Min­ers top Blue Devils

The Republican Herald - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - by alEc Whi­taKER Cor­re­sPon­dent

SHENANDOAH — Dur­ing their three-game los­ing streak, Min­ersville strug­gled to get off to a fast start in each game.

That changed Fri­day night in the team’s sec­ond matchup of the sea­son with Shenandoah Val­ley.

Jared Yoder re­turned the game’s open­ing kick­off for a 75-yard touch­down as the Min­ers went to beat the Blue Devils 35-0 in a Schuylkill League Di­vi­sion II game.

“We felt we could’ve got­ten some­thing like that all year, fi­nally broke one,” said Min­ers’ head coach Damian Buggy of the kick­off re­turn. “We took ad­van­tage when we had the op­por­tu­nity.”

Min­ersville (2-4, 1-0 D-II) took con­trol of the game be­hind the power run­ning of Kenny Yurko­nis, who rushed for 82 yards on 11 car­ries and scored two goal-line touch­downs, and Jor­dan Ber­danier, who went for 40 yards and a score on eight rushes.

Ber­danier’s score capped off a 12-play drive by the Bat­tlin’ Min­ers mid­way through the first quar­ter that was saved mul­ti­ple times by quar­ter­back Scott Sch­walm. Sch­walm con­nected with Gehrig Hossler on a 12-yard pass on a fourth down early in the drive, then linked up with Bryce Ellinger for 13 yards af­ter a penalty pushed the Min­ers from the 2-yard line to the Shenandoah 15.

Yurko­nis added his first touch­down mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter, putting an­other ex­cla­ma­tion point on an­other long and me­thod­i­cal Min­ersville drive.

“We were more bal­anced this week than in other weeks,” Buggy said, re­fer­ring to his team’s of­fen­sive bal­ance early in the game. “So I was happy with the out­come.”

The Devils had trou­ble mov­ing the ball all night as the Min­ers’ de­fen­sive front held the home team to a net gain of 3 yards rush­ing and only 47 to­tal yards.

Shenandoah (1-5, 0-1) moved the ball at times, thanks in large part to nine Min­ersville penal­ties that to­taled 75 yards, but an in­jury to quar­ter­back Joseph Kar­vois in the sec­ond quar­ter made it al­most im­pos­si­ble for the Devils to mount any come­back.

When asked if he was im­pressed with his de­fense’s per­for­mance, Buggy said, “Ab­so­lutely.”

Yurko­nis added his sec­ond score for the Min­ers in the third quar­ter to in­crease the lead to 28-0.

Ja­cob Hoffman added a 58-yard sprint for the Min­ers late in the fourth quar­ter to cap the scor­ing, and Jay­den Eubanks picked off Na­ju­nas on the fol­low­ing drive to put the game away for good.

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