The Shippensburg Greyhounds got off to a good start and lead 7-0, but the East Pennsboro Panthers showed why they only had one loss on the season cruising to a 34-14 Colonial Division win.
The Panthers drove to the Shippensburg 27 to start the game, but the Hounds defense forced a stop and a turn over on downs. Just like last week the Hounds went on a long drive 73 yards in 15 plays to open the scoring. Shippensburg had back to back third down conversions as Ja’ nye Statum for four and Mehki Dewdney for 7 kept the drive alive. Dewdney then rumbled for 11 and another first. A third down pass from Brady Maciejewski to Aydin Mentzer for eight set up a third and one. Patrick Eichelberger’s dive up the middle for three earned another first down. Eichelberger’s 10 yard run and a pass interference penalty on East Penn moved it to the Panther 10. Eichelberger finished off the drive running thru a huge opening from 10 yards out.
East Penn answered quickly for a 7 play 65 yard drive in two minutes. Keith Oates III hit Tuner Barlup for 12, Breckin Swope for 14 to jump start the drive. JJ Gossard capped off the drive with a four yard run, but the PAT failed and the Hounds led 7-6
The Hounds looked to answer, but lost a fumble as they converted on third down.
East Penn took the lead for good with a five play 51 yard drive capped by a beautiful Oates fade pass to Swope for 28 yards. A five play 61 yard drive ended the first half scoring as Gossard darted in from 10 yards out.
The Panthers scored on touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. Oates hit Trey good for a 30 yard strike and Elliot Bruhn finished off the East Penn scoring with a six yard run.
The Shippensburg offense found some footing late with an 82 yard nine play drive. Maciejewski hit Elijah Bailey for 20, 18 and 22 and also hooked up with Kaden Shope for 17. Statum finished things off with a three yard run.
East Penn outrushed the Hounds 147-82, out passed 230-120 for a 377-202 total. Shippensburg convereted on three of four third downs early, but 1-8 the rest of the night. Shope lead the Hounds with 8 tackles (5 solo, 1 for loss, fumble recovery). Statum had 7 tackles.