Trammell-Wells helps Knights finally take down Bristol

NEWTOWN SQUARE >> Nazim Trammell-Wells didn’t enter the game until late in the second quarter. By the midway point of the fourth quarter, he had three touchdowns, 218 rushing yards and one mighty big smile on his face.
Behind that performance Saturday, the Delco Christian Knights dominated their way to a 42-13 victory over Bristol in Bicentennial Athletic League play. It was the Knights’ first win over the Warriors since 2011, and it snapped a four-game losing skid against them.
Most of it all, getting over the hump of beating Bristol is what this program has been shooting for. The Knights did it convincingly.
“We haven’t beaten Bristol since I’ve been in high school,” Trammell-Wells said. “It meant a whole lot to beat Bristol.”
Quarterback/defensive back Devin Hill said his team was watching film five hours before the game — something they don’t generally do. Delco Christian (7-1 overall, 5-0) wanted this one badly.
“Four years is devastating,” Hill said.
One quarter of football, perhaps, made up for all of that. Delco Christian recovered an onside kick to start the second half — its second such recovery of the game. One play later, Trammell-Wells had a 48-yard touchdown run.
After forcing a three-and-out, Amir Dorsey finished off a 69-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge. A turnover on downs then yielded a short field, which Trammell-Wells eventually paid off with a 6-yard spurt.
That score made it 35-6, and essentially ended the game. A dominating third quarter was complete.
“Our kids, they’ve never beat them, and they really wanted to come out and play well against Bristol,” Knights coach Drew Pearson said. “I thought our kids come out and just really played well and played hard.”
Delco Christian had 431 rushing yards (and 0 passing). Chris Chung had 72 yards and a 51-yard score, Hill had 57 yards and an 11-yard score, Dorsey had 58 yards. But the contest belonged to Trammell-Wells, who missed a bulk of the first half due to a disciplinary measure.
When he got in, due to an injury to fellow back Dan Poirier, he went right to work. Trammell-Wells only had 13 carries, but made them count — he averaged nearly 17 yards per touch.
“With our offense, it’s capable of doing that if they scheme it right,” said Trammell-Wells, who, for good measure, added a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Hill had a front seat for the show, and he sure did enjoy himself. He only had two pass attempts and a mere eight carries. He did not care.
“When you see the running backs running for touchdowns,” he said, “there’s nothing you can complain about.”
Not to be lost, the Knights defense held Bristol (3-5, 2-2) to 166 yards of total offense and one touchdown against its first-team defense. The unit forced a key turnover late in the first half to keep that 14-6 lead.
The momentum from that carried into, and past, halftime.
“I thought that our kids really rose to the challenge, they wanted to go up against them,” Pearson said. “And so I thought our linebackers did a great job getting in and out of calls, recognizing calls (because) they do some things that are really difficult to recognize.”
Delco Christian has a monumental league title in its sights. Morrisville, winless in the league, is next. Undefeated New Hope-Solebury looms in the season’s final week.
They can’t quite focus on that game, but the Knights know that elusive crown is definitely within their grasp.
“It’s something special, we haven’t ever had a BAL championship,” Trammell-Wells said. “I think that would be pretty special.”

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