Monday, September 11, 2023

Rain-Soaked Showdown: Minersville Defeats Shenandoah Valley

The rain may have soaked the field, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the Minersville Battlin' Miners as they faced off against the Shenandoah Valley Blue Devils in a rescheduled game that was initially slated for Thursday. 

With both teams dealing with the persistent downpour, the Miners made a splash on the field, led by Luke Stevenosky, who etched his name in the school's history books.

The opening quarter saw the Miners making their intentions clear as Luke Stevenosky burst through the Blue Devil defense for a 31-yard rushing touchdown. After missing the extra point, Miners lead 6-0.

The Blue Devils faced adversity when they turned the ball over on downs, and Stevenosky capitalized on the opportunity, recording his second touchdown of the game, once again from 31 yards out. Stevenosky wasn't finished yet, contributing on the 2-point conversion, stretching the lead to 14-0.

The second quarter was all about Luke Stevenosky, who seemed unstoppable. He added two more touchdowns to his tally, bringing his total to four in the game. Despite a failed kick, the Minersville Miners extended their lead to 20-0. Stevenosky wasn't satisfied with that; he punched in another touchdown, this time with a successful 2-point conversion, making it 28-0 in favor of Minersville.

But Stevenosky wasn't done yet. He found the end zone once more on a 21-yard rush, taking advantage of a Blue Devil fumble recovered by Emiliano Conklin. With the 2-point conversion, the Miners continued their dominance, now leading 36-0.

Stevenosky would run one more in during the 2nd making the score Minersville Miners 42, Shenandoah Valley Blue Devils 0 at the half.

The third quarter saw Lorenzo Yourey returning the opening kick for 78 yards for a Battlin' Miner touchdown. Unfortunately, the extra point was no good, but the Miners continued to command the game with a 48-0 lead.

In the final quarter, the Blue Devils finally found the end zone when their quarterback, Ben Dempster, connected with Nick Ryan for a touchdown. 

After a very soggy battle, the Minersville Battlin' Miners would win over the Blue Devils, 48-7.

Luke Stevenosky's performance will be remembered for years to come, as he tied the school's record for most touchdowns in a single game with a remarkable six touchdowns.

Shenandoah Valley's Nick Ryan also broke a school record with his touchdown receiving pass.  This was his 22nd touchdown, 7th of the 2023 season, breaking the Shenandoah Valley record of 21.

With a 3-0 record, Minersville becomes the only undefeated Schuylkill County high school football team. They will play Williams Valley (2-1) at home on Friday night.

Shenandoah Valley falls to 1-2 and play Panther Valley, also 1-2, at home on Friday.

UPDATE:  This story was updated from its original posting to include Nick Ryan's record.

Photos by Chris Keiser / Keiser Sports Photography