A sweet Shocker victory for homecoming

By James Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

The Waterville/Mansfield Shockers celebrated homecoming Oct. 13 with a 14-12 victory over the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions. (Empire Press photo/James Robinson)

The temperature was in the mid-30s for the Waterville/Mansfield Shockers homecoming game against Liberty Bell on Oct. 13 and the Shockers were looking for their first win of the season. Their wishes came true with a 14-12 victory.

The game started with the Shockers getting the ball and with three downs punted to the Mountain Lions. Liberty Bell had several plays that each gained 5 to 12 yards until a right end sweep resulted in the game’s first score for the Mountain Lions. The point after kick was not successful.

Senior Johnny Mullen caught a pass and Dallas Lowman had a good 11-yard run. With a fourth down on the Mountain Lions 40-yard line, Waterville/Mansfield fumbled. The Shockers Angel Lucero had a 9-yard run, then a pass to Mullen moved the ball down the field. Lucero then had a 23-yard run for a Shocker touchdown. The 2-point after attempt failed.

At halftime, the score was 6-6. In the third quarter, the Mountain Lions scored again and failed at the point after attempt. Both teams were strong on defense.

With just 1:45 left in the fourth quarter, the Shockers had the ball on their own 25-yard line. A pass to Mullen moved the ball downfield. The Shockers, sensing a chance to win, were fired up. With 1:05 to go in the game, there was a first down. Then there was a second down with 51 seconds left and the ball on the 1-yard line. On the third down with 19 seconds left, the ball was on the 1-foot line. The touchdown was run by Angel Lucero with Jacob Stibal scoring the 2-point conversation.

The Mountain Lions had 14 seconds left but the Shockers held on to take the win and a chance to ring their “victory bell.”

“It means a whole bunch,” Waterville/Mansfield’s assistant coach Tayn Kendrick said. “The kids that were here that put in the time, it just means a lot. For our freshman, they didn’t win a game in the first two years, for that to happen on homecoming was even more special. We battled back.”

Other sources contributed to this story.