Sabers power over Nanticoke

BY HERB SMITH

Times-Shamrock Writer

Coming off a short week and facing a rested opponent, Susquehanna rose to its challenge.

Aided by Greg Price’s return to the lineup from an injury, Susquehanna grinded out a 26-7 win over Nanticoke Saturday in a nonleague game at William Emminger Memorial Field.

Susquehanna defeated Holy Redeemer on Monday whileNanticokelast played Sept. 2 due to flooding.

“My defensive coordinator did a great job,” Susquehanna coach Dick Bagnall said. “We only had three days to get ready for this team.”

The Sabers’ defense heldNanticoketo 56 yards rushing and 162 yards in total offense.

“We bottled up their running game,” Bagnall said. “They threw the ball a little bit but we shut the running game down and that’s what we had to do.”

Price, who played for the first time since injuring his ankle in the opener, scored two touchdowns in the second quarter as Susquehanna built a 12-0 halftime lead.

“It feels great just being back with my team,” Price said. “I love this team. We work hard at practice, we play hard and we never give up. I just love playing with them.”

The Sabers scored on the first play of the second quarter as Price took a screen pass from quarterback Sean Stanley and ran 12 yards for the score. The extra point was missed and Susquehanna led 6-0.

Susquehanna scored on its next possession after Jon Michael Marino returned a punt to the Trojans’ 29-yard line. Four plays later, Price scored on a 2-yard run. The two-point conversion failed and Susquehanna led 12-0.

Price finished with 66 yards rushing and 21 yards receiving.

“(Price) is kind of a motivator,” Bagnall said. “He gets the kids fired up. He gets the job done and maybe that’s what they see in him.”

Pat Hempel returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown to getNanticokeon the board. The extra point made the score 12-7.

“That kickoff put them right back in the ball game,” Bagnall said. “It’s 12-7 early in the second half and its anybody’s ball game.”

Susquehanna’s defense continued to stifleNanticokein the second half, stopping the Trojans on fourth down and then with an interception by Tom Maby that ended consecutive drives. After the interception, which gave the Sabers the ball at theNanticoke33,Stanleyhit Cooper Quick in the back of the end zone for a score.Stanleyran the ball in for a two-point conversion and a 20-7 lead.

“We weren’t executing our schemes and they had a good game plan,”Nanticokecoach Ron Bruza said. “You have 14 days off and you can only get so much competition from within your team. What can you do?”

Nanticoke        0     0    7    0 – 22

Susquehanna  0     12   8   6 – 32

Team Statistics

                                NA      SUS

First Downs              9          7

Rushing-Yards     37-56   31-184

Comp-Att-Int      7-20-1    4-7-0

Passing Yards         106       36

Total Yards             162      220

Punts-Average      5-20.0  4-26.0

Fumbles-Lost          0-0       3-1

Penalties-Yards     11-90     2-10

Individual Statistics

Rushing: SUSJ. Pruitt 7-92, 1 TD; G. Price 15-66, 1 TD; S. Stanley 7-28; Team 2-(-2).

Passing: SUSS. Stanley 2-7-0, 36, 2 TDs.

Receiving: SUSG. Price 3-21, 1 TD; C. Quick 1-15, 1 TD.