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General McLane romps to sixth consecutive victory

Written by: on Sunday, October 17th, 2010

EDINBORO, Pa. – Near the one end of the General McLane sideline lie a piece of a broken headphone from an Ipod. The small piece of plastic bore the marks of repeated trampling by Lancer football players, probably unaware of what was beneath their cleats.

Turns out the broken headphone wasn’t alone in being flattened on this night.

General McLane (6-1) rushed for 422 yards and averaged more than 9.9 yards per carry in a merciless 49-14 drubbing of Meadville (2-5) Saturday evening from a chilly Linden Field in Edinboro.

“I’m proud of how our kids played and how well they executed against a good Meadville team,” said Lancers’ head coach Jim Wells.

Really, if you were Wells and the Lancers on this night, little more needed to be said. The Lancers’ Kyle Shinn blew past the Bulldogs’ defense on its first play from scrimmage for a 91-yard touchdown run. On McLane’s sixth play, junior fullbck Chad Kulka crashed to paydirt from 2 yards out. And on the Lancers’ ninth play from scrimmage, field general Josh Ponsoll hit Josh Niswonger on a 16-yard touchdown pass to push the scarlet and silver’s lead to 21-0.

That’s right. Nine offensive plays. 195 yards of offense, 179 of which were rushing. Seven first downs. Twenty-one points. And an average of 22.4 yards per rush and 21.7 yards per play. Whew.

Meadville was able to slice the Lancer lead to 21-7 when Aaron Lloyd (3-of-11, 29 yards, TD) hooked up with Terrence Goodrum on a 10-yard pass, but Meadville got no closer, as McLane pulled away with two more first half touchdowns – a Brian Suminski 5-yard run and a Ponsoll (2-of-3, 39 yards, 2 TD) 23-yard scoring pass to tight end Quinn Thompson.

By halftime, the Lancers had posted 332 yards of offense – 293 of which came on the ground. But McLane was not slowing down.

Ponsoll capped a 62-yard drive to open the second half with his third total touchdown – a 7-yard rush – to make it 42-7. Matt Astorino, the younger brother of former General McLane star Drew Astorino, capped the Lancers’ scoring binge with a 32-yard scoring run with 3:24 left in the third period.

Meadville capped the scoring for the game with a 3-yard from Lloyd with 11:56 left in the game. Meadville finished the game with 161 yards of offense (132 rushing). Bulldog backs Artrel Foster (16 rush, 71 yards) and Goodrum (14 rush, 44 yards) helped pace the ground attack.

McLane, meanwhile, had numerous stars. Astorino finished with 120 yards on nine carries. Ponsoll finished with 110 yards of total offense, including 71 yards on 12 rushing attempts with three total touchdowns. Shinn finished with 89 yards on three carries, and Kulka posted 87 yards on five attempts. Suminski had five carries for 29 yards and reserve back Tyler Hendricks posted 14 yards on five totes.

General McLane posted 461 yards of total offense and 20 first downs. And, at 6-1, the Lancers are solidifying themselves as one of the top teams in the District 10 AA landscape. After a Week 1 loss to rival Erie Strong Vincent, the Lancers have won six straight games.

“I don’t know (how good we are),” Wells said. “The only thing we can control is how hard we work each week.”

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