By Matt Kellam
The Shippensburg Greyhounds delighted the homecoming crowd and took control of the Mid Penn Colonial Friday night with a convincing 21-3 win over Northern York.
The Greyhounds, (7-0, 4-0 MPC) recovered a fumble on the open kickoff and two plays later Nathan Beam scored from 4 yards out to give Shippensburg a 7-0 lead barely a minute into the game.
Later in the first quarter facing a fourth down with the ball at the Polar Bear 38, QB Tucker Chamberlin hit teammate Anthony Smith in stride for a 38 yard touchdown. Noah Henry added the extra point for a 14-0 lead.
Northern York, (4-2, 2-1 MPC) got on the board in the second quarter on a 36 yard field goal from Mason Yohn.
Shippensburg’s defense took over in the second half, continually denying the Polar Bears any momentum.
The back breaker came mid-way of the fourth quarter when Anthony Smith recovered a Polar Bear fumble and on the next play Traevon Kater took the hand-off from Chamberlin and broke through the line for a 44 yard touchdown run. The extra point by Henry completed the scoring.
Shippensburg limited the Polar Bear offense to 123 total yards and took the ball away 4 times, 2 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries.
On offense, Beam and Kater both recorded 64 rushing yards. Chamberlin finished 4-12-0 for 52 yards and a touchdown.
The Greyhounds face a road test next Friday when they travel to West Perry before returning home for the final two games of the regular season.
SHIPPENSBURG 21, NORTHERN YORK 3
NORTHERN 0 3 0 0 3
SHIPPENSBURG 14 0 0 7 21
(S) Nathan Beam 4 yard run (Noah Henry kick), 11:32
(S) Anthony Smith 38 yard pass from Tyler Chamberlin (Henry kick), :12
(NY) Mason Yohn 36 yard FG, 8:19
(S) Traevon Kater 44 yard run (Henry kick), 8:32
First Downs 5 8
Rushes-yards 29-84 40-177
Passing 8-17-2 4-13-0
Passing Yards 49 52
Total 123 229
Punts-Avg. 6-33.3 6-40.6
Fumbles 4-2 1-0
Penalties 3-35 4-50
Rushing- (NY) Talon Balluscio, 7-48, Cole Bartram, 7-16, Timmy Bonin, 8-14, Sean Sarley, 2-2, Trenton Peach, 2-1. (S) Nathan Beam, 10-64, Traevon Kater, 9-64, Diesel Koser, 8-33, Amari Kerr, 8-23, Tucker Chamberlin, 5-(-7).
Passing- (NY) Bonin, 8-17-2 49. (S) Chamberlin, 4-12-0 52, Beam 0-1-0.
Receiving- (NY) Peach, 5-36, Andrew Gingrich, 1-15, John Noll, 1-1, Bartram 1-(-3)