Coming off its best win of the season over Northern York last week, a common phrase comes to mind when you think of what the Shippensburg football team faces this week.
“Don’t even bring up the words ‘trap game’,” Ship coach Eric Foust said jokingly. “No, it’s something we talked about all week, but I almost feel like the Northern game was a weight off our shoulders. We understand the trap game philosophy, but we had a good week of practice and will be ready to go.”
The Greyhounds (8-0, 5-0 MPC) pulled out a 27-21 win over the Polar Bears last week with a pair of defensive stands in the final two minutes. Ship held standout running back Kyle Swartz to negative yards on three consecutive carries to force a turnover on downs. Then after a fumble, Isaiah Houser came down with an interception to seal the victory.
But now the Hounds will turn their attention to Red Land, who started the season to 4-2 but have lost its last two to fall to 4-4. The Patriots lost to Susquehanna Township 35-14 last week. The teams have faced two common opponents. The Patriots lost to Waynesboro 26-17 and later defeated Dover 24-13. Ship beat those teams by 21 and 34, respectively.
“Red Land is an athletic team,” Foust said. “Their coach (Chad Weaver) has done a good job with them, and I think they will test us in the passing game, which not many teams have done this year.”
Shippensburg running back Jacob Loy has a chance to reach 1,000 yards on the year. He has 911 yards on 151 carries, while Alex Sharrow has 764 yards on 73 carries.
The Greyhounds know that if they want to reach their goals, they have to finish off the regular season strong.
Said Foust, “We have a team that has been here before. Most of our guys have playoff experience. Even if we win these last two games, there’s no guarantee we get a bye in the first round of districts. So these guys are determined to finish this season in a positive way. Plus, we haven’t had an undefeated regular season in a long time, and we have a real chance to do that this season.”