Dragons defeated by Wolves
Written by: Avery Falisec on Monday, August 27th, 2018
The Purchase Line Red Dragon football team played at West Shamokin High School against the Wolves Friday, August 24, 2018. The Red Dragons were the first team to play on the new turf field. Even though they suffered their first loss of the season, with a score of 37-6, the team was excited and eager to get things started.
Purchase Line senior lineman Quinn Scalese said, “It was very exciting to be able to play on such a nice new field. Stepping on the turf gave you the feeling of playing at a higher level. It makes you want to play harder and work harder for the win.”
The game started when the four captains, Scalese, junior running back Cullen Goncher, junior quarterback Jacob Barnett, and junior lineman Giovanni Scott won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half.
The first quarter was a chess match back and forth between the two teams, both teams fought hard to get the advantage. Purchase Line’s offense struggled to consistently move the ball, while West Shamokin was having a bit more success. After a hard fought first quarter the score remained 0-0.
The second quarter began with a five-yard motion penalty on the Dragons, forcing them to punt the ball away to the Wolves. The loss seemed almost irrelevant when sophomore Joshua Syster made an interception and gave the ball back to Purchase Line. This win for Purchase Line was short-lived when the West Shamokin Wolves’ Jaiden Haswell had a 62-yard run and scored a touchdown with four minutes and 23 seconds left in the quarter. The Wolves capitalized after a long punt return to the 10-yard line and Brendan Mondi scored with a ten-yard run with one minute and 26 seconds left in the first half. Halftime began with the Red Dragons trailing 12-0, but spirits were high as they were receiving the ball to begin the third quarter.
After receiving the second half kickoff, Purchase Line began to march down the field. The Red Dragons had a golden opportunity to change the momentum of the game but a dropped pass in the end zone kept the score at 12-0. The Wolves responded with a 19-yard run by Daniel Goldstrohm scoring a touchdown shortly after the drop.
Early in the fourth quarter the Dragons missed another opportunity to get on the scoreboard when the Wolves picked off a Red Dragon pass on the two-yard line. The ball deflected off of Goncher and right into the arms of the Wolves. Two plays later, another touchdown was scored by Mondi with an impressive 90-yard run, leaving ten minutes and one second in the last quarter. Mondi struck again with a 14-yard run touchdown with six minutes and six seconds left in the fourth.
The Dragons kept fighting to get back into the game. This showed when junior Kyle Day scored a touchdown with three minutes and nine seconds left in the fourth quarter putting the Dragons on the score board. The Wolves’ Elijah Linhart scored another 60-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter with two minutes and 50 seconds left, leaving the final score to be 37-6, West Shamokin Wolves.
The Dragons may have got off to a rough start but look forward to rebounding against Homer Center. Goncher said, “It was a tough game but I thought we played well and we fought hard the whole time. But we’re young and it will come along.”
After the game Head Coach Matthew Falisec stated, “We need to work harder to play four quarters of football. I expect us to get better as the season goes on.”
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