The New Hope-Solebury High School football team roared past the Bristol Warriors by a score of 25-8 on Monday night to move their record to 5-0. Heavy weekend rain and the threat of Hurricane Joaquin had caused a rescheduling of the game that created a high school version of Monday Night Football.
The Lions’ defense held Bristol to a single touchdown, which is all the Lions have allowed any team all season. Russell Abernathy and Matt Fest made running impossible for Bristol, and when the Warriors looked to go to the air, the Lions line decided that tackles in the backfield were better than tackles at the line.
Finding themselves in fourth and long all night, the Warriors produced a series of punts and turnovers on downs before a healthy and raucous crowd. The Lions pounced early, staking themselves to a 19-0 half time lead on the hard running of Brendan Schadle and Jack McKenna.
In the second half, quarterback Nick Garritano sliced through the Bristol defense on pinpoint passes to wide out Alec Coburn, and set up the Lions’ fourth touchdown on a Scahdle carry for 10 yards. The dye was cast, and the the Lions cruised to their fifth straight victory.
Team Notes: Next up for NH-S is at the Academy of the New Church at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Lions are leading the Bicentennial Athletic League (BAL) with the only undefeated record. Delaware County Christian is 2-0 in the BAL, but suffered a non-conference loss to Lower Merion on September 12. NH-S faces Delaware County Christian on November 7.