Greene 15, Susquehanna Valley 14
GREENE – Susquehanna Valley nearly pulled off its second big upset in as many weeks.
The Trojans (6-2) stopped a two-point conversion with 1:27 remaining on the clock to preserve a one-point lead and hold on for a tight victory Friday at George Raymond Field.
Greene turned the ball over five times in the game, twice in the fourth quarter inside its own 25. SV was stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the two the first time, but cashed in on an 11-yard scoring run from Laurent Dure to close the gap to one point.
Greene seniors Tyler Beckwith and Nic Puglisi penetrated quickly to stuff Dure on the two-point try. “We knew from week one to now, Susquehanna Valley has improved a ton,” said Greene head coach Tim Paske. The Sabers lost their first six games, but upset previously-unbeaten Newark Valley last week. “We gave them hope, and they stayed in the game. They kept fighting, and that’s a credit to their staff and players.”
Greene broke an 8-8 halftime tie executing a 12-play, 63-yard drive late in the third quarter. On a fourth-and-nine from the SV 15, Dan Jenks took a quick handoff, and squirted through the left side for the go-ahead touchdown. It was a similar situation to the Trojans’ initital score when Kurt Shear scored on a fourth-and-goal from the seven – on a run play.
“We had run the ball to get down there (near the endzone), and they were defending a certain way with our trips formation,” Paske said. “The kids came through. The O-line made the blocks and Jenks ran hard.”
Sus Valley capitalized on Greene’s first turnover of the game recovering a fumble deep in the Trojans’ territory. Dure scored on an eight-yard run, and added the two-point run.
Shear finished off a long drive and added the two-point run to knot the game in the second quarter. Shear, getting his most extensive work of the season, finished with a game-high 97 yards on 21 carries.
Score by quarters
SV 8 0 0 6–14
Gr. 0 8 7 0–15
SV: Dure 8 run (Dure run)
G: Shear 7 run (Shear run)
G: Jenks 15 run (Nic Puglisi kick)
SV: Dure 11 run (run failed)
First downs 11 9
Rushes-yds 42-153 51-134
Passing yds 0 0
Comp-att-int 0-5-0 0-7-0
Punts-avg 4-34.5 5-28.4
Fumbles-lost 5-5 3-0
Penalties-yds 4-20 4-30
Rushing: (G) Kurt Shear, 21-97; Dan Jenks, 5-38; K. Beers, 4-17; T. Beckwith, 3-14; S. Gorton, 8- (-5); B. Day, 1- (-8). (SV) L. Dure, 20-70; Chris Lewis, 11-43; Ryan Nobobilski, 14-37; Mike Banko, 1-1; James Chantry, 5-(-7).