Share This Page

West Shamokin football building for future

| Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

South Side Beaver coach Glenn McDougal praised his team's effort after the Rams' 40-18 nonconference victory over West Shamokin on Saturday.

“I think we played hard the entire game, and we needed to,” McDougal said. “They're a better team than their record.”

West Shamokin coach Josh Gilliland agreed, which is why the loss disappointed him so much.

“We looked at game film, and we thought up front we were better than they were,” Gilliland said. “We knew they had that big fullback (Cameron McCoy) ... a bruiser, a big guy, but I really thought our skill set was a little bit better than theirs, and I felt we had more weapons.”

South Side Beaver's weapons, however, delivered Saturday, as the Rams (2-5) piled up more than 400 yards.

South Side Beaver kept West Shamokin (1-6) off balance with its Wing-T offense, as three players rushed for at least 75 yards, led by McCoy's 113. Quarterback Jonathan Magusiak added 153 yards passing and two touchdowns.

“Our base offense is the Wing-T also, so you surely would think you could defend your own offense,” Gilliland said. “Really, they weren't running too many different plays at us, and that's what was very frustrating to us.”

West Shamokin put up good offensive numbers of its own, as running back Andrew Wingard surpassed the 100-yard mark, Zac Horner scored on a 42-yard run, and Alex Lasslo passed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wolves got off to an early lead. Magusiak fumbled a snap on South Side Beaver's second play from scrimmage, and the Wolves recovered at the Rams' 34-yard line. Three plays later, Lasslo found Brady Cornman open off play-action for a 24-yard touchdown.

South Side Beaver stormed right back, however, as the Rams marched 59 yards in five plays and scored on Magusiak's 1-yard plunge. The Rams extended their lead to 19-7 at halftime, as Magusiak tossed a touchdown pass and booted two short field goals.

But West Shamokin would fight back. After Hunter Beaumont scored to put South Side Beaver up 26-7 in the third quarter, the Wolves executed a hook-and-lateral play to pick up 39 yards on third-and-10. Lasslo would throw his second touchdown pass on the drive, finding Matthew Johns from 30 yards out.

When South Side Beaver fumbled the ensuing kickoff near midfield, it looked as though the Wolves could cut into the deficit further. But South Side Beaver forced a punt, then scored on its next possession to effectively put the game away.

“We just don't quite know yet how to capitalize or just dig a little bit deeper for that one last drive or to get that touchdown in,” Gilliland said. “They fumbled the ball on the kickoff, and we really thought we had a shot.”

With games remaining at Leechburg and against Apollo-Ridge and Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Gilliland believes his young team has a chance to get some wins and build some momentum for next season.

“Our kids have to come out and bring it like they did against Riverview and the first half of Wilkinsburg,” Gilliland said. “We definitely see a difference in us being able to hang in football games, and hopefully the next few weeks we can get another one and get over the bubble and the hump.”

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dgulasy@tribweb.com or 412-380-8527.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.