Sabers power past Montrose
BY CONOR FOLEY, Times-Shamrock Writer
The sloppy field conditions at Susquehanna Community High Schoolon Friday didn’t seem to slow Greg Price and the rest of the Susquehanna rushing attack.
Price dug through the mud and rushed for 185 yards and three scores to lead Susquehanna over Montrose, 45-8.
“We played great. We executed our plays with a lot of great blocking,” Price said. “We played together, worked hard, and won this game.”
Price and fullback Jesse Pruitt set the tone early, as the two backs traded carries on a 10-play, 83-yard scoring drive on Susquehanna’s second possession, capped off by a three-yard touchdown by Price.
“We’ve got two great backs in Pruitt and Price and they’ve proved themselves all year,” Susquehanna
head coach Dick Bagnall said. “In these conditions, you didn’t want to throw the ball too much. Our backs are really good and they make things happen. They’re gamebreakers.”
Susquehanna’s running game tallied 311 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 8.4 yards per carry.
Susquehanna extended its lead to 20-0 at the half, thanks to a 10-yard scoring run by Pruitt and a 43-yard touchdown reception by Jon Michael Marino on the team’s last play of the half.
From there, it was all Price.
The senior running back tallied 59 rushing yards and a touchdown on Susquehanna’s first drive of the second half and, after Susquehanna forced a turnover on downs, Price outran the Montrose defense for a 34-yard score.
Montrose (0-7) got on the board early in the fourth quarter when Dylan Heeman powered through Susquehanna’s goal-line defense for a two-yard score.
“This is a great group of kids. When they do the things we ask them to do, they’re a pretty good football team. But sometimes we have some guys that want to freelance and it ends up hurting us,” Montrose head coach Russell Canevari said.
Devin Fowler and James Murnock also had touchdowns for Susquehanna, which improved to 5-2.
Montrose 0 0 0 8 – 8
Susquehanna 7 13 18 7 – 45
First Downs 8 11
Rushing-Yards 38-134 37-311
Comp-Att-Int 8-12-0 2-3-0
Passing Yards 44 58
Total Yards 178 369
Punts-Average 2-36.0 0-0.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-2
Penalties-Yards 5-28 2-10
Rushing: MON –N. Clark 15-61; A. Benequisto 4-29; J. Dibble 5-19; D. Zapolski 4-17; W. Ely 2-12; D. Heeman 1-2, 1 TD; Z. Loomis 1-(-6); E. Castrogiovanni 6-0. SUS – G. Price 16-185, 3 TDs; J. Pruitt 9-51, 1 TD; J. Murnock 6-41, 1 TD; D. Fowler 3-14, 1 TD; T. Maby 1-11; C. Mills 1-5; S. Stanley 1-4.
Passing: MON – J. Dibble 7-11-0, 39; D. Heeman 1-1-0, 5; SUS – S. Stanley 2-3-0, 58, 1 TD.
Receiving: MON – B. Warner 5-28; Z. Loomis 1-7; K. Smith 1-6; E. Castrogiovanni 1-3. SUS – G. Price 1-15; J. Marino 1-43, 1 TD