Strong Vincent at Hickory
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Friday night lights were finally back across the state of Pennsylvania. Teams have been preparing for tonight since their seasons ended last year. Hickory returned to the field for the first time since falling to eventual state champion South Fayette while Erie Strong Vincent looked to bounce back from a disappointing 2014.
Hickory won the toss but chose to put their defense on the field first. It turned out to be a great decision as Strong Vincent was forced to punt. The punt was not well-executed and Hickory was left with a short field. The Hornets wasted no time getting in the end zone as sophomore quarterback Luke Brennan connected with recent Penn State commit Andrew Pryts on one of his 4 touchdown passes for the opening score. The rest of the first half had a similar tone as Brennan threw 2 more TDs, another one to Pryts and one to senior WR/DB Joey DeJulia. In between the 2 later TD throws was a Chuck Carr rush TD.
Much like the rest of District 10, this game came out of halftime in a lightning delay. The game was delayed for approximately 1 hour. When the teams hit the field, Strong Vincent tried to get an onside kick to open the half, but it was recovered by Hickory lineman Dylan Mitchell. Later in the 3rd quarter, Brennan connected once again with DeJulia on a 28yd TD, putting the mercy rule into effect. Brennan finished the night 8-11 for 175yds and the 4 TDs.
Brandon Williams tried to get momentum going for Strong Vincent with a couple of nice runs as he finished with 81 yards but the Hornet defense was just too much all night. The game ended with Strong Vincent QB, Sam Peterson throwing his 3rd INT of the game with a final score of 35-0. Both teams return to action next week as Strong Vincent takes on AAA powerhouse Cathedral Prep while Hickory will travel to Sharon for a huge rivalry game.
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