Susquehannock wraps up rebound season with .500 record
With less than six minutes remaining in a blowout win, Susquehannock head coach Steve Wiles pulled a handful of his seniors off the field. Quarterback Josh Stoneberg and wide receiver Nick Tannura were among the group that exited the field to a standing ovation.
"It felt really good, just trying to take it all in," Stoneberg said of the reception. "[I] just tried to make a memory out of it."
Stoneberg walked off with a senior class that endured three consecutive losing seasons with five combined victories before the 2015 campaign. After Friday's 44-13 blowout of Dover, the Susquehannock seniors celebrated their fifth win and a .500 season to wrap up their high school careers.
It's an achievement that Wiles said he's proud his upperclassmen got to enjoy.
"I'm just happy for the seniors," Wiles said. "They struggled for the past few seasons and I know that has to be disappointing and tough to come to practice and play. I'm happy they had the opportunity to experience success."
Stoneberg, who finished the season with 1,363 passing yards, said he knew this team was different despite its lack of success over the past three years.
"I knew this was possible, with the scheme that we had going, and all the people we had coming back," he said. "We knew we could do it."
With the win over Dover (4-6, 3-3 YAIAA Division II), where Susquehannock (5-5, 4-2) reached the running-clock mercy rule in the third quarter, the Warriors finished the season by winning four of five games. The lone exception was a late loss to West York, which finished second in Division II -- one spot ahead of the Warriors.
"It's bittersweet. We're playing really good football right now," Wiles said. "We took West York down to the wire, but we turned the ball over too much that night or else who knows. We might have had a shot at districts if we won that game."
Susquehannock used its run game throughout, burning clock with the big lead. Senior running back Myles Moultrie led the way with 138 yards and two late touchdowns.
The Warriors' defense also stepped up against Dover quarterback Tad Pequignot, picking him off three times in the first half. Senior running back/defensive back Dorian Faster returned the second interception for a 45-yard touchdown.
Senior running back Durran Ledbetter racked up 192 total yards - Dover as a team had 224 yards of offense on the evening - while rushing for 186 yards and two touchdowns along the way. He finished the season with 846 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.
Sus — Nick Tannura 66 pass from Josh Stoneberg (Hedgeland kick), 5:08.
Sus — Kevin Clapp 1 rush (Hedgeland kick), 4:14.
Sus — Dorian Faster 45 interception return (Hedgeland kick no good), (0:00)
Sus — Faster 23 pass from Stoneberg (2PC good), 1:15.
Do — Durran Ledbetter 1 rush (Bradley kick), 0:29.
Sus — Safety, 7:47
Sus — Myles Moultrie 10 rush (Hedgeland kick), 6:47.
Sus — Moultrie 22 rush (Hedgeland kick), 0:48
Do — Ledbetter 54 rush (Bradley kick), 2:20.
Rushing — Do, Durran Ledbetter 23-186, Tad Pequignot 10-(-17), Cole Jasmer 1-1, Tyler Blazosky 2-(-8). Sus, Dorian Faster 3-41, Myles Moultrie 11-138, Kevin Clapp 8-31, Jack Allred 4-15, Josh Stoneberg 2-2, Kyle Orndorff 1-4, Brent Hofler 1-8, Ben Trego 1-0.
Passing — Do, Tad Pequignot 2-11-31, Tyler Blazosky 3-8-33. Sus, Josh Stoneberg 6-12-147.
Receiving — Do, Caden Snyder 2-16, Amari Peterson 1-20, Cole Jasmer 1-20, Durran Ledbetter 1-6. Sus, Nick Tannura 3-100, Dorian Faster 3-47.