By: Coleman Wolfe | Towanda Daily Review | October 14, 2017
WESTFIELD — The North Penn-Mansfield Panthers were rolling on all cylinders Friday night, as they defeated the Cowanesque Valley Indians 50-8.
The Panther offense was a well-oiled machine scoring 35 points in the first half, and the defense was smothering allowing less than 50 yards of total offense to the Indians.
Quarterback Brent Burleigh was sensational, throwing for 153 yards and five touchdowns. Burleigh capped off a great first half when he found receiver Justin Shedd in the end zone on consecutive drives to put the Panthers up big. Burleigh continued his dominance in the second half when he found Nick Kasper on a screen pass that he took 36 yards to score his second touchdown on the night.
Running back Brendan Hill was also making plays all night, gaining 193 total yards that included a big 45-yard catch and run that set up a Panther touchdown. As impressive as the offense was, the Panther defense was even better.
The defense forced 16 pass incompletions and never let Cowanesque Valley get comfortable all night. Leading the way were linebackers Garrett David and Kipp Hillson who each had five tackles. David also scored a rushing touchdown on offense.
After missing last week's game with an injury, linebacker Naseer Burzak came back strong and had four tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.
The Indians had their chances all night, but struggled to find a rhythm on either side of the ball.
Quarterback Seth Huyler finished the night with 34 yards passing and an interception.
Running back/receiver Matt Barber led the team with four receptions for 20 yards, and also scored the team's only touchdown when he took a fumble back 35 yards to the end zone in the third quarter.