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North Penn looks to maintain Continental divide; Reporter Week 4 Preview Capsules

North Penn's Shamar Edwards (8) carries the ball against Neshaminy during their game on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. North Penn faces Pennridge in the SOL Continental opener for both teams on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (John Blaine/ For 21st Century Media)

The North Penn football team wants to keep rolling Friday night. Pennridge, meanwhile, is looking for a way to bounce back.

The start of the Suburban One League Continental Conference schedule has the unbeaten Knights heading up to Helman Field for a Week 4 clash with the rival Rams, who are out to end a two-game losing skid.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with the game on the radio on WNPV (98.5 FM/1440 AM).

North Penn has yet to lose a Continental game, going 12-0 since the Suburban One League realigned in 2016 and also carry into Friday’s matchup a 24-game win streak in SOL conference play.

The Knights’ last conference loss came in 2015 when they dropped a 28-27 SOL National contest to Central Bucks South.

The Knights (3-0) have won their last five meetings with Pennridge (1-2), last season holding off the Rams in a Week 5 offensive slugfest 45-35 at Helman Field. The teams combined for 771 yards of offense – 418 by North Penn while Pennridge posted 353.

The Rams rallied to tie the game 28-28 late in the third quarter but the Knights scored the next two touchdowns before a Ryan Garner 96-yard kickoff return for a TD made it 42-35 with 2:34. But NP recovered the ensuing onsides kick and connected on a late field goal for the 10-point victory.

This season, North Penn is off to its second 3-0 start in three seasons after a 33-7 victory over Pennsbury last Saturday. The Knights are getting big production from its ground attack – averaging 293.3 yards per game entering Friday night.

The Knights’ piled up 413 rushing yards against the Falcons, who pulled within 12-7 in the second quarter before North Penn scored the final 21 points.

Shamar Edwards and Julian White both eclipsed 100 yards rushing — Edwards had 189 and two touchdowns on 18 while White posted 113 yards and two scores on nine carries.

North Penn quarterback Solomon Robinson threw for 100 yards on 6-of-12 passing and added 55 yards and another TD on 15 carries.

Pennridge, meanwhile, is looking to up its offensive output. The Rams exploded for 54 points in their season-opening win over Delaware Valley but have collected just 26 points the last two weeks in losing to Neshaminy and Perkiomen Valley.

Last Saturday in its 18-12 loss to Perk Valley, Pennridge gave up a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns in the second half as the Rams went on to drop back-to-back games for the first time since 2015 when it fell to Neshaminy and Perk Valley to sit 1-2 after three weeks. The Rams stopped that skid by topping Souderton 38-10.

Joe Muntz posted Pennridge’s first 100-yard rushing game last season last Saturday, finishing with 114 yards and a touchdown — a nine-yarder in the fourth qurarter —  on 25 carries. Rams receiver Jonathan Post did not have a catch against PV but five of his six receptions this season have gone for touchdowns.

Germantown Academy at Father Judge
Time/Place: 6 p.m. Friday, Ramp Athletic Field Complex, Father Judge High School.
Records: Germantown Academy is 2-0 overall (0-0 Inter-Academic League). Father Judge is 1-1 overall (0-0 PCL Red Division).
Last Week: Germantown Academy defeated Frankford 35-10 last Saturday. Father Judge’s game against Northeast last Friday was cancelled due to storms that rolled through the area.
Last Meeting: Germantown Academy edged Judge 21-20 in overtime in Week 3 last season.
Players to Watch: GA’s Trae Vance ran for more than 100 yards for a second straight game, collecting 103 yards and a touchdown in 15 carries against Frankford. Katob Joseph paced Father Judge in both rushing (263 yards on 27 carries) and receiving (232 yards on seven receptions).
Prediction: Father Judge 24, Germantown Academy 23.

