In­di­ans come up short in shootout

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

Spe­cial to the Whig

Af­ter three weeks in which it strug­gled to im­ple­ment a new of­fen­sive sys­tem, North East’s of­fense woke up Fri­day dur­ing its Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion foot­ball opener against vis­it­ing Pat­ter­son Mill, gain­ing over 400 yards and scor­ing six touch­downs.

Un­for­tu­nately for the In­di­ans, the Huskies also gained over 400 yards and scored six touch­downs, but they also con­verted all their ex­tra points to down North East in a 42-36 shootout.

“We’re new coaches and we’re build­ing a new cul­ture here. … It took the var­sity some time to click. We learned to work to-

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gether,” In­di­ans first-year coach Chris Sch­le­ich said. “We were slug­gish the first game. We were slowly putting things to­gether, but tonight, things just came to­gether. Our of­fen­sive line was able to dig in and get some block­ing. That was a big dif­fer­ence in this game.”

North East (0-4 over­all, 0-1 di­vi­sion) en­tered the fourth quar­ter trail­ing 21-18, but five plays into the frame, the In­di­ans took the lead at 24-21 when Jalen Giles pow­ered his way for a 3-yard touch­down run with 9:42 left in the game.

The Huskies (1-3, 1-0) struck back im­me­di­ately when Jor­dan Reid tossed a

38- yard score to Chris­tian Pross. Af­ter the ex­tra point, Pat­ter­son Mill re­took the lead ,28- 24, with 9: 10 left in the fourth.

It only took three plays for the In­di­ans to once again re­gain the ad­van­tage when Tay­lor Danglade scored for the third time of the game, tak­ing a toss 57 yards for a touch­down.

Danglade, who rushed for 126 yards and added 43 yards re­ceiv- ing, cred­ited the of­fen­sive line for North East’s of­fen­sive out­burst.

“All I can say is that I’m thank­ful for them. They just knew if they did their align­ment and their as­sign­ment, they would push guys out of the way,” he said. “They know they can block peo­ple. … They just ex­e­cuted plays out there.”

The In­di­ans led for all of 21 sec­onds as Reid con­nected with Cooper Mattheu for a 59-yard touch­down. The ex­tra point then gave the Huskies a five- point lead with 7: 25 re­main­ing. Af­ter stop­ping North East on fourth down with 2: 51 left, Pat­ter­son Mill then made it 42- 30 when Reid hooked up with Bren­dan Bandy for a 68- yard score, Reid’s fourth touch­down of the game.

On the In­di­ans’ en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, Giles caught a screen pass from Thomas McCusker for a 67- yard touch­down with 1: 58 left to cap the scor­ing.

“We’re fight­ing hard, and we’re not giv­ing up,” said Giles, who rushed for 180 yards, added 77 re­ceiv­ing yards and scored three touch­downs. “We’re try­ing to win. We’re get­ting bet­ter.”

North East re­cov­ered the fol­low­ing on­side kick to give it­self a chance to win, but on the first play of the en­su­ing drive, the Huskies re­cov­ered a fum­ble and ran out the clock to the hold for the win.

Sch­le­ich feels North East, which has lost 17- straight games, is turn­ing a cor­ner.

“I can say that I’m proud of North East foot­ball. Our kids are get­ting bet­ter, and they’re start­ing to un­der­stand how to fight in games,” Sch­le­ich said. “They’re start­ing to un­der­stand how to ex­e­cute bet­ter. Some­times a spread of­fense is dif­fi­cult be­cause they have a lot of for­ma­tions to learn. We just had a few mis­takes and missed tack­les, and it cost us.

“Those things are go­ing to get bet­ter be­cause they are fix­able, and our young team is go­ing to grow. We’re not go­ing to be a joke any­more.”

McCusker went 6- for- 9 for 137 yards and two touch­downs for the In­di­ans.

Reid went 15- for- 23 for 310 yards through the air and added 88 yards and a touch­down on the ground for Pat­ter­son Mill.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

North East run­ning baby Tay­lor Danglade rushes with the foot­ball dur­ing his team’s 42-36 loss to vis­it­ing Pat­ter­son Mill in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion foot­ball ac­tion on Fri­day.

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