Pioneers plow to victory over Cocalico in final seconds

Sun quickly gave way to sunset, and then a gorgeous fall evening
at Pioneer Field at J.K. Mechanical Stadium
As a crisp fall evening overtook a sunny autumn afternoon, two teams donning blue and white took to the gridiron to play in a game that was rescheduled thanks to Friday's deluge.

The first quarter remained scoreless, but L-S struck first in the second quarter when Bear Shank ran for a two-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, he threw a 24-yard pass to junior running back Chad Gaudino for a score, giving the Pioneers an early 14-0 advantage.

Cocalico answered before the half with a 22-yard pass from Dante Haines to DJ Fabiani, and scored again early in the third quarter to tie the game when Haines scampered for a short touchdown run.

That was the extent of the scoring until the closing minutes. Both coaches grew frustrated with their teams in the second half; late in the third quarter, a fiery Coach John Manion called a timeout simply by running onto the field after a miscommunicated play call. The explosion bore no immediate return, as the Pioneers subsequently punted.

In the fourth quarter, Cocalico sought to convert a third down and short situation, but committed two consecutive pre-snap penalties -- ostensibly rattled by crowd noise -- and handed the ball back to the Pioneers, who took advantage.

L-S drove 11 plays for 67 yards, and scored when Shane Lawler, who notched what LNP aptly described as a "Herculean effort", plowed ahead for an 18-yard score with 21 seconds to go, making the score 21-14. It was all the Pioneers needed, and they held the Eagles on their last possession.

With a short week of practice before Homecoming on Friday, L-S will prepare to make sure Elizabethtown does not get its first win this week.

Editor's Note: Maya Pieters took several additional photos, which are available from Google Photos.
See the game from the L-S Marching Band's perspective

--Benjamin Pontz, Editor-In-Chief

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