Devils 'O' too much for Panthers
Upon the completion of last night's 56-20 Schuylkill League football win by Shenandoah Valley over visiting Panther Valley, the victors' head coach seemed disgruntled.
In fact, Nick Sajone seemed angered with his team's performance and continued to focus on the necessary improvements that his squad needs to take into account.
"Our special teams play was just bad, bad, bad, bad," Sajone lamented. "We didn't play poised. We just did a lot of dumb stuff."
Despite his team's relatively easy win over the 2-3 Panthers, he may have been looking at three fumbles (two lost), 10 penalties for 105 yards and an array of missed tackling opportunities.
With their schedule yielding Marian as their upcoming opponent, Sajone sees the necessity to improve in many facets of the game, in order to compete. However, he can rest easy that the Blue Devils managed to score 14 points in each frame of play and move to 5-2 on the season with the win over the visitors last night.
Their first drive went ten plays for 77 yards and ended with David Gottshall pushing in from the one for the early lead with 7:44 left and they never trailed from that point on.
The winners got the ball back after a PV punt and went eleven plays for 55 yards and Chris Palubinsky scored from the 13 for a 14-0 lead after Nicholas Kruskinsky's PAT.
In the second, the locals received a spark, as a Shenandoah fumble gave way to a hook-and-lateral play that saw Matt Levitt pass to Calagero Keo. The receiver then pitched the ball to Kyle Ferryman, who outraced some defenders up the field for their initial score, cutting the deficit to 14-7 with 9:36 left in the second.
Gottshall then came back with a six-yard score and Kevin Karpovich tacked on a one-yard TD right before half for a 28-7 lead at intermission.
"They're a good team and we knew that coming in," PV head coach Lon Hazlet admitted later. "They're well-coached and it showed, but I'm proud of the way our kids don't quit."
In fact, Hazlet's team charged right out on the field in the third and went toe-to-toe with their opponents, as each side scored twice in a matter of six and a half minutes.
The locals' junior tight end, Richard Nase, scored on a 47-yard sprint and followed it up with a 96-yard kickoff return.
However, Shenandoah Valley's Nick Merva scored twice - a three-yard run and a 27-yard reception to maintain their stranglehold over the Panthers. After his second TD, the score read 42-20 with 5:27 remaining in the third.
In the fourth, Palubinsky tacked on a two-yard scoring scamper and teammate Jeremiah Ney scored an eleven-yard trot, rounding out the scoring.
In the game, SV's Gottshall and Palubinsky had monster outings. Gottshall, a junior tailback, scored three times, rushed 23 times for 181 yards and had three receptions for 67 yards. Meanwhile, senior QB, Palubinsky completed 12 of 25 passes for 246 yards, rushed 12 times for 85 yards and had a scoring TD of each kind. Those performances helped their team amass 591 yards of total offense on the night.
For the Panthers, Ferryman and Nase held their own with respectable nights, as Ferryman rushed 13 times for 145 yards and a score, while Nase ran 15 times for 121 yards and two TDs.
Hazlet reiterated, "Nase ran well tonight and I think Ferryman played a very good game for us. But we have to find a way to get off the field, defensively. We need to tackle better and hopefully, keep improving."