By JD Davidson
Shippensburg dominates East Pennsboro on both sides of the ball for a key 35-14 Colonial Division win in week eight.
After a slow start and falling behind 7-0 Shippensburg took over. The Greyhounds punted on their first possession and Aaron Angelo ripped of a 61 yard touchdown for the early lead.
The Hounds responded with an 80 yard 11 play drive capped by a Trae Kater one yard plunge. Kater started the drive with a 10 yard sweep with Amari Kerr followed with a 33 yard sweep. Tucker Chamberlin hit Kerr for six on fouth and two to keep the drive alive. Jay Gonzalez ripped off an 11 yard for another first down and two Kater 5 yarders set up the touchdown. A bad snap on the PAT forced Erby Weller to scramble. He did out racing the EP defense to the left corner for two and an 8-7 lead.
The Greyhounds defense took over forcing three turnovers on the next three possession. Patrick Reed recovered a Panther fumble at the Ship 48. Kerr’s three yard run capped a seven play 52 yard drive. Chamberlin and Gonzalez peeled off back to back 13 yarders to highlight the drive.
Gonzalez the picked off Dakota Campbell and his 30 yard return set Shippensburg up at the East Penn 35. It took the Hounds ten plays to score, but used up 5:27 of clock leaving 51 seconds left in the half. On third and nine Weller hauled in a 14 yard slant pass from Chamberlin for a first down. Thenon third and 15 hauled in a 19 yard out for a first down at the six. Diesel Koser finished the drive with a one yard plunge.
The Hounds were not done as Ja’Nye Statum sacked Campbell and forced a fumble recovered by Julian NaJu. The Hounds took over at the Panther 13 and appeared to score on the next play. Chamberlin hit Weller on slant that was originally ruled a touchdown, but after a official conference over ruled and was incomplete. On fourth and nine they hooked up for the TD. Weller lined up wide left with two other Hounds in the slot. The two inside receivers went to the endzone and well came across the middle wide open for the score. Shippensburg led 28-7 at the break.
A Kate interception in the third set up the Hounds last score. An 11 play 55 yard drive that ended in the start of the fourth. Koser picked up 3 and 2 yards on key third downs. Chamberlin hit Kerr for 11 on another third. Kerr capped the scoring with a six yard power run off the left side.
East Penn’s final score came with 3:45 left as Campbell on a keep scored from two yards out.
Kerr with 100 yards rushing led the Hounds 236 yard attack.
Shippensburg’s D was dominate on the night. The Panthers totaled 166 yards, but take out the 61 yard td and they allowed just 101 yards. The Hounds held the Panthers to just nine yards each in the second and third quarters forcing four turnovers. Everson Weller stepping in for injured and leading tackler Jaxon Funson, led the Hounds with nine tackles. Naju and Reed added seven each. Kater and Gonzalez have 3 interceptions each to lead the Hounds on the season.
Up next for Shippensburg is a trip to Waynesboro on Friday. The Indians a coming off a 28-0 loss to Mechanicsburg. Shippensburg needs to come ready to play as despite just two wins for Waynesboro one is over Northern.
(EP) Aaron Angelo 61 run (Dakota Campbell kick) 5:57
(S) Trae Kater 1 run (Erby Weller run) 1:39
(S) Amari Kerr 3 run (pass failed) 9:13
(S) Diesel Koser 1 run (Noah Henry kick) :51.5
(S) Weller 9 pass from Tucker Chamberlin (Henry kick) :06.9
(S) Kerr 6 run (Henry kick) 11:24
(EP) Campbell 2 run (Campbell kick) 3:42
Rushing-(EP) Angelo 8-81, Keith Oates 14-26, Campbell 3-24, Lovell Tatum 3-24, Breckin Swope 1-0.
(S) Kerr 12-100, Koser 11-46, Jay Gonzalez 4-46, Kater 15-39, Chamberlin 4-10, Team 2-(-2).
Passing-(EP) Campbell 1-4-1 7. (S) Chamberlin 8-15-0 77.
Recptions-(EP) Angelo 1-7. (S) Weller 4-53, Kerr 3-22, Kater 1-2.
First Downs 7 20
Rush-Yds 31-159 48-236
Pass Yds 7 77
Total 166 313
C-A-I 1-4-1 8-15-0
Punts-avg 1-46 2-34.5
Penalties 2-15 5-30
F/L 3/2 0