Springdale begins new era with victory
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First-year Springdale coach Dave Leasure has a long way to go to catch the retired Chuck Wagner, one of the winningest coaches in WPIAL history.
But the Dynamos' 48-12 victory at West Shamokin in a Class A Eastern Conference game Friday night at Jack E. Boyer Field was a positive start.
“It was nice (to get the first win as a coach), but this is about the team,” said Leasure, who is the first new head coach to roam the Springdale sidelines in 20 years. “The kids played great, and I can't say enough about my staff.”
Wagner, who led the Dynamos to 10 consecutive playoff berths, retired in November after 50 years as a coach at four different schools.
However, Friday night was about the present, and Kyle Rogers started the new season in style for Springdale (1-0, 1-0). The senior halfback opened the scoring by taking a well executed option-pitch from quarterback Jake Helman for a 30-yard score.
Sean Dugan started the second-quarter scoring by taking a handoff 34 yards for a Springdale score one play after the Dynamos recovered a fumble from West Shamokin (0-1, 0-1).
The turning point of the game came when Dugan hit Chad Charlton for a 36-yard pass on a fake punt on fourth-and-13 from the Springdale 47. Three plays later, Dugan powered his way into the end zone to make the score 21-0.
Springdale put the game out of reach when Helman connected with Rogers on a 49-yard Hail Mary pass as time expired in the second quarter.
Rogers collected 200 yards from scrimmage (103 rushing on eight carries and 97 receiving on five catches) to go with his three touchdowns. Dugan added 85 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns on the ground.
West Shamokin scored two late touchdowns, with one coming from sophomore tailback Zac Horner, who rushed for 105 yards on 17 carries.
While Rogers and Dugan put up the big numbers for the Dynamos, Leasure wanted to talk about the play of his quarterback.
“Jake Helman was outstanding,” he said. “This was his first time starting, and the leadership he showed and decisions he made really carried this team. He made good decisions and recognized where to go with the ball.”
R.A. Monti is a freelance reporter for Trib Total Media.
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