Knights pull out win in OT

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By KEV HUNTER

TOWA­MENCIN — A 27-yard field goal in over­time by Matt Am­men­dola fol­lowed by a big de­fen­sive stop earned North Penn a thrilling, come-frombe­hind 19-16 win over West Catholic Fri­day night in a non-league bat­tle at Craw­ford Sta­dium.

The Knights cashed in on their of­fen­sive se­ries in OT with a field goal by Am­men­dola and the de­fense fol­lowed by forc­ing a 4th-and-goal from the eight, and an in­com­ple­tion by Burrs quar­ter­back Ant­wain McCol­lum ended the game.

The Knights had a chance to win it late in the fourth, but a missed 21-yard field goal by Am­men­dola left the score tied 16 apiece with a minute and 53 seconds to go.

Down by seven at the half, North Penn tied the game late in the third quar­ter, as Nick Is­abella rum­bled 59 yards up the mid­dle on a quick dive.

The Knights fought back after a slug­gish first half.

All nine first-half points for the Knights came off the foot of Am­men­dola.

The se­nior booted field goals of 37, 21 and 30 yards to keep the Knights within a touch­down at the half.

How­ever, North Penn drives kept stalling inside the 25, forc­ing the Knights to rely on Am­men­dola to sal­vage three points.

Four times, North Penn could not con­vert a third down into a first, and in ad­di­tion, Am­men­dola was wide on a 29-yard field goal at­tempt and the Knights also had a fum­ble in their own ter­ri­tory.

After trail­ing 6-0, West Catholic went ahead for the first time on a 82-yard strike from quar­ter­back Ant­wain McCol­lum to wide re­ceiver Ahkil Crump­ton, fol­lowed by a two-point con­ver­sion run by Calil Wortham, mak­ing it 8-6 early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Fol­low­ing the NP turnover, the Burrs in­creased their lead on a sen­sa­tional 28-yard run by McCol­lum and a two­point run by the Burrs QB to stretch the mar­gin to 16-6.

The Knights marched down­field on the run­ning of Nyfease West, but an in­com­ple­tion on third down forced them to set­tle for another field goal, leav­ing it 16-9 at the break.

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