Scoreless Tie

Saturday, September 25, 2010

More Knights vs. Titans

Some things I missed in the last post - Danny Wynne scooped and scored on a fumble. North Penn scored on its first 5 offensive possessions. Apparently Dom Taggart had been nicked and was finally fully healthy for this game, scoring on a run, a pass and an interception return.

North Penn routs CB South from the Reporter.

North Penn efficient in victory over CB South from the Intelligencer.

In other SOL Continental news, Souderton beat CB West to even up their record at 2-2 and drop CB West to 3-1.
CB East dominated Hatboro-Horsham 42-20.
Quakertown lost to Downingtown West is a non-league game
Pennridge beat Lansdale Catholic.

North Penn 55 - Central Bucks South 14

CB South scored first. 48 points later, they were under the mercy rule for the whole 2nd half. Josh Cook had a fumble recovery, Dom Taggart had a pick 6 with 1:14 left in the half to make it 48-6. North Penn looked like North Penn to me in this game. They weren't perfect, but they did execute well. I didn't see the first drive (Dick Beck said there were mental mistakes that led to the CB South score in a post-game interview). The mental mistakes were greatly reduced after that, from what I could see. I think 9-1 looks probably at this point.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Week 4 - League play begins

This week starts league play for most of Suburban One. Suburban One Sports site football forecaster predicts that Neshaminy will best Abington at Hearbreak Ridge and North Penn will handle CB South at Crawford Stadium. Pennsbury, CR South and Pennridge all seem to have a clear path to chalking up "W"s. CB West is predicted to fall at Souderton, but I'm not so sure.

Kyle Berger doesn't have a week 4 preview up yet - check his youtube page to see when he does post.

Dom and Kevin expound on SOL football in their Let's Talk Football column. Kevin says not to judge CB South by the game tonight, but taking on North Penn is a huge opportunity. Both teams lost in Week 1 and have had nice wins for 2 weeks. If South can keep their offense on track, get a few stops against the Knights and play mistake free ball, they have a chance. Even with the realignment in the Knight's secondary, you will still get some open receivers using a spread offense. If the North Penn D Line doesn't get good pressure on Johns, he will have a good chance to find his open guy.

Here is some CB South video.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

North Penn 38 - St. Joe's Prep 7

North Penn played a nice game and managed to take advantage of the Prep's mistakes while making few of their own. Even the presence of Charles Barkley on their sideline couldn't keep Jim Hurley from dropping passes. Mark Casale looked impressive at times, but it takes a much higher level of talent to beat the Knights with one weapon.

While the Knights got an impressive result from Saturday nights match-up, they certainly gave CB South some things to think about. If Hurley had held on to the ball a little better, it would have been a much closer, tougher game for the Knights. The Knights' secondary is getting better, but will it be good enough to handle a CB South spread offense that put up 51 points on Thursday night?

Here is the WNPV wrap-up of the game:

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Week 2 - Domination

I went to the Neshaminy at Hatboro-Horsham game, and Neshaminy controlled the game. I left at the half and Neshaminy had a 28-0 lead. Hatboro just didn't match up. Except for a couple of mistakes by Neshaminy, they would have gone into the 2nd half under the mercy rule. The game ended in a 35-7 Neshaminy win. After leaving the Redskins-Hatters game I listened to the North Penn-Lansdale Catholic game, and I heard North Penn take over the game with Brandon Mercer's 70 yard punt return for TD and Trevell's scoop and score on the 2nd half kick-off.

Here is WNPV's wrap-up of the game:

Friday, September 10, 2010

Week 2

Oh what a difference a year makes. Week 2 was a nasty, rainy night last year - the North Penn-Lansdale Catholic game was moved to Wissahickon's field. Tonight looks like it will be a great football night. The Reporter visited the annual Knights-Crusaders pre-game breakfast this morning. The Knights should be pumped up to get their first win of the season after a disappointed loss to LaSalle this week - the first regular season varsity loss that any of the current players have had during their high school careers. It was 2007 the last time North Penn lost anything but their last game - during the time the current seniors have been at NPHS, their record is 27-3 including last weeks loss. Hopefully, losing the first game will remind the team that they can't be anointed state champions, and that every team they play will be looking to prove something, including LC.

Here is WNPV's preview of tonight's game:

Sunday, September 05, 2010

LaSalle 37 - North Penn 14

All the pre-season polls can get thrown out. LaSalle is still top dog in PIAA AAAA Football. Skyler Mornhinweg has his blueprint for September 18. Dick Beck and his staff have their work cut out for them coming up with adjustments. Lansdale Catholic held on Saturday to beat AAAA Upper Perk, so they are going to be looking for the big upset against the Knights on Friday.

My take was that North Penn didn't reload the lines this year. Is this because they didn't have the players, because Dan Chang has left to head up P-W or the scout team isn't good enough to test the starters? Listening to WNPV after I left during the 4th quarter, they were making a big deal about the defensive back play, but as I saw it, Drew Gordon adjusted much better at half time than Dick Beck. There was no pressure on Magarity during the 3rd quarter, and that let him pick apart the Knights' secondary. While you are never as bad as you look when you lose, the Knights didn't look to good Friday night.