Fourth quarter dominance leads Knights past Bucks


Prasham Jobanputra

Shamar Edwards carries the ball for North Penn in their win over the CB West Bucks

TOWAMENCIN- Another dominant 4th quarter led to the Knights keeping their undefeated record and gifting a great birthday present for Head Coach Dick Beck.

The Knights (8-0) were able to shut down the CB West Bucks (2-6) 20-6 with a defense that denied the Bucks on all the big plays.  The Knights improve to 4-0 in the conference while the Bucks drop to 1-4.

The Bucks received to start the game, but could not do anything as the Knights forced a three and out.  The Knights started the drive slow and patient, but switched gears with a 40-yard bomb from senior QB Solomon Robinson to fellow senior Jon Haynes.  This setup the Knights at about the 11-yard line and after two short runs, Julian White punched it in for a touchdown.  The PAT was just barely blocked and kept the game at 6-0.

The Bucks started their next possession, as they built a good drive after senior Joseph Fay had two runs that picked up a good chunk of yardage.  However, the Knights were able to put a stop together and force a turnover on downs.  But it did not take long for the Bucks to get the ball back as Bucks’ FS, Owen Shields, intercepted Robinson’s pass and ran it back to give the Bucks great field position.  The defense held strong though, putting pressure on Bucks QB, Gavin Grondahl, and forcing the Bucks to kick a field goal that was no good.  The Knights had the 6-0 lead after the 1st quarter.

Not much happen in the second quarter until a minute left in the half, when Bucks’ junior Jack Fallon hauled in an interception.  Then Fallon struck on the offensive side, with a 30-yard reception to setup the Bucks at the 1-yard line.  Senior Connor Levant caught a pass to finish off the drive and after a missed PAT, the game was tied at 6 into halftime.

Much like the first drive of the game from the Bucks, the Knights started the second half with a three and out.  But once again, the Knights defense played well as they forced yet another turnover on downs.  At the end of the third quarter, Robinson went deep down the field again to Haynes, who jumped and mossed a defender in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.

“It was a play we were practicing all week, Coach Beck put it in and it was a 50-50 ball. (Robinson) was gonna throw it up and give me a chance to win. It was a 2nd down play and Solomon threw a great ball and gave me a lot of chance, a lot of room to work, so I just jump my highest and try to get my hands on the ball before the defender could and I got it,” Haynes explained.

The chemistry between Robinson and Haynes was on full display as Haynes finished with 4 receptions for 82 yards.

“I thought (Robinson) did a nice job throwing the ball deep in the second half, so that was big for us, the long ball to Jon for a touchdown was a great pass,” said Coach Beck.

The PAT was good to give the Knights a 13-6 lead into the last quarter.  The Bucks were unable to score and the Knights looked to put the game away the same way they have all season, run the ball.  Senior RB, Shamar Edwards, got the ball to the 15-yard line in a game that saw him rush for 112 yards on 18 carries.  This was followed by a rushing attempt from White to the 1-yard line.  White then punched it in on the next play for his 13th touchdown of the year.  The PAT from senior K Ayoub Cherradi was good to put the Knights up 20-6.

“When it comes down to the final drive, I just tell our O-line to get a push and we’re gonna do the rest,” Edwards said.

With 4:40 left in the 4th quarter, the junior combo of RJ Macnamara and Nate Brown sacked CB West’s other QB, Jack Neri, that brought up 4th and 21.  On the next play, White put pressure on Neri, who scrambled out of the pocket and dumped it off to a receiver that junior Cory Keim took down near the line of scrimmage.  This meant another turnover on downs and the Knights would run out the clock to end the game.

“We’ve been taking a lot of heat for being a team that doesn’t get a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but tonight, the dog house ate tonight.”

— Julian White

“We’ve been taking a lot of heat for being a team that doesn’t get a lot of pressure on the quarterback, but tonight, the dog house ate tonight.  We were in the quarterback’s face all night, we helped out our DBs by getting on the quarterback, making big hits on him, you know shutting him down basically,” White said.

The Knights have two games left in the regular season and are still undefeated, however Robinson believes the attitude is still simple.

“Now starting to look towards playoffs, starting to see who we got, but still each week, beat the team,” Robinson explained.

The Knights will be back in action for a home game against the CB South Titans next Friday.