Penn-Trafford vs Norwin Game Recap
Written by: John Robbins on Saturday, August 25th, 2018
Football was back in western pennsylvania last night. With the addition of week 0, the annual meeting of Penn-Trafford and Norwin was one of the premiere games to open the season. There was an excitement for both teams pregame.
Norwin junior quarterback Salopek quickly deflated the Warriors’ excitement when he threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Gianni Rizzo in Norwin’s first offensive series. Penn-Trafford’s defense would continue to struggle as that would be the first of 4 passing touchdowns for Salopek. He would add another touchdown on the ground. With Salopek’s leadership, the Norwin Knights jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter and a half.
Penn-Trafford’s offense were slow to get points on the board and didn’t score until 3:55 left in the 2nd quarter when junior running back Caleb Lisbon punched it in from a yard out. The score of 24-7 would hold until Penn-Trafford’s junior quarterback Gabe Dunlap powered his way into the endzone. That made the score 24-14 with 7:43 left in the 3rd quarter. Penn-Trafford would strike again when Dunlap threw a three yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Noah Allen to bring the Warriors within three. But Norwin responded by Salopek passing to junior wide receiver Sean Pavlic for a 32 yard touchdown pass to put Norwin up 30-21 with 24 seconds left in the 3rd. The Warriors would find the endzone again with 9:01 left in the 4th when Dunlap connected with senior wide receiver Dimitri George for an eleven yard touchdown pass to make it 30-28. Then, Norwin would get back to back rushing touchdowns to make the score 44-28. Salopek went in on a 29 yard run and senior running back Ezekiel Houser broke off for a 65 yard run into the endzone. The Warriors would punch it in one last time and get the two-point conversation, but would fail to gather the onside kick. Norwin would go on and drain the clock for a 44-36 victory over Penn-Trafford.
Norwin’s athleticism and skill were the most impressive part of the game. Penn-Trafford’s defense could not defend Gianni Rizzo. Jack Salopek picked apart the Warriors’ defense in the first half then utilized the ground game to move the ball when Penn-Trafford made adjustments. The Knights will certainly be a team to look for in WPIAL 6A this season. The Warriors learned a little to late that experience can be better than athletic ability. When Dunlap, the more experienced QB, stepped in the Penn-Trafford offense started rolling.
This win for Norwin was the first one in 8 years over their rival Penn-Trafford. A game like this certainly will reawaken a rivalry that became one sided for so many years. Future games between these rival teams will be a show, a game, and meant for primetime under the lights.
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