Central Bucks South at Central Bucks West
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, War Memorial Field, Central Bucks West High School.
Records: Central Bucks South is 0-3 (0-0 Suburban One League Continental Conference). Central Bucks West is 1-2 (0-0 SOL Continental.
Last Week: Central Bucks South stayed winless with a 27-17 loss to Council Rock South last Friday. Central Bucks was edged 21-19 by Quakertown last Friday for its second consecutive loss.
Last Meeting: CB West missed a tying extra point late in the fourth quarter and CB South held for its fourth straight win over the Bucks, 21-20 in Week 8 last season.
Players to Watch: South’s Brady Prezelski finished with six catches for 95 yards last Friday at CR South. Central Bucks West quarterback Jack Neri led the Bucks in rushing against Quakertown with 63 yards and a score on 11 carries. 
Prediction: Central Bucks West 24, Central Bucks West 20.

Exeter Township at Spring-Ford
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Coach McNelly Stadium, Spring-Ford High School.
Records: Exeter Township is 2-1 overall (0-0 Berks Football League Section 1). Spring-Ford is 2-1 overall (0-0 PAC Liberty Division).
Last Week: Exeter Township rolled past Lower Dauphin 43-10 for its second straight win last Friday. Spring-Ford fell to Wilson-West Lawn 33-22 last Friday for the Rams first loss.
Last Meeting: Spring-Ford bested host Exeter Township 45-21 in Week 4 last season.
Players to Watch: Exeter’s Steve Rose (113) and Jeremiah Nixon (107) both went over 100 yards on the ground in the Eagles’ romp over Lower Dauphin. Spring-Ford QB Ryan Engro was 20-for-32 passing for 224 yards and two TDs while also led the Rams with 70 yards and one score rushing on nine carries.
Prediction: Spring-Ford 28, Exeter Township 26.

Hatboro-Horsham at Upper Dublin
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Cardinal Stadium, Upper Dublin High School.
On Twitter: @ADRobinson3.
Records: Hatboro-Horsham is 1-2 overall (0-0 SOL American Conference). Upper Dublin is 2-0 (0-0 SOL American).
Last Week: Hatboro-Horsham picked up its first win in the rain last Friday, as a fourth-quarter touchdown and two-point conversion gave the Hatters an 8-7 win over Souderton. Upper Dublin had a bye.
Last Meeting: Mike Slivka knocked away a last-second pass into the end zone and Upper Dublin held on for a 14-7 win over the Hatters in Week 9 last year.
Players to Watch: Jordan Collazo scored Hatboro-Horsham’s lone TD against Souderton with a 16-yard run then ran in the winning two-point conversion. Upper Dublin quarterback Mike Slivka has thrown two touchdown passes in both of the Cardinals’ games.
Prediction: Upper Dublin 28, Hatboro-Horsham 7.

Methacton at Pottstown
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Pottstown High School.
Records: Methacton is 0-3 overall (0-0 PAC Liberty Division). Pottstown is 2-1 overall (0-0 PAC Frontier Division).
Last Week: Methacton was shutout for the third straight week, falling 14-0 to Upper Merion last Saturday. Pottstown defeated Kutztown 42-12 last Friday.
Last Meeting: Pottstown earned its first win under coach Mark Fischer by defeating the Warriors 12-6 in Week 4 last season.
Players to Watch: Pottstown quarterback Josiah Wiggins accounted for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) in the Trojans’ win over Kutztown. Mike Torcini led the Warriors on the ground against Upper Merion
Prediction: Pottstown 28, Methacton 6.

Norristown at Cheltenham
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Cheltenham High School.
Records: Norristown is 1-2 overall (0-0 PAC Liberty Division). Cheltenham is 2-1 (0-0 SOL American Conference).
Last Week: Norristown bested Plymouth Whitemarsh 26-14 last Saturday. Cheltenham was shut out by Abington 27-0 last Friday.
Last Meeting: The two teams last played in 2013, Cheltenham beating the Eagles 35-14 in an SOL American Conference Week 10 contest.
Players to Watch: Norristown QB Nick DiNolfi threw a trio of TD passes and finished with 101 yards on 7-of-16 passes against PW. Jamir Barnes paces Cheltenham on the ground this season with 293 yards and three touchdowns on 41 carries.
Prediction: Cheltenham 24, Norristown 12.

