By: Rich Rogers | Towanda Daily Review | October 23, 2016
BLOSSBURG — In a game that was postponed from Friday night, the North Penn Panthers rode a stingy defense to a 21-0 win over the visiting Troy Trojans yesterday afternoon at Island Park.
"It was a different atmosphere from playing under the lights, but I felt the defense played real well, we came in with a good game plan and played disciplined against the option," said North Penn coach Tom Dickinson afterward.
Both offenses struggled early, trading punts before the Panthers put together a five-play, 44-yard drive that ended with an 8-yard Kipp Hilson TD run. Justice Giarth hit the PAT and the lead was 7-0 with 3:10 left in the first.
The Panthers followed with an 11-play march from their own 39 to the Trojan 19, before a Garrett Bickart fumble ended the drive.
The Trojans threatened to score before the half, driving 44 yards in seven plays, before a Nate Martin fumble on the 26 ended the threat, making the halftime score 7-0.
The second half saw the Trojans start gaining yardage running the option, moving 58 yards on seven carries. They found themselves with a 1st and 10 at the North Penn 17, but a 15-yard chop block pushed them back, and three plays later Joel Whitteker intercepted Clark Jackson to end the drive.
The teams would trade punts before the Panthers' next scoring drive, which covered 60 yards in seven plays. Brock Burleigh completed two big passes on the drive, before Garrett David went into the endzone from a yard out to make it 13-0 at 9:45.
North Penn's last score was set up by a 33-yard run by Hilson to the Troy 1 before Burleigh's 1-yard plunge. A 2 point conversion pass from Burleigh to Mason Gee made the final 21-0.
Hilson led North Penn with 90 yards rushing on nine carries while Brendan Hill added 67 yards on 19 carries. Brock Burleigh was 13-for-23 passing with 156 yards and one interception.
Both teams end their regular season next week as Troy hosts Canton and North Penn plays Wellsboro.