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SPRING MILLS — When Penns Valley rolled out the red carpet to Bald Eagle Area Friday night at Ram Stadium, the game featured a contest between two squads looking for late-season identity.

 

 

When the issue was decided, the Eagles had a much better idea where they were headed than the Rams did as they walked off the field with a 30-20 win.

 

 

“For the first time since 1994 or 1995 we have a chance to get to at least .500’” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “We have two tough games left and we certainly can’t look past Central next week. The guys did a great job tonight and you have to give them (Penns Valley) a lot of credit as well. They came out and played hard right for all four quarters and they didn’t give up right down to the final minute. We made some mistakes and had a few turnovers, but we talked about facing adversity, both in life and on the football field, and these guys pulled it together. They overcame those mistakes, came back and finished strong and I am very proud of them.”

 

 

The Eagles featured a potent ground attack on the legs of halfback Cody Ripka and quarterback Jeff Koleno that amassed a total of 315 yards and four touchdowns.

 

 

Although he didn’t find the end zone, Ripka led the bruising BEA ground attack with 223 yards on 44 carries.

 

 

“The line was blocking great and it was just a case of pretty much running it (the ball) down their mouth,” said Ripka. “I asked coach for the ball and I guess I got it a lot tonight. Jeff (Koleno) was doing a good job running the offense and with the line blocking as well as it did, it made things easy for us. Overall, it was just a great performance by us.”

 

 

Although he didn’t score, Ripka did the job of picking up crucial yardage when they called his number.

 

 

“They give me the ball a lot when it comes down to it (needing crucial yardage),” said Ripka. “Everyone was working their butt off, I just followed my blocks and as a result, I was able to get what I needed.”

 

 

Koleno stepped in at quarterback and did an outstanding job as he rushed for 63 yards while scoring all four BEA touchdowns. When he wasn’t running the ball, he was finding three different receivers for 110 yards.

 

 

“I just knew they were going to call my number at some point, and if nobody was open, I felt good about just pulling it down and taking off with it,” said Koleno. “We knew we were going to run the power early in the game and the line did an outstanding job blocking. We knew going in that we were going to give Ripka 30 or 40 carries and as long as we won, we didn’t care how many carries anybody had.”

 

 

When a team has a massive offensive numbers as the Eagles did, it is usually due to the “Hogs” up front, either opening holes or protecting the passer. In that area of the game, the Eagles were dominant.

 

 

“They (the offensive line) did a great job tonight,” said Jack Tobias. “We put some different stuff in our offense other than what we normally run and we also did some different blocking schemes with them. They picked it up and they executed it all week long in practice that carried over to tonight. We have all of our starters (linemen) back except one and I am excited about that. I thought we dominated in the trenches both offensively and defensively and that kept Penns Valley from getting their running game going. Credit both the offensive and defensive lines because I thought they did an awesome job tonight.”

 

 

Tobias was quick to point out what the leadership from the duo of Ripka and Koleno meant to the Eagles winning the game.

 

 

“Jeff (Koleno) is a nifty quarterback and he did a great job for us tonight, but I have to tip my hat to Cody as well,” Tobias said. “If he doesn’t get the ball more than seven times he complains about it. He guaranteed me that if I gave him the ball he would get the job done and he certainly did that tonight.”

 

 

With the win, BEA moves to 3-5 with two games remaining, while the loss for Penns Valley, the seventh in a row for the Rams, leaves them still searching for the elusive win to snap the streak at 1-7.

 

 

“They played hard, but other than that, I don’t have a lot to say,” said Penns Valley head coach Marty Tobias. “We are 1-7 at this point of the season. They were the better team tonight and the simple fact is that we couldn’t stop them.”

 

 

The Rams opened the scoring in the game when Sam Koser picked off a Cole Long pass and returned the theft for a “pick” six from 45 yards out.

 

 

However, after Koser’s touchdown scamper, the Eagles put the handwriting on the wall rather quickly as Koleno scored the first three of his quartet of six-pointers.

