Mtn. Lions get back on track
The Altoona Mountain Lions suffered a stinging defeat at the hands of rival Hollidaysburg last week, but they bounced back in fine fashion Friday.
Utilizing a punishing ground attack, the Lions ran for more than 400 yards and outscored Chambersburg, 42-28, in a Mid-Penn Conference game at Mansion Park.
Junior tailback Ethan Stroup was the workhorse. The 200-pounder carried the ball 35 times (no fumbles) and gained 234 yards while scoring twice on Altoona’s senior night.
Senior QB Marcus Day scored two fourth-quarter TDs after the visiting Trojans tied the score at 28-all late in the third period. Altoona’s defense got key plays from Jake Adams and Brian Yingling in the fourth to get the ball back to the offense.
Play of the game: There were several but coach Vince Nedimyer Jr. said Nick Petucci’s fumble recovery on the game’s only turnover was key. It led to an Altoona TD and 28-14 lead in third quarter.
Player of the game: Tough call but let’s go with Ethan Stroup who rushed for 234 yards on 35 (that’s right!) carries and two TDs.
Unsung hero(es): Several. Marcus Day had four TDs and 126 yards and Lions’ offensive line — Ray Boose, Shamus Walker, Trevor Manley, Gabe Sankey, Brian Yingling, Manny Miller — was dominant. Other contributors were Aidan Palilla and Walker Reifsteck.
Most vital statistic(s): Lions rushed for 440 yards on 64 carries and passed only twice.
Winning coach Vince Nedimyer: “It comes down to basics. You want to run the ball and tackle well. We responded when we needed to. It was nice for the seniors and the whole team. I’m proud of them. They played well.”
Losing coach Mark Luther: “They controlled the line of scrimmage. That’s where it starts. They had good size up front and blocked well. When you do that, you just pound the football and don’t have to pass.”
Ethan Stroup quote: “It felt great to bounce back after the Hollidaysburg loss. I wasn’t counting the carries, I was just running. You’ve got to be tough and trust in the line. They’re great, big and strong and I couldn’t do it without them. Credit them.”
Notable: It was senior night and 24 Altoona players and their parents were introduced before the game. … Band, majorette, cheerleader and Lioneer seniors also were saluted.
Records: Altoona is 2-1 overall and 2-0 in Mid-Penn Conference. Chambersburg is 0-3.
Next week: Altoona visits defending Mid-Penn champ Central Dauphin on Friday. Chambersburg hosts CD East.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Chambersburg 7 7 14 0 — 28
Altoona 7 14 7 14 — 42
A–Day 1 run (Palilla kick), 7:18.
C–Blair 19 run (Luther kick).
A–Stroup 10 run (Palilla kick), 11:55.
A–Day 2 run (Palilla kick), 5:11.
C–Lee 3 pass from Blair (Luther kick), 0:52.
A–Stroup 18 run (Palilla kick), 7:58.
C–Jones 20 run (Luther kick), 5:06.
C–Blair 61 run (Luther kick), 1:00.
A–Day 4 run (Palilla kick), 8:22.
A–Day 21 run (Palilla kick), 1:58.
TEAM STATISTICS C A
First downs 12 30
Total yards 286 450
Rushes-yards 24-152 64-440
Yards passing 134 10
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 14-23-0 1-2-0
Punts-avg. 1-33 0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 0
Penalties-yards 4-27 4-25
RUSHING–Chambersburg, Blair 8-89, Jones 14-65, Lee 2-(-2) .Altoona, Stroup 35-234, Day 16-126, Murray 5-41, Pheasant 4-32, Yost,2-8, TEAM 2-(-1). .
PASSING–Chambersburg, Blair 14-23-0-134. Altoona, Day 1-2-0-10.
RECEIVING–Chambersburg, Vessah 4-52, Lee 4-40, Jones 3-16, Hopple 2-20, Abbott 1-6. Altoona, Adams 1-10.