That time of year

North Penn takes on Ne­shaminy in dis­trict quar­ter­fi­nals

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @khunter10 on Twit­ter

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.

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