 

 

Ian Brown was on the receiving end of a 33-yard scoring pass from quarterback Sam Snyder for the Rams second score and Austin Auman capped the Penns Valley scoring for the night when he went in from eight yards out midway through the final period.

 

 

For the game, Snyder garnered 171 yards of total offense, 139 through the airways and another 32 on the ground. Auman led the Rams overland with 51 yards and the one score on eight totes.

 

 

Bald Eagle Area 7 7 7 9 — 30

 

 

Penns Valley 7 0 6 7 — 20

 

 

First Quarter

 

 

PV — Sam Koser 45 interception return. (Andrew Deardorff kick)(7:49)

 

 

BEA — Jeff Koleno 1 run. (Tyler Schall kick)(3:46.

 

 

Second Quarter

 

 

BEA — Koleno 33 run. (Schall kick)(:46)

 

 

Third Quarter

 

 

BEA — Koleno 3 run. (Schall kick)(6:39)

 

 

PV — Ian Brown 33 pass from Sam Snyder. (kick failed)(2:11.

 

 

Fourth Quarter

 

 

Koleno 26 run (Schall kick)(9:49)

 

 

PV — Austin Auman 8 run (Deardorff kick)(6:22)

 

 

BEA — Safety (Penns Valley detected for holding in end zone)(9:49)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Statistics BEA PV

 

 

First Downs 19 12

 

 

Rushes-Yards 58-315 19-87

Passing Yards 110 152

Passing 5-9-2 11-28-1

 

 

Fumbles-Lost 3-2 4-1

 

 

Penalties-Yards 8-65 4-20

 

 

Individual Statistics

 

 

Rushing

 

 

BEA: Cody Ripka 44-223, Jeff Koleno 7-63, 4 TDs; Matt Dillon 3-15, Nate Sharkey 3-14, Colby Peters 1-0.

 

 

PV: Austin Auman 8-51, 1 TD; Sam Snyder 10-32, Taylor Collison 1-4.

 

 

Passing

 

 

BEA: Jeff Koleno 6-7, 110 yards, 1 interception; Cole Long 0-2, 1 interception.

 

 

PV: Sam Snyder 11-28, 152 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception.

 

 

Receiving

 

 

BEA: Colby Peters 3-50, Cody Ripka 2-37, Jonathan Romine 1-23.

 

 

PV: Sam Koser 3-41, Taylor Collison 3-35, Ian Brown 1-33, 1 TD; Luke Weaver 3-27, Derek Dasham 1-16.

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CLYMER, Pa. – Off to the side of the home bleachers at Penns Manor High School stood junior quarterback Danny Ferens, mud drying over his dark blue No. 12 jersey.

 

 

In a way, it’s only fitting Penns Manor is nicknamed the Comets, because Saturday night, Ferens was out of this world.

 

 

The Comets’ dual-threat quarterback accounted for 262 yards rushing and passing and scored five touchdowns and added a two-point conversion run as Penns Manor (7-1) fended off pesky Bishop Walsh (3-4), 42-29, Saturday evening.

 

 

The Comets’ opponent was a small, private school based in Cumberland, Md., who dressed only 22 players for the game and finishes up its eight-game schedule in two weeks time.  But those 22 players wearing the maroon and white for the Spartans brought with them a unique challenge in that little else was known about them.

 

 

“We really didn’t know what to expect tonight,” said Penns Manor head coach Bill Packer.  “We knew there was some talent over there (on that sideline).”

 

 

But at least Packer did know what he was getting from his junior quarterback, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for rushing yardage this season with his 20-carry, 231-yard night, giving him 1,142 yards and 15 touchdowns on the season.  Ferens has also thrown for 493 yards and 11 more touchdowns, but the Comets needed to pass very little this night, as they amassed 377 rushing yards on 53 carries behind the blocking of Chris Bracken, John Stupic, Kasey Jewart, Steve Dumm and Luke Ruddock, along with tight end Corey Brown.

 

 

“(Running for 1,000 yards) means the world to me beacuse that was a big goal for me,” Ferens said.  “But I couldn’t do that without my offensive line and coaches.”

