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Penn Manor escapes Warwick

Blocked field goal attempt saves day for Comets

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Posted: Saturday, October 24, 2009 12:08 am | Updated: 7:39 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

Football can certainly be a tough game to figure out some times.

Penn Manor did everything it could in the second half Friday night to lose, but won.

Warwick, meanwhile, did just about all it could do in the second half to win the game, but lost.

What the Warriors could not do was kick a potential game-winning field goal in the closing minutes.

Garrett Young blocked the kick with 1:51 left to seal Penn Manor's 14-12 win on another rainy night at Biemesderfer Stadium in Millersville.

The Warriors (2-3 Section One, 4-4 overall) recovered the last of Penn Manor's two fourth-quarter fumbles at the Comets 28 with 4:31 left in the game and took it to the 14 where they were in perfect position to win the game.

"It was right in the middle," said Warwick coach Bob Locker. "We accepted the fact we were going to kick it. We ran a play, middled the ball up. We put it dead in the middle."

But Young led a Comet charge up the gut and got a piece of Adam Zipko's 31-yard field goal try.

"We were fortunate enough to get a lot of pressure and Garrett snuck through and got a piece of it," said Penn Manor coach Todd Mealy. "It was a big-time play that obviously won us the game."

It also finally snuffed out Warwick's second-half dominance.

Penn Manor (4-1, 7-1) jumped out to an early 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of touchdowns in the first 8:37 of the game.

Quarterback P.J. Rehm got the Comets on the board first when he hooked up with Demetrius Dixon for a 30-yard touchdown. Following a Warwick punt, LaRonn Lee extended the lead to 14-0 when he broke loose for a 21-yard TD run with 3:23 left in the opening quarter.

Warwick's offense did not do much in the opening half, gaining just 51 total yards compared to Penn Manor's 174. The closest the Warriors got to scoring was the Comets 44.

"We played a lousy first half, challenged them at halftime and came out and did everything right you're supposed to do in the second half," said Locker. "You just have to make the field goal."

Before the field goal try, Chris Schaffer ran for a pair of touchdowns. Following his seven-yarder late in the third quarter, the PAT was no good and the Comets led 14-6.

Midway through the fourth, Schaffer punched it in from a yard out and the Warriors lined up for a potential game-tying two-point conversion.

"Most of our two-point conversion plays are passes, but we were having trouble throwing the ball," explained Locker. "I looked at the kids and said what do you want and they wanted to give the ball to Schaffer because that's what got us there."

They did, but the Comets defense stopped Schaffer at the 2 and Penn Manor maintained its two-point lead with 6:10 to play.

"It's a shame," said an emotional Locker. "The kids played their hearts out. I told them I loved them."

In the second half, the Comets gained only 44 yards and ran just 14 plays, compared to Warwick's 34. Schaffer alone carried the ball 23 times in the half for 118 of his team-high 143 yards rushing.

"It seemed like we stopped playing after the first quarter," said Mealy. "We did everything tonight to lose it. We did things that are uncharacteristic of the things that we're trying to do here."

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