Gettysburg's Edny Celius had nowhere to run on the final play of the third quarter.
Gettysburg faced a fourth-and-4 from the 7-yard line, but by the time Celius took the handoff on a sweep he had no hole, no time and no way of reaching the line of scrimmage. Swarmed by defenders, Celius was caught for a loss by a swarm of defenders.
Taking over on downs at their own 15, Susquehannock then unleashed an 11-play, 85-yard scoring drive — scoring the first points for either team since the first quarter. By the time Susquehannock's Myles Moultrie avoided several tacklers along the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown reception from Josh Stoneberg, Susquehannock had secured the game-breaking play in its 21-7 victory against Gettysburg.
"That was huge, if we can stop them inside our 10 and drive the ball out — that was great for us," running back and inside linebacker Kevin Clapp said.
As odd as it may sound, the incomplete pass on the play before set up the game-breaking toss.
Susquehannock (2-3, 1-0 YAIAA Division II) called for a waggle pass on second down, but Nick Tannura couldn't handle the pass in the steady rain and driving wind. But what Susquehannock's coaches saw from Gettysburg (1-4, 0-1), alerted them to call a wheel pass — calling for a back to run parallel to the line of scrimmage before taking off down the field — on third-and-10.
"It looked like they were man, everybody ran with the people across the field," Susquehannock coach Steve Wiles said. "... Once again I saw the defense crossing the field, looked like man, and I thought nobody would pick the back up coming out."
No one did.
"I saw the outside backers coming in and the corners coming in on the waggle, and then I saw Myles coming out to score that touchdown," Stoneberg said. "Just lob it up to him and let him make a play."
Once Moultrie caught the ball, he managed to avoid defenders on a tip-toe scamper down the Susquehannock sideline.
"The ball was really slippery, and with receivers — even with their gloves — the ball wasn't sticking," Stoneberg said.
At least one player loved the conditions.
Susquehannock's big back, Clapp, seemed to revel in the less-than-ideal wind and rain.
"They told me it was going to be a ground-and-pound game, and I was ready for it," said Clapp, who finished with a game-high 80 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Gettysburg appeared to have more running options, driving 68 yards — all on the ground — to open the game with a touchdown. But the Warriors of Adams County would not score again against the Warriors of York County.
"I think we just came together," Clapp said. "We had the (fourth-quarter) lead, and we just said, 'We can't give this up.'"
Gettysburg fumbled away its next possession, leading to another Susquehannock score.
But Gettysburg still could have made the game interesting when it drove inside the Susquehannock 10 with less than two minutes to play. Susquehannock, however, recovered another fumble on a third-and-goal from the 5 to seal the win.
"The whole league is wide open, and we're ready to bring it," Stoneberg said.
Susquehannock 21, Gettysburg 7
Get — Elijah Jackson 21 run (Adam Yingling kick), 6:28.
Sus — Nick Tannura 17 pass from Josh Stoneberg (Adam Hedgeland kick), 1:48.
Sus — Myles Moultrie 44 pass from Stoneberg (Hedgeland kick), 6:48.
Sus — Stoneberg 1 run (Hedgeland kick), 3:20.
GetSusFirst downs1011Rushes-yards40-15439-137Passing2-6-04-8-1Passing yards52107Total yards206244Punts3-29.31-16Fumbles-lost5-23-1Penalties-yards1-51-5
Rushing — Get, Edny Celius 13-53, Tyler Wilt 12-35, Jackson 7-30, Wesley Gayle 3-21, Khalil Hill 3-13, Oakley Marsh 2-2. Sus, Kevin Clapp 16-80, Moultrie 8-36, Jack Allred 7-25, Stoneberg 6-6, Kyle Orndorff 2-(-10).
Passing — Get, Wilt 2-6-0. Sus, Stoneberg 4-8-1.
Receiving — Get, Ravon Dillard 1-38, Patrick Heidecker 1-14. Sus, Nick Tannura 3-52, Moultrie 2-55.