North Penn bat­tles past Wood

North Penn Life - - SPORTS - By An­drew Marcus


com Af­ter shak­ing hands with North Penn af­ter Satur­day night’s non-league gameI Arch­bishop Wood peeled off and took a knee around the O0 yard line to lis­ten to what coach Steve Devlin had to say. As he has done DIWHU HvHUy JDPH Ln KLs fiUsW fivH yHDUs wLWK WKH VLNLnJs, the speech was quick and to the point. But the topic of the talk was some­thing he has not had to dis­cuss of­ten.

It was the TOnd game for coach Devlin with Wood and the hnights’ O4-10 win made it the 11th time since O00T he had ex­press dis­con­tent in the per­for­mance. It was WKH VLNLnJs’ fiUsW ORss sLnFH week one of O011 Ea­gainst Pitts­burgh Cen­tral Catholic). If the de­fend­ing state champs for­got what it felt like to be on the wrong end of the scoreI a score­less sec­ond half gave an an­tag­o­niz­ing feel­ing they have learned to live with­out.

“Our goal this sea­son was not to beat North PennI” Devlin said. “Our goal is to win a cham­pi­onship. We see where we are and what we need to get bet­ter at. eopeIuOOy wH FDn fix LW.”

7KH VLNLnJs GLG nRW HxSHFW to mercy-rule the de­fend­ing Class 4A state run­ner-upsI like they have done to their last 14 op­po­nentsI but they did ex­pect to ex­e­cute and push their win­ning streak to 1S games. A gosh jessina WRuFKGRwn DnG 1LFN VLsFR fiHOG JRDO wDs WKH sWDUW WKHy were ex­pect­ing. bvery­thing that fol­lowed was not.

“We play these games be­cause we want to play good op­po­nents and get bet­terI” hnights’ coach Dick Beck said. “We had some kids grow up tonight.”

Af­ter hold­ing the hnights to four yards of of­fense in WKH fiUsW KDOI WKH VLNLnJs kicked off to start the third TuDUWHU DnG .yOH 0Dy­fiHOG showed what he can with op­por­tu­nity. Af­ter only two FDUULHs Ln WKH fiUsW KDOI, WKH se­nior run­ning back car­ried the hnights to O4 unDn­swHUHG SRLnWs. 0Dy­fiHOG rushed for 1P4 yards and had scores of 1O and 40 yards. The forty-yarder came on a fourth-and-one pitch play.

“I knew when we ran Ethe pitch) be­fore they had a lot of guys up the mid­dle and no one on hard con­tainI” Beck said. bven if we did not have a guy block I thought jay­fiHOG FRuOG Uun WKHP RvHU or make a guy miss. Credit goes to jike Ber­stacher who PDGH D nLFH EORFN. 0Dy­fiHOG was just awe­some.”

7KH VLNLnJs KDG WKHLU chances to put the hnights away ear­lyI but coughed up four fum­bles throughout the course of the game. The turnovers set the hnights up wLWK HxFHOOHnW fiHOG SRsLWLRn. In the sec­ond quar­ter it was Steve Gozur’s strip that im-

me­di­ately re­sulted in points. The se­nior cap­tain lit­er­ally ripped the ball out of the Vik­ings’ hands and bolted 93 yards to the end zone to keep his team within three points (10-7) at half­time.

“Some­times you have to get lucky, but Steve made that play,” Beck said. “It was a lit­tle lucky he was able to take it in for a score, but it was not given to him. That was a huge play. Af­ter that our kids started bounc­ing around a lit­tle bit.”

The Vik­ings only mus­tered 48 yards of of­fense in the sec­ond half and the Knights’ ground game chewed up the clock. Coach Beck played to the weather and only called three pass­ing plays all game, none of which were com­pleted. The Vik­ings’ quar­ter­back Chris 5DKLOO wDV 4-IRU-9 DnG fin­ished with 30 pass­ing yards.

“Both teams had to play in the weather,” Devlin said. “We have to get bet­ter. If we are go­ing to turn the ball over and miss as­sign­ments we are go­ing to be in trou­ble.” North Penn Arch­bishop Wood First quar­ter AW – Josh Messina five yard run (Visco kick) Sec­ond quar­ter AW – Nick Visco 38 yard field goal NP – Steve Gozur 93 yard fum­ble re­cov­ery (Man­des kick) Third quar­ter NP – Bran­don Man­des 27 yard field goal NP – Kyle May­field 12 yard run (Man­des kick) Fourth quar­ter NP – Kyle May­field 40 yard run (Man­des kick)

North Penn 0 7 7 3 10 7 – 24

0 0 – 10 Arch­bishop Wood First downs Rush­ing yards Pass­ing yards To­tal yards Pass­ing (c-a-i) Fum­bles-lost Punts-.avg Penal­ties RUSH­ING North Penn – May­field 24-134, 2 TDs; Gozur 11-63; Shearer 2-(-14) Arch­bishop Wood – Nes­bitt 17-99; Messina 16-92, TD; Rahill 6-19; Cooper 5-10; McC­len­ton 1-(-1) PASS­ING North Penn – Shearer 0-3-0 – 0 Arch­bishop Wood – Rahill 4-9-0 – 30 RE­CEIV­ING North Penn – none Arch­bishop Wood – Aber­crom­bie 2-15; Ar­cidi­cano 1-11; Messina 1-4

11 183

0 183 0-3-0

2-2 2-38 2-10 14 219 30 249 4-9-0 6-4 2-34 6-35

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / MARK C. PSORAS

North Penn’s Liam Kelly fires a shot on goal dur­ing Thurs­day’s ac­tion at Soud­er­ton.

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