Schuylkill Val­ley fends off Fleet­wood, 42-20

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - SPORTS - By Arch Kurtz For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

With Schuylkill Val­ley hold­ing a 21-6 lead late in the sec­ond quar­ter at Fleet­wood on Sept. 1 and seem­ingly in con­trol of the ac­tion, one play swung the mo­men­tum to the home team.

A blocked punt and a 50-yard re­turn by Fleet­wood’s Dal­ton Housenick to the Pan­thers 1, set up a 1-yard TD run by Ben Leis­ter to make the score, 21-14 with 1:47 left in the half.

The Pan­thers went into the locker stunned by the turn of events, but would get the ball to start the sec­ond half.

“That was huge,” Pan­thers head coach Jeff Chillot said of the in­ter­mis­sion. “Af­ter some yelling by play­ers (the team) set­tled down.

“It was all we talked about, that we get the ball (to start the third quar­ter) and needed to make plays.”

The Pan­thers (0-2) heeded their coaches words and took the kick­off and marched 59 yards in 8 plays, capped by a 4-yard scor­ing pass to Tyler Wor­rell from Anikin Glass­mire.

The Pan­thers were back in com­mand, 28-14, on its way to a 42-20 win in non-league ac­tion.

On the drive Glass­mire com­pleted a 22-yard pass to Jack­son Brown and a 13-yarder to Lo­gan Grauer. Brown also had a 16-yard run.

Schuylkill Val­ley ex­tended its lead af­ter a Fleet­wood punt gave the Pan­thers the ball at mid­field.

Four plays later, Brown scored on a 25-yard run and the Pan­thers led, 35-14, with 1:17 left in the third quar­ter.

Glass­mire com­pleted a 21yard pass to Luke Wil­liams on the drive.

The Pan­thers dis­played a bal­anced of­fense, run­ning for 235 yards and pass­ing for 206.

“Bal­ance is im­por­tant,” Chillot said. “We don’t have a full­back or power back to run the Ifor­ma­tion. Our quar­ter­back can do a lot if we pro­tect him.”

Glass­mire com­pleted 12 of 18 passes for 206 yards and two scores and ran for an­other.

The Pan­thers got off to a quick start in the game and scored on three of its first four pos­ses­sions.

In the first quar­ter, Brown scored on a 4-yard run that was set up by a 27-yard pass from Glass­mire to Wor­rell.

The Pan­thers ex­tended the lead to 14-0 on a 38-yard TD run by Wor­rell.

Af­ter a Fleet­wood (0-2) score the Pan­thers drove 72 yards in 11 plays with Glass­mire run­ning in from 1-yard for a 21-6 lead with 7:05 left in the half.

The Schuylkill Val­ley de­fense kept the Fleet­wood of­fense in check for much of the game.

“We told the de­fense ‘don’t give up big plays’, make teams earn the pos­ses­sion,” Chillot said.

On of­fense, Brown fin­ished with 18 car­ries for 139 yards and 2TDs and Wor­rell had 8 car­ries for 71 yards and a score.

Grauer had 7 catches for 120 yards and a TD and Wor­rell had 3 for 43 and a TD.

“We beat two teams that beat of last year,” Chillot said of the 2-0 start. “Last year our of­fense was dread­ful at times. This year its been ex­plo­sive.”

The Pan­thers travel to Le­high­ton on Sept. 8 to play the In­di­ans in a non-league game.

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