Lancers start out strong and cruise to home win
Over the last four years, the Loyalsock seniors have given the Lancer community a lot to be thankful for. Whether it was players like Malaki Parlante who has been a starter since he got there or other players who worked very hard on special teams to show they deserve a spot for the Lancers.
The senior class was recognized Friday night and could not have went out in a better way with a 53-14 victory over Milton.
“Any time you have a senior night, its a great chance to reflect on the past of the group that’s here and this group is a special group because many of them are families that we’ve had multiple of their sons play,” Loyalsock coach Justin Van Fleet said. “Many of these guys have been working their tail off and we called on them a number of times tonight not just because it was senior night, but because we have had different injuries or something and it was really great to see them step up to the role and get their job done.”
Loyalsock wasted little time and senior Rees Watkins got things started early with a beautifully thrown ball by Chase Cavanaugh for a 65-yard touchdown on third down. Just minutes later, Watkins recovered a Milton fumble and Davion Hill ran it in for the score. After a quick three-and-out, Joeb Shurer ran in a touchdown on a reverse and Loyalsock was suddenly up 21-0 just 9 minutes into the first quarter.
As solid as the Lancers were offensively, their defense was just as crucial as Aiden Gair and Korie Mayer lived in the backfield and held Milton to negative rushing yards midway through the second quarter. Mayer blocked a punt which led to a field goal and just moments later he and Aiden Gair got in the backfield which led to an Eli Gair interception and he returned it for a touchdown.
Watkins caught another touchdown pass from Cavanaugh right before the halftime break to make it 45-0 and put the mercy rule into play.
Loyalsock got some younger guys in the game in the second half, but the intensity did not skip a beat as the seniors were still locked into the game. When Semaj Barrage made a nice tackle on a kickoff, he and Aiden Gair chest-bumped and got the sideline rocking. Moments later freshmen Rian Glunk ran for a 34 yard touchdown and half the time was running behind him on the endzone. It was a great way to end the senior night for Loyalsock as it played a great game. But one things that stands out about this senior class are the leaders they followed before they were there.
Alex Stopper, Darius Williams and Simone Mileto all had older brothers that played for the Lancers and they all have learned a lot from them.
“I watch Marcus’ sophomore year highlights before every game,” Loyalsock senior Darius Williams said.
“Most of what I know is from my brother, like he taught me everything really and what I should do and it’s a blessing he is here coaching now,” senior Simone Mileto said.
All three of them are happy with the victory but their is still one thing that is on their mind. One more home game.
“I’ve been looking forward to this for four years now and hopefully we get one more game on this field,” Mileto said