Mercersburg Academy started its football season off on the right foot with a big win over St. James last week.
And the Blue Storm continued its good fortune Saturday, pulling out a narrow 28-25 non-league victory over Potomac.
Mercersburg led by two points at the half thanks to a pair of extra-point failures by the Panthers, but trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter. Potomac scored a touchdown, but did not convert on its third extra-point attempt of the game, but was successful on its only touchdown drive of the fourth quarter.
Those three extra point failures became important as Mercersburg scored a pair of touchdowns, giving the Blue Storm a three-point lead late.
"We were down in the fourth quarter, and in the past few years we would have folded," Mercersburg coach Dan Walker said. "We fumbled, but we picked it up and scored two late touchdowns to get back on top."
After an 0-8 season last year, Mercersburg's 2-0 start means a big shift in momentum for the Blue Storm.
"We have some momentum now and we are learning how to win," Walker said. "In both games so far we have been better in the second half. We've won the fourth quarter in both of them and I'm very pleased."
James Buchanan 4, Fannett-Metal 1: After the Tigers tied the game 1-1 just nine minutes into the second half, JB scored three goals to put the game away. Isaac Shenton scored in the first half on a penalty kick, and again in the second for the Rockets (2-5), Derek Pine had a goal and two assists and Alec Truett scored a goal and had an assist.
For Fannett-Metal (2-2), Kyler Goshorn notched a goal.
JB coach Randy Jarrett said, “Fannett-Metal played behind the ball a lot in the first half and played us tough, but we spread it out more in the second half. We got a little redemption for last year when they beat us at home.”
Mercersburg Academy 5, Westtown 0: The Blue Storm (3-1) got a goal and an assist from Christian Recker to down Westtown. Recker’s goal came on a direct kick from 30 yards out.
Blue Devil Challenge
Greencastle handed 1st loss: The hosts of the Blue Devil Challenge earned a 3-2 overtime victory over Susquehanna Twp. in the first game, then were handed a 4-0 defeat by Susquehannock, a state finalist last year.
The Blue Devils (5-1) won the first game in the second overtime period when Kaleb Hurley ripped a direct kick into the net. Jason Freeman and Hurley scored during regulation and Jared Rohrbaugh had an assist.
Shippensburg goes 0-2: The Greyhounds had a rough day at the Blue Devil Challenge, absorbing a 5-1 loss to Susquehannock and a 3-1 defeat to Susquehanna Twp. Sam Orseno scored on penalty kick for the Hounds (2-6) in the opener, and Chase Diehl found the back of the net in the first half against Susquehanna.
Blue Devil Challenge
Greencastle-Antrim splits: The host Blue Devils started off with a rousing 3-2 win over two overtimes over Susquehanna Twp., but was beaten 3-1 in the second game by Middletown.
For the Blue Devils (3-4), Madison Sherrill had a hand in all three goals. She scored two - including the game-winner in the second overtime - and both were assisted by Michaela Kendall, and Sherrill assisted on Lydia Crist’s tally.
Heidi Schanzenbacher scored for G-A in the second game.
Shippensburg goes 1-1: The Lady Hounds took down Middletown 3-1, spotting the Blue Raiders a goal before scoring three straight at the Blue Devil Challenge. Bailee Rowles, Grace Kierzkowski and Ashlee Rowles found the net. In the second game, Susquehanna Twp. eked out a 1-0 win over Ship (3-6).
Chambersburg 1, Boiling Springs 0: Chambersburg’s Jordyn Amsley scored the lone goal for the Trojans in a 1-0 non-league battle with Boiling Springs. He goal was assisted by Kaylea Garman. Ari Burke kept Chambersburg (4-2) in the game with 11 saves from the cage.
Westtown 2, Mercersburg Academy 1: Alyssa Magazine tied the game 1-1 in the second half for Mercersburg, after a pass from Lauren Jones, but Westtown scored the game-winner with 2:08 left while the Blue Storm (0-3) played a man down.
Mercersburg Academy invitational: The Mercersburg boys cross country team placed fourth at the annual Mercersburg Invitational, while the girls placed second, just five points out of first place.
The boys top finisher was Adam Cromwell, who claimed sixth overall at 18:12, but having no other finishers in the top 10 hurt the Blue Storm, who scored 81 points.
For the girls, sophomore Sophia Divone placed second (20:23), crossing the finish line less than 20 seconds after the race-winner, Theresa Long of Leesburg Christian. Ryan Geitner (4th, 21:56) and Katie Hoffman (7th, 22:34) also placed in the top 10 for the Blue Storm.
Mercersburg Academy 340, Sidwell Friends 358: The Blue Storm's top three players were Shayan Ghodsi (82), Joseph Bucci (84) and Samir Tamer (86).