QUAKERTOWN – Austin Shearer put the finishing touches on a North Penn victory with his 50-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
Knights coach Dick Beck, however, did have one critique on his senior quarterback's dash to the end zone.
“That was a lot of steps he took. A lot of little steps,” Beck said. “But it was to see him get in the open field.”
Friday night at Quakertown's Alumni Field, North Penn took a another step back to .500, using a 21-point surge in the second quarter to down the Panthers 28-7 for its second straight Suburban One League Continental Conference victory.
“Started off a little sloppy, and then I thought (we) played pretty well,” Beck said. “Moved the ball, had some big plays. That was nice to see, get some big plays for us.”
Shearer also threw for a touchdown, while Nyfease West ran for 138 yards and a touchdown – an 81-yarder in the second quarter – on 15 carries as the Knights (2-3, 2-0) beat Quakertown (3-2, 0-1) for the 12th consecutive time.
“I think the o(ffensive) line's playing a lot better, I think the first couple of games, I don't know if we scored in the first half any of those games. And we got 21 in the first half here,” Shearer said. “I think we just started a lot stronger. The o-line was firing off the ball, receivers running good routes. Just better execution.”
Michael Liddy had a pair of interceptions that led to North Penn touchdowns as the Knights' defense was only a Quakertown touchdown late in the fourth quarter away from collecting back-to-back shutouts.
“The defense played great. In the last two weeks – no points, seven points,” Shearer said. “The starting defense is playing great, the secondary's playing great, the linebackers are attacking, the d(efensive) line's firing off the ball.”
Shearer was 7-of-12 passing for 73 yards, connecting with Lewis Dickinson three times for 44 yards.
Micah Ruch paced Quakertown on the ground with 36 yards on seven carries, while Matt Stoneback rushed 12 times for 35 yards.
The Panthers' lone score came with 3:55 left in the fourth as Pat SanAngelo hit Ryan Heegard over the middle for a 47-yard touchdown pass.
North Penn look for its third straight win Friday on the road against Central Bucks South. The Knights, South and Central Bucks West are all tied for first in the SOL Continental at 2-0.
CB South – which beat Souderton 45-26 – also ended North Penn's 30-game conference win streak in its 36-29 win last season at Crawford Stadium.
“CB South is a big, big revenge game,” Shearer said. “They came back and beat us on our own home field. We know how good they are. We respect them and how good they are. We got to have a great week of practice and we're definitely not going to lie down for them.”
Quakertown, which has not beaten North Penn since 1979, is home Friday against Hatboro-Horsham.
After a scores opening quarter, North Penn took the lead for good less than two minutes into the second as West took a handoff took the left side then outran the Panthers defense down the sideline for an 81-yard score at 10:21.
“I thought earlier we had some holes that maybe running the wrong way. But I thought the hole was pretty big,” said Beck of West's run. “Of course, he used his speed. Nice to get him in the open field.”
The Knights made it 14-0 shortly after Liddy picked off Panthers quarterback Alec Vera to step the NP offense up at the Quakertown 13. Two plays, later Shearer found Justin Hudimac in the right corner of the end zone at 5:05.
Liddy proceeded to intercept Vera's next pass attempt, with North Penn using the turnover to go up 21-0 as Luke Berry capped a five-play, 26-yard drive by plowing over the goal line from a yard out at 2:34.
“That's some film work, I think, cause he caught him on the hitch and made a great undercut. The second one, he just kind of folded off, the guy didn't see him coming from the back side,” said Beck of Liddy's interceptions.
Shearer put the Knights ahead 28-0 at 2:43 in the third, taking a quarterback option 50 yards to the end zone to finish off an eight-play, 85-yard drive.
“We set that up pretty well earlier in the game,” Shearer said. “Luke Berry had a couple good runs off that, and we just set up well. The line blocked, I mean, Alex Kauffman kicked a guy out, Andrew Thomas came in for a great block. I mean, it was wide open, I don't think anyone even touched me.”
North Penn 28, Quakertown 7
North Penn (2-3, 2-0) 0 21 7 0 — 28
Quakertown (3-2, 0-1) 0 0 0 7 — 7
NP — Nyfease West 81 run (Matt Amendola kick)
NP — Austin Shearer 11 pass to Justin Hudimac (Amendola kick)
NP — Luke Berry 1 run (Amendola kick)
NP — Shearer 50 run (Amendola kick
Q — Pat Sangelo 47 pass to Ryan Heegard (Nick Soriano kick)
First Downs 11 6
Rushing yards 223 104
Passing yards 73 60
Total yards 296 164
Passing 7-12-1-0 6-10-1-2
Penalties 3-15 6-55
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 1-0
Punts 4 6
North Penn: Nyfeast West 15-138, TD; Austin Shearer 3-32, TD; Luke Berry 8-17, TD; Anthony Cameron 3-13; Kris Akins 2-12; John Posavec 3-11; Chris Jefferies 1-1; Spencer Jones 2-(-1).
Quakertown: Micah Ruch 7-36; Matt Stoneback 12-35; Ryan Heegard 3-19; Alec Vera 8-8; Nick Bonomo 1-7; Brian Cass 1-1; Tyler Kishbaugh 1-0; Pat SanAngelo 4-(-2).
North Penn: Austin Shearer 7-12-0, 73, TD.
Quakertown: Alec Vera 4-8-0-2, 8; Pat SanAngelo 2-2-0, 52, TD.
RECEIVINGNorth Penn: Lewis Dickinson 3-44; Justin Hudimac 2-17, TD; Kris Akins 1-8; Luke Berry 1-4.
Quakertown: Ryan Heegard 1-47, TD; Pat SanAngelo 2-6; Matt Stoneback 1-5; Micah Ruch 1-5; Mason Schmauder 1-(-3).
North Penn: Michael Liddy 2.
North Penn: Connor Gill 1.0.
Quakertown: Andrew Varichione 1.0.
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