East football upsets Moorestown with last-minute safety

David Golkow ('16)/ Eastside Staff

The Cougars pulled off a win over the undefeated Moorestown Quakers last Friday on a rainy night at Moorestown High School. The Moorestown defense was exploited by the passing of Brandon Stern (’15), who threw for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory. Although the Quakers got off to a substantial lead of 14-0, the Cougars regained momentum after a 70-yard touchdown pass from Stern to Nick DiVito (’13). An East field goal ended the half and the Cougars were only down 13-10.

At the start of the second half, East regained control of the game as Stern and the dynamic Cougar offense drove down the field and scored on a 6-yard touchdown pass to DiVito for his second trip to the end zone. The Quakers fought back on the first play of the ensuing drive, when their running back dashed for an 80-yard touchdown run. In a seesaw scoring duel the Cougars regained the lead on their last possession of the third quarter, thanks to a 90-yard touchdown pass from Stern to Nick DellaVecchia (’13). However, the Quakers had some life left in them and scored to take back the lead, 25-24 Moorestown, to end the third quarter.

In what seemed to be a quiet fourth quarter on both sides of the ball, East’s special teams took the game into their own hands. With 2:01 remaining in the game, the Moorestown Quakers were punting from deep in their own territory, when the ball was snapped over the head of the punter—leaving the game literally rolling in the end zone. Although, the Quakers’ punter recovered the ball, Josh Flowers (’13) tackled the punter in the end zone for the game-winning safety. Neither team would score again as East would seal the dramatic victory over the Moorestown Quakers, 26-25.

The Cougars will play again this Saturday at home against Lenape at 3 p.m.