Purchase Line suffers second loss the 2017 to Penns Manor
Written by: Sadie Jobe on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Friday, the seventh of October, was a dark day for the Purchase Line football team. The Dragons took their second loss of the season. Penns Manor’s Comets defeated Purchase Line 26-22. Both teams struggled throughout the emotional night, but Purchase Line eventually succumbed.
The night started with the Comets kicking the ball to Purchase Line. Senior Melvin Sanchez caught the kicked ball and ran a few yards before he was stopped by Sophomore Mike Rizzo and Freshman Conner Keith. On the next play, Senior Lucas Syster bucked against the Comets’ defense and almost broke out for a run but was caught. Senior Shamar Campbell then ran the ball and gained a few yards before being stopped by Junior Andrew Packer and Senior Adam Dumm. Syster gained the Dragons a few yards and a first down by running. Purchase Line tried to run the ball a third and fourth time, but they were unsuccessful. Purchase Line had to do something, or else the ball would be turned over to Penns Manor. Campbell then ran the ball and got his team a needed first down. Despite the team’s success at gaining a few yards, they were unable to move the ball further after four downs. Penns Manor gained possession because of the unsuccessful fourth down. The Comets started the offense with a missed pass, but they were able to recover the dropped ball. Then Dumm threw a pass out of bounds because of pressure from the Dragons’ defense. Senior Zack Busovikci ran the ball and was stopped by Senior Zachary Book and Junior Quinn Scalese. Penns Manor tried another run and was stopped by Junior Kaleb Yarger. Penns Manor kicked the ball back to Purchase Line because of the risk of an unsuccessful fourth down. The Dragons started their offense with more running. Desperate to make something work, Campbell tried to throw a pass to Sophomore Cullen Goncher. The pass was missed. After one more unsuccessful run from Campbell, Purchase Line punted the ball back to Penns Manor. Missed passes caused by Sanchez and tackles from Book dominated the Comets’ offense. Possession quickly went back to Purchase Line, but unsuccessful runs from the Dragons gave the ball right back. The quarter ended with Penns Manor on offense and the score at 0-0.
Dumm started the second quarter with a pass to Senior Zac Horwat who then had a long run before Syster brought him down. Campbell then caused an incomplete pass. The Comets switched to running as their tactic. Horwat ran first and was brought down by Book and Senior Tyler Kachmarchi without gaining yards. The defense kept the Comets from gaining yards and gave them no choice but to return the ball to Purchase Line. The kick was very short, and the Dragons were excited at being on the side of the field closest to their end zone. Despite the odds being in their favor, Purchase Line struggled. They tried to run twice with little movement. Campbell tried to throw a pass, but was sacked by Junior Jimmy Lightner. His throw was missed. Sophomore Jacob Barnett kicked the ball to the Comets. Penns Manor immediately threw a ball to one of its players and the Dragon fans groaned, thinking the pass scored. The pass did not score because the player caught the ball out of bounds. Dumm was determined to score after the almost amazing pass. Dumm had two good runs but was stopped by Goncher both times. Goncher tried to keep Horwat and Busavicki out of the end zone as well, but Dumm then ran the ball in for a five-yard penalty. The score was 6-0 with no conversion thanks to a tackle from Syster. Freshman Cole Cunningham kicked to Purchase Line and Freshman Josh Syster caught the ball and ran before being quickly stopped by Junior Matthew Somogyi. The Dragons did not have possession long. Two incomplete passes from Campbell and a missed snap, then Campbell punted the ball back to the Comets. Penns Manor reflected Purchase Line’s possession with incomplete passes and short runs. After a stuff from Scalese, Purchase Line regained possession on down. The Dragons were determined to change the score. A pass to Sanchez from Campbell gained the team some much needed yards. In the next play, Campbell ran the ball and gained even more yards. Campbell then ran into the end zone. The teams were tied at 6-6 until Lucas Syster got the two-point conversion, and the score changed to 8-6. The Comets had little success for the rest of the heated quarter, and the score stayed 8-6 into the next half.
Purchase Line kicked off the Penns Manor to start the third quarter. The offense quickly had another touchdown after just two runs. The Comets’ Horwat brought the score to 8-12 with no conversion. Josh Syster got the kick from Penns Manor and had another decent run before Busovicki tackled him. The Dragons crept down the field one run at a time. Then the team’s progress faltered, and they were unable to advance. The Comets took over on the fourth down. Penns Manor started the possession with a pass that Senior David Stephenson almost intercepted. Busovicki then switched to running the ball for a few plays, during which conflict erupted on the field between the opposing teams. After the referees calmed the outbreak, the Comets try to throw a pass. Campbell intercepted it. After a missed pass and a fumble that Purchase Line recovered to keep possession, Sanchez caught a pass and scored a touchdown. There was no conversion, so the score was 14-12 and the Dragons were up. Their lead did not last long. After Purchase Line kicked to Penns Manor, Busovicki caught the ball and ran it the whole way to the end zone, changing the score to 14-18. The conversion attempt was no good. Purchase Line received the Comets’ kick and started a struggling offense. Despite Campbell’s attempts at running the ball and his amazing pass to Sanchez, he was unable to do much with the ball and eventually threw an interception. Penns Manor ended the quarter on offense.
The fourth quarter began with strong offense from Penns Manor and tough defense from Purchase Line. Eventually the defense forced the Comets to kick the ball to the Dragons. Soon after, Campbell took the ball and ran for a touchdown. The score was 20-18 before the conversion that brought it to 22-18. Purchase Line was up as they kicked to Penns Manor. Again, the opposing sides pushed against one another. Eventually, through many short runs, Dumm scored a touchdown. The two-point conversion off a throw was also good and the Comets took control at 26-22. The Purchase Line offense seemed weary. They made struggling plays throughout their long possession. Unfortunately, they were unable to score and the Comets took possession, and then they took a knee to end the game at 26-22.
Purchase Line may have had a rough game, but they are determined to do better next Friday night. The team is determined to not give up and to continue to have a winning season. They have a long road ahead, but they are also ready to face it. “We need to bounce back in the face of adversity and push towards our next game,” said Kachmarchi, one of the team’s captains. “We play best when we play as a team, so we need to focus on that as well.”
Purchase Line travels to United this Friday and Penns Manor hosts Marion Center.
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