The Shippensburg football team avenged its regular season loss to Northen York with a 28-17 victory over the Polar Bears during the District 3 Class 4A quarterfinal. Check out game highlights here. Video by Lindsey Smith
Shippensburg is moving on to the second round of district playoffs.
The Greyhounds came up with three big fumble recoveries when they needed them most and outlasted the Northern York Polar Bears, 28-17, on Friday night.
Shippensburg will host Bishop McDevitt next week, who beat Milton Hershey 35-28.
"It's quite an honor that I get to play another week with great kids. It makes it really fun for me." Shippensburg coach Eric Foust said.
After allowing Shippensburg to score 21 points in the second quarter, the Polar Bear defense stiffened in the second half, not allowing a single point by the Shippensburg offense until the final minute. However, the Greyhound defense was just as good. They allowed 274 yards rushing with 214 of those to Northern quarterback Curtis Robison. But three fumbles in the red zone, including one on the Shippensburg one-yard line kept the Polar Bears off the board.
"We practiced a lot of red zone in practice this week," Foust said. "Our goal line defense was very opportunistic tonight and we were able to recover some fumbles."
After having just converted a fourth down, Northern York was faced with another one in the Shippensburg red zone, with just over a minute to play. This time, the Greyhound defense was finally able to pressure Robison as linebacker Cameron Tinner delivered a big hit and knocked the ball free. Eddie Ocker picked up the ball and took it all the way to the Northern York seven yard line, where Adam Houser ran it in to seal the game.
"We called a timeout before that and everyone was saying to send me and Eddie off the edge," Tinner said. "I read the play action pass and saw him rolling and just took off."
The Greyhounds avenged a tough loss to the Polar Bears but it wasn't easy. After struggling offensively in the first game against Northern York it looked to be more of the same in the first quarter. The Greyhounds were shut out and punted three times in the first quarter. But the team adjusted to the Polar Bear defense in the second quarter to put up 21 points before halftime.
"We tried to run the ball in the first quarter but it didn't work," Greyhound quarterback Carter Van Scyoc said. "But in the second quarter we came out in play action and they didn't know what to do."
Shippensburg put up 21 points in the second quarter to take a 21-17 lead into halftime, with Van Scyoc throwing two touchdowns and Adam Houser adding in a 17 yard touchdown run.
"When you're playing a team with this caliber quarterback and receivers, you can't expect to shut them down all the time," said Northern York coach Bill Miller. "We had opportunities to put a little more points on the board and came up short."
Northern York 17, Shippensburg 28
Northern York _ 3 _ 14 _ 0 _ 0 _ — _ 17
Shippensburg _ 0 _ 21 _ 0 _ 0 _ — _ 28
NY — Aidan Alves 22 field goal, 3:40
Ship — Adam Houser 17 run (Jackson VanHorne kick), 11:50
NY — Curtis Robison 13 run (Alvez kick), 8:01
NY — Kyle Swartz 2 run (Alvez Kick), 4:01
Ship — Clayton Stine 30 pass from Carter VanScyoc (VanHorne kick), 2:21
Ship — Cody Gustafson 8 pass from VanScyoc (VanHorne kick), 00:30
Ship — Houser 7 run (VanHorne kick), 00:37
_ NY_ SH
First downs _ 11 _ 10
Rushes-yards _ 39-274 _ 30-110
Passing _ 15-24-0 _ 9-16-0
Passing yards _ 155 _ 159
Total yards _ 429 _ 269
Punts _ 5-40 _ 6-29
Fumbles-lost _ 3-3 _ 0-0
Penalties-yards _ 7-56 _ 6-37
Rushing — Ny, Swarzt 12-32, Robison 20-214, Steven Yurchison 1-3, Jordan Oliver 3-11, Omar Hosni 2-11, John Kearney 1-3; Ship, Houser 25-108, Cameron Tinner 3-6, VanScyoc 2- -4.
Passing — .Ny, Robison 15-24-155-0; Ship, VanScyoc 9-16-159-0
Receiving — .Ny, Joey Razzano 5-70, Dylan Baxter 5-35, Kearney 2-10, Swartz 1-4, Josh Fekete 1-3; Ship, Tinner 1-4, Stine 1-33, Gustafson 5-66, Ethan Stouffer 1-45, Houser 1-13.