Shamokin hoping to take next step against Selinsgrove
The corner, and turning it for sports teams, usually means something drastic.
But for Shamokin Area (0-3), the corner is two words - sustain and overcome.
It's true that the Indians did lose to Danville, 28-7, but it was one particular drive that encompassed both of those for Shamokin, and that resulted in hope for the rest of the season.
With 5 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Shamokin took possession of the ball after the defense forced the Ironmen to punt.
When the Indians took possession, they didn't do anything fancy.
Of the next 10 plays they ran, nine were for positive yards. And ran is the operative word - all 10 were on the ground. That alone is impressive against a solid Danville front that force three 3-and-outs in the first half.
The next play was a horsecollar that pushed the Indians up to the eight yard line, and this is when the overcoming matters. After two rushing attempts for no gain, the Indians were slapped with a holding penalty that brought back an eight-yard touchdown run by John Demsko. Shamokin scored on the next play and that moment right there is why the Indians have some hope in their season.
How much hope depends on the players, coaches and a little bit on this week's opponent, Selinsgrove.
The Seals are 2-1 with a good win over Mifflinburg, 21-6, in week one, and an impressive victory against Trinity, 42-23, the following week.
But last week against rival Shikellamy, the Selinsgrove team took a step back.
Turnovers didn't help. Quarterback Isaiah Rapp threw two interceptions, one which was returned five yards for a touchdown by Shikellamy's Jean Turber.
Other than that, Rapp was effective in each of the Seals' wins. On the season, he has completed 18-of-35 pass for 260 yards and two touchdowns to two interceptions.
His favorite target, Zach Adams, a 5-foot, 11-inch, 185-pound junior, is also the team's leading rusher.
Adams has 10 of the 18 receptions by Seals' receivers this year for 175 yards and a touchdown. He's also rushed for 282 yards and four scores in the team's first three games.
With breakaway threat Juvon Batts on the sideline with an injury, Adams is the main weapon for the Selinsgrove offense.
The defense has been susceptible to the pass. Trinity threw for 348, Mifflinburg for 187 and Shikellamy for 89 yards. All five touchdowns given up by the Seals' defense has been through the air.
Shamokin's Tucker Yost threw for 64 yards against Danville, which was stingey defensively, and one interception.
The Indians have proved they have the weapons to move the ball. Sean McLaughlin leads the area with 14 catches for 152 yards, and John Demsko might only be 5-6, 149, but he's shown an ability to take a pounding and still move the ball.