C.R.North rolls past H-H
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”