Landon 23 -13

A week ago the Bears faced a team that on paper looked to be a challenge for the team. Today, the information on the internet suggested that the Blue Storm might be a foe, less talented than McNamara. [NOTE—the internet roster for Mercersburg did not include the 6’2” 300# lineman from Charleston, DC.] Landon’s initial series on offense and defense created the impression that this was going to be an easy contest. Coach Padalino and his staff realigned the boys’ attitude and the home team asserted its athletic superiority in the 2nd half resulting in a 23-13 win.

Landon won the toss and elected to receive. Six plays, including 5 Myles Allen (#32) runs [this young man has more yards after tackle than any Bear of recent memory; must do some awesome squats!] and a patented Charlie Schnider (#5) to Joe McDonald (#22) pass (43 yards), resulted in a Bears touchdown (8 yards by Myles) and a successful PAT BY Alexander Mockett(#16).

BEARS 7 BLUE STORM, 1STQ @ 9:19

The ease with which Landon moved the ball was mirrored by the tenacity of the Bear D. The same small front seven that started at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium (minus an
injured Taylor Greene) restrained the Blue Storm to “3 and out”. The same secondary crew showed its speed as Johnny Sharp had a particularly nice
pass defense on a key 3rd down and the Bears received a punt at 7:08.

OC Coach Flaherty dialed up a mixture of Myles’ running with Schnider passes to the other basketball-playing WR, Deion Wellington (#21), two Peter Laco runs and a
clever bit of scrambling by #5. Nine plays after receiving the Bears faced a 4th down at the nine yard line. Alexander Mockett knocked in a 25 yard FG.

BEARS 10 BLUE WAVE 0 @ 3:42 OF THE 1ST Q

The visitors showed that it has some O weapons in the next drive, The DC native with the same name as the USC star tail back, Marcus Allen, ran like my namesake in a 10 play drive from their own 32 to the Bears’ 28. They moved the ball effectively, showed some elusiveness in their running and carried the game into the 2nd Q. Jack Falk and #9 slowed the Storm down with Tackles For Loss (TFL). The visitors’ last play in this drive was 4th and 14; the line pressed the Mercersburg QB and the Bear DSs had good coverage.
Result = an incomplete pass and the home team took over at their own 28 with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

The Bears started an eight play drive that moved the ball only nine yards. The snap to the punter bounced and the Blue Storm rushers were there to tackle #16
before he had a chance to kick.

The Blue Storm had a short field, 1st and 10 at the Bears’ 28. Marcus Allen was stopped on the 1st play, but he eluded the D on the next play for a TD. The PAT was missed.

Bears 10 Blue Wave 6 with 6:27 remaining until half

The Bears #22 returned the Mercersburg kick off from his own 15 to the 29. First and ten—a Bear Allen run, a Schnider to Jax Howard 12 yard pass, four more #32 runs (15 yards total), the patented #7 to #22 pass followed by the same aerial connection for a touchdown. OH NO, the play was called back for a penalty. And the OH NO again, this time the Bear aerial landed in the hands of a Mercersburg player. This was not McNamara!

BEARS 10 BLUE STORM 6 AT HALFTIME

The visitors’ 1st drive of the 2nd half really showed their metal. They drove 75 yards in 12 plays to score, albeit the touchdown came via a “trick’ play- the QB made a lateral pass to a teammate and that player launched a long pass to a wide open receiver. The 28 yard TD made the score 12-10 advantage to the Blue Storm plus a PAT

BLUE STORM 13 BEARS 10 WITH 6:04remaining in the 3rd Q

The Bears did not back down to the Storm. Johnny Sharp took the kick off from his own 5 up the field 21 yards. An 11 play drive (3 passes {to #22, Sellers Garrett #45, and #21} and 6 runs {#32 for 4 carries, #45 with the ball once and #9 carried}) ended in a Myles 4 yard TD. PAT missed.

BEARS 16 BLUE STORM 13 with 1:15 remaining in the 3rd Q

Could the Blue Storm reversing the current Bear trend?  A 12 play drive seemed to be creating the reverse momentum. Three straight tackles by Johnny Cobb followed by a Jax Howard TFL, a #4 TFL, a Robby Dunigan knock down of a pass and a play in which Mark Strabo fell, got up and sacked the Mercersburg QB for a major TFL. Bears get possession at their won 45 with 8:22 remaining in the game.

The Bears installed a new QB [to be called a “Pena in the back” from the Bears’ perspective or perhaps the opponents term “We’ve had our Philip”—apology for the very
bad pun.] #7 takes the ball and runs 20 yards; then fakes a handoff and sprints another 34; finally Philip ran the ball to a point 5 yards from the goal. Charlie Schnider was substituted for his buddy QB, rolled right and found Deion Wellington in the end zone. TD scored and the PAT was good by #16.

BEARS 23 BLUE STORM 13

The kick off put the visitors 75 yards away from a score. The Bears #44, #45 and #12 stopped the Mercersburg offense and forced them to punt in 3 plays.

Landon played conservatively, ate up almost two minutes and punted the ball back to the Blue Storm. In fact, Alexander Mockett punted the ball out of bounds at the 11 yard line.

The Mercersburg team was desperate and threw a pass which Bear Captain Deion Wellington intercepted with 2:40 remaining. Four more careful offensive plays by the Bears resulted in another punt by #16 to the visitors’ 7 yard line. Jack Falk intercepted the next pass and the Bears took two knees to run out the clock.

 

BEARS 23 BLUE STORM 13

RUSHING

Player                  rushes                  yards          TDs (yards)

Allen                    24                        126                      2
(8,4)

Pena                    5                           61

Laco                     4                           14

Schnider              2                           9

Garrett                 2                           3

Faulk                    1                           2

PASSING

Player                           attempts             receptions           TDs

Schnider                        17                        11                        1

 

RECEIVING

Receiver              catches                yards          TDs

McDonald           6                           111

Wellington          3                           34                        1

Garrett                 1                           7

Howard               1                           12

 

PASSING 164 YARDS

RUSHING 215 YARDS

 

LOOK FOR TOMORROW’S BSN—BEAR TRAX, OPPONENTS’ SCORES AND THIS YEAR’S  1ST {and maybe best ever} Senior Profile!!

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