Somerset over Johnstown
Written by: Doug Keklak on Saturday, September 28th, 2013
It was a tale of two halves Friday night at Trojan Stadium as the first half was a low-scoring, defensive battle, while the second half was a blowout. Unfortunately for host Johnstown, it was Somerset doing the blowing out as they scored 28 unanswered second half points and spoiled homecoming with a 28-7 victory.
The game was not the most well-played game by an stretch as it was riddled with yellow laundry on the turf from both teams but more so by Johnstown. The teams traded possessions in a scoreless first quarter although the Trojans had the ball deep in Somerset territory but Michael VanLenten picked off a Jeremy Updyke pass at the Golden Eagle 8 to stymie the scoring attempt.
The game’s only first half points came with 1:19 to go until the break when Updyke hit Trey Andrews from 11 yards out and Nate Livin added the extra point to make it 7-0. The touchdown capped a eight play, 55 yard drive for the Trojans.
Somerset received the second half kickoff and with the Trojans needing a big stop on defense, they got just the opposite. Big Matt Boyer took the first play from scrimmage in the half and ran the ball 43 yards to the Johnstown 30. Two plays later, sophomore signal caller Dylan Barnes, subbing for injured starter Tanner Stull did a beautiful play fake on the read option and rambled in around the right side from 24 yards out. Samuel Hayward added the extra point and the game was knotted at 7 with 10:43 to go in the third quarter.
That would be it for the scoring in the period and the teams were tied at three quarter time. Although the Trojans were pinned inside the 5 for the second time by punter VanLenten, their own punter, Grant Noon was able to get off a beauty of a 62-yard punt to put the Golden Eagles back on their own 35 to start the initial drive of the final quarter.
The field position did not matter though, as it only took Somerset’s offense six plays to travel the 65 yards to pay dirt. Barnes and Boyer traded runs before Barnes hit Bryce Mostoller from 30 yards out and the big tight end shed tacklers on his way to the end zone. Hayward was good on the PAT and the Garden Eagles got their first lead of the night with 9:58 to go in the contest.
Johnstown desperately needing an answer at this critical juncture was forced three and out and credit to the Somerset defense as they read the third down screen pass perfectly and a linebacker was able to slip through the blockers and prevent not only a first down from the Trojans but a potential splash play.
Again the Golden Eagles were pinned pretty far back after the punt, this time on their own 26, but again they came up big on a scoring drive. This one again was short, four plays covering the 74 yards and it was entirely on the ground. Back-to-back runs from Barnes of 15 and 14 yards respectively set the Golden Eagles up with the ball on the Trojans’ 31. Boyer took the rest of the way in one carry and Hayward tacked on another extra point.
The Trojans turned the ball over on downs at their own 41 on the ensuing drive and this let the Golden Eagles ice the gave with its final points. Johnstown’s defense continued to struggle bringing down Boyer as the 5-11, 240 pound senior rushed the ball on one carry 32 yards to the Johnstown 17. Two plays later Blake Faulkner scored from a yard out and Hayward ended his perfect extra point night to cement the final score at 28-7 Somerset with 2:28 left in the contest.
Somerset improves to 5-0 and pits them against fellow LHAC 5-0 squad Richland a week from now. Johnstown drops to 2-3 and will travel to Bedford Friday night.
Somerset 0 0 7 21 – 28
Johnstown 7 0 0 0 – 0
J-Trey Andres 11 pass from Jeremy Updyke (Nate Livin kick)
S-Dylan Barnes 24 run (Samuel Hayward kick)
S-Bryce Mostoller 30 pass from Barnes (Hayward kick)
S-Matt Boyer 31 run (Hayward kick)
S-Blake Faulkner 1 run (Hayward kick)
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