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After upset, Norwell football readies for sectional final

– For nine weeks, Norwell’s football team went without a win. Now the Knights are a victory away from a sectional championship.

Norwell (2-9) claimed a 22-20 Class 4A semifinal victory at New Haven (8-3) on Friday, setting up a home game against Bishop Dwenger for the sectional title.

Quarterback Piercen Harnish ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 62 yards more to lead the Knights to their win over New Haven and back-to-back sectional wins. The week earlier, Norwell ended its nine-game losing streak with a 22-0 victory over Logansport.

But Friday’s win over NHC rival New Haven was bigger still. The victory avenged a 28-10 loss to New Haven this season.

“I looked at the New Haven game the first time we played them, and watched the tape a couple times,” Norwell coach Jeff Miller said. “We’re a different team as far as personnel is concerned.”

The back-to-back 22-point efforts are the most points scored by Norwell this season. Until the sectional, the Knights hadn’t scored more than 14 points all year.

“We got to where teams were putting eight in the box,” Miller said. “We had some problems with protection, but mainly, we had guys not getting open downfield.

“When you start losing, you can lose your confidence,” Miller said.