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Jersey Shore rallies to get 25-17 comeback win against Lewisburg

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore's Kyle Tomb (45) stiff-arms Lewisburg's Draven Doebler (45) for a few more yards in the second quarter.

JERSEY SHORE — Dawson Sechrist ran for a career-high 189 yards, the offensive line dominated the fourth quarter and the defense allowed just seven points over the final three quarters Friday night at Thompson Street Stadium as Jersey Shore rallied for a 25-17 comeback win against Lewisburg. The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-1) rallied from a 10-point second-quarter deficit and now have a chance to win at least a share of the HAC-I championship.

If Jersey Shore wins its regular-season finale against Central Mountain, it will do no worse than share the league championship with Shamokin. A win and a Shamokin loss to Shikellamy would give the Bulldogs the outright title.

Lewisburg (5-3, 3-2) dominated the first quarter, building that 10-point advantage and outgaining Jersey Shore, 144-14. The Bulldogs did not manage a first down that quarter, but they also did not flinch. Instead, the defense adjusted well and forced four first-half turnovers. Kyle Tomb scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and Cameron Griffin kicked a 21-yard field goal as Jersey Shore scored 10 straight points and tied it at halftime.

Max Moyers (175 yards) ran for a 34-yard touchdown early in the third quarter and put Lewisburg up, 17-10, but the Bulldogs did not allow another point. Then Sechrist changed the game’s complexion just two plays later when he broke some tackles near the line and exploded for a 76-yard touchdown. Koby Peacock handled a low snap and found Josh Malicky for the go-ahead 2-point conversion and the Bulldogs never trailed again.

The offensive line dominated the fourth quarter, helping the Bulldogs churn out yards and burn the clock. Tanner Lorson made some huge third-down plays and came up big in the fourth quarter when he flipped the ball to Sechrist for an 11-yard touchdown that made it, 25-17. The defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing series and the line overpowered Lewisburg from there, as Jersey Shore ran off the game’s final 6 minutes, 52 seconds.

Sechrist totaled a career-high 200 yards and running back Kyle Tomb and Malicky combined for 71 yards rushing. Middle linebacker/tackle Hunter O’Connor played another strong defensive game and became Jersey Shore High School’s all-time leader in tackles.

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