"Our offensive line did all the work," said Padgett. "We know what we can do, and we did it."
The Knights (4-2 overall and Suburban One National Conference) went for a first down in seven fourth-down situations - all runs by Padgett - and were successful six times. And three times Padgett scored TDs, of 1, 31 and 51 yards. The last two were in the fourth period, and broke the backs of the Patriots (5-2, 5-1).
In the first half, most of Padgett's carries (19 for 67 yards) were to the right side of the line, behind senior linemen Jason Wallace (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) and Joe Gillespie (5-11, 217). His three second-half TDs - one, a 68- yarder, on the half's first play from scrimmage - were off the left side of the line, behind juniors Joe Kivlin (6-1, 263) and Josh Sheard (6-1, 212).
"A lot of teams expect us to run to the right, but we can go behind Josh and Joe," Padgett said.
Padgett will get the glory, but North Penn's offensive line, which also includes center Phil Chang (5-11, 233) and tight end James Ogilvie (5-11, 204), opened holes for a total of 372 rushing yards.
And the defensive line, led by 6-3, 290-pound Shawn Clark, contained the Patriots' normally potent ground attack, which had averaged 182 yards per game, to only 119 yards before the game's final, mop-up series.
"They came right at us," East coach John Quinn said. "We thought if we stayed with them at the beginning of the third period, we'd move the football. But when Padgett scored on the first play, that was tough to overcome."
The loss dropped the Patriots into a tie for first place in the conference with Central Bucks West. Both are a half-game ahead of Council Rock, whose game at Norristown was postoponed until tonight.
The loss probably dropped the Patriots out of district Class AAAA playoff contention. No team with two defeats has ever qualified in the three years playoffs have been held.
North Penn also probably won't make the district playoffs, but the Knights can claim a rare feat in the Suburban One National: They've beaten Central Bucks East and West in the same season.