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September 25, 2011

MIFFLINTOWN — Going into Friday night’s Homecoming 2011 football game, Juniata was looking to even its mark at 2-2, while on the other side of the field, winless Bellefonte (0-3) was simply looking to be respectable and hopefully come away with a win.

 

 

Coming out of the game, the Indians did even their mark at 2-2, while for Bellefonte, it was much of the same as they came out on the short end of a 50-0 final at rain soaked Deitrick Field.

 

 

“It has been a long time since we had a win like this one,” said Juniata head coach Gary Klingensmith. “Tonight everything was just clicking on all cylinders for us and we got a good effort from everybody who played.”

 

 

While Klingensmith was happy with the win and the effort of his squad, Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch, although happy with the effort he got from his players, was disappointed with the way he prepared his team for the battle.

 

 

“I just didn’t have the kids ready,” said Besch. “I thought we had a good game plan coming in and I thought we had something we could put together, but obviously I wasn’t able to get them in the right place at the right time for them to do the right things. Our kids played the assignments we taught them, they played hard, but quite frankly this one (loss) is on me because I honestly feel that I didn’t have them prepared for this game.”

 

 

Through their first three games, the Indians featured a strong running game which averaged 237.3 yards per game. Doing the bulk of the leg work for the Red & Blue had been Cody Saner with 273 yards on 48 carries good for three scores, while Saner’s supporting cast of Adam Goshorn (23-151-2) and Neil Bodley (26-148-4) give the Indians a well-balanced attack.

 

 

However, with Goshorn and Bodley both dressed in street clothes and standing on the sideline nursing concussions, Klingensmith inserted Scott Sneath and Chad Eberle, and the Indian ground attack never missed a beat.

 

 

Eberle amassed 176 yards on eight carries good for a pair of scores, Sneath chipped in with 58 yards on a half dozen totes and Saner again went over the century mark with 140 yards on 11 tries while scoring twice. For the game, Juniata backs combined for 429 net yards rushing.

 

 

“We had a couple of our top running backs out and we had to practice all week with some new kids,” Klingensmith said. “The Eberle boy and the Welfley boy was in there and the kids never missed a beat.”

 

 

As for Besch, the absence of Goshorn and Bodley combined with insertion of Sneath and Eberle might have been responsible for throwing a wrench into the wheel of the Raider defensive scheme.

 

 

“I thought we were going to face a team that was going to power us and do some other things,” Besch said. “They were able to do some things differently than I had originally thought and when you fall behind like we did, it makes it tough to play catch-up. I didn’t have the team prepared the way that I was hoping to so now we are going to go back to the chalkboard because next week we have another game to play.”

 

 

Not only happy with the win, Klingensmith was also proud of the shutout his team tossed at the Raiders.

 

 

“We played well both offensively and defensively and this was our first shutout,” said Klingensmith. “Our defense was outstanding and I am very proud of them. I told the kids all season long that we are a good football team, but we just haven’t jelled yet, but tonight I think we did. Our record is deceiving at 2-2 because I feel that we can beat anyone our schedule.”

 

 

The Indians went on the warpath early and often as they scored 14 points in the opening period before adding another 29 in the second quarter for a 43-0 halftime lead.

 

 

Sneath opened the scoring when he ripped off a 38-yard scoring jaunt before Saner tallied the second Juniata TD on an 11-yard run.

 

 

Colton Shertzer got into the act to open the second period scoring on a 1-yard run, and following Shertzer’s score, it only took the Indians three plays to score more three touchdowns when Saner ripped off the left side of his line from 55 yards out before Eberle raced 74 and 41 yards for his pair of scores.

 

 

With the reserves of both teams on the field, Dakota McNemar scored on an 11-yard run for Juniata’s seventh touchdown of the night.

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Warminster, Pa. The Archbishop Wood Vikings showed why they may be the premier AAA in the state by dominating previously undefeated St. Joseph’s Prep Hawks, 42-7 in a rainy, muggy, non league affair at William Tenant High’s Claude Lodge field. The Hawks were coming off a resounding 51-33 win last week over North Penn.

