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September 7, 2013

Selinsgrove overcomes slow start against Trinity

CAMP HILL — A week ago, Selinsgrove’s 500th all-time football victory passed as quietly as possible: With complete silence.

But after win No. 501 over a game but outmanned Trinity team Friday night, the Seals just might start making some real noise.

A monster night by running back Zach Adams — 251 yards and three touchdowns rushing on just 20 carries is Godzillian — and better-than-the-stats defense propelled Selinsgrove to a 42-23 triumph and a 2-0 start.

Make no mistake, Selinsgrove has plenty of work ahead of it before it becomes playoff worthy. But an explosive second half, ignited by Mason Pope’s 60-yard kickoff return, put the Seals on a very good future track.

"This was a great, great night for us," Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess said. "It was a great night for our defense."

That is not the usual sentiment of a coach whose defense had yielded 348 passing yards, but in this case, context matters.

First, Trinity, a quality Class AA program that uses every inch of grass at COBO Field, throws. And throws. And throws. The Shamrocks fired up 49 passes at the Seals and completed 30, three of which found the end zone.

But despite those gaudy numbers, Trinity never really damaged the Seals. For one thing, the vast majority of the Shamrocks’ passing yards and touchdowns came late in the game after Selinsgrove had shattered a 7-7 halftime tie with the kind of Trinity-like big plays that had worried Hess all week.

Hess was thrilled that his defense, facing a frenetic spread offense, tied up the Shamrocks on the edge where Trinity’s quickness can cause problems.

"We don’t see that type of offense a lot, but we will play some teams that do throw the ball a little more, so that was a great game for our defense,’’ said Hess. It should be noted that Trinity could barely move the ball forward on the ground, netting just 45 yards rushing.

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