In a special edition of Monday night high school football, Red Lion faced off against
the offensive powerhouse of Spring Grove; unfortunately for the Lions,
the Rockets lived up to their name.
Red Lion dominated in the first half, beginning with senior quarterback Blake Cahill scoring
from 1 yard out on their second possession.
However, Spring Grove’s new all-time leading rusher Jeff Delaughter answered back with a
30-yard run to tie up the game.
The Lions allowed Delaughter alone to run for 307 yards in the loss,
giving up 457 total yards to Spring Grove.
In the first half, the Lions were able to hold the Rockets with a 20-13 score
after capitalizing on a junior receiver Theo Thomas 34-yard reception and a
19-yard run by fellow junior Kenny Holloway.
Holloway finished the night as the Lions’ leading rusher with 93 yards, as well as a sack and fumble recovery.
Coming out of the locker room in the second half, Spring Grove made it clear
that they were not going to be held by only 20 points.
Red Lion, however, was not going down without a fight.
A Lions fumble resulted in a Rocket touchdown that
would tie the game up with 33 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Lions gained back momentum when they recovered a Rocket fumble with 11:11 remaining in the game,
but had to punt it away on fourth down.
The next play, Delaughter took it to the house with a 93-yard touchdown,
giving Spring Grove the lead for the remainder of the game.
Only five minutes later with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter, Spring Grove struck again,
securing their defeat of the Lions, 34-20.
Poor mistakes, good defense and a lacking rushing game were defining points of this game.
Both teams were plagued with fumbles, each losing three and recovering two.
Penalties also cost both team a bundle, with Red Lion losing 90 yards and Spring Grove 85.
In the second half, Spring Grove did not let
Red Lion score a single point and held them to only 70 yards offensively.
Red Lion has relied heavily on Cahill and Holloway’s legs this season for several of their wins,
which didn’t have much of a presence on Monday night.
But despite that, Blake Cahill still was a passing leader in the YAIAA,
throwing 17-34 for 171 yards and one touchdown.
In week eight (only four days after their Spring Grove matchup) Red Lion will face off in their homecoming game against South Western, who got manhandled by Central York 42-0 and were held to only 30 passing yards and 81 rushing.
Red Lion 7 13 0 0 -- 20
Spring Grove 7 6 7 14 -- 34
RL -- Blake Cahill 1 run (Evan Miller kick), 6:58.
SG -- Jeff Delaughter 30 run (Andrew Luckenbaugh kick), 5:10.
RL -- Theo Thomas 34 pass from Cahill (Miller kick), 11:45.
SG -- Luckenbaugh 34 FG, 9:50.
RL -- Kenny Holloway 19 run (kick failed), 1:47.
SG -- Luckenbaugh 40 FG, :02.
SG -- Seth Hildebrand 3 run (Luckenbaugh kick), :32.
SG -- Delaughter 93 run (Luckenbaugh kick), 8:11.
SG -- Logan Hall 45 pass from Hildebrand (Luckenbaugh kick), 3:16.