 

 

Rutgers commit Desmon Peoples, back after a two week hiatus after suffering an ankle sprain in week one looked to be in peak form on the Vikes first possession accounting for 41 of the team’s 75 yard, 12 play drive that ended with a quarterback Joey Monaghan two yard flip to Kyle Adkins and a touchdown and 7-0 lead. Running hard behind their very physical front six, Peoples looked to be as explosive as last year.

 

 

Any momentum that the Hawks attempted to muster were immediately thwarted when Wood’s Nate Smith returned a Dan Sherry punt from 50 yards to paydirt and a 14-0 lead with time still left in the first quarter. On the Vikings next possession, Peoples cousin, Brandon Peoples (Temple commit) got into the act scoring from 28 yards out and a quick 21-0 deficit. Just prior to halftime Desmon scored from 58 yards and took a 28-0 lead into the locker room.

 

 

Both lines for Wood were in control from the start. The Hawks star quarterback and Penn State commit, Skyler Mornhinweg had very little time to throw and the Prep had literally no lanes to run thru. Mornhinweg and running backs Joe Lavalle, Vince Moffett and John Reid were unable to generate any kind of running game because the Vikings front seven played downhill the entire game.

 

 

The second half started like the first ended, this time with Wood generating a 95 yard drive and Brandon Peoples scoring from one. The mercy rule came into effect with over six minutes left in the third quarter. This one, from start to finish was a dominant one for Wood. Both Peoples ran for over 100 yards and their offensive line (including three division 1 commits) gave the Hawks line headaches all night.

 

 

With the win the Vikings improved to 3-1 and will go up against Glen Mills in another non league game. The Hawks suffered their first defeat (3-1) and will open up their AAAA, PCL conference schedule next week with a tilt vs. Father Judge.

 

 

Scoring By Quarters

 

 

1st Quarter

 

 

Wood- Kyle Adkins 2 pass from Monaghan- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood-Nate Smith- 50 yard punt return- Nick Visco kick

 

 

2nd Quarter

 

 

Wood-Brandon Peoples 28 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood-Desmon Peoples- 58 yard run-Nick Visco  kick

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

Wood-Brandon Peoples- 1 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

Wood- Ryan McMullin 5 yard run- Nick Visco kick

 

 

SJP- Skyler Mornhinweg- 1 yard run- Kick good

 

 

4th Quarter

 

 

No scoring

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BETHLEHEM – Whitehall used a potent running attack led by Andrew Harris and Nick Shafnsky on a rainy Friday night at BASD Stadium. The Zephyrs move to 4-0 in a 35-12 win over Liberty.

 

 

After a scoreless first quarter, Whitehall put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive, which ended in a Tanner Madouse four-yard score with 10:22 remaining in the first half.

 

 

Andrew Harris made it 14-0 Zephyrs on a three-yard run with 6:41 left in the half.

 

 

Liberty’s Quarterback James McCarthy cut the lead to 14-6 on a three-yard run. Harris put Whitehall up two scores on his second score of the quarter. His six-yard run put them up 21-6 at the half.

 

 

The only score in the third quarter went to Whitehall. Nick Shafnisky’s six-yard touchdown pass to Nate Hoenl increased their lead to 28-6.

 

 

The Zephyrs put the game away in the fourth quarter on a Madouse four-yard run with 4:39 remaining in the game.

 

 

Mike Harris of Liberty scored a late touchdown with 13 seconds remaining. Whitehall moves to 3-0 in their conference with a 35-12 win.

 

 

Whitehall rushed for over 250 yards and were led by Andrew Harris’ 128-yards and Nick Shafnsky’s 77-yard performance. Tanner Madouse added two scores.

 

 

Liberty’s quarterback James McCarthy rushed for 141 yards and one score.

 

 

Whitehall hosts Easton Area next Friday night. Liberty will try to rebound next Friday night at Parkland.

