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Knights win finale versus Kiski

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Knights topped by Penn-Trafford 38-17

If there was one thing that killed the Norwin Knights all year, it was their penchant for allowing big plays.

That doomed them again in their final regular season game, a 38-17 loss to arch-rival Penn-Trafford.

The Knights (4-5, 2-4) traveled to Harrison City Oct. 30 with a playoff spot on the line — the winner would clinch the fourth and final seed out of the Foothills Conference — but came up short after surrendering two long touchdown runs, a long TD pass and a kickoff return for a score.

The Knights fell behind right away. The Warriors (3-6, 3-3) took the opening kickoff and started at their own 44-yard line. Five plays later Ryan Burger scampered 29 yards for a touchdown to put Penn-Trafford up 7-0.

Norwin rallied, though. Recovering a muffed punt at the Penn-Trafford 30, the Knights scored on a 9-yard run by quarterback Tim Petro to knot the score at 7-7.

That lasted all of 13 seconds. Warrior return man Ryan Austin ran the ensuing kickoff back 87 yards for a score — his fifth return touchdown on the year — to make it 14-7.

The Knights fought back yet again. Starting at their own 39, they completed a couple of third down conversions to penetrate as far as the Penn-Trafford 14. The drive stalled there, but senior placekicker Brandon Horsman kicked a 38-yard field goal to pull the Knights within four at 14-10.

When the Knight defense then stopped the Warriors short of the sticks on fourth down and short on two consecutive drives, it looked as if momentum might be changing. The Knights even took the lead a short while later, when Petro threw a 59-yard bomb to junior wide out Christian Bryan for a score. That put Norwin up 17-14 with just 1:59 left to go in the first half.

But Penn-Trafford took the lead back in a hurry.

Starting in their own 24, the Warriors gained 15 yards on their first play and the last 61 on their second, when junior tailback Manny Simpson sprinted down the left sideline to score. That put the Warriors up 21-17 at the half.

The final two quarters were all Penn-Trafford. Simpson had another score and the Warriors added a field goal and a 49-yard touchdown pass to reach the final score.

The loss dropped the Knights to fifth place in the eight-team conference. They have one game left, though.

The Knights will take on Kiski Area (3-6, 1-4) the fifth-place finisher in the six-team AAAA Big East Conference, in a consolation game on Thursday night November 5th at Norwin stadium.

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Knights lose a thriller to Latrobe, 31-28

In a game of punches and counterpunches between Norwin and Latrobe, the Wildcats landed the biggest one, and it was a knockout.

Down 28-24 in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats caused a Norwin fumble, then scored three plays later on a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eric Shaffer to D.J. Lonigro to beat the Knights, 31-28.

Latrobe’s win moved the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2) into the WPIAL playoffs and put Norwin’s post-season hopes on hold for another week. The Knights are 4-4, 2-3.

The game was a seesaw battle right from the get-go.

On their first possession, starting at their own 25, the Wildcats got a 72-yard run to the Norwin 3 on their first play from fullback Scott Mohring. The Knight defense stiffened, keyed by a sack by Ben Baird, and forced Latrobe to settle for a field goal.

Down 3-0, the Knights then came right back, marching 83 yards to score on a 22-yard screen pass to Tyler Lukart. Joel DeFelice picked up a key first down on a fourth-and-one to keep the drive alive.

A Latrobe touchdown put the Wildcats back on top 10-7 early in the second, but Norwin came back a second time. Starting at their own 31, the Knights drove 69 yards to score. Quarterback Tim Petro completed two big third-down passes on the drive, one a 20-yarder to senior receiver Seth Austin, before running it in himself from the 4. That made the score 14-10 Norwin.

The Knights then took their first lead of the game. Starting at their own 35, the Knights moved downfield, with DeFelice converting another fourth-and-one. Junior receiver Andy Carter had a nice 18-yard catch to move the ball to the Latrobe six-yard-line, too.

From there, Petro ran it in for his second touchdown of the game and a 21-10 Norwin lead at the half.

Latrobe took the opening kickoff of the second half and scored quickly, though. Brad Burkley ran 65 yards for a score on the Wildcats’ second play to cut the deficit to 21-17.

Norwin went back in front 28-17 on a 52-yard drive capped by Lukart’s second touchdown of the game. It was set up by a 39-yard kickoff return by Christian Bryan.

The Wildcats then put together a 91-yard, 17-play drive to close to 28-24, and finally took the lead for good on Shaffer’s pass to Lonigro.

The Knights got the ball back one last time, but went three-and-out. The Wildcats then ran out the clock as Shaffer ran for three straight several first downs.

