North Penn rolls past Hat­boro-hor­sham

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Chris­ti­aan Defranco cde­franco@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

On a crisp night it wasn’t the most crisp per­for­mance by the North Penn football team, par­tic­u­larly in the first half. vet there was never any ques­tion about this one.

Kyle May­field ran for a pair of touch­downs and caught an­other, Chris McGin­nis rushed for one and Bran­don Man­des booted two field goals as North Penn dom­i­nated Hat­boroHor­sham, 34-0, on Fri­day at Craw­ford Sta­dium.

“We’re still try­ing to get bet­ter,” North Penn coach Dick Beck said. “We’ve got to play bet­ter against the pass. … And I want our quar­ter­backs to be sharper.”

Mike Ber­stecher and Austin Shearer again shared the snaps for North Penn, com­bin­ing to go 13-for-24. Ber­stecher threw a TD and a pick.

North Penn (4-3, 3-1F was com­ing off its first-ever loss in the Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence — to Cen­tral Bucks South, which lost to Pen­nridge on Fri­day. The Hat­ters were com­ing off their first win of the year, a one-point edge over nu­ak­er­town, but fell to 1-6 on the sea­son (1-3 SOL Con­ti­nen­talF.

The Knights’ vic­tory sets up a show­down at Pen­nridge on Fri­day for a share of the con­fer­ence lead. It’s also a must-win for North Penn, which likely needs to win out in or­der to make the playoffs.

It’s a rare po­si­tion for the Knights to be in dur­ing the Beck era.

“Last week we were down in the dunes, and this week we knew we had to come out and hand it to them,” North Penn run­ning back/de­fen­sive back Steve Gozur said. “In the first half we were a lit­tle slow, a lit­tle rough. In the locker room at half­time we knew we needed to make a change, and in the sec­ond half we came out pretty strong.”

The Knights, adorned in pink wrist­bands and other gear to honor breast-can­cer aware­ness, con­trolled the line of scrim­mage throughout the night against H-H.

The Hat­ters couldn’t com­pete with North Penn up front on ei­ther side of the ball.

North Penn was up 17-0 by half­time and 27-0 by the end of the third quar­ter in front of a packed home stands. The visi­tor’s bleach­ers had only a smat­ter­ing of fans, as it has been a dif­fi­cult cam­paign for Hat­boro-Hor­sham.

“Last week was tough be­cause we were up in the sec­ond half and lost,” May­field said. “This week we knew we had to keep the pres­sure on. It was a good win.

“We had to play like it was 0-0,” May­field said.

Mean­while, Hat­boro- Hor­sham was frus­trated by a cou­ple of early turnovers, which set the tone for the evening.

“You can’t give a good team points and you can’t give a good team field po­si­tion,” Hat­ters coach Gary Pagliaro said.

In ad­di­tion to los­ing to CB South, North Penn has suf­fered de­feats against La Salle and St. Joseph’s Prep this sea­son.

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