 

 

Ferens showed his home run ability for the Spartans early and often this night, taking the Comets’ second play from scrimmage 52 yards to paydirt.  He would add a 23-yard run to make it 14-0 with 5:12 left in the first quarter.

 

 

But Penns Manor didn’t see the ball much in the first half, and a big reason why was the 8:41 drive the Spartans used to score their first touchdown – a 7-yard pass from Greg Hendershot to Liam Rhodes – to slice the Penns Manor lead to just 14-7.

 

 

With only 1:53 left in the half, the Comets marched right down the field, thanks to 30 yards in penalties from the Spartans, to set up Ferens’ third touchdown run on a 1-yard plunge.  The Comets only ran 17 first half plays (15 rushes, two passes), but had nine first downs and 148 yards on the ground.

 

 

Six plays into the second half, Ferens cut through the Bishop Walsh defense for his fourth touchdown – a 37-yard run – pushing the Comets lead to 26-7.  The touchdown run was Ferens’ only rush of the possession, as he lulled the Spartans with handoffs between seniors Joey Vodopevic and Jake Paulina before busting the big scoring play.

 

 

The Spartans fired right back – Hendershot hit 6’5 junior Quincy Redmon for a 77-yard touchdown pass-and-catch, bringing Walsh to within 12, at 26-15.

 

 

Penns Manor, however, did a double-take for its fifth touchdown.  Over a two-play sequence, Ferens hit Vodopevic for a 13-yard gain and then found Brown wide open a seam pattern from 11 yards out.

 

 

“We called the same play twice, and they (Bishop Walsh) didn’t have enough guys out there,” Ferens said. “On that play, the slot guy always runs a seam route, and he was wide open.”

 

 

Ferens capped the Comets’ scoring with a 6-yard run at the 6:29 mark of the fourth quarter.  The Spartans would sandwich its final two touchdowns around Ferens’ fifth touchdown run – a 10-yard run by Billy Conroy and a 3-yard pass from Hendershot to Rhodes – to cap the game scoring.

 

 

One area of concern for Packer was the number of flags thrown – Penns Manor was hit with 17 penalties for 146 yards and Bishop Walsh was hit with 11 flags for 100 yards.

 

 

“The penalties killed us tonight,” Packer said. “We can’t be that undisciplined in the playoffs.”

 

 

Packer said Ferens had to carry the load offensively early on for the Comets, but he’s been getting some additional help lately.  Vodopevic ran for 72 yards, Paulina ran for 41 yards before reaggravating an ankle injury and Chris Henderson and Cody Bytner also saw action this night.

 

 

“Overall, it was a total team effort tonight,” Packer said.  “And Ferens is a special kid.  He doesn’t have a big head and all the kids (on the team) look up to him, which is a credit to him.”

 

 

Bishop Walsh was paced by Hendershot’s 237 passing yards and three touchdowns.  Redmon, the 6’5 target at receiver, only caught two passes, but they spanned 138 yards.  The Spartans finished with minus-9 rushing yards on 22 team carries.

 

 

NOTE: The 231 rushing yards for Ferens brings his career rushing yardage total to 2,789 yards, reached by running for 973 yards as a freshman, 674 as a sophomore and the 1,142 yards this season.  With at least two more games left in 2011 and his senior season remaining, Ferens has a chance to attain 4,000 career rushing yards, a mark never before reached in Penns Manor history.

 

 

Ferens’ six total touchdowns Saturday gives him 65 combined rushing and passing touchdowns in his career.  Forty-three of those touchdowns have come on the ground.

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NANTY GLO, Pa. – Behind the pressbox and home seats at Blacklick Valley’s football stadium sits a levee, and on one end of stadium, the first names of all of the Viking senior players are written in the grass.

 

 

Before the day was over, Berlin-Brothersvalley made certain to etch an additional trio of names into Blacklick’s memory – the three keys to its punishing rushing attack for which the Vikings had no answer for 24 deciding minutes.