North Penn at Pennridge
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Helman Field, Pennridge High School.
On Twitter: @mpcabrey.
On The Air: The game will be broadcast on the radio on WNPV (98.5 FM/1440 AM).
Records: North Penn is 3-0 overall (0-0 SOL Continental Conference). Pennridge is 1-2 overall (0-0 SOL Continental).
Last Week: North Penn remained unbeaten by pounding Pennsbury 33-7 last Saturday. Pennridge lost for the second straight week, falling to Perkiomen Valley 18-12 last Saturday.
Last Meeting: North Penn left Helman Field last season with its fifth straight victory over Pennridge as the Knights defeated the Rams 45-35 in Week 5.
Players to Watch: North Penn got 100-yard rushing games out of bothShamar Edwards (189, 2 TDs) and Julian White (113 yards, 2 TDs) and  in the Pennsbury victory. Joe Muntz paced Pennridge on the ground against Perk Valley, collecting 114 yards and a score on 25 carries.
Prediction: North Penn 35, Pennridge 21.

Upper Merion at Owen J. Roberts
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Henry J. Bernat Field, Owen J. Roberts High School.
Records: Upper Merion is 2-1 overall (PAC Frontier Division). Owen J. Roberts is 2-1 overall (0-0 PAC Liberty Division).
Last Week: Upper Merion posted its second straight shutout with its 14-0 win over Upper Merion last Saturday. Oxford lost its first game of the season, falling 28-9 to Oxford last Friday.
Last Meeting: Owen J. Roberts blanked the Vikings 47-0 in Week 4 last year.
Players to Watch: The Vikings’ Zaire Savage ran for 70 yards and a touchdowns in the Methacton win and leads UM in rushing this season with 292 yards and two TDs. OJR’s Devan Banos had a team-high 99 yards on nine carries against Oxford.
Prediction: Owen J. Roberts 27, Upper Merion 13.

William Tennent at Souderton
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Friday, Souderton Area High School.
On Twitter: @khunter10.
Records: William Tennent is 2-1 overall (0-0 SOL Continental Conference). Souderton is 0-3 overall (0-0 SOL Continental).
Last Week: William Tennent couldn’t slow down Truman, falling 49-14 last Saturday. Souderton dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 2013 after the Indians lost 8-7 to Hatboro-Horsham last Friday.
Last Meeting: Souderton stopped a five-game losing streak with a 21-16 victory over the Panthers in Week 7 last season.
Players to Watch: Daniel Pineda (134 yards on 23 carries this year) and the Big Red rushing attack look to get back on track. Tennent’s Eddie North ran for 100 yards and two scores on 11 carries two weeks ago against Bensalem.
Prediction: Souderton 20, William Tennent 17.

Wissahickon at Plymouth Whitemarsh
Time/Place: 7 p.m., Friday, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School.
On Twitter: @emor09.
Records: Wissahickon is 0-3 overall (0-0 SOL American Conference). Plymouth Whitemarsh is 0-3 overall (SOL American).
Last Week: Wissahickon lost 35-14 to Lansdale Catholic last Saturday. Plymouth Whitemarsh fell to Norristown 26-14 last Saturday.
Last Meeting: PW earned a 20-0 shutout victory in Week 5 last season for its eighth straight win over the Trojans.
Players to Watch: Wissahickon QB Nick Santo was  13-of-15 passing for 154 yards and a touchdown against LC. The Colonials’ Brian Dresnin led PW is rushing (19 carries, 85 yards, one TD) and receiving (two catches for 26 yards) last week.
Prediction: Plymouth Whitemarsh 23, Wissahickon 20.

Archbishop Carroll at West Catholic
Time/Place: Noon Saturday, Maguire Field, Drexel University.
Records: Archbishop Carroll is 2-0 overall (0-0 Philadelphia Catholic League Blue Division). West Catholic is 2-1 overall (PCL Blue Division).
Last Week: Archbishop Carroll’s game against Boys’ Latin last Friday was cancelled due to weather. West Catholic defeated New Jersey’s Hudson Catholic 40-14 last Friday at Rutgers for a second straight victory.
Last Meeting: Carroll bested the Burrs 50-21 in 2013.
Players to Watch: Koran Butler leads Archbishop Carroll in receiving with 181 yards on six catches — three for touchdowns. Jacir Savoy is the Burrs’ top rusher through three weeks, collecting 260 yards and a TD on 52 carries.
Prediction: West Catholic 38, Archbishop Carroll 33.

