Function of Beauty

Panthers roll past CMVT.

By: Casey Snyder | Towanda Daily Review | August 30, 2014


BLOSSBURG - It took North Penn until the second quarter to find its rhythm against a very aggressive Vo-Tech defense.

After an early touchdown, the Panthers were held scoreless through the first quarter. North Penn opened the game up in the second quarter, and the Panthers rolled to a 46-8 victory over the Rams.

"It's the first game of the year. Our offense was a little rusty," North Penn coach Tom Dickinson said.

The Rams (0-1) took a gamble early with an onside kick to start the game, and coach Mark Varner's newly instilled triple offense took the field.

"We got a good onside kick. We rolled the dice and it paid off," Varner said.

But the Panthers' (1-0) defense remained disciplined and forced Vo-Tech freshman quarterback Trent Longenberger to make rookie mistakes that never truly allowed the offense to gain any momentum throughout the game.

"We didn't jump offsides at times. We stress it and the kids did it. I was pleased with that," Dickinson said. "It's a new defense this year. We're still getting used to it. That effort was there pretty good."

A poor punt by Vo-Tech allowed Bo Burleigh and company to set up shop on the 38, and the Panthers needed less than a minute to march into the endzone after Bryce Zaparzynski ripped off a huge run before Burleigh scampered untouched two yards to draw first blood.

But after that, the Rams' defense stood strong, shutting down North Penn's offense and forcing the Panthers into two consecutive three-and-outs to end the first quarter.

"We gave them some scores on some short fields. In the first quarter, we made them drive and we were successful stopping them," Varner said.

In the second quarter, it was a completely different tale for North Penn, who had its way with Vo-Tech's staunch defense.

Burleigh ripped off a huge gain on a designed run on the second play of the Panthers' first possession of the second quarter, and Zaparzysnki finished the job with a dive through 6-4, 240 pound defensive lineman Colt Longenberger, who horse collar tackled Zaparzynski on the play before.

Ryan Turner bailed out Burleigh on the next scoring drive by catching a tipped pass in the endzone that tilted momentum all the way in North Penn's favor. The Panthers didn't look back from there, scoring all 46 points in the first half, 38 of them in the second quarter, and solidifying its win even before halftime.

"Once we got going … that's our plan is to try and wear them down. We got their heads spinning, we got them tired and then they got frustrated and it snowballed from there," North Penn coach Tom Dickinson said. "We've got weapons that we're just trying to spread the ball around to. That's what this offense is intended for, and we did it pretty well tonight."