The dreary weather should have been an indicator for the James Buchanan football team on what was to come against Shippensburg in a Mid Penn Colonial Division football game.
It was a battle between the winless, and the undefeated, and it was exactly what you would expect.
Shippensburg claimed a dominant 66-0 win over the Rockets to advance to 5-0 on the season, while James Buchanan remains battered and bruised in a winless 2016 slate.
Shippensburg put up 35 points in the second quarter alone after James Buchanan hit a patch of bad luck, which included a lost fumble, a Shippensburg punt return, and a pick six by the Greyhounds top linebacker Cameron Tinner.
The fumble, recovered by Colby Trace, led to a 30-yard touchdown pass from Carter VanScyoc to Tyler McSherry. Adam Houser returned a punt 65 yards to the end zone, and Tinner worked 26 yards down the field after the interception for the Greyhounds’ fourth score of the second quarter.
“Before the game Coach said we really haven’t had any turnovers that led into points, so we wanted to make sure we had that tonight,” Tinner said. “When I picked the ball off my blockers were just there for me.”
“We didn’t stop them as well as we wanted to, but it comes down to execution,” James Buchanan coach Andy Stoner said.
James Buchanan (0-5, 0-2 MPC) used a two-man rotation under center, starting freshman Sebastian Wise the first quarter, then put in linebacker Colby Bradshaw. Bradshaw went 3-for-8 for 35 yards, while Wise was 2-for-3 for 12 yards.
“We wanted to see if putting someone else back there would give us some spark, and we kind of did that with the one ball,” Stoner said. “The past few weeks we’ve noticed some teams are crowding the line knowing that we haven’t had many passes caught, so we wanted to stretch the defense a little bit.”
Although the score was daunting, the Greyhounds (5-0, 2-0 MPC) put up just two touchdowns in the second half, playing younger players after the break.
Freshman Nick Gustafson, the youngest of the Gustafson brothers who have played a major role in the Greyhounds' success the last two years, was under center after halftime, showing a young arm against an experienced defensive line. He went 1-for-2, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to junior Cain Fridinger.
“It’s always fun to get the young kids opportunity to play and I thought they obviously did a nice job,” Shippensburg coach Eric Foust said. “They drove, they did a lot of good things, I thought.”
Sophomore Nicholas Weltz also had his freshman debut for the Greyhounds, rushing for 49 yards on five carries, including a touchdown.
“We have two nice, big young backs, Weltz and (Ethan) Stouffer, our running back linebackers,” Foust said. “They are both going to be very good as they get older. Most years they would be playing for us by now, but this year they’re kind of stuck.”
The Shippensburg defense held James Buchanan to 85 total yards of offense. The Rockets were led on the ground by Cormac Houpt with 16 yards on seven carries.
Shippensburg 66, James Buchanan 0
Shippensburg_ 17 _ 35 _ 8 _ 6 _ — _ 66
J.Buchanan_ 0 _ 0 _ 0 _ 0 _ — _ 0
S — Clayton Stine 10 pass from Carter Van Scyoc (Cameron Tinner run), 4:14
S — Safety, tackle in end zone, 2:35
S — Adam Houser 8 run (Jackson VanHorne kick), 0:18.4
S — Tinner 1 yard run (kick good), 9:10
S — Tyler McSherry 30 pass from Van Scyoc (VanHorne kick), 8:50
S — Houser 65 yard punt return (kick good), 7:03
S — Cody Gustafson 30 pass from Van Scyoc (VanHorne kick), 2:25
S — Tinner interception return, 35 yards (VanHorne kick), 1:57
S — Cain Fridinger 26 pass from Nick Gustafson (Nick Weltz run), 4:28
S — Kyler Brown 24 run (kick failed), 3:29
_ Ship_ JB
First downs _ 13 _ 4
Rushes-yards _ 26-204 _ 5-47
Passing _ 9-11-0 _ 5-12-47-1
Passing yards _ 145 _ 47
Total yards _ 349 _ 85
Punts _ 0-00 _ 3-28.6
Fumbles-lost _ 1-0 _ 1-1
Penalties-yards _ 5-30 _ 1-5
Rushing — Ship, Phillip Torres 8-46, Van Scyoc 2- (-3), Adam Houser 5-40, Noah Chavez 2-23, Tinner 1-1, Kyler Brown 3-31, Nicholas Weltz 5-49, Nick Clapsaddle 2-17; JB, Cormac Houpt 7-16, Owen Stoner 2-2, Colby Bradshaw 1-(-3), Evan Stoner 1-0, Zane Bray 1-7, Cameron Funk 2-16.
Passing — Ship, Van Scyoc 8-10-129-0, Nick Gustafson 1-2-26-0; JB, Sebastian Wise 2-4-12-0, Bradshaw 3-8-35-1.
Receiving — Ship, Cody Gustafsn 5-79-1, Clayton Stine 1-10-1, Tyler McSherry 1-30-1, Cain Fridinger 1-26-1; JB, Bray 1-2, O. Stoner 3-35, Bradshaw 1-10.
Interceptions — Ship, Tinner.