WESTFIELD — The Cowanesque Valley Indians football team (0-4) hosted a non-league matchup for their homecoming game against the Brockway Rovers (1-3), but were unable to capitalize on a strong first half defensively, and after being outscored 18-8 in the second half fell by final score of 32-14.
In the early portions of the contest, the Indians defense played solid containing the Brockway attack, with neither team able to come up with any points.
Brockway was able to strike first on a 50-yard catch and run on a throw from Conner Ford to open up the scoring for both sides. After a failed two-point conversion the Rovers held a 6-0 lead.
Shortly after, the Rovers struck again with just over six minutes remaining in the half with a beautiful throw from Ford to Austin Schmoder who went up and snatched the ball in the end zone to give them a 12-point cushion halfway through the second quarter.
The Indians were able to strike back quickly before the half came to a close, with Elliot Good making the entire Brockway defense miss on his way to a 60-yard touchdown reception from Tucker St. Peter with only three minutes left to close the gap to 12-6 in a tight game.
In the second half, things started to get ugly for the Indians. As soon as Tucker St. Peter went down with an injury and their offense screeched to a halt in the third quarter.
On the other side, Brockway capitalized and despite an aerial assault in the first half came out with a bruising running game in the second.
Ford punched in a five-yard run to extend the lead, and after a solid drive by the Indians that came all the way down to an inch outside the end zone, the Rover made a momentum-swinging stop on a catch that nearly broke the plane on fourth down.
The Rovers took over and used that momentum to dominate the remainder of the game.
Ford punched in another five-yard touchdown and a turnover from the Indians led to Brockway’s final score in the fourth quarter.
The Indians were able to get their offense going on their final drive of the night, and was capped off by Jacob Scmitt throwing an absolute dime to Tanyon Brown in the back of the endzone where he elevated over the defense for a spectacular touchdown catch that closed out the scoring at 32-14.
Before injury, St. Peter was having his best night of the season, throwing the ball all over the field with 186 yards and a touchdown, if he is unable to go next Friday it will be up to sophomore Schmitt to take over, who displayed some good throws in his limited action, completing three passes for 31 yards and a touchdown.
Good also looked explosive with 107 yards on 15 touches and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tanyon Brown has looked like one of the premier pass-catchers in all of the NTL with five catches on the night for 67 yards and a touchdown and few highlight catches on the night that don’t show up in the boxscore.
Brown is having an incredible season and despite the Indians struggling to come up with wins he has torched defense for 334 yards on only 15 catches with four touchdowns in just four games.
The Indians are still looking for their first win, and have a tall order as they host the North Penn-Mansfield Panthers (1-1) this Friday, Oct. 9.
Tucker St Peter, 12-17 186 yards 1 TD; Jacob Schmitt, 3-4 31 yards 1 TD
Tucker St. Peter 3-0; Elliot Good 11-21; Jacob Schmitt 1-3; Travis Madison 1- (-2); Cody Fleming 13-54
Elliot Good 4-86 1 TD; Tanyon Brown 5-67 1 TD; Jacob Schmitt 4-51; Michael Moore 2-13
Michael Sipps 10 tackles, 2 sacks; Jacob Schmitt 10 tackles; Colton Gehinger 9 tackles, 1 TFL; Michael Moore 6 tackles.