 Thanksgiving victory over Interboro.
5-11, the 180-pound runner/guard was one of several seniors who came out with a bang on Thursday. Bosack’s TDs came from passes from sophomore quarterback Ryan Carroll, including 34 yards to open the scoring in the first quarter. In the third quarter, at 7-7, Carroll rolled to the left and found Bosack in the flat, scoring from six yards.
“Given all the work I’ve done here over the last four years,” Bosak said, “it’s nice to know that I’ve done something good for the team and the community.”
Paul Jackson is another one of those high-end weapons of the elders, the Swiss Army knife of the Green Raiders. Jackson lined up from a wild formation and shot from three yards in Ridley’s 27-point blast in the fourth quarter. He finished with a 31-yard rush and three catches for 30 yards.
Stephen O’Donovan gained 90 yards on five receptions and played great defensively in the secondary.
“When everyone comes out to this game, the energy is just 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 a 40-13 all-time Thanksgiving record against the Bucs. Since 2007, the Green Raiders have won 10 out of 13 fights.
“All over the community, you’ve heard people talking about this game,” O’Donovan said. “We knew we couldn’t lose, no matter what.”
Ridley had three weeks to prepare. Interboro had five days. The Bucs have played two more PIAA playoff games than the Green Raiders. Two weeks ago, the Bucs won the District 1 Class 4A title and lost to Bonner & Prendergast in the first round of last Saturday’s state tournament at Ridley. It was obvious that Interboro had run out of energy in the second half of Thursday. Ridley took advantage of this.
Ridley’s game plan was to stop the older Abu Kamara, who started the day with a rush for 2,802 yards, a Delco single-season record. Camara was spilled to 31 yards on 14 carries. In the third quarter, he was injured late in the game.
“We had to fold the box and get our linebackers to play downhill,” Jackson said. “Every flick of the game we had to play downhill and win on the line of scrimmage.”
Ridley’s defense limited Interborough to under 100 yards on the ground and forced five fumbles and interceptions. After Kamara’s injury, the Bucks relied on senior quarterback Theo Demopoulos, who had 77 yards on 14 carries.
“It was really the same plan that we have been using for the last couple of weeks against Upper Darby, Conestoga and Marple. We did it in the playoff game against Spring-Ford, but we weren’t able to add more guys to the box because of their RPO game,” Ridley coach Dave Wood said. “We were beaten like everyone else, but we sank into the bowl mentality. We gave the guys three or four days of complete rest, then we had a couple of days in the gym, and then the last 10 days were probably our best workouts. …
“I think today it showed up in defense. This is how we played stretch. When we needed big wins at Conestoga, Marple and here against Upper Darby, we played really good football.”
After the Green Raiders scored to take a 7-0 lead, the Bucks responded quickly when quarterback Julian Bulovas connected wide receiver Dom Gunther for a 55-yard touchdown. Gunther made five catches for 118 yards. Bulovas completed 7 of 16 attempts for 149 yards.
This is all Ridley after the break. Carroll threw his third and fourth TD passes to Hamin Powell, who ran 49 yards home, and Nahaj Salim, who pulled an unprotected catch from five yards into the end zone. Alante Smith had a one-yard scoring run and JP Lineam caught an Interboro fumble and ran 36 yards for Ridley’s final touchdown.
Carroll recovered from two interceptions in the first half. He completed 15 of 23 attempts for 273 yards and four touchdowns.