Lower Mac gears up for playoffs
The Lower Mac 125s moved to 5-0 with a 36-0 win over Mountainville setting the stage for a division title showdown with rival Emmaus on Saturday at noon at the high school stadium. Stefan Rollins threw for three first half touchdowns, connecting with Drew Dunbar for 22 yards and 54 yards on scores. The other touchdown pass was to Zach Kociban for a 45 yards. Izaiah McPherson had one of his patented long touchdown runs of 38 yards and Josh Artis added the game's final score with a five-yard plunge. Chris Smith was 3-for-5 on extra points with perfect snaps and holds from Dalton Daddona and Liam Ross. Defensivel,y the Mustang shutout was lead by Jake Weider, Louie Baloh and the vicious hitting of Bobby Newhard.
The Mustangs' 110-pound team moved to 4-1 defeating Mountainville 39-0 in a dominating performance. The winner of next week's matchup with Emmaus will win a division title and secure a top seed in the SYFL playoffs.
Lower Mac 95s dominated the Mountainville Mounties 25-0 this past Saturday. Mustang running back Tanner Ritter took the opening play 50 yards for a 6-0 lead. Connor Carter, Ethan Macik and Haydn Child made it easy all game, opening up big holes for Tanner Ritter and Sean Hutchinson as the Mustangs scored on every possession in the first half. A strong showing from the defense led by Nick Velde and RJ Bender made it difficult for Mountainville to move the ball. Tyler Keller scored the final touchdown with a 15-yard jaunt.
The Lower Macungie Mustangs' 80-pound team faced the Mountainville Mounties Saturday morning in a defensive battle, which ended up tied at 0-0. Strong blocking by Rhamses Londono, Ryan DeJohn, Matthew Zerfass and Brett Patton helped move the Mustangs down the field for the initial possession. Throughout the entire game both defenses held strong. The Mustangs were led by Sikander Saeed who finished the day with six tackles. Jonny Caverly, Matthew Baraket, Rhamses Londono, Sean Higgins and Aidan Garret all finished the game with multiple tackles.
Lower Mac took two of four matchups with the Bethlehem Bulldogs on the September 22.
The 125-pound Lower Mac Mustangs continued their winning ways by beating the Bethlehem Bulldogs 12-6 improving to 4-0 on the season. On the first Bulldog possession, Mustang linebacker Zach Kociban intercepted a pass and returned it to the nine. Three plays later, Kociban plunged into the end zone for a 6-0 Mustang lead. The Bulldogs started the third quarter with a long drive to the Mustang one, but the defense held them out of the end zone on four plays with a great effort by Josh Artis and Chris Smith. The Bulldogs scored with 3:40 left in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 6-6. The Mustang offense responded as quarterback Stefan Rollins connected with favorite target Cody Gross for a 49-yard score. The game ended with Artis picking off his second Bulldog pass of the game.
The 110s lost to the Bulldogs 18-0. The game was tied 0-0 until the Bulldogs scored the first points of the game with 26 seconds left in the half. The Mustang defense played very well, but it wasn't enough against a very tough Bulldog team.
The Lower Mac Mustangs 95s team lost a hard fought defensive battle 2-0 on a safety. The first half of the game was filled with punts by both teams as the defenses put on a show. RJ Bender, Tanner Ritter and Tyler Keller stood strong for the Mustang defense. Mustang running back Sean Hutchinson moved the offense up and down the field but drives halted due to penalties. Alex Lanzone, along with strong play from Connor Carter and Justin Hollinger, gave the team one last gasp in the fourth quarter to put it into the end zone.
The 80-pound Lower Macungie squad fell to the Bethlehem Bulldogs 14-6. Jack Keenan had a long kickoff return which set-up a touchdown run by Sean Higgins. Key blocks by Rhamses Londono, Gavin Frazier and Austin Whitesell contributed to the touchdown drive. The defense held strong throughout much of the game forcing two turnovers. Austin Whitesell and Jake DeVita each forced a fumble, while the defensive ends, including Matthew Baraket, Grant Carter, Thomas Harthill and Jake DeVita, helped to contain the outside runs throughout the day.