Football

Undefeated Hounds hitting crucial stretch

Throughout its undefeated start to the season, the Shippensburg football team has yet to be tested.

In 6 games, the Greyhounds sport a perfect record (6-0, 3-0 MPC) and have won every game by at least 21 points. But the next two weeks will be a true measuring stick for a team with high aspirations.

To start, the Hounds welcome in West Perry on Friday at 7 in a Mid Penn Colonial Division matchup. The Mustangs are 4-2 (1-1  MPC) and have one of the premier quarterbacks in the division in Kenyon Johnson. Next week, Ship travels to face Northern York and running back Kyle Swartz, who torched the Mustangs last week for 311 yards on 23 carries with six touchdowns. The Polar Bears beat the Mustangs 42-21.

Said Ship coach Eric Foust,” We aren’t looking ahead at all. We are focused on West Perry this week and making sure we control Johnson and their offense. Johnson is a good player, and we are going to have to be disciplined to slow him down.”

Shippensburg continued its hots streak last week with a 39-0 win over Greencastle-Antrim. Jacob Loy led the offense with three touchdowns, Alex Sharrow added two and quarterback Zack Manning connected with Nick Gustafson for a touchdown.

“I think our offense is getting healthy. Sharrow and (Max) Kalb are just about 100 percent,” Foust said.

Ship’s defense has been more than impressive since the start of the season. It has allowed just one first half touchdown the entire season.

“Our first team defense has given up one touchdown,” Foust said, “and they are proud of that. They take a lot of pride in that. We simply play great team defense. I don’t know if we have any real stars, but what we have is a team that just plays very well as a unit on that side of the ball.”

And if that defense can continue to dominate on Friday, the Greyhounds should be able to remain undefeated for at least another week.