North Penn aims to continue its mastery over Pennsbury and earn a road victory over the third-seeded Falcons when the two teams square off in a District 1-AAAA Quarterfinal tonight at Pennsbury High School's Falcon Field.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
North Penn is a perfect 6-0 against Pennsbury in Dick Beck's 12 seasons as coach of the Knights. That included a 27-3 victory over the Falcons in the 2011 district semifinals.
The 11th-seeded Knights are coming off a 31-0 shutout of No. 6 Coatesville while the Falcons reached this round by virtue of a 55-20 rout of No. 14 Upper Darby.
After an 0-3 start, North Penn has now won eight in a row, having reached the district quarterfinals for the 11th time in 12 seasons. Pennsbury has won 10 straight, including a 31-3 victory over rival Neshaminy in the regular-season finale.
No. 4 Neshaminy, meanwhile, will be busy in one of the other three quarterfinal matchups, taking on 12th-seeded Spring-Ford.
The Falcons' running attack was in peak form last week in the win over Upper Darby, as Pennsbury gained 500 yards on the ground before the mercy rule went into effect.
Running back Charles Snorweah kept finding plenty of room to run and gained nearly 250 yards. The junior also displayed his breakaway speed and sprinted away for scores of 31 and 52 yards, along with an 8-yarder that he had early in the contest.
Stopping the run will be the focus of the North Penn defense, which did not allow the defending district champion Red Raiders a 100-yard rusher last week. Isaiah Flamer finished with 95 yards in that contest for Coatesville.
The Knights, like Pennsbury, have also been gaining big chunks on the ground. Nyfease West had his finest game of the season last week, rushing 20 times for 146 yards.
North Penn will be the biggest test yet for a Pennsbury defense that earned back-to-back shutouts earlier this fall over Abington and William Tennent.
This is only the second meeting between the two teams in the past seven seasons. Under Beck, the Knights faced the Falcons every year from 2002-2006, winning by an average score of 31-15.
The winner of this contest heads to the district semifinals to take on either No. 7 Central Bucks West or No. 15 Perkiomen Valley next week.
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