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Zephs beat Rovers, Parkland next

Trey Dogmanits saw his team’s 37-14 victory at Easton last week as a complete one.

“I thought the game went really well,” said the Whitehall junior quarterback. “Everyone showed up when they were needed.

“We got a big lift from special teams right at the beginning of the game, and our defense caused a few big turnovers.”

Dogmanits noted Mason Delvalle’s 77-yard punt return that gave the Zephyrs a 7-0 lead in the second quarter as well as some early momentum. Dogmanits then hit Tony Bullock on a 32-yard scoring strike that gave Whitehall a 14-0 advantage before Easton rallied to tie the game at 14-14 at halftime.

The Zephyrs then reeled off 23 unanswered points to gain their second victory of the season. Whitehall will host Parkland (2-2) Friday night.

Dogmanits finished the game completing 14 of 21 passes for 191 yards with three touchdowns. He hit Nigel Linton on a 32-yard score in the third quarter to put the Zephyrs ahead to stay at 21-14. Dogmanits later found Jack Kocher from 17 yards out that boosted the Zephyrs’ lead to 28-14.

A safety recorded by Whitehall pushed the deficit to 30-14 in the fourth quarter, and the Zephyrs closed the scoring when Delvalle scored on a 1-yard plunge.

Delvalle topped all Whitehall runners with 65 yards on 14 carries, and Linton added 61 on 21 carries. Kocher caught a game-high seven balls for 97 yards.

Whitehall’s Kayden Davis-Latsch and Carter Troxell had interceptions for the Zephyrs, and they also recovered an Easton fumble.

“Our defense caused a few big turnovers to give us great field position and an opportunity to score,” added Dogmanits. “Our offense scored when we needed. It was a great win to give us confidence going into the Parkland game.”

NOTES AND PREDICTION: Whitehall has won two of its last three games and has averaged 29 points during that span ... Dogmanits has completed 61 of 109 attempts for 697 yards with nine touchdowns and five interceptions ... Linton has run for a team-high 198 yards on 74 carries, and Kocher lead the pack with 23 catches for 312 yards with three touchdowns … Parkland is coming off a tough 21-14 loss to Allentown Central Catholic in which they fumbled late in the game going toward the end zone for the tying score. Nahki Bullock, a wide receiver, started at quarterback in place of injured starter Luke Spang ... Bullock completed 6 of 11 passes for 101 yards and rushed for 58 yards on 11 carries ... Central Catholic knocked off Parkland for the second consecutive season ... Whitehall appears to be getting everything in order, and a win here would be a statement one. Zephyrs will hang here, but something tells me that Parkland takes a tight one. Where I do get a good cheesesteak in Whitehall? I’ll have to ask head boys’ basketball coach Jeff Jones ... PARKLAND, 27-20.