Amid spectacular fall foliage Saturday, Jim DiTulio’s young Lions gave the George School Cougars a healthy dose of the unrelenting defense and explosive offense that has propelled the Lions to a 9-0 record.
With the Bicentennial Athletic League championship set to be decided against Delaware County Christian on Saturday, Nov. 7, the New Hope-Solebury High School Lions football team is heading into the biggest game of the year with a squad that performs like a well-oiled machine on both sides of the ball.
The Lions staked themselves to a first quarter lead with strong running from Jack McKenna and Brendan Shadle. Quarterback Nick Garritano ran the ball in for a touchdown, and on the following possession, Brendan Shade made it 14-0 with a run of his own.
Late in the quarter, quarterback Nick Garritano hit receiver Blake Hildebrandt on consecutive passes of 25 and 12 yards, setting up Brendan Shadle for a second touchdown run early in the second quarter. On the next possession, Garritano scrambled out of a sack, rolled out right and found tight end Matt Kolen in the end zone for another New Hope score. Russell Abernathy followed up on New Hope’s next drive with tough running that landed him in the end zone as well, and it was 34-0 Lions.
Quarterback Shadimir Coles tried to get the Cougars back into the match, but his pitch-out was slapped down by Tommy Capriotti, who returnedthe ball to the George School five yard line, and from there Jack Mckenna made short work to the end zone, for a 41-0 half time lead for the Lions.
George School was able to get some traction in the second half, as the Lions platooned in their younger players. That positive momentum ended at the nine yard line when Tommy Capriotti simply took the ball out of the hands of a Cougar receiver. The next play saw Brendan Shadle run 39 yards to the Lions 4,7 and get pulled down by his face mask, landing the Lions on the George School 38 yard line.
Three plays later, Jesse Capriotti took the ball from the 17 to the four, and then Schadle marched in for his third score. Logan Waterman hit his sixth PAT kick in seven tries, and the Lions had an 48-0 third quarter lead. The George School’s Coles was able to rush for two late scores, and the Lions came away with a 48-14 victory.