Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Football: Thumbnail Sketch of North Penn

North Penn

Football: Thumbnail Sketch of North Penn

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North Penn

Coach: Dick Beck, 119-21 in 10 seasons.

Last year: 13-3; 7-0 in SOL Continental Conference; advanced to PIAA Class AAAA state final before losing to Central Dauphin.

Offensive starters returning: 5.

Defensive starters returning: 5.

Top returnees: Kyle Mayfield, RB-OLB, 6-0, 205; George Shipp, TE-DE, 6-1, 220, Joe Potkovac, C-DT, 6-3, 250, Derek Brandt, OL-DL, 5-11, 240; Kris Akins, RB-CB, 5-10, 185; Brandon Mandes, PK-P, 5-10, 195; Eddie Posavec, WR-CB, 5-9, 165; Steve Gozur, FB-DB, 5-11, 200; Frank Tranzilli, OL, 6-1, 275; Nick Wright, LB, 5-11, 220.

Notes:

-Mayfield carried 194 times for 1,416 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011. He is hearing from Villanova, Delaware, Rutgers, and Temple.

-Senior Mike Berstecher (6-3, 185) and junior Austin Shearer (6-1, 185) are battling for the starting quarterback spot.

-Brandt was an Inquirer third-team all-Southeastern PA pick on defense.

-Knights' rigorous nonleague slate incudes La Salle (12-2 in 2011), Archbishop Wood (14-1), and St. Joseph's Prep (7-4).

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Rick O’Brien has been at The Inquirer since 1993, primarily covering high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Reach Rick at robrien@phillynews.com.

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