If the Knights want to make the playoffs and post just their second winning record in six seasons under head coach Dan Conwell, they need to beat Penn-Trafford (2-6, 2-3) on the road this Friday night. The winner will be the No. 4 playoff seed from the Quad South

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McKeesport runs over the Knights 53-10

At the end of the first quarter of Norwin’s game versus McKeesport

Oct. 16, the Knights had run more than a dozen plays to the Tigers two, and possessed the ball for 11:40 of the quarter’s 12 minutes.

And still they were losing.

The dynamic Tigers (6-1-0, 5-0-0) — who came into the game averaging more than 42 points per contest — put on an explosive display, scoring three touchdowns on their first four offensive plays and five on their first 10 en route to a 53-10 win over the Knights.

The Tigers struck quickly. A penalty on the opening kickoff pushed the Tigers back to their 17. But on the first play, Darien Robinson, escorted by two blockers, sprinted 83 yards for a score. McKeesport missed the extra point, but led 6-0.

The Knights came back with a long, methodical, impressive drive that ate up more than 10 minutes. They got as close to the end zone as a first and goal at the four, but settled for a field goal to make it 6-3.

McKeesport roared back, though. Starting at the 22 after the kickoff, on the Tigers’ first play, Robinson ripped off a 78-yard touchdown run. After a failed 2-point try, the score was 12-0.

Norwin tried to come back again, and made it as far as McKeesport’s 36 on a nicely executed screen pass to K’Hari Singleton. But the second of two personal foul calls pushed the ball back into Knight territory and ultimately forced a punt.

Starting at their own 20, the Tigers then scored in two plays, with Ty-Meer Brown running 65 yards for a score. The point after made it 19-3.

In the second half, after Norwin punted on its first possession, McKeesport took three plays to score — the touchdown coming on a 23-yard run — to go up 26-3. Another three-play drive resulted in another touchdown to make the score 33-3.

Norwin finally got back on the board after a nice kick return by Dino Saello gave the Knights the ball on their own 47. Quarterback Tim Petro later ran 23 yards for a score to make it 33-10.

It was all McKeesport after that, though.

Brown scored on a 60-yard run when it appeared he was bottled up at the line, Robinson scored on a 43-yard run and Eric Purdue ended it with a 15-yard run.

The Knights will try to regroup this week in another road game. Norwin (4-3-0, 2-3-0) next plays the Latrobe Wildcats (3-4-0, 2-3-0).

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Knights soar over the Falcons, 34-6

Pity the poor Connellsville Falcons.

Winless on the season, in last place in the WPIAL's AAAA Foothills Conference and being outscored by an average of more than 33 points per game, they traveled to Norwin Oct. 9, one week after the Knights were pounded by a ferocious Gateway Gators attack.

The Knights made them pay.

Taking a turn being the abusers, the Knights roughed up Connellsville big time, posting a 34-6 win that wasn't that close.

The Knights set the tone early. They took the opening kickoff and quickly drove 80 yards in five plays to go up 7-0.

The drive featured a series of big plays, including 18- and 14-yard catch-and-runs by Seth Austin and two fine runs by senior fullback Joel DeFelice, who made a nifty move to shake a defender on his way to an 18-yard touchdown run.

The teams then traded punts and fumbles before Christian Bryan partially blocked a Connellsville punt in the second quarter. Norwin took over on the Falcons' 41 yard line.

Junior tailback K'Hari Singleton had a couple of nice runs on the drive before DeFelice picked up his second score of the game, cutting inside a good block by senior right guard Shane Sabol to get across the goal line. That made is 14-0 Norwin.

Norwin would score once more before the half when quarterback Tim Petro hit Bryan in stride for a 53-yard touchdown. The Knights were up 20-0 after missing the extra point.

The Knights got on the board again in the third quarter. Andy Carter intercepted a Falcons pass to set the Knights up at their own 45. After another completion to Austin, Singleton took over, posting several nice runs before scoring to put Norwin up 27-0.

Less than three minutes later it was DeFelice's turn again. On the first play of a drive that began at the Knights 47, he burst up the middle and sprinted 53 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made it 34-0.

Connellsville got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, making it 34-6.

But after Dino Saello ran the ensuing kickoff back from his own 15 to the Connellsville 29, the game was all but over. The Knights advanced to the Connellsville 9 before turning the ball over on downs, but the game was essentially over.

The Knights (4-2-0, 2-2-0) next take on McKeesport in a road game.

  »2009-10-09 Connellsville game photos
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Knights stormed by Gators offense, 55-7

The game between Norwin and Gateway was one of big – no, make that huge — plays.

Unfortunately for the Knights, the Gators made almost all of them.

The Gators put up eight touchdowns against Norwin, with the first three coming on plays that covered 65, 55 and 49 yards in the first five minutes of the game, en route to a 55-7 win.

The Gators had an 80-yard touchdown run later in the game, to go along with a couple of 15 yarders.

That was all too much for Norwin to overcome.

