H.S. FOOTBALL: Mifflinburg outscores Shamokin
MIFFLINBURG - Shamokin gave Mifflinburg all it could handle Saturday night.
The Wildcats were just better and won 30-14.
Shamokin dropped to 0-7 overall this season, but did hold the lead twice in a game postponed from Friday night because of weather.
The Indians stopped Mifflinburg on its first drive of the night, then turned around and scored.
Following three offsides penalties by the Wildcats the first four times the Indians lined up, Shamokin needed just three plays to score the game's first touchdown.
Sean McLaughlin kept the ball for four yards, but got the running back John Demsko involved on the next two plays. Demsko carried once for 26 yards and then finished the drive from 14 yards out. An Alec Washuta extra point gave the Indians a 7-0 lead.
Mifflinburg got on the board near the end of the first quarter with a 29-yard field goal by Brett Luhrman.
The Indians went backwards on their next possession and were forced to punt, but the snap bounced back to punter Dante Picarrelli and Mifflinburg took over on the five yard line.
The Wildcats needed just two plays to take their first lead of the night on a run by Tanner Bingaman.
Shamokin was resilient and moved the ball inside the 10 on a 40-yard run by Demsko. Two plays later, McLaughlin kept it for a two-yard gain and was tackled by Nazar Mironenko, who proceeded to stand over McLaughlin and gloat. The referees, however, called McLaughlin for a personal foul for retaliating. It gave the Indians a third-and-goal at the 19, but on the very next play, McLaughlin found Thomas Campbell in the front corner of the end zone for the 19-yard score. The touchdown and following extra point gave Shamokin what would be its last lead of the game.
Just like last week, when Shamokin gave up three touchdowns in
the final three minutes to Milton, the Indians seemed to only watch as Mifflinburg quarterback Jordan Wagner completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to John Punako with four minutes remaining in the half.
Then, with 52 seconds left, Wagner heaved a 38-yard touchdown pass to Logan Finsterbush and Mifflinburg led 23-14 at the half.
The Indians came right out and took their first possession of the second half 50 yards to the Wildcats' 16, but were stopped on fourth-and-three.
Mifflinburg scored one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to salt away the game.
Demsko had a total of 123 yards for Shamokin, the second time an Indians' back has gone over 100 yards in a game this season. Demsko also did it in the season opener against Pottsville.
Shamokin 7 7 0 0 - 14
Mifflinburg 9 14 0 7 - 30