Tragesser strikes back with Norwin
For 13 seasons, Art Tragesser strolled the sidelines as coach at Penn-Trafford. In 11 years, his teams capped the regular season with a victory against rival Norwin.
Apparently, Tragesser's magic is back — on the other sideline.
The first-year coach guided Norwin to a 42-34 win over Penn-Trafford on Friday night to clinch third place in the Quad South Conference.
K'Hari Singleton and Andy Carter each had three touchdowns, as the Norwin offense erupted for 382 total yards.
"The kids did it. I didn't catch a pass or throw a block or make a tackle," Tragesser said. "Our offensive guys did a great job. They did a great job preparing this week. They bailed us out on defense — that's for sure."
Norwin defeated Penn-Trafford for the first time in 20 years at Norwin and just the second time in the past 11 years overall.
"It feels great. We've been looking forward to this all year," said Singleton, who rushed for 207 yards.
Norwin (5-4, 4-2) found the end zone on its first five drives to build a 35-14 lead early in the third quarter, and Singleton added a 1-yard run in the fourth to seal the win. Penn-Trafford, which had a 14-7 lead early, scored three times in the final 18 minutes.
"We had to the win the battle inside, and we didn't win the battle inside," Penn-Trafford coach John Ruane said. "Norwin imposed their will on us."
Penn-Trafford (4-5, 3-3) was led by Manny Simpson, who rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns. He ran six straight times on the opening drive, including an 8-yard scamper for a 7-0 lead. After Norwin scored on 62-yard gadget-play pass from Bryan to Carter, Simpson again led the Warriors down the field, and quarterback Zach Emerick scored from 1 yard.
That momentum quickly disappeared; Norwin took over from there with four straight touchdown drives.