Warriors drop to 0-2 with loss
SELINSGROVE — All it took was 13 seconds for Selinsgrove to do damage on Friday night.
After Montoursville deferred to the second half and kicked off, Selinsgrove’s Ricky Cope received the kickoff at his own 15 and as soon as the Seals’ cleared a hole, the Selinsgrove senior was gone.
Cope broke through the hole and went about 55 yards untouched for the 85-yard kickoff return 13 seconds into the game.
It all but set the tone for Selinsgrove and the Seals never let up scoring en route to a 48-21 win Friday night.
“We were fired up. They deferred, and we said ‘OK, let’s get a good return and get offense out there’ and Ricky kind of took matters into his own hands,” Selinsgrove coach Derek Hicks said. “Set the table and that momentum carried through the first half.”
Selinsgrove kept the offense rolling after that kickoff return opened the game.
On Montoursville’s first defensive outing, the Warriors held a solid Selinsgrove offensive unit in check, forcing a punt after six plays. But when Logan Leiby is your quarterback, you can only contain him for so long.
Leiby proceeded to dazzle through the air the remainder of the first half for the Seals and put the game out of reach. After the opening possession punt, Selinsgrove scored a touchdown on five of its next six possessions to close out the first half.
“We played with a little more intensity, a little more passion and maybe it didn’t look like it from an outsider’s standpoint, however our kids played harder tonight than we did last week and that’s what I wanted to see,” Montoursville coach J.C. Keefer said. “The Leiby kid’s unreal. He’s got all kinds of talent around him. I mean there were some throws where we had good coverage and he’s just on the money. We’re a step away from getting a sack. … That’s what we were kind of counting on and they were just getting rid of it so quick.
“That was a team playing really good football right now and we still have some bright-eyed young men out here and we’re going to get better.”
Leiby became Selinsgrove’s all-time career touchdown passing leader and tied Montoursville grad Brycen Mussina for the District 4’s all-time mark at 68 passing touchdowns with his 5-touchdown performance in the first half on Friday before he was taken out with the game well in hand.
Leiby ended going 15 for 18 for 285 yards and five touchdowns. Of his five touchdowns, four of them were for 30 yards or longer including a 66-yard pass to Kody Showers who broke a tackle and went the rest of the way untouched about 40 yards in the second half to make it a 34-0 lead.
“Logan Leiby, what can you say?” Hicks said. “Another good night out of the offense and the varsity D pitched a shutout in first half. So solid performance both sides of the ball.”
The Seals led 27-0 after the first quarter and took a convincing 41-0 lead into the half. Of the Seals’ scoring drives as well, just one lasted more than four plays.
Showers led Selinsgrove with three receptions for 102 yards while Cope had four for 92 yards. Both had two touchdown receptions as well.
Montoursville’s younger players got playing time in the second half, and were able to move the ball against Selinsgrove’s backups. The Warriors avoided a shutout when Dylan Moll had a 9-yard run with 8:00 remaining in the third quarter to make it a 41-7 deficit.
The Warriors had three offensive drives in the second half with the mercy rule in play, and scored on all three.
After Moll’s touchdown, the Warriors scored twice in the fourth quarter whenDillon Young had a 4-yard reception from Dylan Bennett to make it a 48-14 deficit with 5:53 to play.
Montoursville then scored again when Wyatt DeWald punched a run in from 12 yards out to make it a 48-21 deficit.