Colts rally to down Devils
bob ford/times news Marian's Anthony Agosti (42) wraps up Shenandoah quarterback Chris Palubinsky
What a difference a day can make.
On Friday night in Hometown the Shenandoah Valley football team looked to be on their way to a big Anthracite League victory. They had the Marian Colts on their heels and reeling with their potent offensive attack.
However, Mother Nature seems to be Colts fan.
Due to lightning and heavy rain in the area on Friday night the game was postponed till Saturday at one and the Devils held the lead at that point 14-7.
Unfortunatley, for the Devils they were not dealing with the same Marian Colts the night prior. Marian shut down the Shenandoah offense in the second half and came up with some big plays to down the Devils 21-17.
The difference was the Colts "D" mixed in with great quarterback play from Corey Quick.
The Blue Devils offense could not get anything going offensively once play was resumed. SV quarterback Chris Palubinsky, who had passed for over 200 yards in the last three games was running for his life on almost every possession and couldnt hook up with any of his receivers.
"They came out and pressed us in the second part of the game and our offense just didn't click," said Shenandoah Valley coach Nick Sajone. "They were in press man and they were blitzing people and we just didn't deal with it very well."
Along with the defense Cory Quick's quarterback play got the Colts back into the game.
Quick hooked up with John Julian on a 52-yard strike in the third as time expired and then on the Colts very next possesion hit Eric Swankoski in stride for a 72-yard score. Swankoski had a nice day as well catching four bals for 137 yards and a touchdown. It was evident the Colts had found a weakness in the Devils' defense and they certainly took advantage.
"I've been here thirty some years and this is a very special special win," said Marian coach Stan Dakosty. "These kids have been a great group since day one of our off-season and the senior leadership is great. We came out and battled back, played great defense with containing Palubinsky and made some big plays on offense. There's a lot of emotion today after that one, it's just really a special win."
Perhaps the most emotional moment in the game came at the 7:14 mark in the fourth quarter.
Shenandoah Valley was on their own 40 yard line, trying to keep their drive alive, facing a key fourth and one play. Palubinsky rolled to his left to try and run to the first down marker, but met a host of Marian tacklers and was stopped short.
"I'm not speechless I'm just very proud of our kids," said Dakosty. "Great support today from our fans, there were a lot of people that came back and supported us today and that's great. It really was just a great win and you have to credit our kids because they came back today and battled back."