37 Whitehall, 14 Easton – Quick Overview
The Easton Area High School football team seemed to have picked up momentum late in the first half of their Pennsylvania Eastern Conference South Division competition against Whitehall.
The Red Rovers scored two touchdowns and made two defensive stops to tie the game 14-14 at halftime. The Zephyrs then, thanks to an interception and fumble recovery, dominated possession in the second half en route to a 37-14 win at Cottingham Stadium on Friday night.
Return point: Whitehall regained their lead on the first possession of the second half with a seven-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a 23-yard screen pass from junior Trey Dogmanits to senior running back Nigel Linton.
Easton’s next two possessions ended in an interception and a three-and-out. With 2:43 remaining in the third quarter, the Zephyrs took control at their own 32-yard line and moved the chains once before being forced to punt from their own 46-yard line.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, freshman Cole Richards’ high punt bounced off the chest of Easton senior JV Johnson and Whitehall junior Kaden Weaver recovered at the yard. 18 of the Rovers. One-yard touchdown pass down the middle that extended the Zephyrs’ lead to 28-14 with 10:34 left.
Easton was forced to punt from his own 27-yard line when senior Carter Hudak sacked second-year quarterback Joseph Martinez. Rovers lined up to punt, but the center ran over the hands of Austin Martellucci and the senior ran back and dove on the ball in the end zone for a safety.
Dogmanits started the Zephyrs’ next possession with a 6-yard keeper to his 46. Senior Mason Delvalle took the ball the remaining 54 yards on 12 carries and sealed the win with a 1-yard touchdown run with just 34 seconds remaining.
Better performance: Linton rushed for 61 yards on 21 carries. Dogmanits completed 14 of 21 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Kocher had seven catches for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Delvalle finished with 65 yards on 14 carries. Along with his late touchdown, the senior also scored the first points of the game when he returned a punt of about 25 yards for a touchdown.
Sophomore Carter Troxell led Whitehall’s defense with two interceptions, six tackles and two tackles for loss. Junior Kayden Davis-Latsch intercepted Martinez with 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Johnson gained 93 yards on 13 carries. Easton sophomore William Day added 49 yards on 11 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Rovers senior JuJu Fears caught a 31-yard touchdown reception with 2:33 remaining before halftime.
Meaning: Easton fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1981 and will look to avoid his first 0-5 start when he travels to Allen next week.
The Zephyrs improved to 2-2 before hosting Parkland, which fell to 2-2 with a 21-14 loss to the Allentown Central Catholic.
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