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It is technically a Ches-Mont League Cross-Over game. It is also for bragging rights in West Chester now.

Henderson’s Zack Jones rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries and scored 4 touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Rustin’s Cordairo Taylor only scored one touchdown but ran for 153 yards on 20 carries as Rustin held on for a 30-28 win to spoil Homecoming at J. Oscar Dicks Stadium on Friday  night.

Trailing 14-13 at halftime, Rustin (6-1) came out in the third quarter began exploiting the left side of the Henderson defense.

 

 

With fullback Conor Burke (18 carries 104 yards, two touchdowns himself) leading the way, Taylor began chewing up yardage and retook the lead for good 20-19 on a Burke five yard run with just 3:39 gone in the third quarter.

 

 

” They were double and triple teaming (All-State Wide Receiver Anthony) Nash, so that has to leave them weak somewhere” said Rustin Head Coach Mike St. Clair, whose team had the ball for only 14 plays in the first half. “We were able to take advantage of it in the second half.

 

 

“They took advantage of some things”‘ said Henderson Coach Joe Walsh.

 

 

Following a fumble by Henderson Fullback Derek Matonti, Rustin then increased the lead to 23-14 when Placekicker Dylan Jenkins connected on a 28 yard field goal with 2:06 to play in the third quarter.

 

 

Henderson (5-2) then fought back. Trailing twice by nine points in the second half,  the Warriors used two fourth quarter touchdown runs of 13 yards with 11:28 to play in the game (to cut the lead to 23-21) and two yards  with 30 seconds to go to cut the lead to 30-28. Henderson then lined up for the onsides kick which was recovered by Nash. Ironically, it was Nash’s only touch of the night.

 

 

The Warriors took a 14-6 lead on Jones’s first two touchdown runs. His six yard run with 8:43 to go in the second period gave the Warriors a 7-6 lead then increased it to 14-6 with a 27 yard run just 3:17 later. Two missed opportunites the Warriors had could have swung the game their way.

 

 

Taking the opening kickoff, the Warriors drove from their own 23 down to the Rustin 16 all on the ground. On third and eight. Quarterback Jake Richards was intercepted in the end zone by Steinmetz. That would be the first of four turnovers by the Warriors on the night.. The second missed opportunity was a 36 yard field goal try by Placekicker Kyle Morton was just short as time expired in the second quarter.

 

 

“We just didn’t score enough points “said Walsh.

 

 

With the win, the Golden Knights will take on upset minded Oxford (a13-12 winner over Octorara Friday nite) next Saturday afternoon for their Homecoming, while the Warriors now try to regroup traveling to Coatesville next Friday night.

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ALLENTOWN – Rob Dvoracek rushed for 374 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Trojans over Allentown Central Catholic in a Lehigh Valley Conference Football game Satruday night at J. Birney Crum Stadium.

 

 

Dvoracek talked about scoring six touchdowns, “The most I ever scored before was three my sophomore year against East Stroudsburg South. I think this is the most I ever had.”

 

 

Parkland head coach Jim Morgan’s plan was simple last night. Use his huge offensive line and pound the Vikings by using the “Bobcat” formation with direct snaps mainly to Dvoracek Saturday night.

 

 

“I hate the term wildcat”, Morgan said. “But we call it the Bobcat.”

 

 

The running attack was led by tight ends David Wong, Matt Laub and Mike Turrell and offensive linemen Eric Burleson, Jake Pope, Mike Unger, Tyler Haas, Ryan Deiter and Zach Polzer. They led the way amassing over 550 yards on the ground.

 

 

Dvoracek said, “We came into the game and attacked them up front and we knew we were tougher than them up front. It came down to our O-Line taking over.”

 

 

Central Catholic’s All-Star quarterback Brendan Nosovitch led the way in the first half. He rushed for three touchdowns of three, two, and one yards. In one play he hit Kevin Guylas for an 80-yard bomb.

 

 

Dvoracek rushed for two touchdowns and Jarel Elder added a 23-yard run.

 

 

Central Catholic led 27-21 at halftime.

 

 

“I think in the third quarter we had the stamina and they didn’t.” Dvoracek said, “We have been working hard all off-season. “

 

 

The Trojans came out at halftime and made a statement. They drove 62 yards for the score. Dvoracek’s one-yard swan dive put the Trojans up by one, 28-27.

 

 

Their defense took over in the quarter forcing the Vikings to punt. The Trojans defense forced two turnovers and two punts in the second half.

 

 

“We finally got that one stop,” Morgan said, “We finally got up two scores and started to feel more comfortable.”

 

 

Morgan got his wish. Elder’s 22-yard run with 5:49 remaining in the third quarter put them up by two scores.

