Coun­cil Rock North thrashes Hat­boro-Hor­sham

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Steve Sher­man

Buck­sio­calS­ports Ed­i­tor

HATBOoO — Fresh­man quar­ter­back Bran­don McIl­wain threw for three touch­downs and ran for two more last Fri­day night as Coun­cil oock North came away with its first win of the sea­son, a 37-0 road thrash­ing of Hat­boro-Hor­sham.

McIl­wain E11-21-0, 176 yardsF got the In­di­ans’ of­fense headed in the right di­rec­tion early, toss­ing a 67-yard touch­down pass to se­nior Bran­don Knotts on the oock’s first play from scrim­mage.

Se­nior A.J. Niel­son was the re­ceiver of McIl­wain’s next Ta aerial, this one a 26-yard scor­ing strike that came in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Be­fore half­time, the In­dian de­fense added a safety when it tack­led Hat­ters tight end T.J. Kele­her in the end zone.

McIl­wain went back to work af­ter the break, hit­ting sopho­more Matt Cabo with a 6-yard touch­down pass in the third quar­ter. The ninth­grade quar­ter­back added Ta runs of his own - one each in the third and fourth quar­ters, turn­ing this one into a run­away.

North won ev­ery phase of the game, es­pe­cially the de­fense. Af­ter sur­ren­der­ing 81 points in its first two games in losses to Haver­ford and CB South, the oock turned things around with a solid shutout in en­emy ter­ri­tory. Knotts and fresh­man aB Seth Leuz snared in­ter­cep­tions for the In­di­ans.

Of­fen­sively, there was no ques­tion - with McIl­wain out­gun­ning three Hat­boro sig­nal-call­ers, 176-52, and oock rush­ers out­gain­ing Hat­ter ball­car­ri­ers, 140-89.

Niel­son got the bulk of the rush­ing du­ties for North, tot­ing the pigskin 13 times for 88 yards. McIl­wain took it 10 times for 35 yards and two scores. Knotts car­ried the ball five times for 17 yards.

With the pass­ing game fir­ing on all cylin­ders, the oock re­ceivers had a good night with Knotts lead­ing the way with three catches good for 87 yards and a

touch­down. Cabo also tal­lied three catches for 41 yards and a score. Niel­son grabbed four balls for 32 yards and ju­nior Josh McWil­liams added one catch for 16 yards.

For Hat­boro, quar­ter­back Steve Palo rushed 13 times for just 33 yards. Jeff Pan- ara also car­ried 13 times, gain­ing just 26 more. Chris Eji­monyeugwo tal­lied 22 yards on nine car­ries and oyan Fitz­patrick ran twice for 14 yards.

For North E1-2F, the win gives the team con­fi­dence head­ing into its Subur­ban One League ESOLF Na­tional Con­fer­ence opener this Fri­day night at Abing­ton. For the win­less Hat­ters E0- 3F, it doesn’t get any eas­ier as they host un­beaten CB South E3-0F, which is com­ing off a 42-0 thrash­ing of Nor­ris­town E0-3F.

Photo by Steve Sher­man

Con­well-Egan QB Kyle Techt­man scored a 25-yard touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter that put the Ea­gles up 19-0.

File photo by John Glee­son

Af­ter giv­ing up 81 points in the first two games, the CR North de­fense tossed a shutout last Fri­day night at Hat­boro-Hor­sham.

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