Selinsgrove ends Indians' season
SELINSGROVE - Shamokin's 41-0 loss to Selinsgrove in the opening round of the District 4 playoffs was a microcosm of its season.
In addition to gaining only 58 total yards, the Indians had six turnovers on offense, including three fumbled quarterback-center exchanges.
The Indians' defense, backed against a wall most of the night, five plays of 20 yards or more.
And in a game they could least afford it, the Indians had five penalties for 49 yards, including a couple personal foul calls and one unsportsmanlike penalty that resulted in an ejection of a starting lineman.
Shamokin's season ends with a 2-9 record just a year after a magical run garnered the Indians the District 4 Class AAA title.
This year, Selinsgrove will play Milton, a 13-7 winner over Shikellamy, for the District 4 crown.
"These guys (Selinsgrove) were on a mission this year after the lack of success last year and they really turned it around," Shamokin head coach Dan Foor said about Selinsgrove.
Early on, the Indians looked as though they'd make a game of it.
Shamokin took the opening kickoff and on its first play from scrimmage took a shot deep.
Tucker Yost and Sean McLaughlin weren't able to hook up on the play, but the Seals were called for pass interference to give the Indians the ball at their own 40.
Shamokin stuck to the air and gained another nine yards on a pass to Julian Deitrick and the controlled passing attack had the Indians rolling.
But then a run for a loss, a dropped pass and good coverage by Selinsgrove on third and long forced the Indians to punt.
It was Shamokin's most successful drive of the evening.
The rest of the Indians drives in the first half ended like this: interception, punt, lost fumble, punt, punt, lost fumble and the end of the second quarter.
Shamokin gained just 33 more yards in the first half after the first drive.
"We did some things early on that we thought we could do - running and throwing - and we did," Foor said. "A turnover here, a penalty there or a missed block... I don't know."
Shamokin's defense held through the first quarter, but with no chance to breathe and backed up it didn't stand a chance against Selinsgrove's one-two punch of Zach Adams and Juvon Batts.
Batts scored the Seals' first two touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of four and 10 yards and ended up with 104 for the game, juking, jiving and running away from Shamokin defenders along the way.
Adams caught a disputed 13-yard pass from Isaiah Rapp near the end of the second quarter for a touchdown. The ball looked to leave Adams' hands when he hit the turf but bounced back into his hands and was ruled a good catch.
Three more turnovers in the second half, including a Yost interception that was returned 40 yards by Selinsgrove's Mason Pope for the Seals' final score.
"That's hurt us all year. You can't do that, especially in a playoff game," Foor said.
"Our season didn't go as expected."