Penn Manor Comets faced a well-performing Manheim Township football team, 3-0 in section play, Friday night. The physical game was a win for the Comets, (2-4) who came away with a 38-20 win.
The game started as expected, the Streaks marched down the field with an open drive touchdown. Township took a 6-0 lead after missing the extra point.
The expected win for Township came to a halt after they fumbled on their own 28-yard line. The Comets recovered, Garrett Young, (166 yards on 10 rushes) being the workhorse of the night, busted a 32-yard run to the one-yard line, which gave Sahd the one-yard keeper for a 7-6 lead over the Streaks during the first quarter.
“Outstanding play calling and an outstanding effort from our offensive lineman,” Young said about the Comet’s victorious Friday night.
Turnovers haunted the Streaks all night. Three back-to-back drives resulted in one interception and two fumbles.
“Sticking together on Friday was why we won the game. We knew we were going up against a good team, but we practiced and prepared for the win,” said Errol Hammond, a key asset on the Comets defensive line.
The Comets capitalized on the turnovers, scoring a touchdown on each of Township’s mistakes. The touchdowns included Sahd throwing a 15-yard touchdown, Teon Lee running a 34-yard touchdown into the end zone, and Sahd scoring on a quarterback sneak. This concluded the first half with the score 28-6 Comets on top.
The second half saw the Comets maintaining their lead as they did. Township produced two more touchdowns in the second half, but that wasn’t enough to stop the Comets. Penn Manor quarterback Adam Sahd bolted in on a 44-yard touchdown run. The game already sealed for victory, continued as Garrett busted a 57-yard sprint to set up Brian Sloss for a 28-yard field goal.
The Comets stayed on top, keeping their composure which led to their 38-20 victory. Beating section leader Manheim Township bumped the Comets up to a 3-4 record.
They continue fighting their way up the standings.
“I was excited about the game,” said Trevor Troup, a senior player. “I knew it was our breakout moment.”
By Ryan Mays