The Lions, whose former head coach Frank Gay resigned unexpectedly less than 24 hours prior to kickoff, enjoyed leads of 14-0 and 23-9 before the Cougars rallied with 15 unanswered points in the final 12 minutes behind QB Grant Haus, who was making his first varsity start.
A pair of touchdown runs by Haus, covering 2 and 8 yards, in the final quarter rallied Palmyra to a 24-21 victory.
Lions QB Quinn Buffington rushed for 108 yards and threw for 126 more but it wasn’t enough for a Camp Hill squad that’s staring adversity square in the chops.
Van Buskirk bombs away
CD senior kicker Ethan Van Buskirk has been called “a weapon” by Rams head coach, Glen McNamee. And he proved it by nailing a 49-yard FG – which cleared the bar with ease - to make it 10-0 late in the first quarter.
He later added 23 and 27-yard field goals. Coach Mac even trotted him out to attempt a 52-yarder midway through the fourth quarter. The kick was about 4 yards short of the crossbar.
Adding weight was the fact that Van Buskirk had 4 touchbacks, meaning the young Suaquehanna Township QB (sophomore Rahsaan Carlton) had to drive it a long way every time.
Adams runs wild on the Rockets
Big Spring running back Ryan Adams had himself a day on opening night against James Buchanan.
Adams rushed for a staggering 274 and four touchdowns on ... ONLY 13 carries. I pulled out the handy calculator on my phone (remember when a calculator was made by Texas Instruments?) and that’s a whopping 21.1 yards per carry. His touchdown runs cover 84, 60, 35 and 2 yards. Player of the Week?
Fast Start for Polar Bears new QB
New signal caller Chris Barrett had a very memorable first outing for Northern in a victory over Octorara at Robert F. Bostic.
Barrett totaled 256 yards and accounted for three scores in the 13-point victory. He threw for 160 and rushed for another 96. He did have some help from RB Kyle Swartz, who rushed for 115 yards on 20 totes.
Scoop and score (for two points) propels Trinity
The Shamrocks trailed Annville-Cleona 20-7 at one point in the opener at COBO before rallying for a wild 36-34 victory.
And the winning points came courtesy of a heads-up play by LB Dante Manetta on special teams. After QB Tommy Kirchoff hooked up with Tresjon Ruiz from 37 yards out with 7:07 to play, Trinity and those sweet white helmets with Shamrocks on them lined up for the go-ahead extra point.
But the kick was blocked by A-C. So Manetta alertly scooped up the loose ball and ran it in for the two-point conversion. And you thought all linebackers did was make tackles.
Lopsided openers in Tri-Valley League
As expected, the five-game set to open the TVL season went according to plan. There were some serious mismatches on paper in Week Zero it appeared. And, well, it played out that way on the field.
Your winners were Halifax, Juniata, Williams Valley, Tri-Valley and Newport. The combined score of those five games was 207-40. Yeah, that’s not pretty.
Bishop McDevitt avenged its shocking loss to Red Land from a year ago and in the process the Crusaders’ D limited the Patriots to 76 total yards on 42 plays while pitching a shutout. ... Penn State recruit Zack Kuntz did not have a catch for Camp Hill in its loss to Palmyra. ... Steel-High hung 69 points on Morrisville. Jarvai Flowers had 139 yards on three carries and two touchdowns in the first half. He took a jet sweep 73 yards on the first play for a TD to set the tone. Emotions were, obviously, high for the Rollers with the recent loss of its former head coach Rob Deibler. ... Nine penalties each for Central Dauphin and Susquehanna Township for a total of 176 yards. Sloppy, Sloppy, Sloppy!