BLOSSBURG — North Penn-Mansfield used a 24-point second quarter to pull away from Troy 34-7 in NTL Division-I football action Friday.
“The defense played well,” Panther coach Tom Dickinson said. “With three Troy turnovers they gave us a short field often.”
NP-Mansfield led in first downs 15-4 and had a 436 to 203 advantage in total yards.
They also got a big night out of Brent Burleigh, who was 14-for-24 for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He hit six different receivers on the night with Dylan Meyer (3-catches, 105 yards) and Sawyer Freeman (4-catches, 43 yards) as his main targets.
Micah Kolb had two catches for 49 yards, Noah Spencer had two catches for 20 yards, Garrett David had two catches for 16 yards and Justin Shedd had a 15 yard reception.
Kolb had 18 carries for 105 yards and a score on the ground while David had 50 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.
Bailey Cohick had a good night for Troy with 114 yards and a touchdown to lead Troy. Damian Landon had 53 yards on 12 carries while Tyler Williams had 20 yards on eight touches.
Dominick Ayres was three-for-six for 14 yards and two picks through the air. Nick Colton had two catches for 11 yards while Caleb Binford had one catch for three.
NP-Mansfield got on the scoreboard first as Kevin Alexander hit a 26-yard field goal with 9:25 left in the opening quarter.
Alexander hit another field goal, this one 20-yards, with 9:14 left in the half to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead.
“Getting those two field goals to start, getting points, was key,” Dickinson said.
NP-Mansfield’s offense then got jump started with a 75-yard scoring hook-up of Burleigh to Meyer. Alexander hit the point after and NP-Mansfield led 13-0 with 7:04 left in the half.
After a Troy turnover David got a two-yard touchdown pass from Burleigh. Alexander hit the point after and the Panthers led 20-0.
A Kolb nine-yard touchdown run with 1:49 left in the half, followed by an Alexander extra point, gave the Panthers a 27-0 lead.
Troy got on the scoreboard in the ensuing possession thanks to a Bailey Cohick 37 yard touchdown run. Seldon Rogers hit the point after and the Trojans cut the deficit to 27-7 at the half.
After a scoreless third quarter David added a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth. Alexander’s point after was good and with 2:58 left NP-Mansfield made it a 34-7 final.
The Panthers travel to CV next Friday while Troy hosts Towanda.