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Delco Christian came into this game with high expectations and wa on the same power trip that Calvary was against them the week prior. Enter Bristol. The Warriors came into this game hungry after constantly being trampled in preseason and regular season games.

 

 

As a result the Warriors came out strong in the first quarter as Coughlin put Bristol on the board first for the Warriors and in the second quarter Chris Gale would tack on another for Bristol. This was not because of a lack of positioning on the Knights front, as defensive coordinator Mike McKinney seemed to have all the personnel in the right places, however the elusiveness of Bristol High School quarterback Trevor Leone and outside speed from dual backs Chris Gale and Kennedy Davis put Bristol up early.

 

 

After some missed blocks and lack of discipline for the Knights part, they were down 14-0 late into the second quarter. After a late first half touchdown by Zac Moore, the Knights went into the half looking for a clean slate.

 

 

Powered by a fresh half and a strategy that was set to work, Delco Christian came out firing. After Leone was able to Houdini his way out of a few sacks and run for a couple of yards, Chris Gale scored AGAIN for the Warriors making the score 20-7.

 

 

That is when it got interesting. The point after was what probably should have put the game away for Bristol. Instead, Henry Miller for the Knights was able to get a hand on the kick and block it. That opportunity was all the Knights needed to start making their chances count. Led by the “four-headed monster” of Winkis, Moore, Monaghan and Tascone, the Knights offense simply outran the Warriors to the pylons.

 

 

Here is how the first drive of the third went for the Knights. Monaghan big gain, Moore big gain, Winkis up the middle for what seemed to be a short gain but he was able to shred what was the interior of the Bristol defense and hit paydirt. Crisanti followed with an extra point and Delco was within six.

 

 

Bristol was huge on special teams though and after exploiting what was probably the biggest weakness on the Delco Christian team with a 69 yard kickoff return, Bristol looked poised to strike. That is when Mother Nature decided she was tired of watching. After a fumble by Leone that the Knights recovered, things were looking up for Delco Christian.

 

 

The Knights offensive line really started to make big pushes on the Warriors and as a result the run game found their stride. Instead of talking about how big Winkis was up the middle or Moore on the outside, let me bring up one of my favorite things about this Knights team. Sam Tascone-Peters. While he will not bring in 100+ yards every game, this kid is clutch. Multiple third down conversions on a big Delco drive and he punched in the third and final Delco Christian touchdown and after a Crisanti kick the Knights had the lead 21-20.

 

 

Tascone and Grim were big in the secondary again for the Knights thwarting some beautifully thrown balls that were either almost picked or broken up by the Delco Christian secondary. After a few sacks the Knights had this nail biter wrapped up 21-20.

 

 

After a talk with Coach Jim Favino, I do not know if happy is the word to describe it, but he complimented the team, and the offensive line in particular on a gritty smash-mouth performance that improved the Knights record to a healthy 3-0 on the season and 3-0 BAL.

 

 

Next week the Knights have the George School at home.

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State College has  good a offense.  Really, they do.  But you wouldn’t know it by the final score of 45-21.  “Hard to win a game when you start every drive from your own 20? was what Little Lion coach Al Wolski had to say after watching his team start 10 out of 12 offensive drives at their own 20 thanks to the legs of CVs Lance Geesey and Garrett Long.

 

 

This was also a tale of two halves, the first which ended excitingly 14-13 in favor of CV, and the second which was 31-8 in favor of CV.  “I told them to play 24 more minutes” said Wolski. The Eagles of CV must have got the same speach.

 

 

Cumberland Valley started the game with a nice 70 yard drive, capped off on a nifty 21 yard td run by Aaron Hinish. Geesey nailed the pat to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.   State College followed with a nice drive of their own, getting to the CV 20 where Josh Clothiaux split the uprights from 37 yards out, making it a 7-3 ballgame.

 

 

The eagles answered with a 77 yard drive on the back of 2010 all stater Jeremy DiPietro, who led the Eagles with 129 yards on 12 carries.  Cole Johnson finished the drive on a 2 yard dive, his first of 2 tds on the night. The pat gave CV the 14-3 lead.  15 seconds later the score was 14-10 thanks in part to an 80 yard gallap on first down from Jack Haffner who had 132 hard fought yards in the first half. Clothiaux ended the scoring in the first half with a nice 34 yard field goal.

