Saturday, October 2, 2010

In the End, Things Go Right for the Shamokin Indians

Last night Shamokin could have piled up 500 yards of offense and lost the football game.  It was the 502nd yard that mattered most as Jared Montgomery hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass with 56 seconds left in the game. The Indains drew the play up in the huddle and never practiced it. It also came on a 4th-and-9.

It was Shamokin Area's only lead of the night and the only time it mattered.  The Indian trailed by as much as 14 and by 12 with less than 5 minutes to go.

The Shamokin secondary was torched for over 300 yards and 4 TD passes by Tyler Bogaczyk. 

In my preview, I was worred about Loyalsock's ability to pass would open things up for Mike Kinney who came into the game averaging 124 yards.  It was the Indians front seven who held Loyalsock to under 2 yards a rush and Kinney to just 36 yards on 17 carries including stoning him on a third-and-two late in the game.

With games left against Milton and Montoursville where the Indians should be a favorite, plus a toss-up game with Shikellamy, Shamokin Area could be looking at the first winning season and playoff appearance since 2004.  

The road now is a little tough for Loyalsock.  They will be underdogs in 3 out of their last 5 games as the Lancer dropped to 2-3 on the season.

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