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September 13, 2013

Danville rushes way victory over Shamokin


The Indians (0-3, 0-2 HAC-I) gave away field position with a 15-yard punt late in the first quarter, and Danville made short work of a 40-yard drive. Dressler ran 28 yards and was pushed out at the left pylon, and Baylor followed with a play-action flip to Tanner in the back of the end zone.

Less than 3 minutes later, Dressler got his score on a 63-yard bolt. He skipped out of a tackle near the line of scrimmage and won a footrace with linebacker Garrett Zalar to the goal line for a 21-0 lead just 35 seconds into the second quarter.

"It all started up front," said Baylor, who passed for 100 yards. "Our line did a great job."

Danville (3-0, 2-0) played conventional offense until the fourth quarter, after a 9-minute, 13-second touchdown drive by Shamokin. The Indians went just 60 yards, but they converted twice on fourth down, including a 17-yard TD fade from Tucker Yost to Sean McLaughlin on a fourth-and-10 call.

Shamokin gained just 37 yards on 21 first-half rushing attempts, but more than tripled that figure (totaling 114) with 21 runs after halftime. John Demsko led the way with 62 yards.

"They did a nice job on that drive," said Keiser. "Beautiful. Real nice execution. Got to give them credit."

The Ironmen took over at their 35 and flipped the switch to the hurry-up. Consecutive 12-yard runs by senior halfback Isaiah Croll and a 16-yard blast by Dressler moved the ball just outside the red zone. A couple more chunk gains set up Baylor’s 2-yard TD keeper with 5:29 to play.

"It’s a tempo thing for us, and it hurt them a bit because usually you don’t see a lot of the (personnel) switching up that they did," Keiser said. "It’s something (offensive coordinator Chris) Coombe likes to do by feel. If he feels it’s something that gets us in a better (offensive) rhythm, he’s going to hit it.

"We started with it and it had them really back on their heels, and then again on that last (scoring) drive."

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