Sabers power past Montrose

BY CONOR FOLEY, Times-Shamrock Writer

Susquehanna’s Sean Stanley makes a pass during the Sabers’ 45-8 victory over Montrose under the lights in Susquehanna on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Susquehanna’s Greg Price, who had three touchdowns on Friday, barrels through an opening in the Montrose defense. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

Susquehanna’s Cooper Quick kicks an extra point during the Sabers’ 45-8 win over Montrose at home on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Team Statistics


Montrose’s Evan Castrogiovanni (34) tries to make it through the Saber defense during a 45-8 Meteor loss at Susquehanna on Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY


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

                                                                                                                Individual Statistics

Montrose’s Jeremy Dibble sets up for a pass while being pursued by the Susquehanna defense on Friday night. PHOTO COURTESY OF NORTHEAST EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY

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. SUSG. 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; SUSS. 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. SUSG. Price 1-15; J. Marino 1-43, 1 TD