Blue Knocks Off White in Opener of Football Series

Friday, October 16, 2020
Evan Howley ’22 looks downfield (photo by Charli McInturff ’23)

The opening contest of Mercersburg’s Blue/White football series October 16 was played in a format possibly unlike any other since football began at the school in 1894. (That year also featured 8-man football.) Head coach Andy Brown set a short-field format, with each team starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line when possessing the ball. Teams could earn first downs, touchdowns, and two-point conversions on offense. Defenses could stop an opponent on downs or by snagging a turnover. Each team received the same number of possessions. 

The Blue Team defeated the White Team 28–6, blowing open a tie game with sustained drives and big plays. Jackson Schemerhorn ’21 put the Blue on the board first when he took an outlet pass from Evan Howley ’22 25 yards into the end zone on Blue’s initial drive. White Team quarterback Jonas Hawk ’24 tied the contest at 6–6 with an impressive 20-yard touchdown scramble off a planned pass play. 

From that point on, though, the game belonged to the Blue. An impressive 28-yard cutback by Caleb Newcomer ’23 off a pitch play provided the second score, and Newcomer then took an option pitch to add the 2-point conversion, making it 14–6. Schemerhorn blasted through from the 10-yard line on an inside run for his second TD, and then Howley hit Jake Ahlgren ’21 for the conversion, putting the Blue up 22–6. Howley connected with Ahlgren for his third TD pass of the day, giving the Blue a final 28–6 margin.

Game 2 in the series will be played Saturday, October 24.