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North Penn gunning for 3-0 start against Pennsbury

Some familiar guests come to Crawford Stadium Friday night as North Penn plays host to rival Pennsbury in a non-conference clash under the lights.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

North Penn comes into this one with plenty of momentum, 2-0 after consecutive wins over La Salle and Downingtown East.

The Knights scored a total of 56 points in the two victories.

Pennsbury`s Nasan Robbins (2)picks up yardage against LaSalle. gregg slaboda photo

Pennsbury`s Nasan Robbins (2) picks up yardage against LaSalle during their game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Gregg Slaboda/Digital First Media)

“I love it,” wide receiver Justis Henley said of the attack, following the victory over the Cougars last week. “Explosive.”

Henley has been a speedy and reliable target for quarterback Reece Udinski, the two hooking up a total of six times last week for 142 yards and a score. Henley has 166 receiving hards thus far, with Udinski throwing for 471 yards in the two victories.

North Penn also had a big offensive night in Week One against La Salle, which in turn shut out Pennsbury last week, by the count of 28-0.

It is a young Pennsbury squad in 2016, the team returning only three starters from a year ago. The Falcons are running a spread offense under first-year coach Dan McShane, and the team squeezed out a 10-6 win over Frankford in Week One before falling to the Explorers in Week Two.

The offense, with a lot of new pieces and in a new scheme, is still settling in. Nasan Robbins — a quick, shifty runner — has been getting the majority of the carries, with Zach DeMartis taking over under center.

A Falcons defense that includes free safety Tyrone Hodges has played tough, keying the opening-day win and almost coming up with a goal-line stand last week against La Salle.

Bob Raines--Digital First Media North Penn's Justis Henley pulls in a pass ahead of Downingtown East's Chris Day Sept. 2, 2016.

North Penn’s Justis Henley pulls in a pass ahead of Downingtown East’s Chris Day during their game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Bob Raines/Digital First Media)

The Falcons will need a monumental effort from the defense on Friday night against high-scoring North Penn, as the Falcon pass attack is still finding its way — Pennsbury had just four completed passes last week and six first downs for the game.

Pennsbury looks to avoid a 1-2 start while North Penn is aiming for a 3-0 mark heading into its conference schedule.

It’s a rivalry that goes back years, with the Knights holding a 16-14 edge in the series.

But it’s also a rivalry that has been rather one-sided for some time, despite some pretty tight contests. North Penn has won 15 in a row over the Falcons, including a 10-0 record in 14-plus seasons under coach Dick Beck. The Knights earned a pair of postseason victories over the Falcons during that span, in 2011 and 2013.

Pennsbury’s last victory over North Penn came back in 1996, a 28-27 decision in overtime.

Top Photo: North Penn’s Ricky Johns tries to get through a hole before the Downingtown East defense plugs it during their game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Bob Raines/Digital First Media)

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