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Juniata dismantles Rockets in 40-6 victory

Photos by Bob Hockenbrock


The score says it all.

Juniata’s Friday night home game proved to be more of a track meet for the football team as they reeled off a 40-point night as “Big Red” dominated James Buchanan 40-6 at Dietrick Field at Klingensmith Stadium.

Offensively, the Indians ran the ball successfully on 38 carries for 329 yards.

Running back Caleb Seeger ran for 115 yards while Ortiz ran for 98.

Rounding out the top Indians’ runners was Chase White with 77 hard-fought rushes.

Through the air, Juniata’s Cameron Sweigart went 6-for-9 for 108 yards.

They amassed 16 first downs while holding James Buchanan to seven.

Defensively, Juniata also showed its tenacity holding the Rockets to 200 yards total offense.

The defensive backs also played a big role as it forced four turnovers while it had just one fumble.

Billy Dressler picked off two of the Indians’ three pics.

Rounding out the interceptions was Saftey Makih Hunt.

On its first possession, the Indians’ offense went right to work.

On its third play from scrimmage, Sweigart handed the ball off to Ortiz  and found a wide hole to run through, scampering for an 80-yard TD run for the touchdown.

Buchanan’s first possession turned into an early nightmare as they saw an early break turn into a Juniata touchdown.

After being held on three plays, the Rockets went back to punt and it was blocked but a reversal on the call by the official gave the Rockets

the ball on a unnecessary roughness penalty. The call gave Buchanan new life and a first down.

The Rockets seemed to tie the game on a hook up from Caden Stoner to Jacob Frey for a 25-yard TD but a holding call took it off the board and back to the 35.

The drive fizzled and the ball went back to Juniata.

Juniata’s offense lost the ball on a fumble at midfield.

But one the first play, the Rockets went for a pass in the flats but the ball was thrown behind as a lateral and the Indians’ Yaneil Ortiz wisely picked up the ball and scampered in for the 45-yard touchdown, making it a 14-0 advantage.

With the momentum on their side, the Indians forced yet another turnover when Hunt leaped up and snagged a Lucas pass.

Minutes later, Ortiz scored for the second time in the quarter on a nine yard run, upping the lead to 20-0.

Defense took over and before the half, gave the ball to its offense once again.

Seeger broke through the interior line and blazed his way through the secondary for an 83-yard run and a 26-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, Juniata upped its lead to 32-0 as the Indians went to the air when Sweigart hit a wide open Hunt for a 44-yard hook up.

The Rockets scored late in the game, cutting it to a 32-6 contest.

But with time running out the Indians found the end zone one last time when Jordan Dickinson.

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