Despite going toe-to-toe with Kiski Prep, the Mercersburg Academy football team fell 56-42 in a high-scoring non-league game Saturday.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first half, including a last-ditch effort by Mercersburg's Aaron Grant to keep the score even at the break. Grant pulled off a 54-yard reception to the end zone on the final play of the half, after Mercersburg got the ball back with 24 seconds remaining in the second quarter, down by seven.
"We faked a screen pass and he ran a nice go-route," Mercersburg coach Dan Walker said. "He's a dynamic player and really fun to watch."
But Kiski wore down the Blue Storm (2-1) in the second half.
"We came out in the third and we were tired. We're missing a couple of guys this week, and we had some guys who never left the field," Walker said. "We just made more mistakes than they did, especially in the second half, and they stuck it to us."
Mercersburg quarterback Colin Adams threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns, but did not complete the game. Grant finished with 146 yards on seven catches, and racked up 41 yards on the ground. James Dilallia had 105 yards on six catches, while Nick Nelson went 83 yards on six receptions.
On the ground, Jordan Misher ran for 65 yards on eight carries, and T.J. Harris went 78 yards on 12 touches.
McConnellsburg 2nd in tournament: The Lady Spartans clawed their way into the championship game of the 12-team Bellwood-Antis Tournament, but were defeated by Hollidaysburg.
For McConnellsburg, Kacey Hann (14 kills), Carly Swope (16 kills, 31 assists, 9 aces), Bridgette Ritchey (16 digs), Katelyn Truax (15 kills, 23 digs, 8 aces), Alexis Lupey (25 digs), Ary Lupey (20 digs) and Lindsey Randler (44 assists) were the leaders.
Mercersburg Academy 3, Fannett-Metal 1: The Blue Storm got into the win column by taking the last two games, 25-6 and 25-12 after the Tigers won a tight game two, 25-23. For Fannett-Metal (1-8), Kassie Holtry had 11 digs, Emily Metcalfe had three kills and two aces and Maci Bowen had four assists. For the Blue Storm (1-4), Hannah Hassoun (9), Morgan Steiner (9) and Patrice McGloin (7) led in kills, and Laila Tijana had 18 assists.
Northern York 1, Shippensburg 0: Early in the season, the Lady Hounds were ripped 10-0 by Northern, but this time, Shippensburg (4-8, 2-5 MPC) held its ground much better. Kayla Swope scored a minute into the game for the Polar Bears, but that was it. Hannah Pletcher made 19 saves for Ship.
Greencastle goes 0-2: Facing some strong competition in the Lower Dauphin Tournament, the Blue Devils were defeated twice -- 8-0 by Central Dauphin in the opener and 1-0 by Central York in the second round. Hannah Beeler made six saves in the second game for G-A (4-7).
Shippensburg splits pair of games: The Lady Hounds played in the Muhlenberg Tournament and went 1-1. Shippensburg (4-5) fell 2-1 to the host Muhls, but rebounded with a 5-0 victory against Northeastern. Rachel Kline gave the Lady Hounds a 1-0 lead in the first game, but they fell in overtime.
Kline scored two more goals against the Bobcats, and Zoe Holtry also notched a pair. Courtney Coy had the fifth goal and Maddie Kline added two assists.
West Perry 6, Waynesboro 1: Katie Wise tallied the only goal for the Maidens (0-8-1, 0-5-1 MPC) in a Colonial Division game.
Mercersburg Academy 6, Hun 1: The Blue Storm (3-1, 2-0 MAPL) won five of othe six singles matches. At No. 5, Eliza Smith had the closest match, winning 7-5 and 6-3.