Offense Falls Flat in Lampeter Bowl Loss

Fans watch as the Buckskins take on Lampeter-Strasburg at home.

By Ethan Miller 23’

After a strong performance last week against Garden Spot, the Buckskins entered Friday’s game against Lampeter-Strasburg with momentum. Unfortunately, that momentum soon dissipated and the team fell flat in their efforts.

The game started slowly, with neither offense making much headway in the first quarter. The Pioneers put together a solid that put them inside the red zone, aided by a pass interference penalty against the Buckskins. However, the CV defense held strong with their backs against the wall and forced a turnover on downs to prevent L-S from scoring. 

In the second quarter both teams started to put together some consistent drives. L-S turned the ball over on downs for the second time in the half early in the second, giving the ball back to the Bucks. CV put together a solid drive, but QB Macoy Kneisley threw a costly interception that gave the ball back to the Pioneers. LS QB Berkeley Wagner was able to escape multiple sacks and kept drives alive all night, including one that led to the first points of the game, a rushing touchdown that put the Pioneers up 6-0, which was how the score stayed into halftime.

Both teams were kept out of the end zone by the opposing defense in the third quarter, and it appeared that the Buckskins might be able to pull off a comeback. OLB Michael Burnett intercepted Wagner to end an LS drive, and he blocked a punt as well. Both plays gave CV good field position, which they were unable to convert into points. That all changed in the fourth, as the Pioneers were able to pull away. 

At the end of the third, LS began a strong drive that would take them deep into CV territory. In the fourth, that drive culminated in a rushing touchdown that extended the Pioneer lead to 12-0. Desperately needing a touchdown, the Buckskin offense scrambled into gear — or not. Another failed drive resulted in another punt, to which the Pioneers quickly responded with yet another touchdown that made it a three score game at 19-0 LS. With the game mostly out of reach, Kneisley and the offense were left with attempting desperation throws to try to get back in the game. The junior QB was picked off for the third time of the evening, sealing the Buckskins’ fate. The loss is their second of the season and drops them to 1-2. Next week they travel to Reading to face Daniel Boone.

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Player of the Week

Despite a tough loss, there were still a few players that had good performances this week. The POTW honors go to senior OLB Michael Burnett (#15). The defense played well and mostly kept LS at bay — the real struggles were on the offense. Burnett contributed heavily towards the defense keeping the team in the game, as he made two plays that gave the offense excellent field position. The senior collected an interception and blocked a punt, both in the third quarter.


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