Sunday, November 28, 2010

North Penn football coach Dick Beck talks after district semifinal victory

Reporter staff writer Kev Hunter took video of North Penn football coach Dick Beck talking to reporters following the Knights' 28-14 victory over Council Rock South in the District One Class AAAA semifinals last Friday at Council Rock North.

The win sends North Penn to its third consecutive district final and seventh in nine seasons under Beck. The Knights have won four District One titles since 2002, the most recent coming in 2008.

North Penn (12-1) goes for a fifth title 7:30 p.m. Friday back at Council Rock North against Neshaminy (12-1). The game is a rubber match of sorts between the two programs in terms of meetings in district finals. The Redskins downed the Knights 51-34 in 2004, while North Penn shut out Neshaminy 28-0 in '08.

Number Crunching

  • Last Friday's district semifinal was the first road playoff game from North Penn since it lost to Neshaminy in the 2007 district quarters, with the Knights playing eight home contest and three neutral site contests ('08 district final at William Tennent, '08 state semis and '09 district final at Coatesville). Five of North Penn's home games have been at Crawford Stadium, two at Souderton ('09 first round and quarters) at one at Central Bucks West's War Memorial Field (2008 quarters).
  • Since 2000, five teams have won the District One Class AAAA title. North Penn leads with four championships ('02, '03, '05, '08). Neshaminy ('01, '04) and Ridley ('07, '09), the only non-Suburban One League winner each have two, while Central Bucks West won in 2000 and Pennsbury claimed the crown in '06.
  • With the win over Council Rock South, North Penn has won 27 straight games against fellow Suburban One League teams, the Knights' last loss coming to Neshaminy in the '07 districts.

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