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September 14, 2013

Gound game leads Lewisburg to victory


The teams exchanged punts to open the game, before Lewisburg got on the board first with a 10-play, 55-yard drive, capped by Nick Costagliola’s 8-yard TD pass to Thomas Brouse with 4:26 left in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

With a steady breeze blowing, Lewisburg (2-1) took a timeout with 16 seconds left in the opening quarter to force the Spartans to punt into the wind from deep in their own territory. The strategy worked perfectly, setting up a short 20-yard field for the Green Dragons to open up a 14-0 lead after Aikey scored on an 11-yard TD run on a fourth-and-two play with 11:13 left in the first half.

Hughesville (0-3) looked to get back into the game late in the second quarter, putting together a six-play, 58-yard drive after Lewisburg failed to convert a fourth-and-seven. Jason Stutzman scored from a yard out with 2:46 left in the second quarter to cut the Lewisburg lead to 14-7.

However, the Green Dragons answered with a seven-play, 60-yard drive before the end of the half, capped by Costagliola’s 19-yard TD pass to Drew Newcomb with 1:47 left in the second quarter.

The Spartans had a chance cut the lead back to seven on the opening drive of the second half, putting together a five-minute drive to the Lewisburg 11, but Aikey recovered a fumble at the Green Dragons’ 22 to end the threat.

That seemed to take the wind out of the Spartans’ sails, as Lewisburg dominated the rest of the game. They drove 78 yards for a touchdown after the fumble with Kyle Palmer scoring from the 5 two plays after Aikey’s 50-yard run.

Then the defense stopped Hughesville on fourth down to set up 52-yard drive that took 11 plays in which Aikey scored from a yard out.

After another Spartans punt, Lewisburg sent the game into the mercy rule with another one-yard Aikey TD run with 7:17 left in the game.

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