St. Joseph’s Prep batters Knights
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Prep quarterback Chris Martin ran from a game-high 92 yDrGV DnG D VFRrH Rn 15 FDrrLHV DnG finLVKHG 11-RI19 passing for 89 yards and a touchdown as the Hawks improved to 3-0.
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Brandon Mandes provided the lone points for WKH .nLJKWV, DV KLV 27-yDrG fiHOG JRDO DW 8:18 Ln WKH WKLrG quarter made it 28-3. The three points were the fewest scored by North Penn since it was shut out by Neshaminy 35-0 Ln WKH 2007 DLVWrLFW 2nH CODVV AAAA TuDrWHrfinals.
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The Knights — 1-2 for the second straight year — open Suburban lne League Continental Conference play Friday on the road against CHnWrDO BuFNV (DVW. 1RrWK Penn has won its past 28 SlL Continental games in claiming the last four conference titles.
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Steve Gozur paced the Knights with 38 yards rushing on 11 carries. Austin SKHDrHr ZDV 8-RI-16 SDVVLnJ IRr 46 yDrGV DnG ZDV LnWHrFHSWHG WZLFH, LnFOuGLnJ RnH -RKn Du0RnG WRRN bDFN 17 yDrGV IRr D VFRrH ZLWK VLx VHFRnGV OHIW Ln WKH firVW TuDrter.
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SW. -RVHSK’V 3rHS KDG D 7-0 lead only 12 seconds into the contest as Moffett took the opening kickoff from his own eight down the left sideline for a 92-yard touch-
down at 11:48.
“The kickoff, it wasn’t about breaking tackles, the guy just ran, nobody even touched him,” Beck said.
After forcing the Knights to punt, Martin kept the Hawks’ next drive alive with a 40-yard run on thirdand-24 from the Prep 10. Four plays later, he hit Cameron Chambers for a 24-yard touchdown at 6:39 for a 14-0 lead.
St. Joseph’s Prep went up 21-0 when DuMond picked off a Shearer screen pass and returned it 17 yards to the end zone.
The Hawks added another touchdown late in the second quarter, as Martin capped off a nine-play, 35-yard drive by reaching the end zone on a one-yard run at 1:19.
The only points for Prep in the second half came on D .ylH BDWWLQ 22-yDrd fiHld goal with 4:49 remaining in
North Penn quarterback Austin Shearer is pursued by St Joseph’s Prep defenders during Friday’s non-league action.
North Penn’s Kyle Mayfield is stuffed by St. Joseph’s Prep defenders for no gain during Friday’s non-league game.