DERRY TOWNSHIP – Everything that could possibly go wrong for the Lower Dauphin football team in the first half of Friday night’s Mid-Penn Conference Keystone Division game against Hershey, did so.
Fumbles and penalties plagued the Falcons but a stellar defensive second half combined effort combined with the running of Jacob Kauffman was enough to lift Lower Dauphin to a 35-20 victory over the Trojans at Hersheypark Stadium and keep its District 3, Class 5A postseason hopes alive.
The Falcons turned over the ball on their first two possessions with Hershey’s John Russell Wallace recovering the second one in the end zone for 7-0 Trojan lead minutes into the contest.
Hershey returned that favor in the second quarter when Max Klingensmith fell on a Trojan end zone fumble for a TD. Hershey gave Lower Dauphin fits in the first half with Marcus Sweeney catching a 79-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and Alec Angello snaring a 19-yard TD catch right before halftime for a 20-14 lead.
Lower Dauphin’s defense cracked down in the second half, allowing Hershey just 2 first downs and minus 9 yards rushing. The Trojans played most of the game without running back Angel Cabrera who left with an injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Lower Dauphin (5-3 overall, 4-2 Keystone) needs a win over Palmyra next week to have a shot at D3, 3A playoff berth. Hershey drops to 1-8 over and 1-5 in the division.
Lower Dauphin’s Kauffman rushed 25 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Falcon QB Braden Landis passed for 127 yards and one score. Jacquan Murphy, who takes direct snaps for Lower Dauphin inside the 5, scored from 4 yards and 1 yard out and added a 2-point conversion run.
Hershey quarterback Daniel Painter threw for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Lower Dauphin, trailing by 6 points at halftime, took its first possession of the second half and drove 73 yards in 8 plays, highlighted by a 50-yard pass from Landis to Charlie Fortney. Murphy went the final four yards in the direct snap formation for the TD that put the Falcons up 21-20 midway through the third quarter.
The Falcons had a subsequent 13-play stall early in the fourth quarter as Murphy fumbled a direct snap on second and goal from the Hershey 4. A 27-yard field goal attempt missed wide.
Lower Dauphin finally put the hammer down with 5:38 to play in the game on an 8-yard TD run from Kauffman, capping a 67-yard march. Landis later hit Aidyn Gingrich with a 40-yard scoring strike to put an exclamation point on the victory.
THEY SAID IT
“We had a lot of errors. We couldn’t hang on to the ball to save our lives. We had four fumbles in the first quarter and they recovered three of them. Our kids responded the last couple of games, they’ve absorbed the blows and responded. We just told the kids to play our game. We gave (Hershey) everything we could have given them in the first half to keep them in the game. They had their heads down, but we were only down 6 and they knew if they played their game, they could win,”
-- Lower Dauphin head coach Josh Borelli.
“I just was in the right place at the right time (on the fumble recovery). We had to take advantage of the plays we had. It was a rough start, but we got to them in the second half. That was our worst half of football ever and playing against this team, we believed we could win. On defense and on special teams, we turned it on in the second half,”
– Lower Dauphin WR/DB Max Klingensmith.
“We went out there had fun. It was a little rough in the first half, but I think we were all hoping for coaches’ speech at halftime to get us going. We kept our heads up and kept pushing through. We knew we could do it, because we’ve done it in the past,”
– Lower Dauphin running back Josh Kauffman,
Lower Dauphin 7-7-7-14 -- 35
Hershey 14-6-0-0 – 20
H-John Russell Wallace fumble recovery in end zone (Garrett Burys kick), 8:47
LD-Jacquan Murphy 1 run (Jacob Gesford kick), 2:26
H—Marcus Sweeney 79 pass from Daniel Painter (Burys kick), 0:52
LD-Max Klingensmith fumble recovery in end zone (Gesford kick), 9:07
H-Alec Angello 19 pass from Painter (kick blocked), 2:27
LD-Murphy 4 run (Gesford kick), 6:29
LD-Jacob Hoffman 8 run (Murphy run), 5:38
LD-Aidyn Gingrich 40 pass from Braden Landis (kick failed), 2:19
TEAM STATS`LD`H First downs`16`8Rushing yards`53-173`27-46Passing yards`127′162Comp-Att-Int`7-12-0`9-19-1Penalties-yards`3-25`7-70Punts-average`1-43`1-36Fumbles-lost`5-2`2-1
RUSHING — Lower Dauphin: Jacob Kauffman 25-129, Landis 7-13, Charlie Fortney 2-10. Murphy 4-5; Hershey: Dario Guillen 11-44, JaQuan Berner 6-14, Daniel Painter 6-(-16).
PASSING — Lower Dauphin: Landis 7-12-0, 127; Hershey: Painter 7-19-1, 162
RECEIVING — Lower Dauphin: Gingrich 2-48, Fortney 2-19, Ryan Angerer 1-4, Wes Heagy 1-6,; Hershey: Sweeney 1-79, Angello 6-67, Emmanuel Oloyede 2-17
Source : https://www.pennlive.com/highschoolsports/2021/10/jacob-kauffman-lifts-lower-dauphin-to-35-20-win-over-hershey.html1160