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Lions defeat Red Dragons

Written by: on Monday, October 15th, 2018


Purchase Line quarterback junior Jacob Barnett (12) is brought down by United’s Eli Clevenger. ABIGAIL GONCHER PHOTO

The Purchase Line Red Dragons, just coming back from a six-overtime loss from Penns Manor, were ready to face the United Lions Friday, October 12. The Lions, with a record of 3-4, showed that they were even more ready to face the Dragons. The final score of Friday’s game was 47-16, United. Purchase Line senior lineman Quinn Scalese said, “It’s rough to take a loss like that but we have to learn from our mistakes and look forward to the future. We need to come together in order to accomplish a victory.”

The game started with the ball going to Purchase Line. On the very first play of the game junior quarterback Jacob Barnett threw a 41-yard pass that was caught by sophomore running back Joshua Syster. Syster ran a few more yards but was then tackled. Soon after a Red Dragon first down, the ball was fumbled and picked up by United’s Hunter Cameron. Cameron bolted down the sideline of the field for a 90-yard touchdown, only two minutes and twenty-four seconds into the game. The extra-point was confirmed and the Lions took the lead, 7-0. After Cameron’s first touchdown, Purchase Line’s defense held United’s offense intact. Unfortunately for the Dragons, United held their offense also. The ball went back and forth across the field and neither teams were able to make successful plays. Nearing the end of the first quarter, Kyle Silk ran the ball one yard into the endzone, making the score 13-0, with twenty-five seconds left in the first quarter.

United’s Max Clevenger (63) and Purchase Line’s Quinn Scalese (62) face off on the line during Friday’s game. ABIGAIL GONCHER PHOTO

The only touchdown of the second quarter was scored by Syster, with a 20-yard pass from Barnett, with six minutes and forty-nine seconds left in the half. Junior fullback Cullen Goncher then followed up with a two-point conversion, turning the score to 13-8. Just after the Dragons kicked the ball to the Lions, Senior Cameron Yoder ran down the field and recovered the ball, giving the Dragons possession. The Dragons, nearing the endzone, were eager to get two touchdowns in a row. After it was passed, what was meant to be a touchdown, turned into an interception by the Lions. However, United was unable to capitalize on this turnover and the first half ended, 13-8, Lions.

The second half began to intensify quickly, when Silk scored a 50-yard touchdown only two minutes and ten seconds into the second half, and another one-yard burst not long after, leaving the score to be 27-8. The kickoff by United was fumbled by Purchase Line, which led to Cameron scoring another touchdown of 43 yards. When the Lion’s attempt at a two-point conversion failed, the score became 33-8, and it stayed that way all the way through the rest of the quarter.

United’s running back Hunter Cameron (20) is stopped by Purchase Line junior Cullen Goncher (35) with the help of his teammates. ABIGAIL GONCHER PHOTO

The first touchdown of the fourth quarter was scored by United’s Anthony Kline-Glance with a 34-yard run. Twenty seconds later, Syster sprinted down the sideline of the field to score a 57-yard touchdown. Syster also made the two-point conversion that made the score 39-16. Just after, Kline-Glance broke through the line, and went right down the center of the field, and scored an 83-yard touchdown, the last one of the game. Ben Tomb then capitalized with a two-point conversion, which made the final score 47-16. Senior runningback Cameron Yoder said, “If we kept our intensity up and heads high, we would have definitely been in that game. We made some careless mistakes that had a big part in the outcome. We just have to learn off every wrong decision and work together to get ready for Saltsburg.”

Offense Coordinator Coach Brad Dubetsky said, “We have a relatively young team this year. We need to learn from our mistakes and execute with more consistency. If we can do that, we allow ourselves the opportunity to end this season on a high note and build momentum going into next season.”


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