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JUST KEEP THE BALL: Falcons kill time with steady ground game, rein in powerful Colts’ offense in 17-7 win

Posted 10/22/13



How do you stop an offensive juggernaut like Cedar Cliff quarterback Andrew Ford? You can’t – you can only hope to contain him, and Lower Dauphin Coach Rob Klock hoped his offense would help him do just that.

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JUST KEEP THE BALL: Falcons kill time with steady ground game, rein in powerful Colts’ offense in 17-7 win


The victory moved Lower Dauphin (7-1, 4-1 in the Mid-Penn Conference’s Keystone Division) into a tie for second place with Cedar Cliff in the division, one game behind front-runner Bishop McDevitt.

Ford still had a nice game – he completed 25 of 38 passes for 260 yards and a touchdown – but Lower Dauphin contained him enough to win. 

“Let’s face it, it is Andrew Ford – he’s going to get some yards,’’ said Klock. “But there were no big plays – nothing over our head.’’

Offensively, Lower Dauphin deployed a couple weapons of its own – quarterback Troy Spencer, an excellent runner, and running back Dalton Yentsch. Spencer threw just two passes, completing one, but rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, while Yentsch ran for 107 yards, performances that helped keep the Colts’ offense off the field.

Spencer opened the scoring with a 4-yard touchdown run with about 4:30 left in the second quarter, breaking a scoreless tie and giving the Falcons a 7-0 lead that they held at halftime.

Falcon kicker Joe Julius hit a 25-yard field goal with about 3:30 left in the third quarter, upping Lower Dauphin’s lead to 10-0.

Spencer struck again in the fourth quarter, scoring on a 7-yard touchdown run with about 5:45 left that gave the Falcons a 17-0 lead.

Cedar Cliff attempted to rally late. Ford threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Kyler Smith with about 3:00 left in the game that drew the Colts to within 10 points.

But the Falcons rode out the remainder of the game for the victory. Spencer and Yentsch provided most all the offense, running hard against a strong Cedar Cliff defense – and an improving offensive line deserves much credit for their success, Klock said.

“I think our kids really dominated at the point of attack,’’ he said.

Jim Lewis: 717-944-4628, or jimlewis@pressandjournal.com



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