 

 

Andre Dauphinais, Jacob Craig and Braden Boyer combined to help key the Mountaineers’ 244-yard effort on the ground and Berlin (6-2) humbled Blacklick Valley (2-6) with a 21-point outburst in the first quarter to win decidedly, 34-0, Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Expecting the field conditions to be more tricky than they actually were, Berlin head coach Doug Paul said the goal was to use a power running attack rather than spread the Vikings out.

 

 

“Under normal circumstances, we’re probably an 80/20 spread-to-power team,” Paul said. “But in Week 5 (against Meyersdale) we put in the power-I, and it allows us to be a little more diverse offensively.  In the first half, our offense was clicking on all cylinders.”

 

 

Not to say the Mounts didn’t use some spread this day – they employed their single-wing package early in the game to spread Blacklick out before mixing in the aforementioned power sets. It worked to near-perfection.

 

 

Jacob Craig scored three touchdowns on runs of 1, 3 and 1 yard and Dauphinais added the other two rushing scores on runs of 5 and 4 yards as Berlin chewed up 160 rushing yards in the first half.

 

 

Craig got the scoring started at the 8:55 mark of the first quarter, Dauphinais scored his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the period to cap a 6:05 drive that ate up 65 yards and 12 plays and was aided by two Viking offsides penalties, including one on a critical 4th-and-5 situation.

 

 

After Blacklick fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, Craig capped the 21-point first quarter scoring binge with 38 seconds left on his second touchdown of the day.  The Mountaineers ran for 137 yards in the first quarter alone.

 

 

The Vikings, meanwhile, had little go right.  Their first six plays netted zero yards.  Quarterback Johnny Sheesley didn’t complete a pass until midway through the second half, and the hosts finished with a net of 65 yards of offense and five first downs, including only 41 rushing yards on 30 carries.

 

 

“It was a total team effort today,” Paul said.  “We had 11 players out for various reasons – some illnesses, some injuries, some disciplinary issues.  We needed our (available) guys to step up and they did.

 

 

“We had a great defensive effort today,” Paul continued.  “Our defense, all year long, has been playing very good football.”

 

 

The Vikings were able to string a pair of first downs together on a five-minute possession in the second quarter, but came away empty handed when Sheesley’s pass was intercepted by Craig along the Mountaineer sideline.  From that point on, Blacklick only had one other possession with multiple first downs – a 6:09 possession in the fourth during which the silver and black moved from their own 32 to the Berlin 29.  But a bad snap from center lost 20 yards on 2nd down, and the Vikings were left to punt it away.

 

 

Berlin salted the game away with two first downs on runs of 11 yards by quarterback Ryan Lynch and 17 yards by Boyer.

 

 

Dauphinais finished with a game-high 102 yards on 20 carries with Boyer adding 87 yards on 12 carries and Craig 60 yards on 13 totes.  Lynch threw for 53 yards on a 3-of-14 day.

 

 

Blacklick Valley was paced by Connor Dulashaw’s 29 yards on six carries.  Fullback Grant Reigel had nine carries but only two hard-earned yards to show for his day, and Sheesley threw for 24 yards on a 3-of-15 afternoon.  Sheesley also had kickoff returns of 34 and 54 yards on the day.

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Downingtown East had the perfect game plan for sister school Downingtown West Friday Nite and it worked to perfection.

Sophomore Running Back Ryley Angeline had 120 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns and Junior Wide Receiver Jay Harris had five catches for 112 yards, four for touchdowns as East put a 44-14 thumping on West in a Ches-Mont National Division game Friday Nite at Kottmeyer Stadium.

“Our game plan was how to get the ball in fours’ hands”, said East Coach Mike Matta. “We decided it was pound, pound, pound, Harris, pound pound, pound, Harris. We wanted to make sure they were concentrating on the run before we hit them with Harris” he added.

Following a safety, Angeline scored on a one yard run that capped a 40 yard six play drive, all on the ground by Angeline to give the Cougars (7-1 overall 3-1 Ches-Mont National) a 9-0 lead and they never really looked back

The aireal show to Harris then took center stage offensively for East scoring two touchdowns 1 minute 16 seconds apart.

