After a disappointing 42-0 loss at the hands of Tamaqua, Line Mountain will try to turn things around in week two.
The Eagles will face Susquenita at Glenn Ressler Field on Friday with an opportunity to improve upon a less than stellar road debut.
Quarterback Evan Herb completed nine of 20 passes for 67 yards and two interceptions.
Senior Colby Scott rushed for 67 yards on 14 carries; Breven Derk caught three balls for a team-high 33 yards.
Line Mountain was outscored 21-0 in the first half and the rest was history.
There were several positives to take away from the contest.
The Eagles had fewer penalties than Tamaqua; they also possessed the ball four minutes longer than the Blue Raiders.
Line Mountain was able to create two sacks with Cameron Gaw, Chance Hackenburg, and Hunter Fultz combining on the QB takedowns.
Derk and Adam Malafi each posted nine tackles in the season opener.
Line Mountain head coach Brandon Carson said his team has to “improve in every facet of the game” and “ take a step back in the right direction”.
Susquenita is also coming off a shutout loss to open their 2018 season. The Blackhawks fell to Eastern Lebanon County, 20-0.
Carson said his squad is “focusing on us getting better on offense, defense and special teams,” while staying focused on assignments and playing disciplined football.
During an interview on Tuesday, Carson felt the team did well during a workout early in the week.
“I thought we had a good day yesterday (Monday) in the weight room,” Carson said.
Susquenita might be the ideal opponent for the Eagles in the second week of the season.
The Blackhawks only recorded six first downs and were charged with eight penalties; their quarterback was also sacked four times.
Susquenita also turned the ball over twice in its defeat to the Raiders.
If Line Mountain can find holes in the Susquenita defense, they could produce a decent amount of plays down the field with senior back Colby Scott.
The Eagles will need to capitalize on early errors defensively.
With Susquenita struggling on offense a week ago, it is important for Line Mountain to try and put their opponent away as early as possible.
Herb has the ability to be a dual-threat option for the Eagles. After running for -6 yards in week one, Herb could find himself with new opportunities this week.
Sophomore Jacob Feese tallied 29 yards in Line Mountain’s ground attack and remains another viable option.
The Eagles have a few players who can make big plays. Whether it is Derk in the secondary or Scott in the backfield, Line Mountain has been able to rely on the production of upperclassmen, which may come in handy in their second attempt for victory one.