Knights run past Titans to cap SOL schedule

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Peyton Lugo

The NP football seniors wrap up the SOL regular season schedule following a victory over CB South.

TOWAMENCIN- On what was an emotional night for the North Penn seniors, the Knights came away with a blowout for the last game of the 2020 season. A shortened five game season was not ideal, and the players wanted more, but coaches and players alike are glad there was football played in 2020. 

North Penn (4-1) defeated CB South (2-3) 52-20 in what was a dominant send off performance. Junior Khalani Eaton once again stole the show, putting up over 200 yards and 4 touchdowns. The offense as a whole was clicking, with 3 touchdowns plays over 70 yards. 

The Knights started off the game on the ground, with Eaton grabbing 5 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Zeltt also hit Andrew Berry to put the Knights on the one yard line, leading to the touchdown run. After Grace Macnamara’s PAT, North Penn led 7-0. 

CB South would not be outdone. After driving down the field, North Penn forced a 4th down but was not able to make the stop. After allowing the Titans into the red zone, North Penn allowed a short rushing touchdown. The field goal block unit was able to block the extra point, keeping the Knights’ lead, but only by one. 

The rushing game again proved fruitful for North Penn, as Eaton once again showed his skill, breaking off a big 28 yard run. Zeltt also completed a 18 yard pass to Wide Receiver Jalen Edwards. Eaton once again scored a touchdown, this time a 6 yard scamper for the score. The point after was good, and North Penn led 14-6. North Penn’s defense got a quick turnover, a fumble recovered by defensive end John Derkits. 

Eaton once again scored on what was a short field, after breaking off 21 and 18 yard rushes. He was then able to power into the end zone for his third score of the night. The extra point attempt was good, extending the lead to 21-6. 

“I just wanted to do whatever I could to help the team win. This season, this game, were for the seniors, so I wanted to do it for them too,” Eaton said.. 

The Titans were still able to keep it close. After driving down past midfield, they were able to complete a pass over the middle for a touchdown. After the PAT, the Titans closed in 21-16. The Titans got the ball back quick after a fumble was lost by North Penn. 

Despite the quick turnaround, North Penn was able to force a 3 and out, getting the ball back into the offense’s hands. After an injury to Eaton on the previous drive, Ethan Spann was the back on this drive. After two rushes for 17 yards, the ball was given to Berry who broke through the hole and rushed for a 72 yard touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 28-13. 

North Penn was able to force another 3 and out, getting the ball back to the offense again. However, they weren’t able to score in time, bringing the teams to half with a score of 28-13. 

North Penn’s defense was able to come out of the locker room playing well again, forcing a punt on the first drive of the second half. After a 52 yard punt return by Levi Carroll, the offense wasn’t able to punch it in. Grace Macnamara nailed a field goal, extending the lead to 31-13. 

North Penn again was able to hold the Titans scoreless, forcing yet another punt. Zeltt through a beautiful lob to Carroll for a 1 play 88 yard touchdown, and after the PAT the score was 38-13. North Penn once again forced a 4th down, and were able to stop CB South again. 

Zeltt threw a pick on the next drive, giving the ball back to CB South at around midfield. After allowing a 4th down conversion, the Knights defense forced another one, and this time were able to stop them. 

Eaton was able to break off an insane 72 yard touchdown rush, and after the concerted extra point the score was 45-13. The defense was able to force and recover another fumble, getting the ball back to the offense. 

It was an emotional night for sure. It’s a shame that we had such a short season, but we’re still glad we had one at all. We didn’t think we would have one. So it was emotional, and if we were able to play a full season and make the playoffs I think we would’ve been able to make some noise”

— NP Head Coach Dick Beck

Another drive, another one play touchdown, as Maliq Staten rushed for a 70 yard touchdown right down the middle. PAT was good, the Knights led 52-13. After the final touchdown by CB South, the game ended in a rout by North Penn. 

“It was an emotional night for sure. It’s a shame that we had such a short season, but we’re still glad we had one at all. We didn’t think we would have one. So it was emotional, and if we were able to play a full season and make the playoffs I think we would’ve been able to make some noise,” head coach Dick Beck said, who recently wn his 200th game as head coach of the Knights. 

While this was the final regular season game, North Penn will play two more games. One  against Malvern Prep, next Friday at the turf field at 7pm. The other is against Lasalle, date, time, location all TBA. 

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