Sabers take first ‘Bluestone Battle’
BY TOM ARENS
In a game filled with momentum swings and turnovers, it was Susquehanna’s defense that came through with a clutch defensive play to avoid an upset in an 18-14 victory over Montrose on Friday night.
The game featured 10 turnovers, five by each
team, but the biggest one came when Austin White intercepted a Dylan Heeman pass in the end zone on the final play of the game, preserving the victory. It was White’s second interception of the game.
Following a fumble recovery on Montrose’s game-opening possession, the Sabers took a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game when
Susquehanna’s Cole Mallery scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 6-yard run.
After Mallery’s second touchdown, a 40-yard run, gave Susquehanna a 12-0 lead, Montrose responded quickly by taking to the air.
Heeman threw two touchdown passes in the final two minutes of the half to give Montrose a 14-12 halftime lead.
The first went to Will Ely and covered 44 yards with 1:55 to play.
Montrose took the lead after turning the Sabers over on downs.
Heeman threw 24 yards to Dale Harder for the score.
Mallery gave the Sabers the lead with his final score of the night on a 1-yard run and an 18-14 lead in the third quarter.
“The kids fought through the mistakes and the adversity tonight” Susquehanna coach John Salinkas said. “We were able to overcome it all and win the game. I’m proud of them.”
Montrose’s fourth fumble recovery of the night set the Meteors up for one last drive. With 2:20 left in the game, Montrose drove the ball
down to the Sabers’ 6-yard line before White’s game-saving interception.
Susquehanna 6 6 6 0 – 18
Montrose 0 14 0 0 – 14
First Downs 11 15
Rushes-yards 34-140 30-88
Comp-Att-Int 4-12-1 10-29-3
Passing 68 177
Total yards 208 265
Fumbles-Lost 4-4 6-2
Penalties-Yds 8-60 12-95
Rushing: SUS – A. White 12-53; C. Mallery 16-49, 3 TDs; B. Hepler 4-33; A. Felter 2-5. MON – T. Tompkins 15-44; W. Ely 2-19; D. Heeman 2-18; J. Lawson 10-7; E. Castrogiovanni 1-0.
Passing: SUS – A. White 4-12-1, 68. MON – D. Heeman 10-28-3, 177, 2 TDs; W. Ely 0-1-0, 0.
Receiving: SUS – C. Mallery 2-16; Z. Vaughn 1-42; C. Monks 1-10. MON – W. Ely 6-127, 1 TD; J. Lawson 2-10.