Northern Lehigh cruises past Green Knights
There’s no doubt Northern Lehigh is fun to watch.
But the Bulldogs are all business on the field.
Northern Lehigh left no doubt about that on Friday night, handling Pen Argyl 62-30.
The victory is the second straight for the Bulldogs (5-3), who took care of Jim Thorpe last week 27-17.
“We did what we kind of expected,” said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout. “Pen Argyl is a younger team. We told our guys what we were looking for was that maturity, how are you going to come in tonight?
“We didn’t feel we played to our best last week, so are we going to come in focused and do what we need to? We did.”
The Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the first half, rolling to a 35-0 lead at the break.
Matt Frame pulverized the Green Knights (0-8), rushing for 135 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Frame, who was crowned Homecoming King at halftime, also caught a 13-yard touchdown from Dylan Smoyer in the first quarter.
The senior added a fourth rushing score in the second half, and finished with 155 yards on 11 carries.
“I just think our front was better,” Frame said. “I have to give props to the linemen. Without them it wasn’t going to happen.”
As a team, Northern Lehigh ran for 376 yards. Izaiah Ramos added 11 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown.
“We had the run game going again tonight, and the passing game was set up by that,” said Tout. “Defensively, our starting unit allowed zero points tonight. So it was a good night.
“We came out of it healthy. It was a good win, and we did what we expected to, and we’re just hoping, that’s two in a row, and now we can start stringing things together.”
Another one of the Bulldogs’ weapons took center stage on the first play from scrimmage in the second half.
Trevor Amorim took a pass from Smoyer (8-of-13, 161 yards) and raced 47 yards for a score to break Duke Lilly’s all-time Northern Lehigh/Slatington receiving record, a mark of 1,443 yards that stood since 1968.
“It was a fun day,” said Amorim, who finished with three catches for 63 yards. “I wasn’t really thinking about the record or anything like that. I just played. I happened to get it done and it’s awesome. It feels great. It’s been standing for a long time, since 1968. It’s just a cool thing.
“I’m just always looking to make a big play. I wasn’t really thinking about the record. I owe that touchdown to my teammate Brett Misera. He had a great block. If he didn’t get that block, I wasn’t scoring. I owe it to him.”
Amorim entered the game as the area’s leading receiver with 580 yards while also racking up 527 yards on the ground.
“I think it speaks to what Trevor has done over his career, how he’s gone from receiver to both, being able to run and catch,” said Tout. “I think it’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to Dylan Smoyer, all those guys. And Brett (Misera) is another guy that’ not selfish. He blocked tonight ... we really like that 1-2 punch that we have with those guys.”
Northern Lehigh outgained Pen Argyl 304-92 in the first half. The Bulldogs finished with 537 yards of offense.
Amorim’s score made it 42-0.
The Green Knights put up 24 points in the third period when Northern Lehigh had subbed out several starters.
Though the mercy rule was in effect at halftime, the running clock did not begin until late in the third quarter since officials on the field had not called for it to do so.
Quarterback Cole Dorshimer had touchdown runs of 45 and 55 yards for the Green Knights in the second half and finished with 127 yards on nine carries. The senior also tossed a 47-yard touchdown to Zach Rudy (five catches, 82 yards) in the third quarter.
... Northern Lehigh travels to Salisbury next week before closing out the regular season against Palmerton.
KING AND QUEEN
... While Frame was named Homecoming King, Sophia Lear was honored as the Queen.
I’LL TAKE THAT
... Not only was Misera an integral part of the offense, he also came away with a pick in the first half.