The Greyhounds won a lot more than just their seventh Little Brown Jug in a row last night.
The win 27-21 over Big Spring assures the Jug will stay put in Shippensburg for another season.
The victory also catapaulted the Greyhounds to the 7th spot in the District 3 Class 4A power ratings, assuring them a play-off game next week.
By moving from 8th to 7th, the Greyhounds will travel to Bishop McDevitt next week rather than unbeaten and top-seeded Berks Catholic.
The ‘Hounds are still looking for that first game where they play well all four quarters and find some consistent offense.
“We were not worried about the play-offs tonight- it has been nothing but the Jug this week,” Greyhound coach Eric Foust said. “We are still looking for that complete game this year and maybe we will find it next week.”
The ‘Hounds (6-4, 3-3 Colonial) had hoped to be celebrating division championship this season, but have found themselves out of sorts in every game.
They led 14-7 at the half behind two touchdown passes from Carter Van Scyoc to Adam Houser (19 yards) and Nick Gustafson (14 yards) after falling behind 7-0.
Houser intercepted a Bulldog pass in the third and returned it to the house for a 21-7 lead juts seconds into the second half.
The Greyhound offense went stagnant and gained total of ten yards the whole third quarter while the Bulldogs raced into the end zone twice to tie the game.
After gambling for an offside call on 4th and 1, te ‘Hounds called time and punted the ball away. They held and got the ball back at the 21-yard line.
Two Van Scyoc passes to Houser and Gustafson, the Hounds had the ball at midfield.
Phillip Torres gained three and a personal foul penalty on the ‘Dogs gave the ball to the ‘Hounds at the 31. Two more Van Scyoc completions gave the home team the ball at the nine. Torres gained four and Van Scyoc found Houser for the touchdown.
The Greyhound defense did their job by forcing Bulldog quarterback Ethan Lee to scramble to try to find receivers and twice Ethan Stouffer came up big by batting passes down.
Van Scyoc completed 14 of 26 passes for 180 yards. Torres gained 98 yards on 22 carries. Houser caught ten passes for 112 yards. Stouffer and Houser had interceptions on defense.
The Greyhounds are tentatively scheduled to play at Bishop McDevitt on Friday at 7:00 pm. It will be officially announced by the District committee on Sunday morning.