Football Falls at Moravian

Mitch Shober had six tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup for the Eagles.
Mitch Shober had six tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup for the Eagles.

BETHLEHEM, Pa.- Host Moravian held a 35-7 lead at the half as it cruised to a 42-10 win over Juniata on Saturday afternoon at Rocco Calvo Field. The win, which is the Hounds' sixth in a row, improves their record to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the Centennial Conference. Juniata drops to 3-6 overall and 2-6 in the Centennial.


The Greyhounds led 14-0 early in the second quarter. After a 13-yard run my Matt Lehr (Dover, Pa./York Catholic) to end the first period, the Eagles had the ball at their own 40 to begin the second. Deonte Alston (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill) had rushes of eight and five yards to get the Eagles into Moravian territory. On first down at the Moravian 47, quarterback Hank Coyne (Royersford, Pa./Spring Ford) completed a long pass to Kirby Breault (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) who fought his way past several Greyhound defenders and into the endzone for the 47-yard touchdown. With Kevin Bonalle's (Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest) extra point, the Eagles cut into Moravian's lead to make it 14-7 with 13:32 showing on the clock.


Moravian tacked on two more touchdowns to go ahead with 4:21 left to go in the half. JC tried to get a comeback going but was thwarted when Coyne was intercepted by the Greyhounds' Noah Miller, who raced 47 yards down the sideline and into the end zone, as the Hounds went ahead 35-7 where the score stood at halftime.


The second half was less eventful as the Juniata defense held Moravian to just one touchdown, which occurred with 10:38 remaining in the third quarter. The Eagles were able to get a scoring drive with 3:32 to go in the third. On second and four from the JC 30, Andre Pendleton (Penn Valley, Pa./Harriton) took the handoff and ran 63 yards to the Moravian seven. The drive stalled, however, and Bonalle converted a 32-yard field goal for the Eagles to bring the score to 42-10.


The Hounds did their damage on the ground as they piled up 273 yards led by Chris Negron's 226 yards on 18 carries. Overall, they totaled 469 yards in offense. Moravian was also perfect in the red zone as it was 5-of-5.


Coyne passed for 87 yards, one touchdown, and an interception. James Dougherty (York, Pa/York Catholic) completed six of 10 passes for 37 yards. Both quarterbacks were sacked just once.


On the ground, Pendleton had eight rushed for 79 yards. Alston ran 13 times for 30 yards. Michael John (Osceola Mills, Pa./Phillipsburg-Osceola) carried five times for 17 yards.


Breault caught two passes for 46 yards and a score. Jake Notestine (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) grabbed three balls for 20 yards.


Colin Schaeffer (Newport, Pa./Newport) led the defense with nine tackles. John Michael Maclay (Reedsville, Pa./Mifflin County) and Nick Bonavita (Sheffield, Pa./Sheffield Area) both tallied eight stops with Maclay also breaking up a pass.


Juniata returns to Knox Stadium next Saturday to close out the 2015 season. The Eagles welcome Susquehanna for the annual Goalpost Game. It will also be Senior Day with kickoff set for 1 p.m.