For anybody wondering how South Western would rebound from its eight-point loss to Dallastown last week in a battle of then-YAIAA Division I unbeatens, the answer is just fine.
The Mustangs scored on their first two possessions of the game and senior quarterback Brock Geiman tossed four touchdown passes as South Western shut out William Penn, 46-0, in a Division I game at Small Athletic Field Friday evening.
"We bounced back pretty well," said South Western coach Damian Poalucci. "We didn't have the best week of practice. We got a little sluggish. The kids were a little upset after the loss, but they came back. I'm happy with the kids. We had a good game."
South Western (6-2, 4-1) remains tied for second with Northeastern, a game behind Dallastown. The Mustangs host the Bobcats Friday before South Western closes out the regular season at Spring Grove.
William Penn (0-8, 0-5) has now dropped 10 of its past 11 games dating back to last season. The Bearcats have not won since Oct. 24, 2014, when they scored a 43-7 win against New Oxford. The Bearcats travel to New Oxford this Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Geiman and senior halfback Jeff Green teamed up for touchdown passes on the first two drives of the game. Green caught a 24-yard score on the fifth play of the game and followed that with a 29-yard touchdown reception on a second-down play.
Geiman added an 18-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Smolko at the end of the first quarter and an 18-yard scoring strike to senior Noah Staub to finish South Western's opening series of the third quarter.
Geiman also scored on a 2-yard plunge late in the second quarter to help the Mustangs to a 32-0 halftime lead.
"I thought (Geiman) played well," Poalucci said. "He led the team well. I was kind of upset about the one pick he threw (on the Mustangs' third possession of the game). There was some pressure up front and I think he kind of forced it a bit. He needs to hold it or get rid of it then. That was about it. He had a good night."
The Mustangs rolled up 339 yards of offense, including 209 yards on the ground. South Western used 15 different ball carriers to amass 43 carries. Senior Zack Hughes led the team with 37 yards.
The Bearcats received a 37-yard reception by Nykam Beverly from quarterback Angel Dejesus. Khalid Dorsey also ran for 15 and 13 yards, but only mustered 140 yards of offense in the game. Beverly added consecutive tackles for loss early in the second quarter.
"We showed flashes," said William Penn coach Shawn Heinold. "There are moments. It's tough. We are on like our fifth quarterback, shifting around the lines, injuries and many other numerous things. It's hard to stay consistent."
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SW — Jeff Green 24 pass from Brock Geiman (kick failed), 10:27.
SW — Green 29 pass from Geiman (Wes Sneeringer kick), 7:16.
SW — Matt Smolko 18 pass from Geiman (pass failed), 19.8.
SW — Geiman 2 run (Sneeringer kick), 4:01.
SW — Carson Perry 39 interception return (kick failed), 3:40.
SW — Noah Staub 18 pass from Geiman (Sneeringer kick), 9:41.
SW — DeLunche Shaw 6 run (Sneeringer kick), 10:04.
SWWPFirst downs185 Rushes-yards43-20923-67 Passing8-13-17-15-2 Passing yards13073 Total yards339140 Punts3-35.70-0.0 Fumbles-lost0-01-1 Penalties-yards6-356-50
Rushing — SW, Zack Hughes 4-37, Miles Francis 5-33, Mike Johnson 4-26, Brock Geiman 3-26, Thaddeus Davis 3-20, Robby Harbison 3-18, DeLunche Shaw 4-17, Jeff Green 2-13, Grayson Wingert 2-11, Wyatt Laudicina 2-6, Kyle Davis 1-5, Cole Stremmel 1-5, Nigel Williams 5-(-1), Josh Higdon 2-(-3), Jacob Muir 2-(-4). WP, Khalid Dorsey 5-32, Angel Dejesus 4-23, Andrew Radzik 5-6, Nykam Beverly 2-6, Markeis Cash 1-4, Andrew Gibbs 5-(-1), Durvel Wilson 1-(-3).
Passing — SW, Geiman 8-13-1-130. WP, Dejesus 4-6-1-63, Gibbs 3-9-10-1.
Receiving — SW, Green 2-53, Hughes 2-23, Matt Smolko 1-18, Staub 1-18, Corbin Byers 1-10, Johnson 1-8. WP, Beverly 1-37, Justin Colston 1-14, Radzik 1-9, Nyshaun Ritter 1-8, Eric Mann 1-4, Dejesus 2-1.