Panthers vault over Cougars

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Arch Kurtz For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Schuylkill Val­ley’s Anikin Glass­mire threw three first quar­ter touch­down passes to Joe Jar­dine to pro­pel the Panthers to a 49-18 win over Kutz­town at Kutz­town Univer­sity’s An­dre Reed Sta­dium on Oct. 6.

Jar­dine, who also does the kick­ing and punt­ing du­ties for the Panthers, used his speed and leap­ing abil­ity to snare passes of 25, 43 and 40 yards for the scores.

“We had some kids out sick this week and he got some more reps (at prac­tice),” Schuylkill Val­ley head coach Jeff Chillot said. “He’s a state cham­pion in the pole vault and a very good ath­lete who can catch the ball.”

A botched punt at­tempt on Kutz­town’s first pos­ses­sion gave the Panthers the ball on the Cougars 14. Four plays later Tyler Worrell ran in from the 2 for a 7-0 SV lead.

Lo­gan Grauer, the county leader in re­ceiv­ing, used those skills on the de­fen­sive side of the ball to in­ter­cept two passes in the first quar­ter.

“That was a great job by Grauer,” Chillot said. “He used re­ally good tech­nique and made two great catches.”

After the first turnover, the Panthers drove 37 yards in 5 plays with Jar­dine mak­ing a leap­ing catch in the end zone for a 25-yard score.

Kutz­town (0-2, 0-6) re­sponded with a 10-play, 72-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard run from Caleb Riegel to pull the Cougars to within 14-6.

The Panthers (1-0, 3-3) re­cov­ered the en­su­ing on­side kick at its own 46 and four plays later scored when Glass­mire found Jar­dine open deep along the right side­line for a 43-yard score.

After Grauer’s sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion at the Cougars 40, Glass­mire found Jar­dine across the mid­dle for a 40-yard score and the Panthers led 28-6 with 52 sec­onds left in the first quar­ter.

Schuylkill Val­ley turned to the run game in the sec­ond quar­ter for two scores.

After a short punt by Kutz­town gave the Panthers the ball at the Cougars 21, Jackson Brown ran through the mid­dle of the Kutz­town de­fense for the score.

The Panthers scored again when Zach Myers scored on a 4-yard run to cap a 5-play, 43yard drive to take a 42-12 half­time lead.

The win snapped a three game los­ing streak for Schuylkill Val­ley.

“Our of­fense was good in the first half,” Chillot said. “We scored quickly, which isn’t bad. It was fun to have suc­cess. It was two weeks since our last game and we told the team that’s his­tory.”

Al­though the Cougars could not stop the SV of­fense, the Kutz­town of­fense was able to move the ball and to­tal yards for the game slightly fa­vored the Panthers, 348-341.

Kutz­town was able to move the ball with the strong run­ning of Riegel (25-144, TD) and pass­ing of Char­lie Mad­docks, 19-of-31 for 216 yards and 2 TDs.

Bradlee Ben­jamin caught 8 passes for 99 yards and a score.

“(Riegel) runs hard and is tough to bring down,” Chillot said. “(Mad­docks) is a play­maker. He can run around and that type of quar­ter­back wor­ries me.”

As for his team, Chillot said that he was pleased with the suc­cess of the run­ning game (25-188) and that the de­fense needs to cut down on giv­ing up big plays.

Brown had 7 car­ries for 68 yards and Worrell had 7-67. Glass­mire was 5-of-10 pass­ing for 160 yards.

DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town’s Tyler Fisher (11) goes on an end around as Caleb Riegel leads the way.

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