Warriors down North Penn-Mansfield in 53-0 shutout
BLOSSBURG — Last week Coach Tyler Sechrist said he wanted to start faster. Well the Warriors certainly did that as they shut out North Penn-Mansfield 53-0 on Friday night.
“It feels good. It was different coming out here on a thursday night, but I thought they performed well. They did what we asked of them and i’m proud of them,” said Sechrist
The Warriors entered the game on a short week escalated by an extended road trip last Friday night to New Castle where they beat Union Area.
A first snap fumble on the Warriors first possession was not a great way to start the game but the team then responded for 53 unanswered points.
“We talked about that and thats the way things happen sometimes. The ball bounces weird in football. There is gonna be adversity, you gotta be able to pick yourself up in that moment,” stated Sechrist.
The Warriors got things going in the first quarter when Bailey Ferguson opened up the Warriors passing attack on a 40 yard connection to Hayden Ward to go up 7-0.
The Panthers would get the ball back and go three and out and punt. This was one of many mistakes on the night for the Panthers as Wes Bellows awaited the punt.
Bellows fielded the punt and immediately ran to his right, then scampered through the teeth of the Panthers special teams, made a man miss and would eventually find the endzone on a 66 yard punt return touchdown. The Ferguson kick was good and the Warriors would take a 14-0 lead.
The Warriors would add to their lead shortly after as Riley Parker found a hole on the right side and rushed for 18 yards into the endzone to move the Canton lead to 21-0.
After a long drive, the Warriors would punch the ball into the endzone again on a Hudson Ward two yard run making the Warrior lead 28-0.
On the Warriors next possession, Bellows would find the endzone again from two yards out to finish out the first quarter with the Warriors leading North Penn 35-0.
In the second quarter, Parker would scamper from 30 yards out to push the Warrior lead to 42-0.
A Ferguson field goal from 31 yards out made it 45-0 to end the third quarter.
Michael Davis put an exclamation point on the night on an 81 yard touchdown run to finish off the night. Austin Allen would convert a two point conversion on a botched snap to seal the 53-0 win for Canton.
Ward finished the game with 69 receiving yards and a touchdown. Davis rushed for 102 yards with 81 of them coming on his long run in the fourth.
Allen led the Warriors with 77 yards through the air on five of seven passing. Parker ran the ball six times for 58 yards and Bellows had two touchdowns on the night.
Canton rotated quarterbacks again this week. Coach Sechrist was pleased with their performance.
“I thought all three played really well. It’s going to be the same rotation moving forward.”
Canton moves to 2-0 and will be home for the first time next Friday night when they host Wellsboro.