The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 29, 2012

Lewisburg pulls away from Shamokin

For The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — Lewisburg overcame a slow start, scoring touchdowns on all three of its offensive possessions and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry in the second half as it picked up a 35-14 Heartland Athletic Conference crossover victory at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium over Shamokin on Friday night.

Take away the Green Dragons’ lone big play of the first half — an 84-yard catch-and-run by Brandon Smith — and Lewisburg was limited to 12 plays, four yards and zero first downs.

“We knew we had to get the offensive line going in the second half,” Lewisburg tight end Ty Turner said. “We just wanted to come out and drive it down the field.”

“Shamokin presented some challenges (in the first half),” Lewisburg coach Jeremy Winn said. “We had something like 12 plays of offense in the first half. We just couldn’t find any rhythm.”

Despite their offensive issues, the Green Dragons still led by a touchdown at the half.

And when Lewisburg finally got rolling in the second half, the Indians had no answer.

“It came down to execution in the second half. We were running the same plays,” Smith, who scored three second-half rushing touchdowns, said. “We needed the offensive line to step up in the second half and they certainly did.”