Pep­per pro­pels Penns­bury past Rock North

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS - By Rick Forten­baugh

NEW­TOWN — It’s not dif­fi­cult to ex­plain what was the big dif­fer­ence in the Penns­bury High School football team’s 35-20 vic­tory over Coun­cil Rock North last Fri­day night.

Penns­bury has Pep­per and Rock does not.

On an evening in which scrappy In­di­ans re­fused to go away and gave the Fal­cons their best shot, Pep­per kept de­liv­er­ing big plays when­ever the is­sue looked like it might be in doubt.

As a re­sult, the top-ranked team in the area im­proved to 6-2 and re­mained in sole pos­ses­sion of first place in the Subur­ban One Na­tional with a league record of 5-0.

Rock North, mean­while, dropped to 3-5, al­though any­one who saw the In­di­ans last week at Walt Sny­der Sta­dium knows they are bet­ter than that.

The Pep­per show started Shawn North right away when he ripped off a 55-yard run to the Rock North 5 yard line and scored two plays later on a 2-yard plunge.

As was the case all evening, Rock North replied with a drive of its own and was able to even the score on a 5-yard keeper by tal­ented fresh­man quar­ter­back Bran­don McIl­wain. The first In­dian TD was set up by a 49-yard burst by A.J. Nielsen, who ran the ball hard all night.

Penns­bury re­gained the lead when it drove 45 yards and reached the end zone on a 1-yard sneak by sopho­more quar­ter­back Breon Clark. The Fal­cons’ lead was then ex­tended to 21-7 when Clark scored on a beau­ti­ful 27-yard keeper on fourth down fol­low­ing an in­ter­cep­tion Tony Dono­van.

Al­though they had very lit­tle time re­main­ing in the half, the In­di­ans were able

to pick up three points on the last play of the sec­ond quar­ter on a field goal by Max Pedi­noff. This came af­ter a some­what bizarre scene in which it ap­peared the half was over be­fore Penns­bury was sum­moned back to the field on a Rock North time­out with : 02 on the clock.

When Pedi­noff kicked an­other field goal in the third quar­ter to cut the lead to 2113, it looked like the home team had the mo­men­tum.

In­stead, Pep­per ripped off a pos­i­tively bril­liant 65-yard touch­down run in which he broke sev­eral tack­les as he weaved his way down the field.

This reestab­lished a two- touch­down lead, but even here, the In­di­ans weren’t fin­ished. Thanks to a pass in­ter­fer­ence penalty on fourth down deep in Fal­con ter­ri­tory, Rock North got a sec­ond chance and cut into the lead on a fourth-down, 7-yard pass from McIl­wain to Bran­don Knotts.

No prob­lem as Penns­bury kept feed­ing the ball to Pep­per, who had sev­eral key runs in Penns­bury’s drive down the field that was cul­mi­nated with a 17-yard TD pass from Clark to Tom Hose on fourth down.

The In­di­ans were largely able to neu­tral­ize Fal­con full­back Daquan Mack, but had no an­swer for Pep­per, who ran for 193 yards on 17 car­ries. In a real plus for the Fal­con of­fense, Clark was ef­fec­tive through the air by com­plet­ing six passes for 102 yards.

Photo by Jackie Schear/ Tren­to­nian

Penns­bury quar­ter­back Breon Clark rushed for a pair of touch­downs in last Fri­day’s win over Coun­cil Rock North.

Pho­tos cour­tesy J.S. Gar­ber

Neshaminy half­back Nate Hall, No. 31, right, rushed for three touch­downs, help­ing the Redskins to a 42-33 win Oct. 19 at Ben­salem.

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