De­fense Rests

North Penn locks down Ne­shaminy, moves onto District 1-6A semi­fi­nals

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - Staff re­ports

AM­BLER >> Evan Spann’s 30-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down fin­ished off a ter­rific evening for the North Penn de­fense and locked up a rainy, 13-6 vic­tory over Ne­shaminy in the quar­ter­fi­nal round of the District 1-6A Play­offs Fri­day night.

The win ad­vances the topseeded Knights (12-0) to the district semis next week, to take on ei­ther Down­ing­town West or Tru­man. The No. 8 Skins fin­ished their sea­son at 8-4.

Right from the start, North Penn’s de­fense was bent but didn’t break.

Ne­shaminy drove right down­field on its open­ing se­ries but ul­ti­mately came up empty with a missed field goal. The Skins drove into scor­ing range on their sec­ond se­ries but had a turnover on downs.

Be­hind the run­ning of Chris James, the Skins again mounted a drive late in the first quar­ter, cash­ing in with a four-yard touch­down run by Oley Manzvk. The ex­tra point was blocked by the Knights.

North Penn an­swered in the sec­ond quar­ter, an eight-yard

TD run by quar­ter­back Solomon Robinson push­ing NP ahead 7-6.

The Knights de­fense made sure the lead stayed into half­time.

Ne­shaminy drove to the North Penn 16 in the third quar­ter but again the North Penn de­fense held, forc­ing a turnover on downs.

The Knights had a chance to ex­tend their lead with three min­utes left but weren’t able to get off a field-goal at­tempt on a bro­ken play.

Ne­shaminy’s fi­nal two pos­ses­sions ended with in­ter­cep­tions. — Kev Hunter UP­PER DUBLIN 27, CHELTENHAM0>> No. 2 Up­per Dublin beat No. 7 Chel­tenham, 270, in the District 1 Class-5A quar­ter­fi­nals Fri­day night at Car­di­nal Sta­dium on the cam­pus of Up­per Dublin High School.

Af­ter punt­ing on their first pos­ses­sion of the game, the Cardinals scored on four straight pos­ses­sions to take a 20-0 lead into the half.

Ma­son No­vak got the scor­ing started. His first carry of the game was a 20-yarder to get the of­fense into the red zone. Two plays later, he ran for a 16yard touch­down. The ex­tra point was wide to keep it a 6-0 game.

Af­ter Up­per Dublin re­cov­ered a fum­ble at the Chel­tenham 44-yard line, the of­fense put to­gether six­play drive, end­ing with a 10yard Lucas Roselli touch­down run. Mike Slivka hit Roselli for the two-point con­ver­sion to make it 14-0.

In the sec­ond quar­ter, Chris Bar­bera hit two field goals — from 34 and 31 yards away. The sec­ond kick came at the end of a 12-play drive that started at their own 1-yard line.

Ja­cob Ross­man added a six-yard touch­down run in the fi­nal four min­utes of the game.

Up­per Dublin will host No. 11 Unionville in the semi­fi­nals next week. Chel­tenham’s sea­son is over af­ter the loss. — Ed Mor­lock ST. JOE’S PREP 23, LA SALLE 13>> Kyle McCord threw a pair of fourth-quar­ter touch­down pass as St. Joseph’s Prep scored the fi­nal 13 points to rally past La Salle 23-13 in the Philadel­phia Catholic League Class 6A Fi­nal at North­east High School.

The Ex­plor­ers took a 13-10 lead on quar­ter­back Sean Daly’s 1-yard touch­down run at 5:14 in the third quar­ter. Early in the fourth, La Salle tried a fake punt run on 4th and 7 from its own 31 but came up three yards short. On the next play, McCord hit Anthony Rightly for a 35-yard TD at 8:58 re­main­ing.

Af­ter forc­ing a La Salle 3-and-out, the Hawks went up 23-13 when McCord con­nected with Johnny Free­man for a 2-yard TD at 4:03.

St. Joe’s Prep ad­vances to the District 12 ti­tle game to face ei­ther North­east or Cen­tral next week. — Mike Cabrey

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

North Penn quar­ter­back Solomon Robinson runs for a touch­down Fri­day night dur­ing a District 1-6A quar­ter­fi­nal.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

North Penn’s Shamar Ed­wards gains yardage against Ne­shaminy Fri­day night in a District 1-6A quar­ter­fi­nal.

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