Rough start dooms West Shamokin in loss to North Catholic
For the second straight week, West Shamokin came up on the short end at home against an Eastern Conference title contender.
Jerome Turner had five rushing touchdowns, and Class A No. 2 North Catholic scored on all seven of its first-half possessions to remain unbeaten with a 60-27 win Friday over the Wolves.
Adam Sharlow completed 14 of 17 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for 124 yards and a score for the Trojans (5-0, 5-0), who did their part to set up a de facto conference title game next week at fellow unbeaten Avonworth.
Andrew Wingard led the Wolves (3-2, 3-2) with 149 rushing yards, the bulk of which came on a 95-yard touchdown on West Shamokin's first play from scrimmage.
“Our offense is most definitely clicking, and our defense is playing really well, too, other than (West Shamokin's) first play,” North Catholic coach Bob Ravenstahl said. “Next week is what it's all about. With two good, undefeated teams meeting, it should be a good time.”
The Wolves led, 7-6, after Wingard's first score, but Sharlow was precise to start the game. The Trojans' quarterback ran for 60 yards and was 6 for 6 passing on the first two drives before Turner's second touchdown gave North Catholic the lead for good, 14-7.
“I was proud of the way our guys responded after the way they marched right down the field,” West Shamokin coach Jon McCullough said. “That (95-yard) play was a great play, and I was hoping it could have propelled us forward, but give North Catholic their credit. They're a heck of a football team, and we needed to step up and make a stop on defense.”
The Trojans pushed the lead to 46-7 at halftime before both teams began to play more of their reserves.
“Our kids have worked hard all season, and we're giving a lot of kids a chance to play, which is good,” Ravenstahl said.
West Shamokin left many of their starters in through the third quarter, however, as the Wolves wanted to get their offense clicking ahead of a potential playoff-clinching matchup with Wilkinsburg next Saturday.
“We have some things we need to correct, and it was a matter of letting our kids get some work in,” McCullough said.