Schuylkill Valley fends off Fleetwood, 42-20
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.