PRINCETON — The Princeton Tigers walked off Bryant Field for the final time Friday night with a late feel-good moment when quarterback Jake Reinhardt connected with Zach Friel for a 33-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass.
The rest of the night, however, belonged to Austin Regenwether and the visiting Fulton Steamers. Regenwether scored three touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards to lead the Steamers to a 35-6 win in a Three Rivers Athletic Conference crossover contest. The win was just the second of the season for Fulton (2-4) while the Tigers fell to 0-6.
The Princeton scoring drive started from their own 26-yard line late in the third quarter. Reinhardt got a first down on a three-yard gain and Logan Wilde moved the chains on the second play of the fourth quarter with a 10-yard gainer. After Reinhardt scrambled for a 10-yard gain, he found Friel open along the sidelines. No. 10 in blue looked like a jitterbug, dancing and weaving his way through the Fulton defense to the goal line for the Tiger touchdown.
“Zach made a real nice job running his route and Jake made a great read to get him him in space,” PHS coach Jesse Snyder said. “Zach’s a very athletic kid, made some great moves to get in. The offensive line did their job. We’d like to see that a little bit more than late in the game.”
While the passing game was effective late for the Tigers, it led to Fulton’s first score. Bryce Holesinger picked off a Reinhardt pass at the PHS 22-yard line and returned it to paydirt with 53.4 seconds left in the first quarter.
From there, the Fulton offense steamrolled the Tigers with a little help from the officials. A quick whistle from across the field negated a Tiger fumble recovery at the PHS 27-yard line hit on a hard hit by Tiger Logan Wilde. By rule, the lead official told Snyder the ball had to be awarded back to Fulton. Six plays later, Regenwether scored on a one-yard touchdown to make it 14-0.
Regenwether cashed in another one-yard touchdown to put the Steamers on top 21-0.
Before the half was out, quarterback Ethan Jones hooked up with Holesinger for a 45-yard gainer and then a one-yard TD toss to give the Steamers a 28-0 lead at the half.
Snyder said the Tigers had some good moments offensively, but just not enough. Reinhardt finished the night completing 7 of 17 passes for 81 yards. PHS gained 51 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
“We got some good blocks up front, some good catches. We’ve just to continue those blocks more consistently,” he said. “We ran the ball OK in the first half to begin with, but we just weren’t consistent enough staying on our blocks. Those are just things we’ve got to continue to work on.”
With the final three games on the road for Princeton, facing games at Rockridge, Orion and Hall, Snyder knows it won’t get any easier.
“It’s going to be very difficult. We’ve just got to come to work every day and continue to build the foundation for this program,” Snyder said,
• Tiger tales: PHS recognized its senior players, cheerleaders, poms and cheerleaders along with their parents. PHS players include Caleb Dickens, Dylan Williams, Ryan Grieff, Andrew Kaler, Chris Layton, Logan Wilde, Turner Jamison, Doug Frazier, Collin Hasbrook, Jordan Sissel and Matt Gibson. ... More than $600 was raised for the Buddy Bags fundraiser at the gate Friday night. ... Luke Marselle scored late for the PHS sophs in a 28-6 loss.