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Find a way
Sports Editor The last few weeks of the high school football season has been extremely frustrating for folks in Ephrata and Denver.
While the Eagles were soundly beaten in the opener against Schuylkill Valley, their other two losses could have and probably should have been wins.
Two Fridays ago, the Eagles led Governor Mifflin (yes that Governor Mifflin that beat mighty Wilson in the first week) 13-0 before the Bulldogs stormed back in the second half to win a 14-13 game. Then Friday night at Manheim Central, a win seemed certain early when Cocalico bolted out to a quick 20-0 lead. But mistakes and a Baron team playing with a big, heavy heart this year turned the game around as MC scored three unanswered touchdowns to pull out a 21-20 thriller.
Ephrata also has had some frustrating Fridays the past few weeks. Heck, one could argue the Mounts very easily could be 4-0 right now.
In Week One, a pick-six and a blocked kick proved to be the difference as Ephrata dropped a 20-12 decision to a beatable Exeter squad. Then in Week Two, the Mounts didn’t give themselves a chance as Cocalico used six turnovers to fuel a 28-15 win.
Then last week at CV, the Mounts led most of the way but couldn’t quite close out the Bucks despite many opportunities. In the end, the CV running game wore down Ephrata in a 17-7 verdict.
Then last Friday against Manheim Township, the Mounts went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in Section One. Ephrata came back from two scores down to tie the game at 28-28 in the fourth quarter, only to see the Streaks break off a long touchdown run to clinch a 35-28 game.
Four-straight winnable games for Ephrata. Two that should have been in the win column for Cocalico.
The common factor for both teams is they need to learn how to finish. That is the difference right now for both.
People always give it to me for being a "homer" with Ephrata and Cocalico, which at times may be the case. But I really felt both teams could make some noise this year and I still do.
Obviously within games, both teams have been able to enjoy some successes. Now it’s time to take it to that next level and find a way to close out these games. That’s the bottom line.
Find a way, boys. More RUTH, page B-6