 

 

“We played the first half like we practiced all week, without intensity” said Cole Johnson.  The eagles found some intensity on their 1st possession of the 3rd quarter.  DiPietro showcased his nifty speed on a run of 41 yards to the endzone.

 

 

One State College possession later Geesey nailed a 24 yard field goal that would have been good from Harrisburg.  the score at the end of 3 was 24-13.  On the Little Lions very next offensive possession qb Josh Weakland threw his first of two bad passes, on 1st down, directly into the hands of an Eagles defender. Johnson got his 2nd td and the rout was on.  Scores by CV Tyler Kuhn (following Weaklands 2nd interception of the night)  and Tyler Updegraff finished the 45 point showing by the Eagles.

 

 

Weakland connected with Darian Herncane to cap the Little Lion scoring.  “We just couldn’t move the ball in the second half” was all Jack Haffner had to offer on why he only got a few carries in the entire second half.

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BLOSSBURG, PA: After four straight losses to the Black Knights of Towanda, this looked like it could be the year that the Panthers of North Penn got the monkey off their backs. The Panthers are stacked with veteran players – returning almost their entire starting line-up from last season. They had everything in place to finally knock-off their Northern Tier League rival. However, in a game marked by mud and mistakes, the Panthers faltered and Towanda continues their reign in the NTL.

 

 

Mid-way through the first quarter the Panther defense cam up with a big stop deep in their own territory at the five yard-line. Unfortunately, the offense could not capitalize as they fumbled the ball away on the very next play. The first turn-over of the contest resulted in a five yard touchdown run by Mason Roof and an early 7 – 0 lead for the Knights.

 

 

North Penn’s first score came after a 62 yard pitch-and-catch to Marquis Delgado reached the one yard-line. Jason Dehaven then punched it in from there. A failed PAT left the score 7 – 6. Both offenses struggled to move the ball with any consistency – trading possessions after short drives. Part way into the second period, Skye Stiner found the corner and clipped off runs of 25 & 32 yards. Well into the Towanda red-zone, the Panthers inched forward, but were forced to attempt a field goal on fourth-and-goal at the six. Max Colegrove’s 23 yard chip-shot was good and captured the lead at 9 – 7 for North Penn. The score remaind there through half-time.

 

 

With momentum in the Panthers’ favor, they kicked-off to Towanda to start the second half. Neither team could generate much offense and traded series twice to start the third quarter. Finally, the Knights found some traction and advanced to the Panther red-zone on a 25 yard catch by Stiner to the 19. Two consecutive penalties marched them back 15 yards, but Zach Ripic regained most of that on a 13 yard carry. An incomplete pass left them with a fourth-and-12 and a decision to make. Coach Dawsey opted for a 39-yard field goal try on the foot of Ripic. The kick was good and gave Towanda a slim lead at 10 – 9 with only 56 seconds left in the third.

 

 

On the very next offensive play, “fumble-itis” kicked in again, and the Panthers coughed-up the ball to the Knights at the NP 21. Roof capitalized on this turn-over with a 16-yard score to put Towanda up by eight. From there the Knights defense came up huge. After forcing two 3&out series and burning up precious time off the clock, they went into prevent mode on North Penn’s last shot at tying the game. The Panthers made their way just across mid-field where Dehaven was looking to go long to Delgado down the side-line. With Dehaven’s arm cocked to throw, a blitzing Jordan Dawsey found the ball ripe for the picking. Not only did he get the pick, but he ran it 52 yards for the score to seal the victory 23 – 9.

 

 

NORTH PENN(3-1) looks to regroup next week as they travel to Sayre(2-1) to take on the Redskins. The following week will be their next big test at Athens(4-0) in NTL – large school action, as look to compete for a play-off spot in the very competitive district IV “AA” field. In all, they committed five costly turn-overs against the Knights, and generally struggled with consistency on offense. On a brighter note, the defense held a normally potent Towanda offense to only one long drive, and, even then, came up with the stop.