 

 

The Trojans out scored the Vikings four touchdowns to two. “That football game was crazy!”, Morgan said.

 

 

The Vikings where led by the dynamic duo Brandon Nosovitch and Kevin Gulyas. Nosovitch threw for over 400 yards and rushed for over 100. Gulyas caught 15 passes for 275 yards.

 

 

Parkland (5-2) host undefeated Nazareth next Friday night. Allentown Central Catholic (2-5) travels to Dieruff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final          1st          2nd          3rd          4th          T

Parkland          7          14          21          21          63

Allentown Central Catholic          13          14          7          6          40

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st quarter

 

 

ACC – Brendan Nosovitch 3 run 10:03

 

 

P – Rob Dvoracek 15 run 7:54

 

 

ACC – Nosovitch 2 run 6:11

 

 

2nd quarter

 

 

P – Dvoracek 38 run 11:52

 

 

ACC – Kevin Gulyas 80 pass from Nosovitch 11:41

 

 

P – Jarel Elder 23 run 7:37

 

 

ACC – Nosovitch 1 run 2:01

 

 

3rd quarter

 

 

P – Dvoracek 1 run 7:33

 

 

P – Elder 22 run 5:49

 

 

ACC – Colin McDermott 6 run 2:35

 

 

P – Scott Brannan 45-run 1:39

 

 

4th quarter

 

 

P – Dvoracek 50 run 10:59

 

 

P – Dvoracek 34 run 8:46

 

 

P – Dvoracek 20 run 3:40

 

 

ACC – Kevin Gulyas 3 pass from Nosovitch

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The Black Knights were an upset and heart-broken team after last week’s tough 14-7 loss to D4 AA foe Mifflinburg. This was the first regular season loss for the Black Knights since 2008. Towanda had little time to think about that loss as they had to prepare for arch rival and 6-0 Athens. This was not just a rivalry game; this game was also for the NTL title and had huge playoff implications. The Black Knights rode their defense again this time to a convincing 28-0 win and the NTL title.

 

 

For the first time in years it was the Athens Wildcats who came into this game the favorites, undefeated, and at home. Athens had their weapons of Casey Shiposh and Nick Carl who have been explosive on offense all year. This was not a good night to be on offense for Athens. A Towanda team that held 7-0 Mifflinburg last week to under 225 total yards of offense did one better this week holding Athens to just 83 yards total on the day. After each team went 3-and-out their first series Towanda got the ball back and faced a fourth-and-inches at the Athens 24.While the Wildcats defense geared up for the inside run, Roof bounced it outside and tumbled over the final defender to get into the end zone.

 

 

After spending the first half on the ground, the Black Knights finally went to the air late in the second quarter and Trey Sites hooked up with Ripic on a 35-yard pass with 1:39 left in the half to make it 14-0 after Roof hit his second extra point. That would end the scoring in the 1st half. Down 14-0 in the third quarter it appeared the Wildcats might get some favorable field position as they forced Towanda to punt from their own 12, however Ripic unleashed a 63-yard punt, putting Athens back inside their own 30. Not only was the punting working well for Towanda, but they also scored on special teams as Athens fumbled the ball on a punt attempt from their own endzone. After a scramble for the ball, Roof recovered it with 7:46 left in the game. He hit the extra point and it was 21-0. Towanda capped their scoring 2:46 later as Sites threw to Casey Huff, who made a fingertips catch and ran it in from 38 yards out. Roof hit the extra point and with 5:00 left in the game it was 28-0.

 

 

Carl completed 6-of-20 passes for 44 yards, with Ray McDougan getting four catches for 38 yards and Shiposh catching two passes for six yards. Adam McCauley had an interception for the Wildcats in the game.

 

 

Roof led the Towanda attack, gaining 114 yards on 18 carries. Roof also intercepted a pass in the game, along with recovering the fumble for a score. Garrett Dinelli had 35 yards on 10 carries, Sites gained 29 on nine carries and Jordan Dawsey got four carries for eight yards.

 

 

Sites was 4-for-8 passing for 99 yards with two scores. Ripic and Huff each had their touchdown catches and Roof had a 17-yard catch, while Dawsey caught a pass for nine yards.

 

 

With the win Towanda goes to 5-1 and will return home to play Canton next week. This win also gives the Black Knights their 3rd straight NTL title. Athens falls to 6-1 and the road doesn’t get any easier next week taking on undefeated Mifflinburg.

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MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. – Ian Murray, North Schuylkill’s starting punter, hadn’t caught a pass in his varsity career entering Sunday night’s showdown opposite unbeaten Mount Carmel.