The Knights knew all about Gateway's explosive skill players, and tried to keep the ball out of their hands right from the start. Kicking off to open the game, the Knights angled for the sidelines. They stuck to that plan, even when the first two kicks went out of bounds.

But it wasn't enough.

Gateway ultimately started at the 50-yard line. A fumbled pitchout pushed them back to their own 35, but they scored on the next play on a 65-yard catch and run made possible when the Norwin defender slipped and fell.

Norwin punted on each of its next three possessions, while the Gators scored each time they had the ball. It was quickly 26-0 before the first quarter was over.

The Gators pushed their lead to 41-0 by halftime.

Norwin had one good scoring chance in the first half. They advanced to the Gateway 21 with 12.8 seconds to go in the second quarter. But three straight incompletions ended the drive and the half.

The Knights finally got on the board after recovering a muffed punt late in the third. Starting at the Gateway 29, they went nine yards on their first three plays. Going for it on fourth-and-one, quarterback Tim Petro plowed into the line, then spun out of the pile to run 20 yards for the score. That made it 49-7 Gateway eight seconds into the fourth quarter.

The Knights never threatened again, and Gateway took a knee to end the game.

The Knights (3-2-0, 1-2-0) next take on Connellsville in a home game.

  »2009-10-02 Gateway game photos
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Knights travel to Monroeville this Friday to face the Gators

The Knights will make the 10 mile drive north on Friday afternoon to face the #1 ranked Gateway Gators at Antimarino Stadium in Monroeville. For those of you who can't attend in person, The Knights are featured as the game of the week on 1410 AM KQV and the MSA Sports Network this Friday -- Listen Live free starting @ 7pm Friday with the pregame show

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Impressive 4th quarter leads to victory over Hempfield 34-13

Sometimes looks can be deceiving. That wasn't the case when the Norwin Knights took on their conference rivals, the Hempfield Spartans.

Playing in front of their home fans on Homecoming weekend, the Knights won the game as handily as the score would indicate, 34-13.

The tone was set early. On the first play from scrimmage, from his own 39, Norwin quarterback Tim Petro threw a pass down the middle to junior wide receiver Christian Bryan that went all the way to the Hempfield 20.

That drive ended without a score, when a third-and-goal pass from the 27 was intercepted, but Norwin recovered a Hempfield fumble one play later and went right to work.

After a bruising run by Norwin senior fullback Joel DeFelice — who finished the night with 168 yards rushing — K'Hari Singleton scored from eight yards out to put Norwin up 6-0.

One possession later, starting at their own 38, the Knights went back to work. DeFelice started the drive with a 37-yard run and Singleton ended with another 8-yarder to put Norwin up 12-0.

Hempfield rallied in just 20 seconds, courtesy of a long kickoff return and a 40-yard run one play later. That cut the lead to 12-7, which is how the first half ended.

The Spartans drove deep into Norwin territory to start the second, but were stopped on a fourth and six. When Singleton fumbled on the next play, though, Hempfield needed just four plays to go up 13-12.

The Spartans then threatened to take the lead. A few plays after a Petro interception, Hempfield tailback R.J. Thomas took a handoff at the Norwin 28 and headed for the end zone. At about the 2-yard-line, though, Petro tomahawk chopped the ball out of his hands and Norwin's Dino Saello recovered the ball in the end.

The Knights then took control of the ball and the game.

Starting at their own 20, the Knights drove downfield behind the running of DeFelice and senior Tyler Lukart, who scored from three yards out. A two-point conversion pass to Bryan made it 18-13.

Saello then made his second big play of the game, intercepting a Hempfield pass. The Knights went on the move again, with Lukart — who finished with 110 yards rushing —scoring from 14 yards out to put the Knights in front 26-13.

DeFelice then put the capper on the night. Running up the middle on a play that looked as if it was going to be stopped at the line, he broke several tackles, bounced off his own teammates and kept going until he'd run 52 yards to the Hempfield 17. He scored a few plays later to make the final score 33-12.

A sack by junior linebacker Drew Smith and two incompletions ended Hempfield's last drive and the game.

The Knights (3-1-0, 1-1-0) next take on Gateway in a road game.

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Norwin overrun by McDowell 49-6

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Norwin wins thriller over Butler 24-21

As encores go, the Norwin Knight's second game of the 2009 football season was a real doozy.

One week after blocking a field goal with less than 30 seconds left to defeat Seneca Valley, the Knights (2-0) kicked a last-second field goal of their own to defeat the Butler Golden Tornadoes, 24-21.

It was a fitting end to a game of big plays and dramatic momentum swings.

Butler took the opening kickoff and promptly drove down field to take a 7-0 lead. The Tornadoes had a chance to extend their lead, too, when, after a three-and-out by the Knights, they drove to Norwin's 27 on their next possession.

