West Shamokin stands tall at Springdale
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West Shamokin had to ignore Springdale's intimidating reputation. Instead, it was the Wolves who upped the intimidation factor.
“The whole week, we've been preaching to them, ‘You're going to be in a 48-minute street fight,' ” West Shamokin coach Jon McCullough said. “(Springdale) is an outstanding program. It's a program you want to be like.”
West Shamokin's stout defense and timely offensive play led to a 12-7 Eastern Conference win over Springdale to open the season on a humid Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field.
“They just took it to us.” Springdale coach Dave Leasure said. “Up front, I thought we could run the ball. We couldn't. Physically, they controlled the line of scrimmage.”
The win is the first of McCullough's coaching career after taking over the program in February.
“We faced adversity tonight, at times. Before, we would have folded. And, they didn't,” McCullough said. “All the credit goes to our boys. They fought extremely hard.”
West Shamokin finished 3-7 last season, breaking a 46-game losing streak in the process.
West Shamokin (1-0, 1-0) faced adversity seconds into the game.
Junior running back Zac Horner fumbled the ball on the first play of the game and Springdale (0-1, 0-1) recovered at the 32-yard line.
The West Shamokin defense stepped up, forcing a turnover-on-downs.
“We knew they were going to come straight at us,” McCullough said. “It was just a matter of manning up and contending with their strengths.
Horner made up for the fumble on the first play of the second quarter, scoring on a 6-yard run for a 6-0 lead.
He added an insurance score early in the third quarter on a 5-yard run.
Horner finished with 79 yards on 16 carries.
Springdale couldn't establish much offense until late in the game. Junior quarterback Daniel Franskousky led the team in rushing with 64 yards on 11 carries. He completed 7 of 16 passes for 59 yards.
“We don't have that home run hitter,” Leasure said. “We're not that type of team anymore. We've got to sustain drives beyond seven or eight plays. We couldn't do it tonight.”
The only points came when junior defender Adam Lock fell on a loose ball in the end zone, cutting the deficit to 12-7.
“This wasn't a fluke. They beat us. They beat us in everything,” Leasure said. “I said all along I thought they were good enough to beat us. I didn't think they were good enough to dominate us, and that's what they did tonight.”
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