The first was a 29 yard pass from Junior Quarterback Trey Lauletta with 10:43 to go in the second period. Then following a quick three and out by West, Lauletta (10-16 for 181 yards and the four touchdowns) found Harris down the right sideline and despite being double covered, went up between the two defenders and caught the 31 yard pass with 9:16 to go before halftime to increase the lead to 23-0.

West (6-2 overall, 2-2 Ches-Mont National)  then got on the scoreboard as Donte Harrell (eight carries, 139 yards) went 83 yards for a score to cut the lead to 23-7 with 3:41 to play before halftime.

But just when you thought that might be the halftime score, Lauletta once again hooked up with Harris, this time on a 25 yard pass with four second remaining to go into the locker room with a 30-7 lead. That was the touchdown that may have done in theWhippets.

What also did in West was some unsung heroes for East.

Lucas Restrepo’s down field blocking, springing Angeline and Harris for more yards. Jamie Como had 2 fumble recovereries and an interception. Or maybe the real unsung hero of the night, Punter Eddie Kozlowski. Twice Kozlowski pinned west at the one yard line and boomedtwo other punts that West was unable to return.

“I just wanted to get the punts to roll inside the 10?‘ Kozlowski said. “The guys did a great job on coverage”.

West did show a glimmer of hope when Harrell went 18 yards for a score with 6:37 left in the third quarter as West trailed 30-14.

“They did have us back on our heels there in the third quarter”, said Matta. “They’re a good football team and they didn’t quit”.

With the win, East now controls their own destiny for another Ches-Mont Division Crown. That saga continues next week as East plays host to West Chester East, coached by former Downingtown Quarterback and East Offensive Coordinator  Dan Ellis. West has to regroup and make the seven mile trek to Coatesville next Friday nite.

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Lansdale, Pa., The North Penn football team operated on all cylinders and Corey Ernst’s three first half touchdown passes helped the Knights smash their way to a 37-14 win over Suburban One Continental Conference rival Souderton at James Crawford stadium. The loss virtually eliminates all hopes that the Indians will make the AAAA District 1 playoffs which start in three weeks.

 

 

Spotting the Indians a 7-0 lead on the strength of a Joe McNamara three yard touchdown run, the Knights controlled thereafter with a balanced mixture of running and passing. Ernst hit Dan Gevirtz with a 68 yard touchdown three plays later and followed that with strikes for 38 yards to tight end Ralph Reeves and seven yards to Shayne Watson.

 

 

From the outset North Penn was controlling both lines of scrimmage. The offensive line, led by John Garland, T.J. Smink, Joe Potkovac and Josh Cook provided great protection for Ernst and opened holes for the running backs. This group looks to be about the best offensive line in all of District One.

 

 

The second half was much the same as the first as Reeves (operating as a tailback) scored from one yard out. Tailback Kyle Mayfield’s 82 yard touchdown run in their next series closed out the scoring.

 

 

Coming into this game Reeves felt that his number would be called on passing plays. “We had a feeling they would key me with a linebacker on passing routes” said Reeves. “On the touchdown pass Corey threw it where only I could make the catch. It was a great throw”. Gevirtz, for his part was a major contributor every time he touched the ball. His speed makes it very difficult for defenses to game plan on. “Getting Dan isolated in space and with the great protection the line gave me makes it easy to make plays” chimed Ernst. “We have a lot of weapons”.

 

 

With the victory, North Penn supports a 6-2 record (5-0 conference) and will be a very tough foe for anyone they face come the District One playoffs. The balance of a solid running/passing attack and the size and athleticism of their line gives this team the potential to make a run at Hershey. They will take on Hatboro Horsham next week.  Souderton falls to 4-4 (3-3 conference) and host Central Bucks East.

 

 

Notes: North Penn’s offensive line averages 265 pounds and provided sensational drive and pass blocking throughout. Reeves was the most versatile player on the field garnering a host of tackles as linebacker, catching the touchdown pass from Ernst and running  for one TD. He is a four year starter whom is getting interest from Villanova and the University of Delaware. Gevirtz also runs track (he was the SOL long jump champion) and hopes to do both sports at the next level. Ernst was 13-18 for 218 yards and three TD’s. Mayfield’s 82 yard TD gave him 107 rushing yards for the night on 8 carries.

