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