Knights shutout Golden Hawks behind potent offense


Paul Gnauert

Quarterback Ryan Zeltt takes the snap before handing the ball off.

TOWAMENCIN- No words can describe the game better than the words, complete domination.  The Knights offense was dynamic passing and running the ball behind a shutout from the defense.

“I thought up front we really got in the backfield tonight.  Our secondary was in pretty good position to cover and anytime the quarterback dropped back for a pass, I thought he was under heat,” Head Coach Dick Beck said about his defense.

The North Penn Knights (5-1) easily took down the Council Rock South Golden Hawks (0-6) 36-0 under the Friday Night Lights.

Right of the gate, the Knights jumped onto to the Golden Hawks as the first play after the opening kickoff was a 47-yard run by sophomore Khalani Eaton.  Two plays later, freshman quarterback, Ryan Zeltt, connected on a 7-yard pass to senior RJ Macnamara for a touchdown.  Junior Daniel Moon was successful on the PAT and the Knights went up 2-0.

“I just saw the cutbacks and everything.  We were going through practice this week and [Coach Beck] was saying look for the cutbacks and I just saw the hole and hit it,” Eaton explained.

The Golden Hawks went 3 and out on offense as the Knights got the ball back.  Zeltt led the Knights down the field with some beautiful passes but none prettier than a 15-yard lob to senior Ken Grandy for a touchdown.  The PAT was no good and the score was 13-0.

In the second quarter, the Knights went 75 yards down the field and scored a touchdown on Eaton’s 19-yard run with 10:40 left in the quarter.  The Knights went for two and were unsuccessful as they took a 19-0 lead.  The biggest highlight of the night came with 5:30 left in the first half where Zeltt launched a perfectly placed ball into the arms of Grandy for a 32-yard touchdown.  Zeltt then connected with Macnamara for the 2-point conversion.

“Well a couple times in the offseason, [Grandy and I] actually got together and threw the ball a couple times and I think that’s helped.  And I think Kolby [Barrow] on the sideline is helping me out, telling me what to do and stuff is really helping,” Zeltt said on his connection with Grandy.

The Knights got the ball back and drove 55 yards down the field, capped off by a 2-yard touchdown run by Eaton and went up 33-0.  With 48 seconds left, sophomore Jalen Edwards came up with an interception to setup a 26-yard field goal from Moon to put the Knights up 36-0 at the end of the half.

The Knights sent in the second and third stringers to wrap up the game as not a single point was scored in the second half.  The Knights will have a big matchup next week as the Souderton Indians will enter Crawford Stadium undefeated.  It will also be homecoming and senior night in possibly the last home game in the current stadium.

“It’s going to have a lot of juice, it’s probably going to be a huge crowd and it’s got those guys playing well,” Coach Beck said about next week’s game.