T-D HS Football

Somerset beats McCort to improve to 3-0

By: By DAVE MAPES

JOHNSTOWN — The Somerset Golden Eagles and Bishop McCort battled at Point Stadium on Friday night on a damp chilly night.
And it was the Golden Eagles who iced the Crushers 21-3, to win their first-ever game at  Point Stadium and added a nice post-game celebration.
Somerset
(3-0) scored on its first possession after forcing the Crushers to a three and out on their initial possession. Tanner Stull hit three straight passes - a 10-yarder to Zach Baker, five more to Raven Beeman, and finally 30 yards to Bryce Mostoller for a 7-0 lead at 6:54 after Sam Hayward added the kick.
The Eagles lost a fumble at their own 18 on their next possession after a pitch sailed from Stull to Blake Faulkner, with Luke DiFrancesco recovering for the Crushers.
Unfortunately, McCort’s Blake Wade fumbled the ensuing snap with Logan Eller recovering for the Eagles. Somerset was unable to move the sticks and Bishop McCort moved to a first down at the Golden Eagle 15. The Eagles defense stiffened and Braden Junker hit a 27-yard field goal to close the score to 7-3 at 10:01 left in the second quarter.
Somerset’s Zach Baker intercepted a Wade pass intended for Nemo Trexler and returned it 49 yards to the McCort 43. Stull connected with Mostoller for 16 yards on first down to move the ball to the 27, where Stull bolted off the left end for a score with 4:07 left in the half. Hayward again added the PAT kick.
Somerset used two tough defensive stands on fourth down plays to stop two Crusher drives. The first effort was on a fourth-and-inches, when Marc Smith was halted off left tackle with 6:30 left in the third quarter. The second was an overthrown screen pass with 1:30 left.
Michael VanLenten recovered another McCort fumble and Stull quickly put the final Somerset points on the scoreboard with an exciting 63-yard run up the middle with 3:20 left in the third quarter. Hayward added the final PAT point.
The final frame was marred by many penalties against both teams for holding and unsportsmanlike conduct .
Somerset had a 21-3 edge in first downs. The Eagles rushed for 205 yards on 39 carries and added 121 through the air as Stull complete 9 of 18 passes with one interception. He also rushed for 130 yards on 22 carries.
Beeman (51) and Mostoller (46) each caught three passes for Somerset.
Bishop McCort rushed for 160 yards on 44 carries. Smith rushed 23 times for 112 yards. Wade completed 8 of 15 passes for 74 yards in the game, as Trexler had six catches for 59 yards.
Somerset will host Westmont Hilltop next Friday, while the Crushers will travel to Bedford.

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