The Shippensburg Greyhounds put up two scores and the defense kept the Mechaincsburg Wildcats out of the endzone at the end of the game for a 14-7 win.
Mechanicsburg took the opening kick and drove 63 yards to the Hounds five, but a third down incomplete pass and a 25 yard missed field goal kept the game scoreless.
The Greyhounds went on an 18 play 80 yard drive to open up the scoring. Ja’Nye Statum’s seven yard run for a first jump started the drive. A five yard penalty on fourth and 6 gave the Hounds to try and convert a fourth down. Patrick Eichelelberger’s one yard plunge kept the drive alive. Eichelberger added first down runs of four, 12 and four to the Wildcats 12 as the first quarter ended. Staum on the fourth play of the second quarter ran thru a huge hole from four yards out for the score.
Mechanicsburg answered with a 14 play 72 yard drive. The key play a fourth and eight conversion from the Shippensburg 19. Eli Reider scrambled and four Drake Dawson open for 12 yards and first down at the Hound 7. The next play Reider off a bad snap and scramble found Josh Smith open for a seven yard score and tie game with 5:42 left in the half.
The Hounds took the second half kick and drove to the Wildcats 16, but a second holding penalty on the drive was too much to overcome. Mechanicsburg took over on downs at their own 22. The second play the Hounds defense came up big as Jaden Hines intercepted a Reider pass and took it back 19 yards to the 16.
The Hounds offense a little eager to get going had back to back false start penalties. Noah Garvin’s 25 yard field goal had the leg, but was wide left.
The Hounds took over in the fourth after a short punt with 8:01 left in the game at the Wildcats 48. Brady Maciejewski’s two yard sneak on third down converted the first. Statum’s one yard run on fourth and one kept the drive alive. Mekhi Dewdney took over in the backfield with a 12 yard bulldozing run and he capped it off with a four yard run with 1:56 left in the game. The Hounds 12 play 48 yard drive took over six minutes off the clock.
Mechanicsburg was not done. Starting from their own 30 the made it to the Shippensburg 40 with 30.6 left, but a five yard motion penalty and an incomplete pass followed by Garvin sacking Reider for a five yard loss with 22.2 left. An incomplete pass was followed by Don Nori’s interception brought the game to and end.
Shippensburg rushed for 200 yards on 48 attempts, six different rushers had positive yards. Reider passed for 201 for Mechanicsburg. Everson Weller lead the defense with seven tackles (6 solo).
Next up for the Hounds away at East Pennsboro Friday October 13 at 7:0