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Playing with pride; MC battles but falls late

Shippensburg 21, Mifflin County 13
By Kenny Varner

LEWISTOWN – They battled to the bitter end.
After losing a heartbreaker last week, the Mifflin County football team came out primed and ready to show the home fans their heart, drive and determination.
Show it they did.
Led by its defense, the Huskies pushed visiting Shippensburg to the brink before falling in the fourth, 21-13.
“They played a good game. I feel sorry for them. They play their heart out week after week. We just come up short every time,” Mifflin County coach Brent Hartman said. “That team (Shippensburg) is better than the team we played last week, I truly believe that and we played better. We had some good things happens and we had some bad. The defense is really starting to gel. I really believe that. If we could get some kind of running going and balance the attack so we don’t have to always throw the ball.”
Mifflin County was led by the passing of Jacob Krepps who threw for 129 yards, two of which were touchdown passes.
Highlighting the air attack was Wyatt Henry’s 80-yard touchdown catch and teammate Kross Tadaro’s 41-yard touchdown hook up.
Defensively, the Huskies were very opportunistic, snagging two interceptions off of the normal steady throw of Shippensburg quarterback Carter VanScyoc who was also limited to 58 yards through the air.
Dylan Grassmyer and Cade Shoemaker provided pressure to the Greyhounds passing game all evening, even posting a pair of sacks.
The Achilles heel for Mifflin County on the night was its running game that was limited to three yards total.
In the first quarter, the Mifflin County defense came out strong and refused to allow a yard in Shippensburg first possession.
However, on Mifflin County’s first touch of the ball on the ended ended in a turnover when Krepps threw behind his receiver for a backwards lateral, it was picked up by Eddie Ocker. Ocker was down at the Huskies’ 38.
Eight plays later, the Greyhounds made the most of the miscue as they gave it Adam Houser, who muscled his in from one yard out. A successful 2-point conversion upped Shippensburg lead to 8-0.
That would be the last point that would be scored in the half as Mifflin County’s defense stood strong as its offense was trying to get itself kickstarted.
Trailing only 8-0 coming out of the half, Mifflin County would continue to battle on both sides of the ball.
On the Huskies second possession, Mifflin County took advantage of a face mask by the Greyhounds and came out Big.
Krepps launched a throw to Kross Tadaro. Tadaro went up and brought it down for a 41-yard TD hook up, cutting the Greayhounds advantage to one after a successful Davis Wagner PAT, making it 8-7.
However, minutes later the Greyhounds would battle back as it would go with the 1-2 running attack of Houser and Philip Torres. Houser finished with 105 yards on the ground while Torres had a game-High 132.
After driving down the field feeding it the duo, VanScyoc finished the drive by sending a bullet to the chest of receiver Nez Miner. With the Sterling Shetter PAT, the Greyhounds extended the lead back to eight at 15-7.
But the Huskies would not go away without a fight.
As the ball was placed on its own 20 on the last play of the third quarter Mifflin County lit another one up.
Krepps went back to pass and let one sail down the field and teammate Wyatt Henry ripped the ball away from a Shippensburg defender and blazed his way in for the 80-yard touchdown catch.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, the 2-point conversion failed, ending the third trailing 15-13.
In the final stanza, the Greyhounds went to the running game and added an insurance touchdown, when Houser once again scored from one yard out, upping it to 21-13.
On the following kick off, Hunter Wright was able to get the balk to midfield but Mifflin County would not be able to capitalize as Shippensburg held on to the 21-13 victory.

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