Pennsbury runs over Knights as struggles continue

TOWAMENCIN-  2022 has not been what football fans have come to know in Crawford Stadium. And on Friday night, hoping to keep their playoff chances alive, the Knights just could not stop Pennsbury’s Galamama Mulbuh, as their struggles continued.

North Penn (3-5) fell to the Pennsbury Falcons (7-1) 44-34 during North Penn’s Senior Night.

On the Falcons, opening drive, Quarterback Shane McGurrin scored the first points of the game with a rushing touchdown putting the Falcons up 7-0. North Penn answered right back with James Magine scoring a touchdown on their opening drive; however, the extra point was blocked, and Pennsbury was still up 7-6. 

Early in the second quarter Mulbuh scored his first touchdown, putting the Falcons up 14-6. Midway through the second quarter Amir Major scored a rushing touchdown for the Knights, but the Falcons still led 14-12 after North Penn’s attempt for a 2-point conversion failed. Mulbuh scored his second touchdown late in the second quarter, leaving Pennsbury up 21-12. North Penn’s Zeed Haynes scored his first touchdown right before halftime; the Falcons were still up 21-19. 

Unable to keep other teams off the board this year, Knights’ head coach Dick Beck knows their only recourse is to get the offense on the field as much as possible.

“We just need to score as many points as possible, we were struggling on defense and we had to score a lot,” Beck said. 

Late in the third quarter, Nathan Beighley went 52 yards for a touchdown, putting the Falcons up 27-19. Early in the fourth quarter, the Falcons kicked a 23-yard field goal setting them up 30-19. Mulbah scored his third touchdown halfway through the fourth quarter, giving Pennsbury an insurmountable 37-19 lead. With 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Rashad McNeil caught a 22-yard touchdown for the Knights, but Pennsbury still led 37-26. From the 42-yard line, Mulbuh scored his fourth touchdown, leaving his team up 44-26. In the game’s final minutes, Haynes scored his second touchdown, and quarterback Ryan Zeltt successfully attempted the 2-point conversion; however, this was not enough, and the Knights fell 44-34. Pennsbury’s Mulbuh ended with four touchdowns and 364 rushing yards. 

With only two games remaining in the regular season, the Knights’ playoff hopes are fading, but Beck and the Knights know they must keep moving forward. 

“We need to keep working hard, do our best to keep working hard,” Beck said. 

Starting center, Evan Schaub also knows the Knights can only now focus on what’s ahead. 

“Next week …we have to look good in practice to get our guys all ready…we are looking to rebound, ” Schaub said. 

The Knights next take on the Pennridge Rams (2-6) Next Friday night, 7 pm at Pennridge High School. North Penn currently sits at #17 in the District 1 standings , and will likely need to win out and get some help in order to climb into the 16th sport or higher, which they will need in order to snag a postseason berth.