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Different venue, same results, as Knights top Pennsbury

On a saturated Saturday, the Knights move to dry ground and improve to 3-0

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Saturated September Saturday: North Penn hosts Pennsbury on the NPHS turf field on September 8, 2018 NP defeated the Falcons 33-7.

Saturated September Saturday: North Penn hosts Pennsbury on the NPHS turf field on September 8, 2018 NP defeated the Falcons 33-7.

Prasham Jobanputra

Prasham Jobanputra

Saturated September Saturday: North Penn hosts Pennsbury on the NPHS turf field on September 8, 2018 NP defeated the Falcons 33-7.

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TOWAMENCIN- Major League Baseball has experimented with their venues by playing one game a year in a minor league stadium. The NHL plays one game each season outdoors. The NFL pilgrimages to London for a game, and North Penn football… well, they followed suit on Saturday afternoon leaving a rain soaked Crawford Stadium behind to host the Pennsbury Falcons about 500 feet away on North Penn’s turf field.

It was a smaller stadium, a smaller crowd, and the same big results for North Penn (3-0) as they picked up their third win of the season, 33-7 over a Falcons (0-3) squad that played the Knights tough for the first half..

After the field conditions of Crawford Stadium were too poor to be played on due to the downpours the night before, the turf was where the Knights squared off against the Falcons who were looking to avoid an 0-3 start to their 2018 season and were hoping to do something they have not been able to do against North Penn for a long time… win.

But this was no easy challenge for the Falcons as Knights head coach Dick Beck sees a lot of good things happening as his 2018 squad begins to take shape in the season’s early weeks.

“There’s been much development in the newer offensive line as well as a good core of multiple ball carriers for any situation in the game,”Beck explained when asked about how his coaching staff and players have built off of the big home opener win over rival La Salle High School.

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North Penn and Pennsbury battle in a tightly contested first half on Saturday, before NP pulled ahead in the second half.

This analysis by the 17th year Knights head coach was evident in their opening drive which started off with a 34 yard rush by senior Julian White and capped off with a 5 yard rush into the endzone by White. The Knights defense established early command as well,  forcing a 3 and out for the Falcons.The first half included many momentum shifts such as an interception by Falcons outside linebacker, James Hose,and a 29 yard touchdown reception by the Falcons quarterback, Drew Hensor, in a Philly Special like scheme. These plays allowed Pennsbury to grasp the game’s momentum heading into halftime with the Knights clinging to a 12-7 lead.

Pennsbury head coach,Dan McShane went into halftime optimistic about what he had seen up to that point.

“Our defense has been solid in avoiding the big plays and our offense has been able to follow up those stops with points on the board,” McShane said at the half..

But once the clock started again in the second half, the game was quite a bit different.

The second half opened up with the Knights getting back on the board and improving their lead to 19-7 after White’s second endzone visit of the game and 7th on the season. The flood gates that already opened up on Crawford Stadium the night before opened up again for North Penn but this time,more  metaphorically,as Shamar Edwards completed a 33 yard rushing touchdown on the following drive, coming off an interception by Knights defensive end ,Cory Keim. With 2:04 left in the 3rd quarter and the Knights opened up a 26-7 lead and the pendulum of momentum had officially swung..The North Penn defense  provided one more big stop by forcing an incomplete pass thrown by Hensor on a 4th and 10. North Penn would cap of their 33-7 win over Pennsbury with a 49 yard rushing touchdown by Edwards, who joined White for 2 TD’s on the day.

White and Edwards both gave props to Knights’ O-Line on the work they put in all week leading up to their week 3 matchup. The Knights will head back on the road where they will look to bring that same hungry attitude to a 1-2 Pennridge team on Friday night, in Perkasie for the 2018 SOL Continental Conference opener.

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