New faces fuel Norwin football

Tristyn Tavares (9) drops back to pass (Norwin Football Boosters)

The 2021 Norwin Knights football finished strong last season winning their last 2 conference games. Unfortunately though, they did not make the playoffs because of a Covid forfeit game earlier in the season.

For the 2022 season, the Knights moved down a conference to 5A, so they will face some smaller enrollment schools. However in the past offseason, it was time for a major reload because they had a significant amount of starters lost to graduation. Throughout the first 4 games, it’s been an up and down road for the Knights but they still have the same goal in mind.

The Knights started the 2022 season at home vs the highly rated Upper Saint Clair in which they lost 42-6. They then went to Penn Hills where they lost 26-6. In both games the Knights struggled offensively averaging just 156 total yards between both Games.

Fortunately, the next week they bounced back beating Fox Chapel 27-13. In this game the Knights were firing on all cylinders, especially through the air as freshmen quarterback Tristyn Tavares finished with 173 passing yards.

In game number four, they went on the road to face their first conference opponent in Plum in which they fell 42-13. Defensively the Knights struggled to stop the Plum rushing attack as the Mustangs tallied 336  yards on the ground.

They then went back home to take on the Woodland Hills where they lost 28-0.  Unfortunately in the first quarter of this contest the Knights lost Tavares to injury.  The Knights then went to Penn Trafford to take on their cross town rivals and lost 28-0. Their Homecoming game was vs the Franklin Regional Panthers were they were defeated once again 35-0.

The Knights have struggled vitally on offense the past few weeks as they have not scored a single point in the past 13 quarters. This is mostly due to the fact that the Knights have struggled to find a go to QB in Tavares’s  place as they’ve been rotating Juniors Luke Denny and Jackson Pons while also using Senior Nick Urey in certain situations in hopes to find a some sort of spark to ignite the struggling offense.

Injuries have really took a tool on the Knights team as a whole as they’ve had to be without seniors Christian Beck, Noah Vogel, and Matt Tennant for the past few weeks.

I feel like they are adapting well, however we still have a lot of work to do.

— A.J. Clemens, left tackle for Knights

Norwin defensive end Aidan Pham attacks the line of scrimmage. (from Norwin Football Boosters)

The Knights struggled down the stretch and the record is setting at 1-6 and 0-4 in the conference and playoffs are out of reach for the 2022-23 season.

as of 9/23/2022 (from