Knights win battle over Patriots

Knights improve to 7-0 with conference victory


North Penn;s Kelly Mcnamara sis congratulated by teammates after leveling a big hit on a CB East kick returner in Saturday’s 33-14 win at CB East. (Photo by Anissa Gardizy)

BUCKINGHAM- It’s not all that difficult to deduce why North Penn’s football team is still unbeaten. While Saturday afternoon’s game at Central Bucks East wasn’t the best game played by the Knights, they still won – by a lot. If their worst game is beating a tough conference opponent 33-14 on the road, then perhaps that alone shows how good this team really is.

The first play of the game was a CB East sack on Reece Udinski, but the Knights did not let the Patriots set the tone. They quickly adjusted their strategy after a few mistakes and were able to find more success by passing rather than they staying on the ground.

“Coach Beck and I saw their defense playing man to man and we liked our match ups with our receivers.” said Udinski.

Udinski was able to connect with Justice Henley for a 27 yard touchdown and Jake Hubler with a 37 yard touchdown (5:43, 1:22). The Knights led 14-0 going into the second quarter, but they knew they were not performing as well as they usually do.

“I don’t think we were playing at the level that we can play at.” said Jake Hubler.

CB East came out for the second quarter wasting no time before quarterback Matt Szczypiorski connected for their first touchdown (10:59). With the Patriots approaching the Knights’ lead, North Penn opted to bring out Kelly Macnamara to kick a 33 yard field goal, increasing their lead to 17-7.

Macnamara then kicked off for the Knights, sending the ball to the Patriots’ 2 yard line where it was fumbled by Wes Verbit. North Penn’s senior Jason Prince recovered the fumble and it was good for another North Penn touchdown. Later, on another one of Mcnamara’s kickoffs, Wes Verbit returned and dodged a handful of Knights, heading toward the end zone. It was Macnamara herself who leveled the returner, pushing him out of bounds to stop a potenial big return.

“Jason’s touchdown and Kelly’s hit really sparked us up and got us going; she’s a great player.” said senior captain Nick Vasger.

In the third quarter it was Vasger who scored the only touchdown (10 yards 7:36). In the fourth, North Penn once again turned to Macnamara for a 42 yard field goal, extending their lead 33-7. The Patriots answered back with a touchdown by Jake Novroski, but it was not enough to come close to the Knights’ score.

North Penn (7-0) will play rival Souderton (4-3) next Friday night under the home lights of Crawford Stadium.

“We are going to prepare the same way every week: treat each game like a championship. We’re going to clean up the errors and get off to a better start.” said wide receiver Jon Haynes.