Conwell-Egan at Lansdale Catholic
Time/Place: Noon Saturday, Springfield-Montco High School.
On Twitter: @khunter10.
Records: Conwell-Egan is 3-0 overall (PCL Blue Division). Lansdale Catholic is 1-1 overall (0-0 PCL Blue Division).
Last Week: Conwell-Egan stayed perfect with a 41-14 victory over Penn Charter last Saturday. Lansdale Catholic claimed its first win, besting Wissahickon 35-14 last Saturday.
Last Meeting: LC and Egan played twice in 2017. The Crusaders took the first meeting 31-21 in Week 6 while Conwell-Egan claimed a 44-20 victory in the District 1/12 Class 3A final.
Players to Watch: Conwell-Egan’s Patrick Garwo, a Boston College commit, rushed for 214 yards and two TDs on 20 carries and also had a 12-yard receiving TD against Penn Charter. LC’s Danny Dutkiewicz led the Crusaders on the ground against Wissahickon with 141 yards and a score on 22 carries.
Prediction: Conwell-Egan 27, Lansdale Catholic 20.

Interboro at Perkiomen Valley
Time/Place: Noon Saturday, Phoenixville High School.
Records: Interboro is 1-2 overall (0-0 Del-Val League). Perkiomen Valley is 1-2 (0-0 PAC Liberty Division).
Last Week: Interboro lost its seconds straight, falling to Archbishop Ryan 41-14 last Saturday. Perkiomen Valley used two kickoff returns for touchdowns to earn its first win, topping Pennridge 18-12 last Saturday.
Last Meeting: Perkiomen Valley bested Interboro 21-13 in Week 4 last season.
Players to Watch: Interboro QB Jared Dellipriscoli threw for 166 yards and three TDs in the Bucs’ Week 2 loss to Oxford. PV’s Randy Washington returned a kickoff 77 yards for a score and made an interception on defense in the Vikings’ win over Pennridge.
Prediction: Perkiomen Valley 33, Interboro 21.

Schuylkill Valley at Pope John Paul II
Time/Place: 1 p.m. Saturday, Pope John Paul II High School.
Records: Schuylkill Valley is 1-2 overall (0-0 Berks Football League Section 2). Pope John Paul II is 3-0 overall (0-0 PAC Frontier Division).
Last Week: Schuylkill Valley won its first game of the season, defeating York County Tech 47-6 last Friday. Pope John Paul II blocked a late extra point to edge Chichester 21-20 last Saturday.
Last Meeting: Pope John Paul II rolled past Schuylkill Valley 42-10 in Week 4 last season.
Players to Watch: PJP II quarterback Kamal Gray completed 8-of-18 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns in the Chichester victory. Schuylkill Valley QB Anikin Glassmire tossed four TD passes and ran for another as the Panthers cruised past York County Tech.
Prediction: Pope John Paul II 30, Schuylkill Valley 28.

Haverford School at La Salle
Time/Place: 7 p.m. Saturday, Springfield-Montco High School.
On Twitter: @ADRobinson3.
Records: Haverford School is 1-0 overall (0-0 Inter-Ac). La Salle is 0-3 overall (0-0 PCL Red Division).
Last Week: Haverford School’s game against Simon Gratz Friday was cancelled due to weather. La Salle could not find its first win against Malvern Prep, falling to the Friars 35-23 last Saturday.
Players to Watch: Daiyaan Hawkins had 50 yards on six carries to pace the Fords in their 12-6 win over Northeast Week 2. La Salle receiver Kahlil Diarrah caught an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage against Malvern Prep. Diarrah has a team-high 189 yards and two TDs on nine receptions.
Prediction: La Salle 32, Haverford School 27.



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