Pine Richland uses defense to roll past Seneca Valley 21-7
Written by: AJ Schaffer on Saturday, October 20th, 2018
In this game Pine Richland gave Seneca Valley a dose of their own medicine by dominating on defense. “The boys got after them a little bit” said Coach Kasperowicz. Seneca Valley got the ball to start the game. They had a great drive going and had it inside Pine Richland’s 30 yard line. Later on that drive on a third down Seneca Valley went to throw it and the ball was intercepted to stop Seneca Valley’s drive.
Pine Richland started that drive on their own 6 yard line. They got one first down to the 17 but after that the drive stalled and they punted it away. Seneca Valley had good field position starting at the Pine Richland 45 yard line. Unfortunately they went three and out and punted it away.
Pine Richland started deep in their own territory on this drive also. After a first down run play, they gave Luke Meckler and he was off to the races and scored a 92 yard touchdown making it 7-0 Pine Richland. Meckler had a big night for Pine Richland rushing for 210 yards on 27 carries. “He makes those big splash plays, that’s how he’s known” said Coach Kasperowicz. 7-0 would be the score at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter Pine Richland’s special teams came up with a fumble and gave the offense great field position at the Seneca Valley 26 yard line. After another run by Luke Meckler they were at the 12, but after that the drive stalled mainly because of a holding call. After a Seneca Valley drive, Pine Richland got the ball once again. They put together a good long drive, A run by Cole Spencer got them into Seneca Valley territory. He would also finish the drive on a 2 yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown. That made it 14-0 with 6 seconds left in the first half.
Pine Richland got the ball to start the second half and it was a very similar drive to the one they had before the end of the first half. The drive fell 5 seconds short of taking up 5 minutes of the third quarter. Cole Spencer got his second touchdown run of the game this one was 1 yard. Seneca Valley needed points desperately and after a big 39 yard run by Jake Mineweaser they were at the Pine Richland 18. After a negative run play and a couple incomplete passes they went for it on fourth down and didn’t convert and turning the ball over on downs. “It’s incredible, what I eluded to, bend but don’t break, we really don’t care about giving up yards around here, we just care about giving up points” said Coach Kasperowicz of his defense.
Pine Richland ended up punting on that drive and Seneca Valley got another chance to score. On that drive Jake Mineweaser had another big run this one was 47 yards down to the 2 yard line. The drive went south after that. It started with a false start and got out of control on a big negative run play. That drive also resulted in zero points. “They got it down to the one yard line, we went out and recouped, I think it was an injury timeout, talked to them, we got a big tackle for loss there, and I think another sack down to the 20 yard line, blood’s in the water there and they got after them a little bit'” said Coach Kasperowicz.
Seneca Valley ended up getting on the board late in the fourth quarter making the final score 21-7. Jake Mineweaser had a good night for Seneca Valley who had 94 yards rushing. Next week the conference title is on the line when Pine Richland travels to North Allegheny. Seneca Valley travels to Norwin.
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