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Mounties struggle in loss to Red Tornadoes

MOUNT CARMEL — South Williamsport coach Chris Eiswerth sounded almost relieved and certainly ready to move onto the last two games of the regular season and hopefully the District 4 Class A playoffs.

Other than finding ways to improve as any team always does after any game, there wasn’t much else for the Mounties to get out of Friday’s 59-0 loss at Mount Carmel.

“We played all our kids, we got through the game and we’re happy to move on and see what we can do next week,” said Eiswerth. “The whole thing with us is staying healthy and hopefully winning enough games to get to the playoffs and then try to do something there. That’s where we’re at right now.”

South was thoroughly beaten in every aspect of the game as the Mounties completed — for the second straight year — what is likely one of the toughest three-game stretches of any team in the state with Southern Columbia, Central Columbia and Mount Carmel. The Red Tornadoes outgained South, 593-119, as the Mounties only came even remotely close to the end zone on one of their 10 possessions.

The Red Tornadoes scored on all nine of their possessions on the game — all touchdowns — and compiled an astounding 31 first downs in the game compared to South’s six, which is something that tends to happen when a team averages 11.4 yards per play as the Red Tornadoes did. By contrast, South averaged only 2.8 yards per play as the Mounties found it tough to move the ball against Mount Carmel, especially on the outside.

South had modest success at times running up the gut, and it was when they did that they had their best drive of the night. Already trailing 28-0 midway through the second quarter, South took the ball at its own 27-yard line, and on the third play from scrimmage, fullback Lane Lusk took a handoff right up the middle for a 42-yard run to give South a first down at the Mount Carmel 22. However, the South drive would stall as a five-yard penalty moved them back and they turned it over on downs at the Red Tornado 18.

South’s final two plays of that drive, run from the 18, were the only two runs in the red zone on the night. For the game, of South’s 43 plays, only 11 were run on Mount Carmel’s side of the field.

“They have great size, they’re strong and physical and what they run is very challenging (to defend),” said Eiswerth. “Hats off to Mount Carmel. They did a tremendous job and it’s a great venue to play in.”

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