La Salle topples Knights
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).”
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“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.”
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“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
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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
North Penn’s Kyle Mayfield is wrapped up by LaSalle’s Dad Poquie after a short gain during Friday’s nonleague game.