 

 

Scoring By Quarter

 

 

1st Quarter

 

 

Souderton: Joe McNamaro: 3 yard run: PAT: Jeff Wolf: 7:49

 

 

North Penn: Dan Gevirtz: 68 pass from Corey Ernst: PAT: Brandon Mandes: 6:07

 

 

2nd Quarter

 

 

North Penn: Ralph Reeves: 38 pass from Corey Ernst: PAT: Brandon Mandes: 11:51

 

 

North Penn: Brandon Mandes: 35 yard field goal: 3:52

 

 

North Penn: Shayne Watson: 7 yard pass from Corey Ernst: PAT: no good:  :56

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

No Scoring

 

 

4th quarter

 

 

North Penn: Ralph Reeves: 1 yard run: PAT: Brandon Mandes:  11:57

 

 

North Penn: Kyle Mayfield: 82 yard run: PAT: Brandon Mandes:  4:12

 

 

Souderton: Ry Yozallinas: 22 yard pass from Tanner Allen: PAT: Jeff Wolf:  2:41

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Philadelphia, Pa., The Springfield (Montgomery County) Spartans, aided by two touchdowns as the result of interceptions rolled to an 8-0 start as they shut out conference rival Calvary Christian Academy, 18-0. This win gives them a first place share of the District One Bicentennial League.

 

 

Springfield’s strength is their defense and on the game’s fifth play Matt Krewson picked off Calvary Christian quarterback Doug Smith’s pass and returned it for a 47 yard touchdown. On the Spartans second offensive series, they generated a six minute, 12 play, 85 yard drive mostly on the running of tailbacks Clay Ewell and Max Vido and ended when quarterback Doug Bauer went around the left side for a nine yard touchdown and a 12-0 halftime lead.

 

 

The Spartans give up less than nine points a game on average but on this day the Cougars proved to be just as stingy on defense limiting Ewell (who has rushed for 971 yards and 12 TD’s thus far) to extremely small gains every time he touched the ball. It was apparent from the outset that defense would decide this one.

 

 

The second half was played with both defenses holding their own. The Spartans had a couple of opportunities to put the game away in the third quarter (once getting the ball on the Christian 24 yard line) but the Cougars held their ground and prepared to make a run themselves in the fourth quarter. With over six minutes left in the game the Cougars marched 86 yards (starting at their own 12) mixing in two nice play action passes by Smith accounting for 20 and 36 yards. Springfield thwarted the Cougars march toward the end zone though when Vido intercepted Smith at the two and ran back 98 yards for a touchdown and the ballgame.

 

 

The win by the Spartans (District 1,AA) sets up a match of undefeated teams as they host 6-0 Delaware County Christian School next week. Calvary Christian (District 1,A) falls to 6-2 and will play Perkiomen School.

 

 

Notes: Calvary Christian is coached by former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Reichenbach. The school opened in 1995. Ewell has run for over 2,700 yards in his career for Springfield. Prior to this game the Spartans averaged 40 point per game. John Watson was a rock on both the offensive and defensive line for Christian.

 

 

Scoring By Quarter

 

 

1st quarter

 

 

Springfield: Matt Krewson: 47 yard interception return: 2 point conversion: no good: 9:53

 

 

2nd Quarter

 

 

Springfield: Doug Bauer: 9 yard run: 2 point conversion: no good:  9:42

 

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

No scoring

 

 

4th Quarter

 

 

Springfield: Max Vido: 98 yard interception return: 2 point conversion: no good:  1:23

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Dunmore jumped out to a, 42-6, lead at intermission after scoring on each of their first five possessions in the first twenty-four minutes. The Bucks (3-0, 8-0) cruised to the finish line as they were victorious over Western Wayne, 49-18.