 

 

TOWANDA(3-0) hosts a struggling Cowanesque Valley(0-3) next week. The Knights’ next big test will be the following week when they travel to Mifflinburg(4-0) to take on the undefeated Wildcats who just came off a big win, blanking Danville(3-1) 24 – 0. The Heartland Conference cross-over action will be a good litmus test for the Knights’ post-season potential. Tonight, they have their defense to thank for the win in an otherwise close game.

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ROSETO – The field general AJ Long led the way rushing for 112 yards and three touchdowns. Long completed 13 of 20 passes for 265 yards and two scores to lead Pius X over Marian Catholic 45-13 Saturday afternoon at Amelio Scott Alumni Stadium.

 

 

It was Pius X’s defense that set the tone. They stopped Marian Catholic on their opening drive. Pius X’s Boise Ross took the punt and returned it to the Colts 32 yard line. AJ Long only needed one play to find the end zone. He took the snap and went right down the sideline for the score. Pius X led 6-0 after the missed extra point.

 

 

The Colts drove deep in Pius X territory to only come up empty. Ross intercepted the ball in the end zone to end the drive. Off the turnover, Pius X drove 90 yards. Petey Hernandez finished off the drive plowing his way into the end zone for the two-yard score. The two-point conversion was no good and with 10:14 remaining in the first half Pius X led 12-0.

 

 

Another turnover by the Colts with 8:08 remaining in the half gave Pius X good field position. Three plays later Long went 14-yard for a score. Long’s pass to Matt Camilletti for the two-point conversion increased their lead to 20-0.

 

 

The Royals used a balanced running and passing attack to keep the Colts’ defense on their heels. With 1:44 remaining in the first half, Long weaved his way through the defense for the 26-yard run. Pius X increased their lead, 26-0. AJ Long said, “We wanted to come out and have a physical presence. We ran the ball efficiently in the first half and it opened up the pass in the second half.”

 

 

The first half came to an end on a Hernandez interception. The Royals dominated the first half running the ball and on defense forced three turnovers. They went into halftime with a commanding 26-0 lead.

 

 

Head coach Phil Stambaugh talked about AJ Long’s first half, ”AJ did a excellent job today and I made a comment to him about the first half. I said the reason the score is the way it is is because you are playing to that level. He did a lot of nice things with his feet and throwing the ball.”

 

 

In the second half Pius X started where they left off, driving right down the field. Long threw a 27-yard dart to Camilletti for the score.

 

 

Long’s pass to Camilletti two-plays earlier broke the all-time receiving record. Camilletti now holds the all-time receiving mark. He broke Wade Williams record of 2,026 yards. He also holds the school record 136 catches going into the game.

 

 

Long threw his second touchdown pass in the third quarter. His 36-yard pass to Anthony Martino put Pius X up 39-0.

 

 

Marian Catholic finally got on the scoreboard with four seconds remaining in the third quarter. They put together a ten-play drive as the offensive line pushed Paul Martin into the end zone from five-yards out. The Colts trailed Pius X, 39-6.

 

 

The fourth quarter saw both teams scoring; Boise Ross of Pius X took the pitch made one cut and took off for a 53-yard run.

 

 

Pius X put in their second team defense. It took one play for Anthony Agosti to find the end zone for the Colts.

 

 

Pius X finished with a balanced attack. They passed for 267 yards and rushed for 311 yards.

 

 

Matt Camilletti finished the game catching five passes for 116 yards and a score. He now has 2,103 yards receiving in his career.

 

 

Camilletti talked about how important it was to break the record at home, “It definitetly was, growing up here my parents went to Pius. My grandparents live here and my sisters went here. I always came here as a little kid and watched Pius games and for me it’s a dream come true.”

 

 

NOTE: Ace Long of Pius X and Brendan McGowan of Marian Catholic where named MVP’s of the game.

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