By JD Davidson
Week two of the High School football season and the Shippensburg Greyhounds took down their arch rival Big Spring Bulldogs 35-21. Shippensburg jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but the teams matched score from score the rest of the way.
For the second week in a row the Hounds took the opening kickoff and marched 60 yards in 10 plays for the first score. Trae Kater opened the drive with an 11yard dart. A huge fourth and five conversion by the Hounds kept the drive alive as Tucker Chamberlin hit Erby Weller for a 14 yard gain. Amari Kerr capped off the drive with a five yard touchdown run.
Big Spring just like Cedar Cliff drove deep into Hounds territory, but Kater tipped an Ethan Eisenberger pass at the goal line and Donald Nori came up with the interception in the endzone. Nori brought the ball out and 67 yards later set Shippensburg up at the Bulldog 42.
The next play Chamberlin to Weller for 42 yards and the score and the 14-0 lead after one.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring in the second with a 12 play 74 yard drive. Connor Green ripped off a pair of 12 yard runs during the drive. Brady Singer capped off the drive with a 3 yard run. The Hounds answered quick on their second play as Weller hauled in a bomb from Chamberlin that covered 66 yards.
But the Bulldogs would not go away with an 8 play 67 yard answer. Grant Hall sprinted for a 15 yard run and Ethan Eisenberger hit Andrew Witter for 10 yards. Green capped the drive with the 5 yard touchdown run cutting the lead to 20-14.
Shippensburg struck quickly as Troy Chamberlin returned the kickoff 88 yards for the score.
Tu.ChamberIin added the 2-pt conversion with a run and 28-14 lead.
Jay Gonzalez stopped the Bulldogs next drive with an interception with 1:01 left in the half, but the Hounds gave it right back. Aaron Matthews as part of a double team picked of a Tu.ChamberIin pass and returned it 49 yards to the Hounds 21with 44 seconds left. Eisenberg hit Witter for a 6 yard score with 25 seconds left and a 28-21 game.
Big Spring recovered a Hounds fumble with 17.2 left, but as time expired Landen Mayer’s 36 yard field goal was wide left.
Only one score in the second half, but the biggest play of the night came on the Bulldogs opening drive of the second half. The Bulldogs marched to the Hounds 11 and were in a fourth and one. Diesel Koser on a blitz brought down Green for a one yard loss stopping the drive.
After a Greyhound punt Cody Wenner recovered a Bulldog fumble at the Big Spring 49. The Hounds converted the clincher with a 7 play 49 yard drive. Koser capped the drive with a five yard run and Noah Henry added the PAT.
The Hounds defense had interceptions on the next two Big Spring possesions. Kayden Shope and Gonzalez had the ints.
The Hounds will need to go to work this week on their defense. Big Spring out gained the Hounds 389-297 and out rushed the Hounds 232-175. The visiting Bulldogs also ran 70 plays to the Hounds 40. Big Spring had five turnovers to two for the Hounds.
Up next a road trip to Spring Grove on Friday. The game will be live streamed on Mid Penn Broadcasting beginning at 6:40 p.m.
(S) Amari Kerr 5 run (Noah Henry kick) 6:44
(S) Erby Weller 42 pass from Tucker Chamberlin (Henry kick) 2:05
(BS) Brady Singer 3 run (Layden Mayer kick) 8:40
(S) Weller 66 pass from Chamberlin (kick failed) 7:41 (BS) Connor Green 5 run (Mayer kick) 3:41
(S) Troy Chamberlin 88 KO return (Tu.Chamberlin run) 3:32
(BS) Andrew Witter 6 pass from Ethan Eisenberg (Mayer kick) :25 Third Quarter
(S) Diesel Koser 6 run (Henry kick) 9:14
Missed FG Mayer 36 (WL)
Rushing-(BS) Green 24-146, Grant Hall 9-60, Singer 3-13, Ben Fickel 2-8
Eisenberg 7-5. (S) Kater 14-80, Koser 8-48, Kerr 7-25, Tu.Chamberlin 3-23,
Passing-(BS) Eisenberg 15-25-4 157. (S) Tu.Chamberlin 3-7-1122.
Recptions-(BS) Witter 7-64, G.Hall 2-39, Carter Hall 2-22, Fickel 2-14,
Aaron Matthews 1-13, Green 1-5. (S) Weller 3-122.