Stay­ing un­beaten

St. Hill, Thorpe blank Blue Mtn.

The Republican Herald - - SPORTS - BY LEROY BOYER SPORTS ED­I­TOR

OR­WIGS­BURG — Justin St. Hill says he’s a quar­ter­back.

When Jim Thorpe lines up in its of­fen­sive for­ma­tion, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound se­nior usu­ally takes the snap from cen­ter.

But run­ning with the foot­ball is what the speedy, shifty St. Hill does best.

Fri­day night in a Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I game against Blue Moun­tain at the Ea­gles’ Nest, St. Hill ran his way right into the Jim Thorpe record books.

Op­er­at­ing out of a wild­cat-like for­ma­tion for most of the game, St. Hill rushed 38 times for 331 yards and four touch­downs as the Olympians blanked the Ea­gles 27-0 to im­prove to 6-0 on the sea­son.

St. Hill is the first Dis­trict 11 player to rush for

more than 300 yards in a game this sea­son. His to­tal is be­lieved to be a Jim Thorpe sin­gle-game school record.

“Tech­ni­cally, our of­fense is not wild­cat. I am ac­tu­ally a quar­ter­back this year,” St. Hill said. “The tran­si­tion was great and it’s given a lot of depth to our of­fense.

“I like be­ing able to use my vi­sion. The coaches have al­ways said that my vi­sion is my strong suit. So be­ing able to see the en­tire field, it al­lows me to make my cuts. It’s re­ally good for me.”

Ba­si­cally run­ning the same play — shot­gun snap, fake hand­off to C.J. Selby com­ing in mo­tion, run the ball through a hole be­tween the tack­les — St. Hill car­ried the ball 23 times for 223 yards in the first half alone.

He had all six car­ries in a six-play, 88-yard drive to open the scor­ing early in the sec­ond quar­ter, set­ting up his 7-yard TD with a 64-yard burst. He did the same thing on Jim Thorpe’s next pos­ses­sion, car­ry­ing the ball eight straight times be­fore scor­ing on a 10-yard run to give the Olympians a 12-0 half­time lead.

“He’s an out­stand­ing ath­lete,” Jim Thorpe coach Mark Rosenberger said. “He runs the ball well. He can throw the ball re­ally well. He’s great out of the back­field as well. He’s an al­laround foot­ball player.

“You couldn’t ask for a bet­ter per­for­mance. He car­ried our of­fense on his back. Our kids opened holes up front and al­lowed him to make big plays for us. He re­ally stepped up for us.”

Jim Thorpe (6-0, 1-0 D-I) fin­ished with 390 yards rush­ing on 50 car­ries, as the Olympians’ of­fen­sive line of William Munson, Nick Trovarello, Lu­cas Boyle, Ethan Mor­daunt and Ja­son Scott con­tin­u­ously gave St. Hill and Selby lanes to run in.

St. Hill’s fi­nal two touch­downs came in the sec­ond half on runs of 4 and 33 yards.

“They opened up some big holes for St. Hill to run,” Rosenberger said of his of­fen­sive line. “His abil­ity once he gets into the hole to make it a 60-yard run was im­pres­sive tonight. He was healthy all week. This is the first week he had a lit­tle ex­tra burst in his step. He felt healthy this week and he looked it tonight.”

Lost in the shuf­fle of St. Hill’s mon­ster night was an­other im­pres­sive per­for­mance by the Jim Thorpe de­fense.

The Red Swarm pitched its fifth straight shutout and ex­tended its score­less streak to 22 straight quar­ters by keep­ing the Ea­gles (1-5, 0-2) out of the end zone on a key se­quence early in the third quar­ter.

Blue Moun­tain cap­i­tal­ized on a short Jim Thorpe punt to move to the Olympians’ 6-yard line on a 19-yard run by Chase Sin­cav­age. Af­ter an off­sides penalty put the ball at the 3, the Olympians stuffed Ben Kramer on first down, Munson stood up quar­ter­back David Krew­son at the 1-yard line on sec­ond down, then Munson came up big again on third down, hit­ting Chase Um­ben­hauer on a pitch right at the 4 and forc­ing a fum­ble that Max Sch­len­ner re­cov­ered.

Blue Moun­tain wouldn’t threaten to score again the rest of the night.

“In years past, that’s a touch­down. Our de­fense doesn’t suck up and make the play,” Rosenberger said. “This team is dif­fer­ent. When their backs are against the wall, to not give up and not al­low a team to score ... they weren’t hav­ing it. They kept on fight­ing and made plays.”

Jim Thorpe held Blue Moun­tain to 78 yards rush­ing and forced two turnovers, get­ting big plays from a va­ri­ety of play­ers.

For Blue Moun­tain, it was the Ea­gles’ fourth straight loss and the sec­ond straight week the Ea­gles’ de­fense al­lowed more than 300 yards rush­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we didn’t make plays,” Blue Moun­tain coach Cory Mabry said. “They made the plays and we didn’t.

“We have to play down­hill and get off blocks. At times we did a good job, and at times we didn’t. We just didn’t have an an­swer for it.”

MANDI VIVACqUA / STAFF PhO­TOG­RA­PhER

Blue Moun­tain’s Cameron Um­ben­hauer (24) is brought down by Jim Thorpe’s Colin Ja­cobs, bot­tom, and Ethan Mor­daunt (50) dur­ing Fri­day’s Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion I game at the Ea­gles’ Nest. The Olympians recorded their fifth straight shutout with a 27-0 win over the Ea­gles.

JACqUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PhO­TOG­RA­PhER

Le­high­ton quar­ter­back Cody Scherer threw for two touch­downs and ran for an­other in the In­di­ans’ 22-14 win over North Schuylkill.

JUSTIN ST. HILL

Jim Thorpe

MAnDI VIVACquA / STAff PhO­TOg­RA­PhER

Blue Moun­tain’s Nate Calderone (81) is brought down by Jim Thorpe’s Max Sch­len­ner (4) and Trevor Keefer (9) dur­ing Fri­day night’s Schuylkill League game.

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