That time of year
North Penn takes on Neshaminy in district quarterfinals
Two old friends will get together just in time for the holiday season, as North Penn hosts Neshaminy Friday in a District 1-6A Quarterfinal at Wissahickon High School. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The top-seeded Knights come into this one unbeaten at 11-0, fresh off a 26-16 victory over Ridley in the opening round. The No. 8 Skins are 8-3 overall and made it into the quarters by virtue of a 35-7 rout of Haverford.
The two teams are back where it all began.
The Knights and Skins began their seasons with a double-overtime thriller at Heartbreak Ridge, with North Penn stopping a two-point attempt by Neshaminy to hold on, 3433. Julian White’s tackle helped lock it up for NP.
The two teams have been doing this for a while, since “PacMan Fever” rocked the airwaves. The Knights and Skins first met in 1982, with North Penn winning a 19-6 decision.
Since then, the two squads have met eight times in the postseason. And both know how to land the knockout punch: the average margin of victory in those eight playoff games was 25 points.
The Knights took five of those eight decisions, including a 28-7 victory over the Skins in the 2015 district semis.
North Penn’s defense had a shutout going into the fourth quarter last week and the offense gained big chunks of yardage on the ground: Shamar Edwards ran for over 100 yards and caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Solomon Robinson. Neshaminy also had a big night in the trenches, paving the way for Chris James’ 159 yards and a score.
The winner of this contest punches its ticket to the district’s final four, to take on the winner of No. 4 Downingtown West and No. 5 Truman. rivalry has endured.
North Penn quarterback Solomon Robinson (9) escapes the tackle of Neshaminy’s Tyler Foster (34) in the first game of the season this year.