Photo by Kathy Reed
By Dom Reed
LEWISTOWN – The 2-1 Lower Dauphin Falcons traveled to Lewistown to take on the MIfflin County Huskies who also came in with a 2-1 record. The game came down to the wire but there was not enough big plays for the Huskies as the Falcons came out on the winning end, 20-14.
The first points of the game didn’t come until the second quarter when Brandon Fritz connected on a 40-Yard field goal, giving the Falcons a 3-0 Lead.
Mifflin County responded back with a passing touchdown thrown by Landen Eichhorn. Eichhorn connected with Landon Haigh for a 37-yard touchdown grabbing the lead with 5:24 remaining in the first half of play.
“Lower Dauphin executed their offense really well. I’m Proud of our kids it wasn’t their lack of effort. It was a good Ball Game,” said MIfflin County coach Shane Breon. “We need to establish a running game with Deakon, he’s a great running back if we run the ball more it will open up the pass. We got to be balanced and we need to establish him more because he’s a horse.”
On the very next play, senior Tyler Persing responded with a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown. With the score the Falcons jumped in Front 10-7 with 5:05 remaining.
Lower Dauphin wasn’t quite done yet. Gerald Sanders found the end zone with 3:02 to go until the intermission. Sanders and Dakota Sary both had great performances for the Falcons.
On the defensive side for the Huskies , Travis Renninger recorded six Tackles on the night.
Owen Gipe ,Parker Kearns Both recorded a “boat load” of tackles in the loss.
Deakon Schaeffer made an outstanding tackle on special teams limiting a big run by not letting Persing get an away and possibly break loose for another big return. Kearns found success in the passing game catching 3-of-4 of his passes.
The success resulted in a touchdown late with 7:10 remaining in regulation. Eichhorn fired a bullet connecting with the “Multi Sport Athlete” Kearns In double coverage giving the Huskies’ Faithful hope.
Mifflin County stopped the Falcons on a fourth down and two . A swarm of Huskies defenders would get to the Junior Quarterback Carter Burton, stopping him short of the line to gain. It would result in a turnover on downs.
Mifflin County had some hope. The Huskies drove down the field but the comeback bid ended as Fritz picked off Eichhorn’s pass with four seconds remaining.
Lower Dauphin Improves to 3-1 The Huskies Fall To 2-2.