Chelts smother Nor­ris­town

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - SPORTS - By Alex Wahl

The Chel­tenham High School foot­ball squad only earned two wins last year. Now the Pan­thers have three wins in four games as they cruised to a 17-7 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Nor­ris­town last Fri­day night.

A rush­ing touch­down, a pass­ing touch­down, a field goal, and a nearly per­fect de­fense helped the Pan­thers im­prove to a 3-1 over­all record to start the 2018 sea­son.

Chel­tenham struck the score­board first when Sidiqq Wil­liams scored a touch­down on a long 33yard run to put the Pan­thers up 7-0 early in the first quar­ter.

“When I got the ball, I trusted my of­fen­sive line to open up a hole for me,” said Wil­liams. “When I saw the lit­tle hole, I just took a big cut and scored.”

“Nor­ris­town knew al­most every run­ning play that we were go­ing to do,” added Wil­liams. “They had a good rush­ing de­fense but we found some ways to break through.”

The Pan­thers in­creased their lead in the first quar­ter with a 33yard field goal from Justin Grady af­ter a pass was dropped in the end zone on third and goal.

Chel­tenham even­tu­ally got the sec­ond touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter with Ado­nis Hunter threw a four-yard pass to Jamir Barnes to in­crease the lead to 17-0 at half­time.

“I was re­ally happy with the de­fense mak­ing the game eas­ier,” said Hunter. “They were de­fend­ing the pass and the run well and they kept get­ting turnovers, so I didn’t have any wor­ries tonight.”

Nor­ris­town was able to avoid a shutout in the fi­nal minute of the game when Nick Di­Nolfi con­nected to Chris­tian Thomas on a 17-yard pass for a touch­down.

Chel­tenham head coach Ryan Nase was thrilled for his team get­ting the big third win of the sea­son, es­pe­cially af­ter a tough loss at Abing­ton High School last week.

“The de­fense re­ally took pride into get­ting the shutout,” said Nase. “They were up­set af­ter giv-

ing up the late touch­down, but they made it tough for Nor­ris­town to run in­side against us.”

The win also keeps Chel­tenham

un­beaten at home as it has won two games at home against Coun­cil Rock South and Bishop McDe­vitt ear­lier in the sea­son.

The Nor­ris­town High School foot­ball team will look to bounce back when it re­turns home on Satur­day,

Septem­ber 22 against Spring-Ford. Kick­off is sched­uled for 1.

The Chel­tenham Pan­thers will go for their fourth win on the road next week when they travel to Quak­er­town High School on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21.

ALEX WAHL/FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Chel­tenham’s Justin Grady kicked a 33-yard field goal in the vic­tory for the Pan­thers.

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