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Loyalsock scores on first 9 possessions, Aeden Holler leads Lancer defense to win over Warrior Run @sockathletics @athleticsWR

Written by: on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

 

Christa Confair Picture. The air was thick with rain, and a lot of Loyalsock touchdowns this Monday night

Aeden Holler spent a good portion of a wet, cool evening in the Warrior Run backfield. The 6’4″, 220 pound defensive lineman registered 10 tackles, 5 for loss and a sack, keeping the Defenders on their heels while Chase Cavanaugh led the Lancer offense with three tds and accounted for over 200 yards of offense in a 52-18 win. Holler had a nice first half, but came out on fire in the second registering three of those tackles for loss, a sack and 2 other tackles on the first 6 offensive plays by Warrior run. ”

 

“We went in the locker room at half time and we felt like we weren’t playing to the best of our ability. We knew what we had to do and we got it done” said Holler of his third quarter performance. The score might night show it, but what he was talking about was a gutsy performance from a very young Warrior team that pretty much controlled the entire second quarter. After a quick start from the Lancers that put them out to a 22-0 lead, the under manned home team held the ball for nearly the entire second quarter, scoring twice.

Loyalsock quarterback Chase Cavanaugh got things rolling for the Lancers on the first drive of the game.  The senior quarterback ran the ball three times for 56 yards and completed a pass in a fast five 5 play drive to put the lancers up 8-0 just 90 seconds into the game.

 

After forcing a Warrior punt, Loyalsock went on it’s most time consuming drive of the half. The seven play drive ended when Korie Mayer scored from five yards out. The Lancers then took advantage of a short punt from Warrior Run with Cavanaugh again dominating the series. A 14 yard pass completion was bookmarked by 2 runs from the senior, the second a 25 yard scoring dash putting the Lancers up 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Then it seemed like the Lancers defense hit a wall.  That, or the young Defenders found another gear. With the exception of a 50 second, three play scoring drive from the Lancers that put them up 28-6, the home team dominated the second quarter. The Defenders held the ball until the 6:10 mark where Hunter Rovenolt showed his speed and dashed around the end 13 yards and crossed the goal line. The pat failed, but Warrior run had some momentum.

 

A quick strike from the Lancers didn’t seem to deter the Defenders . Their outmatched line dug in and they got some hard running from several players, including this tough, grinding run from Justin Blair.

 

“I’m proud of my kids for gutting it out” said Lancer head coach Justin VanFleet.  “We kind of hit a wall there in the second quarter so we said “ok, lets stop subbing and find a groove and we were able to do so.” This game was actually scheduled for early in the year but Loyalsock had to postpone due to a Covid situation at their school. “We had a very physical game on Friday, The opportunity presented itself to make this game up, and we decided as a group, players, coaches, everybody, we decided to make it happen and we did.

Pic Christ Confair Hunter Ravenholt looks for a gap

Just before the half, with just seconds to play, the Defenders caught a break on a punt when Loyalsock was flagged for roughing the punter. giving them new life, and with six seconds left quarterback Nathan Michael sent a dart to Nasir Berry who had to rip the ball away from the Lancer defender for the score.

 

“Kids love this game. The game is played frequently on a Monday night, they’re called JV games. Kids wanted to play games, we needed to get this game made up and it was available. Then when Warrior runs game this weekend got canceled we saw an opportunity, Chris Long and I talked about it, and we got it done” said VanFleet of the Monday game. “I’m proud of my kids for gutting it out.  We kinda hit a wall there in the second quarter so we said “ok, lets stop subbing and find a groove and we were able to do so.”

With Holler on his tear, the Defenders lined up to receive the second half kick but fumbled it away giving the Lancers great field position. Mayer went in from three yards out to stretch the score to 34-12, then just a couple plays later Cavanaugh delivered the dagger to put the game away hitting wide receiver David Boring for a 55 yard, one play scoring strike.

“My line blocked great tonight” said Mayer of his three TD, . “It was really confusing for us when we found out we have to come back and play after only having played three days ago but I think we played fairly well even though we were all bruised up from the last game still.”

Loyalsock has a big game this weekend, the “Battle for the Bridge” with Montoursville. Warrior Run travels to Mifflinburg.

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