La Salle top­ples Knights

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nal­

Strug­gles in the sec­ondary and an in­con­sis­tent of­fense made it a rough open­ing night for North Penn.

La Salle wide re­ceiver Sean Cole­man racked up 10 FDWFKHs IRr 165 yDrGs, in­clud­ing an 8M-yard touch­down re­cep­tion, and the Knights man­aged just one scor­ing drive in a frus­trat­ing 2M-T loss at Craw­ford Sta­dium.

“The sec­ondary strug­gled not at times - the whole game,” North Penn coach Dick Beck said, “so we’re go­ing to continue to work and see if we can get bet­ter.”

In this Eastern Fi­nal re­match, the Knights took their only lead of the night on a two-yard touch­down run by Luke Berry, putWLnJ 1RrWK 3Hnn DKHDG 7-6 mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter.

But on the very next play from scrim­mage, La Salle quar­ter­back Chris Kane threw a per­fect strike to Cole­man, who was streak­ing down the right side­line wide open, for an 8M-yard score and a 12-T lead.

“That’s a back­breaker,” Beck said. “The re­al­ity is you can’t give them free­bees - a touch­down in one play. AnG LW wDs RnH WKLrG GRwn con­ver­sion af­ter an­other (for La Salle).”

The Ex­plor­ers (1-M) conYHrWHG fiYH RI WKHLr nLnH WKLrG GRwns LnWR firsWs, DnG Kane was par­tic­u­larly ac­cu­rate throughout, com­plet­ing 17 RI KLs 25 SDssHs IRr 286 yards and three touch­downs.

“It just came down to they were bet­ter than us,” Knights cap­tain and de­fen­sive back/ wide re­ceiver Steve dozur said. “That’s go­ing to make us bet­ter in the long run, know­ing that we have to be that much bet­ter for the next JDPH. ,W wDs GHfinLWHOy FRYer­age (giv­ing us prob­lems). Our d-line is very strong - we stopped the run­ning game pretty much. We just have to do a bet­ter job with cov­er­age.”

The Ex­plor­ers, who had opened the scor­ing with a 28-yard pass from Kane to gimmy Her­ron, padded their lead late in the third quar­ter when Kane con­nected with

Her­ron again - this time for fivH yDrGs DnG D 20-7 OHDG.

1RrWK 3Hnn (0-1) wDs forced to punt on its next pos­ses­sion and then turned it over on downs at the Ex­plorHrs 30 wLWK IRur PLnuWHs WR play.

The Knights had a chance to take the lead on their open­ing drive of the sec­ond KDOI, EuW D 14-SODy, 67-yDrG drive ended when quar­ter­back Austin Shearer threw in­com­plete to dozur on fourth-and-1 at the 13.

“We’ve got to be able to finLsK WKDW,” GRzur sDLG RI WKH GrLvH. “7KDW GHfinLWHOy would have been a mo­men­tum swing. We have to be able to cap­i­tal­ize on things.”

6KHDrHr finLsKHG 11-RI31 IRr 124 yDrGs, DnG .yOH MDy­fiHOG OHG WKH .nLJKWs’ run­ning at­tack with 98 yards on 18 car­ries.

“A FRuSOH WLPHs Ln WKH firsW half we had some op­por­tu­ni­ties to make a play and we would ei­ther throw an in- com­plete pass or get a pass tipped,” Beck said. “We’ll learn. We’ll get bet­ter.” La Salle North Penn Sec­ond Quar­ter L-Jimmy Her­ron 28 pass from Chris Kane (kick blocked), 11:31 NP-Luke Berry 2 run (Bran­don Man­des kick), 7:06 L-Sean Cole­man 80 pass from Kane wide), 6:52 Third Quar­ter L-Her­ron 5 pass from Kane (Cole­man con­ver­sion pass from Kane), 1:03

La Salle 0 0 12 7 8 0 - 20 0 0-7


North Penn First Downs Rush­ing Yards Pass­ing Yards To­tal Yards Pass­ing Fum­bles lost Punts Penal­ties-yards RUSH­ING La Salle-Jor­dan Meachum 3-9; Jared Her­rmann 14-63; Chris Kane 5-(-4); Sean Cole­man 1-7; Mike Eife 1-0; North Penn-Kyle May­field 18-98; Steve Gozur 6-43; Nick Wright 1-4; Luke Berry 9-50, TD; Austin Shearer 4-(-17); Kris Akins 1-0 PASS­ING La Salle-Chris Kane 17-25-286-3-0; North Penn-Shearer 11-31-124-0-0 RE­CEIV­ING La Salle-Jon Naji 1-9; Sean Cole­man 10-165, TD; Mike Eife 2-37; Jimmy Her­ron 2-33, 2TD; Jared Her­rmann 2-42; North Penn-Eddie Posavec 3-29; Luke Berry 2-17; Colton Pyne 3-39; Kyle May­field 1-12; Ge­orge Shipp 1-10; Steve Gozur 1-17 13 17 75 178 286 124 361 302 17-25-3-011-31-0-0 1 0 1 4 6-42 3-21

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

North Penn’s Kyle May­field is wrapped up by LaSalle’s Dad Po­quie af­ter a short gain dur­ing Fri­day’s non­league game.

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