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Lightning Grounded by Bruins



Jake Stoddard, a Wyalusing Valley High School graduate and currently a linebacker for the Northern Tier Bruins, returns a first-quarter interception during Saturday's game at Peterson Stadium. The Bruins defeated the Lancaster Lightning, 17-3. Photo by Bob Hutchings.

Donnie Jackson-Bey rushed for one touchdown and Jamie Kendrick threw for another as the Northern Tier Bruins defeated the Lancaster Lightning, 17-3, in a North American Football League clash at Wyalusing's Peterson Stadium on Saturday.

Jackson-Bey gained 104 yards, including 28 yards on his first-quarter scoring scamper, to lead the Bruins, who improved to 5-2, overall, with the victory.

It was the Bruins' third consecutive victory.

Jamie Kendrick opened the scoring with a 36-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kendrick on their first possession.

A 32-yard kickoff return by Ryan Van Noy set the table for the five-play scoring march.

Damon Arnold added the first of two PATs to give Northern Tier a 7-0 lead with 11:29 left in the first quarter.

Jackson-Bey's touchdown capped a 60-yard, four-play drive that gave the Bruins a 14-0 lead with 7:09 left in the first quarter.

Northern Tier had additional scoring opportunities in the first half, but Arnold had a 45-yard field goal attempt blocked late in the first quarter and saw a 40-yard attempt fall just short late in the second quarter.

Arnold finally found the range on the Bruins first possession of the second half, connecting from the 41 for a 17-0 lead.

The Lightning, which fell to 2-2 with the loss, launched their best drive of the game to set up a 43-yard field goal with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

Lancaster threatened throughout the fourth quarter to get back on the board, but the Bruins defense, which held the Lightning to 83 yards, came up with big plays when they were needed.

The Bruins defense held on downs on three straight possessions at their own 14-, 4- and 30-yard lines.

The Bruins forced four Lightning turnovers, including interceptions by Wyalusing Valley graduate Jake Stoddard and Canton's Guy Kapichok. Stoddard was credited with a pair of sacks. Kapichok added a fumble recovery with 45 seconds to play in the game at the Bruins 8.

A pair of former Wyalusing running backs—Justin Jones and Brock Waluk—also had good outings for the Bruins.

Jones gained 15 yards on four carries before injuring a muscle.

Waluk, who just joined the team a couple of weeks ago, had 36 yards on five carries.

Northern Tier returns to action this Saturday when it travels to Carlisle to face the winless North Penn Energy.

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