Fort LeBoeuf Stampedes Past Harbor Creek
Fort LeBoeuf's halftime changes allowed the Bison to blow past Harbor Creek on the ground. Four second-half scores to handed the Huskies their first loss of the season 35-2.
"We made some adjustments," said Fort LeBoeuf's head coach Jeff Nichols on his team's second-half offensive burst. "They were aligned a little differently than we had seen on film, and so we made some adjustments in the second half. Going into the second half we knew we could move the football and took advantage of that."
As usual, Fort LeBoeuf's ground and pound style was too much for Harbor Creek to handle. The Bison ran for 280 yards on the ground, led by senior running back Tynan Mazur who accounted for 128 of them. His early second-half score doubled the Fort LeBoeuf lead to 15-2.
"Our second-half performances, we always work hard in practice and we work hard in conditioning and that's what we always try to do," said Mazur on the team's ability to take over in the second half.
Despite the strong presence on the ground, it was the defense that defined the night.
Fort LeBoeuf surrendered just 26 yards of total offense to Harbor Creek including -4 yards of rushing. The defense's defining moment came in the third quarter when the Bison forced a fumble of Harbor Creek's quarterback Casey Smith. Fort LeBoeuf recovered inside the Huskie 30 yard line. That led to junior running back Ben Turi's third touchdown which put Fort LeBoeuf up 21-2 with just seconds left in the third quarter.
"As soon as they fumbled and we got a touchdown and the momentum was on our side and we kept rolling, said Turi.
Turi added another score midway through the fourth to cap off a three-touchdown performance as Fort LeBoeuf earned its second straight win after an opening week loss to Grove City.
"We just wanted to go out there and play some football and then we would learn from that," said Nichols on his team's ability to bounce back the past two weeks. "That's exactly what they're doing right now. They come back to practice. They want to be there. We're getting better. There are still some things to take care of, but this team is just phenomenal when it comes to wanting to get better."
The win Friday night was Fort Leboeuf's seventh straight victory over Harbor Creek. In that span, the Bison have outscored the Huskies 139-36.
"Our condition, our physicality and our mentality. I think that's what keeps us going," said Turi. "It's another county team and we love those match-ups.
Fort LeBoeuf will look for its third straight win in Week 4 when they host Meadville [0-3] at Carm Bonito Field. Meanwhile, Harbor Creek will have hopes of bouncing back as they return home to take on Fairview.