Football Beats Delco Christian to Move to 2-0
Mercersburg’s football team shook off a mistake-prone first half with a balanced second-half effort to defeat Delaware County Christian School, 36-18, in Keystone State Football League action September 24 in Mercersburg.
The Blue Storm improved to 2-0 on the season behind quarterback Luke Golumbic ’23, who accounted for all five Blue Storm touchdowns, including four rushing scores and a passing TD.
Despite a spate of fumbles, penalties, and mistakes, Coach Andy Brown’s squad led 14-6 at halftime. Golumbic capped a short-field drive with a 9-yard scamper on an option play in the first quarter, then kept the ball again for the two-point conversion. The captain found the end zone for the second time when he reversed field in the midst of another option play, dodging several defenders to burst in from 2 yards out, giving Mercersburg a 14-0 lead.
DCCS responded, scoring on a short run that was set up by one of several big pass plays on the day for the Knights. The visitors then opened the second half with a 65-yard scoring strike to pull within 14-12, the closest they would come in the contest.
Both the defense and the offense found the rhythm that Brown and his staff constantly reinforce over the rest of the second half, resulting in three more touchdowns on the offensive side, including a beautiful throw-and-catch from Golumbic to tight end Christopher Tompkins ’23. The defense stifled DCCS on several drives, forcing two turnovers and not allowing another score until the reserves were in the game with less than a minute remaining.
"We made some mistakes, both mental and physical," Brown said. "We also did a lot of great things, including overcoming the adversity of those mistakes. This was a resilient effort on the part of our kids."
Statistically, the two teams were almost even, with Mercersburg accumulating 291 yards on offense and DCCS tallying 271 yards. A sharp contrast was in how those yards were gained, as the Blue Storm rushed for 232 yards and the Knights passed for 221 yards.
Mercersburg’s next game is Saturday, October 2, at home against Perkiomen School (1 p.m.). It will be the first meeting between the teams since the Panthers defeated the Blue Storm in the inaugural Keystone State Football League championship game in 2019.