North Penn rolls past Hatboro-horsham
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.