Scotties slam Brownsville
After falling to 0-2 in Interstate Conference play, the Southmoreland Scotties needed a big performance on homecoming night. They accomplished that feat, as they recorded their third shutout of the season in defeating conference foe Brownsville, 42-0.
Justin Poole rushed 18 times for 116 yards, including two touchdown runs to lead the Scotties. This game was important for Southmoreland to get back on track after two losses in a row.
“We had to get some momentum back. We had to establish ourselves like we did the first two weeks,” said Southmoreland head coach Bobby Thompson. “That third week was a tough loss and last week we played a very good football team. So we had to get back to doing what we needed to do, and play solid fundamental football.”
The host team didn’t take long to establish itself in the game as it drove the ball 80 yards in six plays on the first possession. The drive was capped by quarterback Shane Datz’ 54-yard touchdown jaunt. David Bambrey tacked on the extra point for the early 7-0 lead.
After a Brownsville three-and-out, the Scotties went at it again. This time Datz capped a seven play march with a perfect 19-yard toss to Michael Mardis in the left corner of the end zone. Bambrey’s point after made it 14-0.
The Falcons made some noise on its next possession, but on fourth down and one at the Southmoreland 46, running back Will Murray was stuffed for no gain.
In the second quarter, Mardis scored his second touchdown of the game, this time on a 10-yard run to increase the advantage to 21-0. The Scotties assumed control at this point after stopping the visitors and then turning around and scoring again.
“After that third touchdown, they were coming with a lot of confidence,” Thompson said. “They were starting to feel good and feel positive about what they could do.”
Later in the quarter, Poole hit paydirt for his first score, on a two-yard burst. Bambrey’s kick increased the margin to 28-0. On Brownsville’s next play, quarterback Brian Gates was intercepted by Datz deep in Falcon territory at the 16-yard line. Shawn Wisniewski capped this short drive with an eight-yard touchdown run. The extra point made it 35-0, and enabled the mercy rule to take effect in the second half.
Poole capped the scoring for Southmoreland (1-2, 3-2) in the fourth quarter with his second score, this time from three yards out. The only thing left in doubt was whether the Scotties could hold on to the shutout. Brownsville (0-3, 0-5) moved to the host’s 10-yard line late in the game, but a last gasp pass fell incomplete to seal the deal. The difference in the game was the way Southmoreland manhandled the Falcons at the point of attack.
“They dominated us up front,” said Brownsville head coach Andy Assad. “We couldn’t move the ball on them. They came off and they had their way with us.”
The Scotties returns to action next Friday night when they travel to Charleroi for an Interstate Conference battle.