If you saw only the middle of the second quarter you would have thought Penns Valley was going to have an easy second half. Phillipsburg-Osceola had 3 consecutive series that ended with a turnover deep in their own territory. If only the Rams could capitalize on all three of them. The Mounties had other ideas running all over the Rams for nearly 380 yards enroute to a 46-21 route of Penns Valley.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot the entire first half with penalties and we couldn’t capitalized on the turnovers” said Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias. “If we do it’s likely we go in at the half with the lead instead of being down 21-14.”
The Mounties struck first on a 70 yard drive highlighted by one of 3 long runs by rb Miichael Johns, this one for 43 yards.
Penns Valley tied the score following a Mountie fumble that gave the Rams the ball on the 13. One play later Sam Snyder did what was to become a common theme on the night, give the Mountie Defense nightmares, and ran 13 yards around end to knot the game at 7. Snyder, his uniform barely showing any speck of white by the end of the game, turned in a gutsy performance both on offense and defense. “I’ll be sore tomorrow, just wish we got the win” said Snyder. The senior also played defensive line, chasing down Mountie backs and recording a sack of his own.
It didn’t take long for the mounties to recover. Mike Marcinko went 38 yards to break the tie following a kickoff that gave the Mounties the ball at the 49. “Field position was not something we won tonite” said Tobias. The Mounties next possession began on the Rams 40 after a 3 and out series. Two plays was all it took as Johns raced 23 yards down the sideline to bring the score to 21-7. Penns Valley then marched 80 yards, ending the first half with a score by Snyder.
Aaron McNight continued the track meet in the second half for the Mounties, going 12 yards for 6, making it a 28-14 game. “We knew we could run on them, but we didn’t expect to run over them. Penns Valley never lays down for us. They play tough. Those were hard earned yards.” said Mounties coach Jeff Vroman.
On the next Ram drive, Snyder continued his gutsy performance. Only of the next 14 plays didn’t involve the qb going forward. He accounted for 63 of the 70 yards needed to get the final Rams score on a drive that at one point took up 5 minutes while only moving the ball 31 yards.
It was all Mounties after that. “We certainly showed we can recover from mistakes, but they almost cost us the game” said Vroman. “We’ll also need to work on containing the quarterback. That kid (Snyder) gave us fits all night”.