General McLane football falls to Harbor Creek at home

Category:  Sports
Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 12:29 PM
General McLane football falls to Harbor Creek at home by Aaron Pilgrim
Photo: Aaron Pilgrim

Despite a valiant effort, the General McLane football team came up short in a 34-7 loss to Harbor Creek at home on Sept. 25.

The Lancers are now 2-1, while Harbor Creek moved to 3-0. 

In the first quarter, the Huskies held the Lancers’ triple option in check, forcing two fumbles.  

“We definitely hang our hat on running the ball. That’s what we’ve done with the option game,” said General McLane Head Coach Jim Wells. “We’re used to getting good yardage on the ground and it’s tough when a team is good defensively.” 

While the running game had a tough time, McLane did log some big plays through their air attack. 

Specifically, the Lancers took advantage of their bigger receivers, like Luke Salamonsen, and the mismatches that presented with Harbor Creek’s smaller defensive backs. He grabbed 2 catches for 79 yards.

The Lancers would also go to senior Ryan Harvey for what seemed like a touchdown — it would be called back on a pass interference call the home crowd disagreed with. 

Wells spoke about the offensive balance the team likes to strike. “We like to run the ball and go for a big play here and there to try and back the defense off a little bit. We’re not a spread team; that's not what we do. We don't spend 80% of our time pass blocking and throwing routes.” 

The running game definitely had its moments, like when the Lancers stormed out of the gates in the second half, marching right down the field and scoring, making it 21-7 and sending the crowd into a frenzy. 

McLane’s defense kept the new momentum going, stepping up and getting a stop. The Lancers offense would take the field with a chance to close on the lead. 

From here, though, General McLane’s chances took a turn for the worse, as they lost another fumble that Harbor Creek scooped up for a score.   

Everything seemed to go the Huskies’ way the rest of the game. 

Multiple times, General McLane’s defensive linemen had the Harbor Creek quarterback dead to rights deep in the backfield. But he regularly found a way to slip out from their grasp and either hit an open receiver for a big gain or run it himself for a chunk of yardage. 

“I think we did a pretty good job against their running game, to be honest with you,” said Wells. “I think most of their yardage came from their quarterback scrambling. He's a good quarterback; he’s a good athlete.”  

Facing an athletic quarterback on all levels can be difficult. Wells noted that, “It’s tough to defend those guys in the NFL, [and] it's tough to defend those guys in high school.” 

“We can get better, we can work on some of our angles and some of our execution, and that’s what we’re gonna do,” he said about improving the run defense.    

High school athletes have had to prepare for this season under tumultuous circumstances. Wells talked about preparing for the games during COVID-19.   

“It had to be different. We had to think about social distancing, and we didn’t get as many practices as we normally would have during the summer; we weren’t able to lift as much as we normally are. We’ve never even been in our locker room.” 

He added, “We’ve still been able to prepare but it’s just been different.” 

You can watch the entire game below. 

Aaron Pilgrim is a staff writer for The Spectator. He can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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