DANVILLE — Shamokin Area did much of what it wanted to do Friday at Danville, but ultimately the Ironmen just had too much firepower.

The Ironmen used a trick-play to tie the game late in the first half, then rode running back Ty Stauffer, who ran for 239 yards and added four catches for 63 yards and scored five touchdowns in a personal duel with the Indians’ Max Madden, to a 42-21 win in a game that was much tighter than the ultimate final score.

Madden carried the ball 37 times for 269 yards for the Indians, going over the 1,200-yard mark for the season, and scored two touchdowns.

But Stauffer took advantage of the Indians’ overplaying all-state wide receiver Carson Persing.

“When you have an explosive running back and an explosive wide receiver like they have, you kind of have to take a chance with one,” said Shamokin coach Henry Hynoski. “We chose to play someone over the top on Persing and we just didn’t have enough to stop Stauffer.”

Still, the Indians controlled most of the first half, with a 10-play, 61-yard drive led by Brett Nye’s passing culminating in a 19-yard touchdown to Colin Seedor, and Madden’s 61-yard run on fourth-and-one setting up his 10-yard touchdown which gave the Indians a 14-7 lead with 9:09 left in the first half.

In between, Stauffer scored on a 32-yard run.

Danville (6-3) tied the game with 43 seconds left in the half. The Ironmen lined up for a 21-yard field goal attempt from the four, but kicker Aaron Johnson took a direct snap and threw 4 yards to Stauffer to put the teams even at the break.

That play changed momentum. Danville got the ball to start the second half and Stauffer scored on a 53-yard run less than a minute into the half.

“Aaron Johnson did a great job on that (field goal) play,” said Danville coach Mike Brennan. “We weren’t sure we were even going to have him this week but he got the ball to Ty, who made a ton of great plays tonight.”

“We’ve been practicing that for three or four weeks now and finally got a chance to use it,” said Stauffer. “It was a big deal for us when it happened.”

Stauffer gave the Ironmen a two-score lead with a 3-yard run on a drive helped by a late hit call against the Indians but Shamokin didn’t panic. The Indians (5-4) answered with a 14-play, 82-yard drive, with Madden carrying the ball 11 times for 64 yards and adding an 11-yard reception on fourth down on a screen pass. He scored on a 12-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Then came a dagger. Quarterback Madden Patrick finally hit Persing with a long pass, but a Shamokin defender ripped the ball out of his hands. However, it bounced right back to Persing in stride and he scored on his own fumble recovery to put it right back to a two-score game.

“Football is a game of bounces and it seems like every big one went against us in the second half,” Hynoski said.

Shamokin forced a turnover on a Colton Lynch interception, but he was down at the 1-yard line. Had he knocked the ball down the Indians would have been at the 20, and the hole was too much. Cameron Kiersch picked off a pass to set up a first-and-goal at the nine, from where Stauffer scored with 2:31 left to ice the game.

“The back half of our schedule has been really physical,” said Brennan. “We’re kind of banged up now but playing in games like this should help us down the road when we’re looking at bigger things.”

“I want to concentrate on the positives,” said Hynoski. “We ran the heck out of the ball and played hard all the way. The kids didn’t get down when they got down two touchdowns.”

Both teams have their work cut out next week. Shamokin hosts Mount Carmel in the Coal Bucket game, and the Ironmen host Southern Columbia.

Danville 42, Shamokin 21

Shamokin (5-4) 7 7 0 7 — 21 Danville (6-3) 0 14 14 14 — 42

S — Colin Seedor, 19 pass from Brett Nye (Carson Ososkie kick) D — y Stauffer, 32 pass from Madden Patrick (Aaron Johnson kick) S — Max Madden, 10 run (Ososkie kick) D — Stauffer, 4 pass from Johnson (Johnson kick) D — Stauffer, 53 run (Johnson kick) D — Staufer, 3 run (Johnson kick) S — Madden, 12 run (Ososkie kick) D — Carson Persing, 23 fumble recovery (Johnson kick) D — Stauffer, 9 run (Johnson kick) S D First Downs 19 16 Rushes-yds. 49-277 32-260 Passing yds. 81 139 Total yds 358 399 Passing (C-A-I) 10-21-1 9-15-2 Penalties 5-40 5-46 Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0Individual statisticsRUSHING:

Shamokin — Madden 37-269, 2 TDs; Aaron Frasch 6-7, Nye 6-1. Danville — Stauffer 30-239, 4 TDs; Patrick 1-14, Johnson 1-7.


Shamokin — Nye 10-21-1, 81 yds., 1 TD. Danville — Patrick 8-14-2, 135 yds., 1 TD; Johnson 1-1-0, 4 yds., TD.


Shamokin — Tyler Whary 3-12, Seedor 2-25, TD; Madden 2-22, Wisdom Knowledge-Jones 2-15, Chase Pensyl 1-7. Danville — Stauffer 4-63, TD; Persing 2-45; Mason Raup 2-31.

INTERCEPTIONS: Shamokin — Pensyl, Colton Lynch. Danville — Cameron Kiersch.

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