SELINSGROVE — Shamokin not only shook off a poor performance versus Jersey Shore, but it punished the Selinsgrove Seals in Friday’s HAC-I showdown at Harold L. Bolig Memorial Field.
Shamokin got the ball rolling in the first quarter as quarterback Collin Bowers rushed for a first down on 4th and 10. A few plays later Brycen James darted into the end zone from two yards out, making it 7-0 Indians.
After a Blaise Zeiders sack on Bowers forced a safety, Shamokin got a 37 yard rushing score from Bowers to make it a 13-2 advantage.
The Indians controlled the contest as Seals’ freshman quarterback Daniel Shoch completed only three of eight passes for 26 yards.
Shamokin held the Seals to 48 total yards in the opening half.
Bowers connected on five of his seven first half throws for 47 yards.
The Shamokin QB finished 8-for-11 for 120 yards and one score through the air. He also had 72 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
“One of the best games I’ve seen an individual play, just unbelievable in all aspects,” Indians head coach Henry Hynoski. “He’s a true leader. He’s the X-factor. He brings another element to the quarterback position. He’s a dual threat. He can do everything.”
The energy would not only propel the Indians in this road match-up, but it silenced the home crowd.
Shamokin did not force a turnover until the second half where Bowers had a pick-six. Mark Wetzel also picked off Shoch in the third.
“It was a thing of beauty tonight. Everybody was on the same page. To watch offense, defense and special teams function in unison, you can’t ask for a better way for this to turn out,” Hynoski said. “If we can play like this each and every week, we’re going to be dangerous.”