SAEGERTOWN — Saegertown Panthers coach Jim Wolfgang told his players to look at the scoreboard after the football game on Friday night.
They did — and they liked what they saw.
The Panthers won an 18-2 Region 4 contest over the Maplewood Tigers on the Panthers home field.
With the win, Saegertown improved to 2-3 in Region 4 and 2-3 overall, while Maplewood fell to 2-3, 2-3.
Everything seemed to go Saegertown’s way — well, after Maplewood lit up the scoreboard with a two-point safety after Panther Jacob Reisinger was tackled in the end zone for a two-yard loss.
Wolfgang also told his team they played four hard quarters of football together.
“We played a heck of a game,” Wolfgang said. “Maplewood is a well-coached team.”
But everything — from the Panthers recovering three fumbles to making two interceptions — seemed to go Saegertown’s way.
Maplewood coach Bryan Borkovich did not make any excuses for his players.
He said it was the worst night in his nine years of coaching.
“We’re our own worst enemy on offense,” Borkovich said. “We can’t execute anything. Hats off to (Saegertown).”
Maplewood fumbled the ball on its second possession of the second quarter, and Saegertown recovered it on its own 47-yard line. Five plays later, Jaden Reagle found the end zone from five yards out for a 6-2 Saegertown lead.
In the third, Zach Yoder intercepted a Dominick Kinney pass on the Panthers’ 25-yard line. After a 15-play drive down field, Saegertown quarterback Henry Shaffer connected with Reisinger for six-yard TD pass for the Panthers’ second score of the night.
In the final quarter, Reisinger again found paydirt on a four-yard run to give the Panthers an 18-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Saegertown’s Garrett Young intercepted a second Maplewood pass late in the fourth quarter.
Reisinger ended the night with 25 carries for 111 yards and two TDs. Shaffer completed 10-of-14 pass attempts for 155 yards.
Maplewood’s Kaleb Donor recorded 17 carries for 85 yards. Kinney completed seven of 15 pass attempts for 64 yards.