A sack by right defense end Ben Baird on first down, a great open field tackle by K'Hari Singleton on a middle screen that looked like it was going to go for big yards on second and a gang-tackling sack on third down killed the drive, however.

The Knights then answered with a score of their own. After a couple of catches by wide receiver Seth Austin, quarterback Tim Petro scored from a yard out to knot the score at 7-7.

Butler went back on top, 14-7, just two minutes later on a 56-yard catch-and-run, but Norwin responded with its own big play. On a third and 10 at the Butler 33, Petro hit a wide open Christian Bryan in the middle of the field for a touchdown to tie it at 14-14.

In the second half, it was the Knights who had several chances to break the game open, starting three drives in Butler territory.

The first, beginning at Butler's 35, resulted in a missed field goal.

The second started at Butler's 40 and ended better. On the first play, Singleton took the handoff, made one defender miss and outraced the Butler secondary to the end zone to put the Knights in front, 21-14.

The third began when the Knights recovered a fumble at the Golden Tornadoes 46. Norwin fumbled it right back, though, and Butler made the Knights pay, scoring on a 28-year touchdown pass with 7:44 left to go in the fourth to knot the score at 21-21.

Then things got really interesting.

With less than a minute to play, the Tornadoes fumbled twice on back-to-back plays. They recovered the first at their own 40, but Norwin's Joel DeFelice grabbed the second. One play later the Knights' Brandon Horsman kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give the Knights the win and set off a wild celebration.

Norwin will next host Erie McDowell (2-0) Sept. 18 in what will be the WPIAL Foothills Conference opener for each team.

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Norwin knocks off Seneca Valley 17-7

Big plays to start and end the game and some bend-but-don't-break defense in between propelled the Knights to a season-opening win over Seneca Valley.

Playing a non-conference game on the road Sept. 4, the Knights (1-0-0) jumped on the Raiders (0-1-0) early. On the second play from scrimmage, Joel DeFelice ran up the middle 67 yards for a touchdown.

The extra point by Brandon Horsman put the Knights on top, 7-0.

Seneca Valley responded by driving past midfield - as it did on each of its possessions in the game - but in what was also a recurring theme, the Knights refused to break. In this case, a sack by Tyler Lukart and, a few plays later, a fumble recovery by teammate Andrew Cockerman ended the threat.

Seneca Valley tied the score at 7-7 with 2:57 left in the first quarter.

Norwin came close to taking the lead late in the second after Christian Bryan broke a 30-yard punt return. Lukart and DeFelice, who wound up with 108 yards rushing, had some nice runs on the ensuing drive, but it ended with a missed field goal.

Seneca Valley next threatened, opening the second half by driving to Norwin's 2-yard line. But a sack by Ben Baird forced the Raiders into attempting a field goal that was no good.

The team's remained tied until the fourth quarter, when another big play put Norwin in front. Running behind the right side of the line, tailback K'Hari Singleton ran 40 yards to the Seneca Valley 12. Several plays later, Horsman kicked a 19-yard field goal to put Norwin up 10-7.

There was some excitement yet to come, though. Seneca Valley drove to the Norwin 24 on the following drive and lined up to attempt a game-tying field goal with less than 30 seconds left in the game.

The kick was blocked by Tyler Lukart and Christian Bryan, and popped directly into Cockerman's arms. He outraced a defender 65 yards down the left sideline to score. Horsman's extra point provided the final margin of victory.

Norwin next plays at Butler at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

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Welcome to the new Norwin Knights Football web site!

The battle for excellence has begun for the 2009 Norwin Knight Football season.

Camp officially under way, with temperatures reaching the high 90's the first week, didn't deter our Knights. The players reported to camp bright and early each morning, having sessions both in the morning and afternoon.

The Norwin Football Boosters provided the players, coaches, trainers, and managers with a delicious lunch complete with nutrition and a little bit of sugar…which never hurts. Hats off to Mrs. Heidi Waugaman for putting together a wonderful menu, and making sure there was plenty for everyone.

Camp also put into place, the team captains; Tyler Lukart, Justin Merlin, Joel DeFelice and Seth Austin, hopeful to lead our Knights onto the field of battle for a successful season in 2009.

Kudos to Lisa Marghella for organizing another successful Norwin Knight tradition, with our annual Kick-Off Picnic held on August 22nd. The picnic is held after the first home scrimmage. This year the team came up against North Hills, where the Knights showed they are hungry for that starting position.

The team heads off to Baldwin on August 28th to face the second scrimmage of the season, where the competition will continue to show, as they prepare themselves for the season opener at Seneca Valley on September 5th.

Norwin Football Boosters meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of the month in room 139 at 7:30pm. The boosters are a GREAT way to show your support for the team, both on and off the field. So come, and get involved!!! It's never too late.

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