Despite slow start, Pioneers bests Penn Manor 30-16

After a slow, and somewhat ugly start to a game at Penn Manor, Lampeter-Strasburg football is headed to 2-0.
Pioneers face the Comets at Biemesderfer Stadium.
L-S won the coin toss, and decided to receive, going three and out with a punt on their first drive, then Penn Manor doing the same in a battle of starting field possession. Which was won by L-S, averaging 34.5 yards per punt, compared to Penn Manor’s 29.5 yards per punt. 

Penn Manor struck first in the scoring battle receiving good field possession due to one of L-S’s weak points in the game three fumbles (only lost one) and kicking a field goal with 4:11 left in the first quarter. This would be the only scoring of the first quarter with both teams exchanging punts throughout the rest of the quarter.

Penn Manor also struck first in the second quarter kicking another field goal with 10:25 remaining until halftime. On the following drive for L-S pinned deep from a good Penn Manor kickoff, Todd Shelley was pressured and the resulting throw was an interception returned for a Penn Manor touchdown, increasing their lead to 13-0. 
Image courtesy of  Rollpios
A fire was then lit under the L-S team, scoring 21 unanswered to end the half, a 49 yard pass from Todd Shelley to Caleb Lopez, an eight yard Cam Niemeyer run, and a 36 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Nathanael Kreider with no time left on the clock when he crossed into the end zone.

A sloppy third quarter for both Penn Manor and L-S resulted in 0 points scored in the third quarter. The highlight of this quarter was a Ben Cardwell interception for L-S, but would result in an L-S punt. The score heading into the fourth quarter, L-S leading 21-13.

Penn Manor and L-S both kicking field goals in the early fourth quarter. Then exchanging punts with a Penn Manor failed 4th and 12 attempt, which resulted in an L-S three and out. A Chad Gaudino 54 yard pick-six would seal the game for L-S, even with a missed extra point attempt to make the final L-S 30 Penn Manor 16.

The play of two quarterbacks, Justin Edwards, and Todd Shelley, a stellar defense that accounted for two touchdowns, and one-two punch at running back, in Shane Lawler, and Chad Gaudino, all helped jump L-S to 2-0. 

A match-up against a Conestoga Valley team that beat up on Ephrata, winning 54-7, and beating Solanco 46-20, it should make for a great game.

--Mark Reed, LS News Reporter
Edited: AZ

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