By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer • firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNCANNON – With a patented rushing attack and the defense coming up big in the latter stages of the game, Line Mountain came up with a big win 33-7 over Susquenita in Tri-Valley league action Friday night at Blackhawk Stadium,
Line Mountain struck first on the scoreboard. After getting the ball late in the first quarter and carrying it over into the second, the Eagles put together an impressive drive through the rushing efforts of quarterback Kenny Boyer and backs Brent Osman and Cole Hauck. Boyer did the majority of the work, carrying the ball six times out of 12 plays, including the final one for the first score of the night.
Running a bootleg off the left side, Boyer found daylight scoring from 35 yards out, putting Line Mountain up 6-0 after the two-point conversion was broken up by the Blackhawk defense.
Not to be outdone, Susquenita put together a long drive of its own. Earlier in the first quarter, the Blackhawks came together for an opening drive that saw them go 61 yards, driving down to the Line Mountain 10.
Susquenita appeared to have the touchdown when quarterback Dane Barrick found receiver Stephen Heckert in the end zone, but the points were taken away by a holding call. A number of penalties later and a 12-yard sack of Barrick and the Blackhawks were facing fourth-and-goal on the Line Mountain 29. A Barrick pass was complete to Trent McGuire, but short and Line Mountain took over on downs.
Susquenita’s second drive seemed to sputter the same way before Barrick connected with McGuire on a 49-yard reception that put them from their own 29 to the Eagle 22.
Four plays later, Barrick found Joey Hestor for a 13-yard touchdown. The kick was good and Susquenita led 7-6 with 5:18 to go.
The Eagles battled back late in the half, putting together a drive that took over the rest of the half, with Line Mountain using its running game to drive down the field.
Eventually, the Eagles found itself with a with a first and goal at the Susquenita 5. Boyer ran the ball up the middle taking it to the 1. The Blackhawk goal line defense hung tough and time ran out on the Eagles.
“That was a mistake on our part, the coaching staff.” Coach Brandon Carson said. “Luckily, our kids battled back.
At the start of the second half, /Susquenita dove again, this time heading for the Line Mountain 14 before coughing up the football and turning it over.
Again Boyer and the Eagles made the Blackhawks pay, putting together a nine-play drive that ended with Osman scoring from 4 yards out, putting Line Mountain up 12-7 midway through the third.
In the fourth. The /eagle defense came up big, notching three interceptions that Line Mountain was able to convert into 21 unanswered points, making the final score 33-7.
After the game, Carson was happy with the effort of Boyer and the rest of his team.
“Our record is great right now but we have beaten teams that haven’t won a game this season,” the coach said. “We have a big stretch of tough games coming up and we need to step up now.”
Line Mountain — 0 6 6 21 — 33
Susquenita — 0 7 0 0 — 7
LM — Kenny Boyer 35-yd run (conversion failed
S — Joey Hestor 13-yd pass from Dane Barrick (Noleswanger kick)
LM — Brent Osman 4-yard run (conversion failed)
LM — Boyer 2-yd run (Kai Smith kick)
LM — Boyer 2-yd run (Smith kick)
LM — David Quinn 25-yard interception return (Smith kick)
FIRST DOWNS: LM -11 S-8
RUSHING: LM-41-258 S-22-111
PASSING: LM-5-10-0 S-7-13-3
PASSING YARDS: LM-71 S-162
TOTAL YARDS: LM-329. S-273
PENALTIES: LM-7-49 S-8-91
RUSHING: Line Mountain — Boyer 25-193, Cregger 1-2, Osman 9-50, Cole Hauck 4-12, Gary Laudenslager 2-1; Susquenita — Trent McGuire 9-34, Dane Barrick 10-73, Russ Amick 2-15, Antonio Garcia 1-1
PASSING: Line Mountain — Kenny Boyer 5-10-0, 71 yards; Susquenita — Dane Barrick. 7-13-3, 162 yards
RECEIVING: Line Mountain — David Quinn 1-13, Cole Hauck 1-26, Osman 1-24, Cregger 2-22; Susquenita — Trent McGuire 5-120, Joey Hestor 2-20, Stephen Heckert 2-22.