 

 

“I’d caught passes in JV, but none in my varsity career…until tonight,” Murray said.

 

 

Murray’s big night helped the Spartans boot the Red Tornadoes from the ranks of the unbeaten.

 

 

Ian Murray hauled in four Ryan Henning passes for 88 yards, including the game-winning 19-yard touchdown reception with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter, to help North Schuylkill (7-0) defeat Mount Carmel (6-1), 21-13, before a near-capacity crowd at the Silver Bowl Sunday evening.

 

 

On the winning play, Murray said the expectation was for Mount Carmel to blitz heavily.

 

 

“But they didn’t,” Murray said.  “So I delayed, waited three seconds, and made my move.  Henning got me that ball and I made a play.”

 

 

Three plays prior to the winning connection between Henning and Murray, junior Matt Gownley scooted 57 yards from the Spartan 21 yard line to the Red Tornado 22, on a run around left end.

 

 

“I saw nothing but green in front of me,” said Gownley, who finished with 74 yards on six carries .  “And I was hoping it would end in more points on the scoreboard.”

 

 

“(Gownley) has been playing like that all season long,” said Spartan head coach Rick Geist.  “And (Murray) wasn’t even a starter (at tight end), but he came in and did a good job for us.”

 

 

Throughout the course of the game, North Schuylkill lost four players to injuries, including its star fullback and linebacker, Mike Shinkus, who was injured on the opening kickoff.  Shinkus spent the rest of the game on the NS sideline on crutches with ice wrapped around his right knee.

 

 

But perhaps the scariest of the four injuries came right before halftime, involving sophomore Tim Sokoloski.

 

 

Sokoloski was making a break for an underthrown Henning pass with less than 30 seconds left in the half, when he was sandwiched between two Mount Carmel players.  Motion was made for the ambulance staff, and Sokoloski left the game and stadium immobilized on a stretcher.  Mount Carmel was flagged for pass interference on the play, but the officiating staff did not oblige the Ashland faithful, who were chanting, “Throw him out! Throw him out!” (referencing the Red Tornado player who hit Sokoloski).

 

 

“Every time someone went down, another player stepped right up, and that’s what they have to do,” Geist said. “These kids have been overcoming adversity all year. That’s a sign of a good team.”

 

 

Mount Carmel worked the first quarter with a stiff breeze blowing toward it, and Rob Varano’s first four passes all fell incomplete.  But right before the end of the first period, Zach Wasilewski found Justin Keman for a 15-yard strike, and, after the period ended, Mount Carmel was in the end zone two plays later thanks to a 25-yard run from Meyrick Lamb.

 

 

Moving into the same stiff breeze which the red and white had little success with in the first period, North Schuylkill countered two possessions later.  Two plays after Henning found Murray on a 46-yard pass, catch and run, Curt Adams hauled in a 10-yard pass from Henning for the Spartans’ first points of the night.

 

 

Three plays after Sokoloski left the game, NS grabbed a 13-7 lead thanks to Jonathan Long’s two-yard touchdown run, and the Spartans made the wind relegated to seemingly non-factor status as it drove for its two scores.

 

 

Mount Carmel stole the momentum back early in the second half.  After stuffing Long for a three-yard loss on a 4th-and-1 situation, the Red Tornadoes rode the strong running of Lamb to its second touchdown – a seven yard burst – to tie the game at 13.  Lamb set up the touchdown run with a 27-yard burst from the Spartan 34 yard line.

 

 

After that drive, however, North Schuylkill’s run defense stiffened, holding MCA to just 26 yards over its final 10 rushing attempts.  The Spartans also limited Mount Carmel to just 75 passing yards on a combined 5-of-17 night between Varano and Wasilewski.

 

 

The Spartans seemed poised to strike after recovering a punt at the Red Tornado 22 yard line with 9:40 left in regulation after Lamb inadvertently touched the ball.  But NS turned the ball over on downs just 19 seconds later.

 

 

On the winning touchdown drive, the Spartans needed just five plays to cover 80 yards.  NS’ seniors haven’t tasted defeat to Mount Carmel in their careers, and it’s the first time North Schuylkill has defeated MCA three years in a row.

 

 

“Our kids are tough enough to grind stuff out,” Geist said. “If something goes wrong, they bounce right back.”

 

 

NOTES: North Schuylkill outrushed Mount Carmel, 214-107, for the game.  Long ran for a team-high 79 yards for the Spartans and Adams had 36 yards on 16 carries.  Henning threw for 115 yards on a 7-of-13 night.

 

 

The Spartan victory denied Mount Carmel its 800th victory in program history.  The Red Tornadoes will try again to win #800 next weekend when they travel to Sunbury to take on Shikellamy.

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