C.R.North rolls past H-H

Public Spirit - - SPORTS - By Nick Iuele

ni­uele@mont­gomerynews.com Hat­boro-Hor­sham re­mains win­less this sea­son af­ter fall­ing to Coun­cil Rock North 37-0 on Fri­day night.

“We are go­ing through a tough time right now,” H-H coach Gary Pagliaro said. “We got bit by the in­jury bug early in the sea­son and we are try­ing to get healthy. I don’t want to use it as an ex­cuse, you still have to go out and play the game. But we are get­ting guys back so it should be bet­ter go­ing for­ward.”

The loss was the sec­ond game in a row in which the Hat­ters were shut out. CR North quar­ter­back Bran­don McIl­wain was sim­ply too much for H-H, go­ing 11 of 21 for 176 yards and three touch­downs. McIl­wain also rushed for the In­di­ans’fi­nal two touch­downs.

The Hat­ters were down 16-0 head­ing into half­time. McIl­wain threw a 69-yard touch­down pass to Bran­don Notts in the first quar­ter, and then found Ag Niel­son on a 26-yrd strike in the sec­ond. CR North also forced a safety.

Be­cause of the in­juries to nu­mer­ous starters, Pagliaro was forced to put in play­ers that are not ac­cus­tomed to the game at the var­sity level.

“We have to play younger guys, which is a good and a bad thing,” Pagliaro said. “It’s good be­cause they can get ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing on Fri­day night and that’s good for our fu­ture, but they don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and they are not ready to play the kind of teams we are play­ing. We are hop­ing to get some starters back soon.”

Things did not get bet­ter for H-H in the sec­ond half. McIl­wain hit Matt Cabo for a six-yard touch­down pass and ran for one of his own in the third quar­ter, giv­ing CR North a 30-0 lead. The In­di­ans’ quar­ter­back rushed for one more in the fourth for the fi­nal score of the game.

“I’ve just been telling the kids that it’s a long sea­son and that it’s im­por­tant to stay to­gether,” Pagliaro said. “We just need to continue to work hard and try to gain some con­fi­dence. If we fight hard in prac­tice, continue to im­prove and get healthy, things will work out.”

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