Susquehannock runs roughshod over Eastern York
WRIGHTSVILLE --- When a football team is the clear-cut favorite heading into a game, sometimes the hardest part of its night can be maintaining focus.
However, Susquehannock found no such troubles Friday night, Oct. 13, during a dominant 42-0 victory on the road against Eastern York.
“Our focus,” Warriors head coach Steve Wiles answered when asked what he liked most about his team’s effort. “We had a pretty long bus ride, weather not so good. (Eastern York’s) record wasn’t so good, but they were in every game basically and they have some serious athletes. So you always get concerned about that.
“We were 4-2 (coming into Friday) and our kids were feeling pretty good, but you don’t want them to feel too good. I was just impressed how we stayed focus and right from the start took care of business. Great all around team effort, a lot of guys made plays.”
The win moves the Warriors record to 5-2 on the season. More importantly, it moves Susquehannock into a first-place tie with Dover atop the York-Adams League Division II standings with a 3-0 division record.
Furthermore, Susquehannock entered the night as the eighth seed in the District 3 Class 4-A power rankings. With only eight spots available in Class 4-A, the victory should help the Warriors remain in the hunt for the postseason for another week.
The loss drops the Golden Knights to 2-5, and extinguishes any faint flicker of hope Eastern might have had at competing within the division at 1-3.
Warriors head coach Steve Wiles makes no secret that the key to his team’s success is pounding the football, and that’s exactly what Susquehannock did from the opening whistle Friday.
Susquehannock utilized a number of different two-back sets while driving the ball into heart of the Knights defense, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions to race out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter.
For its part, the Warriors defense was just as effective by forcing a pair of three-and-outs on Eastern’s two possessions in between during that span.
After having staggered the Eastern defense with two quick scores, the Warriors began landing the haymakers that put the Knights on their back for good.
The first big punch was a nice 45-yard score that saw Ben Trego hammer a hole on the left side, burst through the second level and then simply out run any remaining defenders with 34 seconds left in the opening stanza. Trego’s first touchdown of the evening got the scoring started when he pounded the ball in from 7-yards away early in the first quarter.
The second saw Daron Brown run right up the middle before turning on the burners in the Knights secondary and take it 50 yards for his second touchdown of the night to that point. That moved the score to 28-0 Warriors with 6:39 left in the first half.
Brown’s first touchdown came from 8-yards out mid-way through the first quarter. His third of the night would set up a running clock scenario when he scored from 9-yards out with 26 seconds left before halftime for a 35-0 lead.
Susquehannock used 32 first-half rushing plays, against just one incomplete pass attempt, to score five times and put up 322 yards on the ground. Conversely, the Knights only ran 20 offensive plays during the first two quarters; finding just 20 yards rushing on 13 carries and 56 yards through the air on four completions.
A more subdued second half ensued thanks to the running clock, but the overall theme of the contest didn’t change as the Warriors continued to run roughshod over the Knights’ turf.
Susquehannock’s defense was equally as dominant, getting into the Eastern backfield to record six sacks; many of those putting an end to any momentum the Knights may have been building.
On the night, Brown finished with three touchdowns and 120 yards rushing on just seven carries. Trego also carried the ball seven times, posting 78 yards on the ground and a pair of scores.
Daniel Clapp was able to soften up the Eastern defense for those two, with 15 bruising carries of his own. Clapp finished with 82 yards rushing and added a touchdown of his own in the third that closed the game’s scoring.
For the Golden Knights, freshman quarterback Mitchell Galentine was 6 for 11 for 70 yards passing. Sophomore receiver Kaleb Corwell was the main beneficiary with 32 yards on a pair of receptions.
Logan Kline ran for 44 yards on 11 carries for Eastern York.
Both teams played a rather clean game, with minimal penalties until inexperienced players took over late; and no turnovers on either side.
The Warriors will need to maintain their sharp focus heading into next week’s Homecoming contest against West York on Oct. 20. That same night, the Golden Knights will travel to Fawn Grove to take on Kennard-Dale.
“We have Homecoming next, so we’ve got a lot of distractions there and West York has a lot of good athletes as well. A lot of dangerous player that can go the distance at any time,” Wiles said. We lost a real heartbreaker to them last year; hail Mary at the end. But I think the kids are excited. We’re tasting what winning is like and it’s just building each week; it’s a great feeling.”
Susquehannock 21 – 14 – 7 – 0 = 42
Eastern York 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 = 0
Sus – Trego 7 run (Shipley kick), 9:18
Sus – Brown 8 run (Shipley kick), 2:42
Sus – Trego 45 run (Shipley kick), 0:34
Sus – Brown 50 run (Shipley kick), 6:39
Sus – Brown 9 run (Shipley kick), 0:26
Sus – D.Clapp 11 run (Shipley kick), 2:39
First Downs: Sus, 25; EY, 5
Rushes-Yards: Sus, 48-406; EY, 23-6
Passing yards: Sus, 19; EY, 70
Completions-Attempts-INTs: Sus, 1-2-0; EY, 6-11-0
Penalties-Yards: Sus, 2-10; EY, 1-10
Punts-Average: Sus, 1-35; EY, 5-30.6
Fumbles-Lost: Sus, 0-0; EY, 0-0
Rushing: Sus, D.Clapp 15-82, Kramer 1-16, Orndorff 4-32, A.Clapp 1-0, Trego 7-78, Holtzapple 2-13, Sentz 6-37, Brown 7-120, Zoeltsch 2-23, Rohlfs 1-(-1), Pecunes 1-8, Allen 1-(-2); EY, Kline 11-44, Galentine 8-(-40), Witman 4-2.
Passing: Sus, Sentz 1-2-19-0-0; EY, Galentine 6-11-70-0-0.
Receiving: Sus, Myers 1-19; EY, Martin 2-16, Corwell 2-32, Kline 1-15, Paige 1-7, Manganello 1-8.