 

 

Dunmore’s Daiqwon Buckley only needed 5 carries to gain 142 yards. Buckley’s running mate, Austin Seamon, not only rushed for 51 yards but also returned the second half kickoff for a score. Buck receiver caught 5 passes for 107 yards and 2 scores from Jordan Dempsey. The 6’2 senior signal caller tossed for 115 yards.

 

 

Western Wayne dropped to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the division. The Wildcats quarterback Johnny Rhodes completed 14 of 28 passes for 172 yards and a score. Western Wayne has now lost three of their last four contests. The ‘Cats will try and right the ship next week at Honesdale.

 

 

Dunmore hosts Carbondale in week nine.

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BANGOR – Northern Lehigh’s quarterback Dylan Hofmann threw for one touchdown and ran for another in the fourth quarter to hand Bangor their first loss of the season Friday night at Bangor Memorial Park, 20-7.

 

 

Bangor (7-1) and Northern Lehigh (7-1) are tied for second place in the Colonial League behind undefeated Pen Argyl 8-0.

 

 

With 1:05 remaining in the first half and goose eggs up on the scoreboard, Hofmann took the punt and followed his blockers all the way to the end zone for a 72-yard punt return.

 

 

Northern Lehigh provided the only points in the first half, 6-0. In a defensive battle Northern Lehigh had the slight edge in the halftime stats. The Bulldogs had 165 total yards of offense (114 yards rushing). Bangor had 133 total yards of offense.

 

 

Bangor’s defense stopped the fake punt and took over on downs to start the third quarter. Bangor got their only score of the game in the third quarter.

 

 

It was Josh Wing time. Bangor drove 58 yards on five plays. Wing carried all five plays, rushing for 19, 6, 17, 2 and finished the drive off with a 15-yard touchdown run. Robert Naylor’s kick put Bangor up 7-6 with 5:46 remaining in the third quarter.

 

 

Heading into the fourth quarter, Northern Lehigh was facing a fourth down and three on Bangor’s 17-yard line. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Hofmann scrambled to his right and found Trevor Yashur in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown pass to give Northern Lehigh the lead, 13-7.

 

 

Hofmann scored his third touchdown of the night. He faked the handoff, went in for an 11-yard run and his two-point conversion added insurance as Northern Lehigh led 20-7 with 5:10 remaining in the game.

 

 

The Bulldogs’ defense stopped a late drive by Bangor. Darien Middaugh intercepted a Ryan Hydock pass and Northern Lehigh took over with 2:53 remaining. Northern Lehigh ran out the clock for the win.

 

 

Dylan Hofmann passed for 97 yards and rushed for 25 yards. Running back Trevor Yashur rushed for 104 yards.

 

 

Bangor was led by Josh Wing’s 169 yards.

 

 

Northern Lehigh hosts Catasauqua next Friday night. Bangor will try and start a new win streak on the road next Friday night against Northwestern Lehigh.

 

 

Final          1st          2nd          3rd          4th          T

Northern Lehigh          0          6          0          14          20

Bangor          0          0          7          0          7

1st Quarter

None

2nd Quarter

NL – Dylan Hofman 72-yard punt return

3rd Quarter

B – Josh Wing 15-yard run

4th Quarter

NL – Trevor Yashur 18-yard pass from Hofmann

NL – Hofmann 11-yard run

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BETHLEHEM – The Hurricanes rushed for 349 yards and four different players scored rushing touchdowns as Bethlehem Liberty scored 35 unanswered points in a 49-10 win over Bethlehem Catholic Saturday night at BASD Stadium.

 

 

The win by Liberty puts them in a four-way tie for second place in the Lehigh Valley Conference with Freedom, Easton Area and Parkland. On top of the standings are Whitehall and Nazareth.

 

 

On their opening drive, Bethlehem Catholic drove 66-yards on 18 plays down to the Liberty 16. Tom McLoughlin’s 34-yard field with 3:25 left in the first quarter put the Golden Hawks up 3-0.

 

 

After the Golden Hawks took almost nine minutes off the clock. It took Liberty two plays to put points on the scoreboard. Quarterback James McCarthy optioned left and went 58 yards down to the Golden Hawks 18. One play later Jack Long took it in from 13-yards out. Tim Kane’s kick put Liberty up 7-3.

