Talking to coach Eric Foust, you wouldn’t know that Shippensburg football has gotten off to a dominant start.
Despite starting the season 2-0 and outscoring those opponents 79-7, the Greyhounds are looking to improve and clean up mistakes that have yet to hurt them so far this season. They take their undefeated record on the road to face Bermudian Springs (1-1) on Friday at 7.
“Bermudian will be our toughest test yet this season,” Foust said. “They are a disciplined, well coached team. We need to stay patient and stick with our game plan.”
Last week in a win over West York, Ship had some struggles in the first half of the game, taking a 12-0 lead into halftime. But in just five plays between the third and fourth quarters, the Hounds scored 4 touchdowns and ran away with a 38-0 win.
Alex Sharrow led the way with over 150 yards rushing, including a 75-yard touchdown run. Zack Manning also threw for two touchdowns.
“I think we got a little impatient last week in the first half,” Foust said. “We need to avoid that this week. There is a good chance that we may not be able to hit that big play, but we need to stick with our game plan and stay patient.”
Defensively, Ship has been dominant through eight quarters, allowing just seven points, which came after the mercy rule was in effect and the starters were off the field.
“We just have a bunch of guys on that side of the ball that like playing with each other,” Foust said. “There are a lot of seniors in that group, and they are all friends. They work hard to communicate well and really understand what we’re trying to do on that side of the ball. They are fun to coach.”
A big-play offense, combined with a stout defense, has gotten Ship off to a hot start this season. Increased focused and steady improvement will result in continued success as the season cranks into high gear.