Susky Loses in First Home Game
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Although Susky didn’t come out on top at last Friday’s home game, 17-34, the team played hard against York Catholic High.
Within the first 49 seconds of the game, Susky was able to get the first touchdown, which, according to head coach Steve Wiles, helped boost the team and provide them with the energy they needed to play the rest of the game.
“It’s always nice to get off to a good start in the game,” Wiles said. “It’s nice to jump out to an early lead. It gave us a lot of energy and excitement at the beginning of the game.”
The team continued to play hard through the first quarter, only allowing York Catholic one touchdown. By the end of the first quarter, the score was tied, 7-7.
However, the second and third quarter weren’t as successful. Susky’s score remained at 7, while York Catholic was able to get their score up to 28 by the end of the third quarter.
Senior Caleb Oestrike recognizes that the team put in more effort during the first quarter compared to the other three quarters.
“We need to learn how to finish and play 4 quarters,” Oestrike said. “We can’t just come out strong; we need to play every quarter as hard as we played the first quarter.”
During the fourth quarter, Susky was able to put more points on the board.
Senior Adam Hedgeland scored a 40-yard field goal.
Wiles believes that even though the ending score was not where they would’ve liked it, there were still some aspects that the team did well.
“I thought our offense played pretty well. We moved the ball pretty much the whole game. We just made some mistakes,” Wiles said. “We punted the ball one time, so I think we were successful in moving the ball, we just gotta now finish the drive and score when we have the opportunities. That was probably the positive from the game, that offense played pretty well.”
Senior Chase Summers notes that the team needs more consistency overall in order to put more points on the board.
“Defensively wise, we just need to tighten up and stop the big plays. We’re pretty good at stopping them, but we just give up big plays here and there,” Summers said. “Offensively wise, [we] just [need to work on] capitalizing on the chances we get and really just putting up more points on the board.”
The varsity football team hopes to improve their current 0-2 record during their away game at Biglerville on Friday, September 16 at 7 pm.