By The Daily Item
Although Selinsgrove didn't come away with a win Friday, the Seals played tough defense against Jersey Shore in the District 4 Class AAA final.
However, Selinsgrove couldn't stop Jersey Shore from claiming its first district championship since 1997 with a 20-16 victory.
Sophomore defensive lineman Jack Gaugler starred for Selinsgrove in the game. He recorded six tackles, with three amounting to losses of 19 yards. Two of those were sacks.
Ethan Troutman and Nathan Bingaman each had two tackles for loss in the game for the Seals.
All told, Selinsgrove had eight tackles for loss against Jersey Shore for minus-37 yards.
"Our defense, overall, played well for most of the night, but offensively we didn't get the job done," said Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess. "We got into a situation where we didn't have field position, and it's one of those situations where your offense has to get first downs and move the sticks, and we weren't able to do that at that point.
"That's what beat us," added Hess.
Ultimately, the Bulldogs won the game with big plays and turnovers before their defense "sealed" the monumental victory.
Following Angelo Martin's 4-yard touchdown run late in the third that gave Selinsgrove a 16-14 lead, Jersey Shore held the Seals to just one first down the rest of the way. A 12-yard scoring pass from Logan English with four minutes remaining in the game proved to be the difference for the Bulldogs.
Moments after that touchdown Selinsgrove found itself backed up near its goal line. Jersey Shore safety Boone Costa helped put the win in the books by intercepting a desperation pass from Seals quarterback Isaiah Rapp.
"We got to make plays everywhere. We can't go down to Selinsgrove and not make plays and wait for them to fumble. My hat's off to the Selinsgrove guys. I think it was a real tough battle. I give their players a lot of credit. They battled," said Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish.