EVERETT — Down by only one score and set to receive the second half kickoff, Everett was in position to win on its Homecoming Night against Southern Huntingdon.
However, a pair of short possessions for the Warriors and two quick strikes by the Rockets broke the game open in the third quarter for what became a 40-14 victory for the visitors.
Everett went three-and-out on those chances, while Southern needed only four plays total to score two touchdowns.
After the Warriors punted to the Rockets’ 33, the guests had two short runs followed by a 59-yard scamper to paydirt for Kendrel Marino. They missed the two-point try and were ahead 26-14 at the 8:41 mark of the period.
Again, Everett couldn’t move the chains and quickly punted to the Southern Huntingdon 45-yard line.
Southern quarterback Scott Garlock dropped back and threw a deep pass to a wide open Haiden Garner, who turned up the field and finished it off for the 55-yard score. Garlock and Garner connected on the two-pointer also to make it 34-14 with 7:24 on the clock.
“We made a couple adjustments from the first half to what (Everett) was doing defensively,” said Southern Huntingdon coach Ryan Garlock. “Kendrel’s long touchdown run was a play that we made one of those adjustments on. It’s nice when those things work.”
“We were being aggressive defensively and Southern saw that,” said Everett coach Dave Lightner. “I knew they would probably try something to counteract our blitzing. They caught us a couple of times in the second half. That’s good coaching on their part.”
Everett’s Calvin Iseminger intercepted Garlock later in the third quarter, but the hosts didn’t capitalize. In the fourth, Southern’s Kadin Moore had a 20-yard touchdown to finish the scoring for the night.
The first quarter saw three touchdowns in a span of 3:55. Garlock threw a 35-yard scoring pass to Zach Hunsinger to make it 6-0. The Rockets missed the extra point.
Everett was forced to punt which left Southern at its 35. Garlock rolled out to attempt a long pass that fell incomplete, but one of the offensive lineman got flagged for a personal foul chop block.
That pushed the Rockets back deep into their own end. On the next snap, Garlock tried a screen pass only to have Everett’s Hunter Browning stepping in front of it and taking two strides to the end zone for the defensive touchdown. Luca Fierro converted the PAT to give the Warriors a 7-6 edge with 7:45 left in the period.
Southern responded with a nine-play drive that covered 65 yards in less than two minutes. Set up on first down at the Everett 20-yard line, Marino gained nine yards and then Nate Myers did the rest on an 11-yard scoring run.
Each team was flagged during consecutive two-point attempts, and on the third try, Garlock’s pass fell incomplete in the end zone to leave the Rockets with a 12-7 lead.
Marino’s plunge from a yard away, coupled with a Garlock to Garner two-pointer put Southern up 20-7 at the 11:15 mark of the second quarter.
Following the kickoff, Everett had the ball at its own 31-yard line. The first play from scrimmage worked to perfection when a deep pass from Malex Akers hit Brandon Mills in stride, and the lanky receiver outran everyone to the end zone for a 69-yard score. Fierro’s extra point cut the deficit to six points.
Both teams had two scoreless possessions for the remainder of the first half.
Everett, 1-7, travels to Williamsburg next Friday.
“The kids played hard tonight,” said Lightner. “We’re always looking for the win no matter who we play. We have two more chances to do that. The kids need to believe in that.”
GAME NOTES: Southern Huntingdon had 244 yards rushing and 247 passing in the game. ... Marino led the ground attack with 16 carries for 160 yards. ... Akers completed three passes for 108 yards. ... There were 16 penalties and nine punts between the teams. ... Prior to kickoff, Everett’s Quinton Spade and Tori Steele were named Homecoming King and Queen.
SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON 40, EVERETT 14
So. Huntingdon 12 8 14 6 — 40
Everett 7 7 0 0 — 14
SH — Zach Hunsinger 35-yard pass from Scott Garlock (kick failed), 9:42 in the 1st. E — Hunter Browning 2-yard interception return (Luca Fierro kick), 7:45 in the 1st. SH — Nate Myers 11-yard run (pass failed), 5:47 in the 1st. SH — Kendrel Marino 1-yard run (Haiden Garner pass from Garlock), 11:18 in the 2nd. E — Brandon Mills 69-yard pass from Malex Akers (Fierro kick), 11:02 in the 2nd. SH — Marino 59-yard run (pass failed), 8:41 in the 3rd. SH — Garner 55-yard pass from Garlock (Garner pass from Garlock), 7:12 in the 3rd. SH — Kadin Moore 20-yard run (kick failed), 4:24 in the 4th.
Team Statistics SH E
First Downs 16 6
Yards Rushing 244 74
Yards Passing 247 108
Pass Record 13-27 3-12
Intercepted By 0 2
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 10-100 6-65
Punts-Avg. 3-32 6-33
Individual Statistics Rushing
SH — Kendrel Marino 16-160; Scott Garlock 9-42; Nate Myers 4-28; Kadin Moore 1-20; Devin Knier 104; Dawson Booher 1-0; Team 1-(-10). E — Cameron Mellott 8-26; Calvin Iseminger 6-16; Sidric Grove 2-15; Malex Akers 12-7; Isaiah Dietrich 2-6; Andrew Jay 2-4.
SH — Garlock 13-27-247-2. E — Akers 3-11-108-0; Grove 0-1-0-0.
SH — Haiden Garner 8-150; Marino 2-30; Zach Hunsinger 1-35; Myers 1-18; Booher 1-14. E — Brandon Mills 1-69; Kolby Weaver 1-21; Mellott 1-18.
InterceptionsE — Hunter Browning, Iseminger.