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Cavanaugh propels Sock

Chase Cavanaugh’s comfort level in Loyalsock’s offense was on full display as he completed three passing touchdowns to help the Lancers defeat Bloomsburg, 48-13, Friday night during the team’s annual “Youth Football Night.”

“Our offensive coaches did a good job of being able to take advantage of some things Bloomsburg does,” Loyalsock coach Justin Van Fleet said. “Once we were able to start taking advantage of those things it was very simple to spread the ball around and allow individuals to really accentuate their best traits. I was really proud with how they were able to execute.”

Bloomsburg as a team never really gave up in the game. It even received a late boost from Toby Zajac as he nearly setup a late touchdown for the Panthers. He finished with 54 yards on six carries.

“He’s definitely a hard runner for us,” Bloomsburg coach Kevin Seabrook said. “Looking forward to what he can do for us and contribute to the team.”

Outside of the opening drive it was all Loyalsock as Chase Cavanaugh completed two passing touchdowns and Davion Hill and Joeb Schurer rushed for a score each to give the Lancers 28 points at the half. Brady Dowell was true on all four attempts in the first half.

Loyalsock’s opening drive was kept alive when Cavanaugh connected with Nick Vandevere for a 10-yard pickup. Hill carried the ball four three times for 24 yards and Schurer capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown.

“My confidence has gone up, especially with my receivers,” Cavanaugh said. “Our line has played exceptionally well, especially with Davion (Hill) and Gavin (Briggs) both having a threat in the running game.”

Cavanaugh highlighted the next two drives as he completed long passes to Rees Watkins for touchdowns. He completed a 28-yard pass to a diving Watkins to give Loyalsock a 14-7 lead. He then hit him again for a 27-yard score for a 21-7 advantage. Watkins caught three passes for 89 yards and two scores in the first half against Bloomsburg. His only non-scoring catch went for 35 yards on the opening play of Loyalsock’s third drive. He finished with 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

“We’re super close,” Cavanaugh said of Watkins. “We’ve been good friends for quite a while. Getting to throw to him on his senior year is special.”

Watkins completed one more touchdown pass to Joeb Schurer as he finished with nine completions for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Korie Mayer, who finished with 49 yards, added a rushing touchdown at the end of the game.

“For a number of years, we had a nice sustained balance,” Loyalsock coach Justin Van Fleet said. “What we want to do is showcase a balance of run and pass. We were able to get a lot of people involved.”

Bloomsburg will head home for a matchup against South Williamsport next week while Loyalsock will welcome in Montoursville for the annual “Battle of the Bridge” rivalry game.

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