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High School Football - Week One Summary
'Dawgs rumble over Indians

Millersburg's Austin Lehman has a good return of the opening kickoff from Tri-Valley, but Tri-Valley prevailed 45-16 in the first game of the league's season Sept. 4. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

The 2015 high school football season kicked off for all local squads Sept. 4.

Tri-Valley bested Millersburg in the only local-on-local matchup. Halifax also was a winner, while the remaining teams started the season with losses to non-league opponents.

Tri-Valley 45, Millersburg 16. The Bulldogs squared off against the Indians in Hegins in a rematch of last season’s Eastern Conference championship game.

Like they did last year, the Dawgs prevailed, this time in convincing fashion, over the visiting Tribe.

Millersburg struck first when quarterback Christian Wingard punched a one-yard run across the goal line three minutes into the game. Wingard’s ensuing extra point gave the Indians a 7-0 lead, but it didn’t last long.

Tri-Valley responded just minutes later when quarterback Jaden Buchanan scored on a one-yard run of his own. Colby Harner’s point after tied the game at 7-all with seven minutes left in the first quarter.

Both team’s signal callers finished with similar stat sheets. Wingard was 4-for-18 through the air for 120 yards and one touchdown. He also had 15 rushing yards and one score on 11 carries. Buchanan was more efficient through air, connecting on 6-of-13 attempts for 102 yards. He also collected 36 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

The Bulldogs took the lead late in the first quarter when sophomore running back Dan Scheib scored his first of three touchdowns on a seven-yard run, giving the Dawgs a 13-6 lead. Scheib led all rushers with 161 yards and three scores on 16 carries.

Millersburg retook the lead early in the second quarter when Wingard connected with wideout Austin Lehman for a 73-yard scoring strike.

The 14-13 lead would be Millersburg’s last, as Tri-Valley responded with 32 unanswered points and a stingy defense.

The rally started with a 10-yard run by Buchanan, which he followed up with a two-point conversion that gave the hosts a 21-14 halftime lead.

Buchanan’s teammate Bryan Rusinko jumped on a blocked punt in the end zone for a safety early in the third quarter, making the score 23-14 Tri-Valley.

Scheib followed the safety with two touchdowns – an eight-yard run and a 41-yard run – to give the Dawgs a 38-14 lead.

Tyler Lucas scored Tri-Valley’s final touchdown on a 31-yard run, making it 45-14 late in the third quarter.

Millersburg scored the game’s final two points on a safety off a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter.

Tri-Valley finished with more than 400 yards of total offense – 324 on the ground and 106 through the air – while Millersburg was held to less than 200 total yards – 120 in the air and 57 on the ground.

This week, Tri-Valley travels to Elizabethville to square off with Upper Dauphin Area, while Millersburg visits Williams Valley. Both games are Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Halifax 39, St. Joseph’s Catholic 23. The Wildcats scored early and often in its high-scoring, opening week contest played at home.

Running backs Eric Johnston and Jake Paul each scored two touchdowns for Halifax to pave the way.

Johnston had a banner night, rushing for 170 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Paul chipped in another 41 yards and two scores on just 5 carries.

Johnston started things off with a 34-yard scoring run less than one minute into the game. Paul followed Johnston’s first score with two more first-quarter touchdown runs – one yard and 18 yards – giving the hosts a 19-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

St. Joseph’s scored its first touchdown midway through the second quarter on a 75-yard fumble recovery, but the momentum was short-lived, as Alex Berkowski scored on a nine-yard run for Halifax.  Johnston followed Berkowski’s score with his second touchdown – this one a one-yard run late in the first half, giving the Cats a 31-7 halftime lead.

Johnston struck again in the third quarter, this time from the defensive side of the ball. After St. Joseph’s scored its second touchdown, Johnston thwarted the next offensive possession when he intercepted an errant pass and returned it 80 yards for a score.

Halifax hosts Camp Hill Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Marian Catholic 35, Williams Valley 7. The Vikings were no match for the Colts in non-league, opening-week action.

Marian jumped to a 35-0 lead before Williams Valley scored its first and only touchdown.

The Vikes actually outgained Marian in the game, compiling 230 yards of total offense compared to 177 for Marian.

Dylan Rabuck scored the Vikes’ only touchdown on a 13-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Rabuck finished the game with 103 rushing yards and one touchdown on 15 carries.

Quarterback Nick Rodichok had a tough game. The Williams Valley signal caller completed just 4-of-14 pass attempts for 84 yards and three interceptions. Allen Hand led all Williams Valley receivers with 45 receiving yards on one catch.

The Vikes host Tri-Valley League rival Millersburg Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Camp Hill 56, UDA 0. Upper Dauphin opened its football season versus Camp Hill for the second consecutive season, and for the second consecutive season, the Trojans were outgunned in all facets of the game by the host Lions.

The Trojans struggled all night to contain Camp Hill’s all-state quarterback Michael Shuster, who finished 20-of-26 through the air for 443 yards and seven touchdowns. For comparison, UDA’s senior signal caller, Aaron Cleveland, finished 4-for-12 through the air for 16 yards and two interceptions.

It was just that kind of night for both teams – Camp Hill couldn’t be stopped, and UDA couldn’t get things rolling its way.

2014 All-American tight end Zack Kuntz was Shuster’s favorite target. The Trojans had no answers for the 6-foot, 7-inch sophomore, who caught seven balls for 142 yards and two scores. Speedy running back Bill Williams also caught two touchdowns.

The Trojans will seek to rebound in their TVL opener versus Tri-Valley Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Elizabethville.

Shamokin 28, Line Mountain 7. The host Eagles were no match for an improved Shamokin squad. The Eagles had no answer for the Indians’ Preston Burns, who finished with 220 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries.

Running back Kenny Boyer did his best to keep pace with Burns. Boyer finished with 205 yards and one score on 35 rushing attempts.

Shamokin struck first in the second quarter, and again in the third to hold a 14-0 lead heading into the final frame.

Boyer got the Eagles on the board with a three-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough, as Burns scored two more times for Shamokin in the final quarter to put the game away.

Line Mountain opens TVL play Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. by hosting second-year league member Susquenita.


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