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Manheim Township blanks Dallastown prepares for their showdown with Harrisburg

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| September 3, 2022


Coach Evans speaks with his team after their win


Midway through the third quarter with the game well in hand for the Blue Streaks, Head Coach Mark Evans pulled his starters as his squad was cruising to a victory “We wanted to get the bad taste out of our mouth” referencing their heartbreaking loss to Cumberland Valley last week.  When asked about pulling his starters early in perhaps preparation with their showdown with state power Harrisburg next week “It’s a long season, these kids work just as hard, its important for them to get their feet wet”.

Manheim Township came out of the gate on fire against Dallastown, on the opening kickoff McCaskey transfer Shymere Covington returned the ball 56 yards all the way to Wildcat 39 yard line. One play later Junior Quarterback Hayden Johnson (2 touchdowns) found a streaking Nick Good out of the backfield for a touchdown (7-0).

The Blue Streaks were determined not to let the big play hurt them defensively, harassing Wildcat quarterback Owen Strauss all evening. Coach Evans squad kept Pittsburgh commit Kenny Johnson in check too holding him to only 2 receptions and out of the endzone.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Dallastown as they picked off Johnson in the endzone on the next possession. Not much after that went right for first year Head Coach Levi Murphy’s team as another 3 and out set Johnson and company in prime field position. Nick Good would finish off the Blue Streak 6 play drive with a 9-yard powerful run for a score (14-0).

Manheim Township has a host of playmakers offensively and tonight it was the Nick Good show as he notched his third touchdown midway through the second quarter. On a 4th and 7 from the Dallastown 35, the Junior running back split out wide and Johnson found him all alone for the touchdown (21-0). Sophomore Declan Clancy would add a 1-yard score right before halftime and the home squad had a commanding 28-0 lead.

Dallastown managed only 1 first down in the first two quarters, finally had some momentum going to start the third quarter. After a botched kickoff and a pair of Caleb Fox runs, the Wildcats had marched all the way up to the Blue Streaks 20-yard line. The drive would stay with two Dallastown penalties and a Jake Laubach interception.

3 plays later the Senior Laubach would put on his turbo button and dash all the way for a 45-yard touchdown run (35-0 Manheim Township). The game was well in hand at this point Coach Evans pulled the bulk of his starters as Coach Murphy’s squad looked like they were begging for mercy.

A 37-yard field goal and a high snap (out of the endzone) would result in 5 more points for Manheim Township as they shutout Dallastown 40-0. Junior Nick Good who had 3 touchdowns and nearly 200 total yards (punt return yardage included) was just happy to get the win “We needed this game it was a big showout game for us” Good replied “The talent we have this year, bunch of people are looking down on us because we are young, I see us all putting it back together and I am excited.”

Manheim Township (1-1) will need that same energy as they travel to Harrisburg next Friday. They dropped an overtime thriller to the Cougars last season and are looking for revenge. Dallastown (0-2), will look to get Coach Murphy his first win when they welcome Hershey a week from today.

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