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Dante Green
York Dispatch

One of the first things new Spring Grove head coach Will Thompson talked about when he was hired in the offseason was finding ways to utilize star quarterback and safety Andrew Osmun. It’s safe to say he’s found a way. 

Osmun totaled four passing touchdowns and the Rockets continued their undefeated start to the season and the Thompson era. They held off a fourth-quarter comeback from reigning Division II champion Kennard-Dale on the road. The Rams scored two touchdowns in the final frame, but had too big of a deficit to overcome. 

“I have to give credit to my offensive line they gave me a ton of time today. My receivers make some tough clutch catches. I give credit to God,” Osmun said after the performance. 

Spring Grove's Andrew Osmun (12) throwing against Kennard-Dale in their regular season football game in Fawn Grove on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

As it was in the first game, Osmun did it all for the Rockets. He ran the ball, passed it, played safety and more for the team. 

His best play of the night came on an 80-yard completion to Nizeah Mummert, giving Spring Grove a 14-7 lead in the middle of the second quarter. Then he completed another long pass to Mummert. The star wideout, who was named Division I Skills Player of the Week after scoring three touchdowns last week, added another two to his resume.

Osmun also completed a 40-yard pass to Logan Altland in the third quarter. The road team went up 33-14 at that point. 

Fresh off a 46-14 shellacking of Waynesboro where the Rockets never trailed, the road team came ready to play on Friday. Spring Grove never trailed in this one and led 27-7 at one point in the first half. Kennard-Dale scored a touchdown with 1.5 seconds left before half to make it 27-14 at the end of two. But the Rockets were too much to handle in the passing game. Osmun threw the ball all over the field completing several long passes. 

Thompson said he was happy with the win but disappointed that his team couldn’t close out at the end.

“We were able to pass the ball but we struggled running it,” Thompson said. “We've got to get better up front, we've got to better all around. We have a young team. When you’re up 33-14, you have to finish that game.”

For the Rams, it was a second straight loss to begin the season. They have already matched their loss total from a season ago, when they went 10-2 and 6-0 in the York-Adams Division II. However, their two opponents, Wyomissing and Spring Grove, combined to go 25-3 in 2021.

Kennard-Dale against Spring Grove in their regular season football game in Fawn Grove on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022.

Holding was also a problem for Kennard-Dale in the first half and halted several of their drives. Productive long runs on offense were called back. The Rams did well against the run but struggled to stop Osmun from completing loss passes that led to scores. When Spring Grove moved the ball it was because the passing game was working. 

A controversial call happened at the 4:54 mark of the first quarter on a Rams punt. Before catching the ball, the Rockets returner was hit and Kennard-Dale picked up the fumble. A penalty was called and discussed for several minutes, but the refs ruled the special teamer was pushed in the back, rewarding Kennard-Dale the ball at the 30. But the Rams would fumble the ball back to Spring Grove a few plays later. 

Quarterback Garrett McCleary was the Rams' best offensive player on the night, scoring several rushing touchdowns and throwing for another, but Kennard-Dale just fell short despite its impressive play in the last 12 minutes. 

The Rams will continue their quest for their first win of the season against Lampeter at home next weekend. Meanwhile, Spring Grove will move on to play Shippensburg at home with a chance at starting 3-0. 

More games: Here's the scoreboard for Week 2 of the fall season:

Friday

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Boiling Springs 44, Bermudian Springs 7. F

Camp Hill 20, York Catholic 17. F-OT

Columbia 30, Hanover 7. F

Cumberland Valley 35, Central York 33. F

Eastern York 24, Fairfield 7. F

Hempfield 35, York High 32. F

Manheim Township 40, Dallastown 0. F

New Oxford 28, Gettysburg 14. F

Northeastern 18, Red Land 10. F

Red Lion 45, West York 32. F

South Western 41, Dover 13. F

Spring Grove 33, Kennard-Dale 28. F

Susquehannock 10, Littlestown 7. F

Susquenita 42, Biglerville 0. F

York Suburban 41, Donegal 18. F

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Cumberland Valley 2, Dallastown 0. F

Susquehannock 4, New Oxford 2. F

Elizabethtown 4, Spring Grove 1. F

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ SOCCER

Dover 3, Cedar Cliff 2. F

Central Dauphin 2, Susquehannock 0. F

Kennard-Dale 1, Octorara 0. F

New Oxford 3, York Country Day 1. F

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOCCER

Cedar Cliff 5, Dover 2. F

New Oxford 7, York Country Day 0. F

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ TENNIS

Hanover 5, Spring Grove 0. F

York Suburban 5, Littlestown 0. F

COLLEGE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Keuka Invitational

Ursinus 3, York College 0. F

ATLANTIC LEAGUE

High Point 11, York 3. F

Saturday

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

York Tech 47, Kutztown 27. F

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOCCER

Catholic Showcase at York Catholic

Lancaster Catholic 1, York Catholic 0. F

Other Matches

Millersburg 6, Bermudian Springs 0. F

Boiling Springs 4, Spring Grove 1. F

Greencastle-Antrim 4, Spring Grove 0. F

Hempfield 1, Red Lion 0. F-OT

HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY

Hershey 6, Central York 0. F

Central York 3, Shippensburg 0. F

South Western at Camp Hill Tournament, 9:30 a.m.

Solanco at Red Lion, 10 a.m.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

York Tech at Big Spring Tournament, 8 a.m.

Dallastown 3, Red Land 0. F

Wilson 3, Dallastown 1. F

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ SOCCER

Catholic Showcase at Lancaster Catholic

York Catholic 2, Lancaster Catholic 2. F

Other Matches

Littlestown 2, Eastern York 1. F

Dallastown 1, Northeastern 0. F

COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY

York College 6, Wilkes College 0. F

COLLEGE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Keuka Invitational

York College 3, Marywood 0. F

York College 3, Keuka 0. F