Schuylkill Valley edges Hamburg, 13- 7
After a two year hiatus, the Frost Bowl trophy is heading back to Leesport after Schuylkill Valley defeated Hamburg Area, 13- 7, on Hawk Hill on Nov. 3.
In a game in which it could not score an offensive touchdown, Schuylkill Valley’s Joe Jardine provided all of the scoring for the Panthers with his kicking and defense.
The Panthers’ offense sputtered in the first quarter and the Hawks’ Donovan Remp and Kyle Vernon intercepted quar- terback Anikin Glassmire on two of the Panthers’ first three drives.
“We were rushing things instead of letting it happen,” Panthers’ head coach Jeff Chillot said.
The Panthers got on the board in the first quarter after Logan Grauer blocked a punt in Hamburg territory to help set up a 37- yard field goal by Jardine.
Schuylkill Valley ( 2- 3, 4- 6) scored in the second quarter when Jardine caught a Hamburg fumble in midair and returned it 19 yards for the score and a 10- 0 lead for the Panthers with 11: 51 left in the half.
“I was going for the tackle and saw the ball pop out,” said Jardine, who also plays wide receiver. “( The play’s) kind of a blur.”
Hamburg Area ( 1- 4, 1- 9) had a chance to score late in the half after the Hawks recovered a Schuylkill Valley fumble at the SV 30 with 32 seconds left.
The Hawks failed to move the ball and a 47- yard field goal attempt came up short.
“We had opportunities during the game, but didn’t capitalize,” Hawks’ head coach Chuck Kutz said.
After an exchange of turnovers in the third quarter the Hawks put together a 7- play drive to the Panthers 4.
On second- and- goal the Hawks fumbled at the goal line and the Panthers recovered in the end zone to avert the score.
After an SV punt, the Hawks drove 43 yards in five plays with Logan Herber scoring on a 12- yard run to pull the Hawks within a field goal at 10- 7 with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
A big play on the drive was a 22- yard completion from Ryan Moseman to Herber.
Schuylkill Valley started a scoring drive from the SV 47 which stalled at the Hawks
Jardine, the Panthers’ jack- of- all- trades, kicked a 24- yard field goal to put the Panthers ahead, 13- 7, with 9: 18 left in the game.
On its next possession the Hawks were able to drive to the Panthers 25.
The Hawks had two attempts needing one yard to pick up a first down and were stonewalled by the Panthers’ defense on two running attempts.
“We need to get bigger and stronger ( in order) to take advantage of situations,” Kutz said.
After forcing the Panthers to punt the Hawks were unable to move the ball on its final possession.
“I thought our defense played well,” Chillot said. “We lost a player and were down to our last defensive back. Hamburg’s a good team that is better than its record.”
Schuylkill Valley lost a defensive back who was ejected f rom the game af t er receiving t wo unsportsmanlike penalties.
“I’m proud of the team, they worked hard,” Kutz said. “This was a rivalry game that was fun and exciting.”
The Hawks finished the game with 242 total yards ( 136 run, 106 pass).
Herber had 21 carries for 88 yards and Brendan Hamilton had 15 for 65. Moseman completed 7- of17 passes for 106 yards. Richard Buchel had four catches for 65 yards.
The Panthers had 167 total yards ( 100 run, 67 pass).
Jackson Brown had 18 carries for 71 yards. Glassmire completed 6 of 13 passes for 67 yards. Luke Ammarrell caught 2 passes for 30 yards.
Each team had four turnovers with both having two fumbles and two interceptions.