BLOSSBURG— After coming off their first victory of the season, the Indians football team dropped a tough game on the road to the North-Penn Mansfield Panthers.
The Indians were without starting quarterback Seth Huyler for the second straight contest, and offensively struggled throughout. The Panthers held the Indians scoreless, and a normally potent passing game was held to 115 yards, their lowest amount all season.
In the first quarter the Indians defense looked strong, forcing back to back punts and holding a Panthers team that has been good on offense so far this season in check. They held the Panthers scoreless in the first quarter, and had a few long drives stall out as well, not being able to come up with any points either.
With the score tied up at zero a piece going into the second, the Indians defense started to get worn down by the aggressive run attack of the Panthers. With 11:25 left in the second, Panthers’ Koleton Roupp broke off a 34-yard run to open up the scoring for the game, and brought the score to 6-0 with the Panthers ahead.
The Indians offense continued to struggle, not being able to answer, and couldn’t find ways to pick up first downs. Three minutes later in the quarter, Roupp scored a second touchdown putting the Indians down 13-0 with a little over eight minutes left to play in the quarter.
The Panthers mounted another drive late in the half but the Indians weathered the storm to make it into the half only down by two scores.
In the third quarter, the Panthers ran away with the game, scoring three unanswered touchdowns to bring the score to 34-0 and close out the scoring for the game.
Despite the loss, Elliot Good had his best night of the season, racking up 127 yards on just 17 carries. He also completed a pass on one of the most exciting plays of the evening, when he slung the ball downfield to Kole Hurler who slipped, fell and got back up to his knees to extend and catch a pass to give the Indians a much needed first down. Tucker St. Peter also completed 13 passes for 99 yards but was unable to find the end zone in the contest, after scoring three times last week. Hurler also had another solid outing coming up with seven receptions for 58 yards on the night.
Defensively, Owen Fitzwater continues to lead the Indians team racking up 11 tackles on the night, with two of them being for a loss. Through just five games Fitzwater has already racked up 54 tackles, four tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. They will continue to look for his senior leadership to help a struggling defense.
The Indians will need to bounce back quickly, as they host one of the toughest teams in the NTL, the Troy Trojans, this Friday, Sept. 27.
Team Stats: CV NPM
Total Plays: 58 56
First Downs: 10 16
Penalties: 8 8
Penalty Yards: 65 80
Rush Yards-Att:139-24 195-14
Passing Yards: 115 195
Total Yards: 254 390
Passing: (CV) Tucker St. Peter 13-22 99 yards; Elliot Good 1-1 16 yards. (NPM) Colton Litzelman 14-23 195 yards 2 TD.
Rushing: (CV) Elliot Good 17-25 ; Tucker St. Peter 7-17. (NPM) Bryan Bogaczyk 11-68; Koleton Roupp 5-63 2TD; Noah Spencer 4-3; Kohen Lehman 2-45 1 TD; Ca,ero Fabian 1-5; Porter Amaral 1-5.
Receiving-(CV) Kole Hurler 7-58; Jacob Schmitt 3-24; Elliot Good 2-11; Owen Fitzewater 1-1; Tanyan Brown 1-5. (NPM) Koleton Roupp 6-84 2 TD; Brandon Thompson 5-95; Kaelan Matczak; Mitchael Tice 1-(-2); Bryan Bogaczyk 1-4.