 

 

In the second quarter Liberty took over. McCarthy hooked up with KJ Williams twice. McCarthy threw touchdown passes of 67 and 18 yards. Devon Jones scored from five yards out.

 

 

Liberty went into halftime leading 28-3 over the Golden Hawks. Liberty out rushed the Golden Hawks 136 to 68 and had 220 yards of total offense at the half.

 

 

Liberty continued their dominance on the ground in the third quarter. Mid-way through the third quarter Liberty’s big play ability struck again.  Another big run by McCarthy set up another score. Jones took the handoff and went 56 yards for the score. Michael Harris’ six-yard run with 1:05 left in the third quarter put Liberty up 42-7.

 

 

The Golden Hawks stopped the bleeding when Connor Casey hit Chris Figler for a 14-yard score early in the fourth quarter.

 

 

Liberty finished the scoring with a Leo Cortez eight-yard run with 4:39 remaining.

 

 

James McCarthy led the way rushing for 106 yards and passing for 85. Jack Long added 110 yards and Devon Jones had 88 yards rushing.

 

 

Bethlehem Catholic quarterback Connor Casey passed for 158 yards on 10 of 15 completions and one score.

 

 

Bethlehem Liberty (6-2) travels to Easton Area next Friday night. Bethlehem Catholic (3-5) plays Bethlehem Freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

Final          1st          2nd          3rd          4th          T

Bethlehem Liberty          7          21          14          7          49

Bethlehem Catholic          3          0          0          7          10

1st Quarter

BC – FG 33 Tom McLoughlin

L – Jack Long 13 run

 

2nd Quarter

 

 

L – KJ Williams 67 pass from James McCarthy

L – Devon Jones 5 run

L – KJ Williams 18 pass from James McCarthy

 

3rd Quarter

 

 

L – Devon Jones 56 run

L – Michael Harris 6 run

 

4th Quarter

 

 

BC – Chris Figler 14 pass from Connor Casey

L – Leo Cortez 8 run

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SPRINGFIELD: Entering Friday nights Central League contest the Springfield Cougars had a 7-0 record and had Central League title aspirations. Their opponent for this game the Garnet Valley Jaguars entered the game with a 6- record with all six of their victories coming in league play. Fans packed Springfield High School for the battle of heavyweights and they got their money’s worth as the teams went blow to blow the difference a missed extra point that allowed the Jaguars to escape Springfield with a 42-41 victory.

 

 

The first hay-maker of the evening was landed by the Cougars on the fourth play from scrimmage when Cameron Durham who was lined up in punt formation fielded a bad snap and avoided a defender and raced his way 63 yards for the score.  On the ensuing drive the Jaguars drove down to the Cougar nine yard line before the tough Cougar stood tough forcing a turnover on downs. The Cougars offense couldn’t capitalized and the Jaguars took over drove 40 yards and scored when Ryan Corkery connected with Rockne O’Leary for a 10 touchdown.

 

 

The Cougars responded on the ensuing drive going 64 yards on 3 plays including a 49 yard pass by Ryan Strain to Matt Reichert that put the Cougars down at the Jaguars 15 yard line. Two plays later Aaron Coyne powered his way in from four yards out. The Jaguars responded on their next drive with a 61 yard screen pass from Corkery to Justin Pyle for the score to tie the game at 14.

 

 

In the second quarter, the Cougars were able to intercept Corkery twice once by John Ciurlino and Mike Dougherty. Both resulted in Cougar touchdowns with Warren Allen hauling in a 65 yard touchdown from Strain and Eric Polllock bringing a 22 yard touchdown pass. The Cougars tacked on to their lead with a five yard plunge by Barry Foster that put the Cougars up 35-14.

 

 

But then, the Jaguars took momentum back with a 21 yard touchdown run by Pyle with under two minutes left in the half to make it 35-21 at the half.

 

 

The momentum that the Jaguars took into the locker room at half continue in the third quarter as on the opening drive they drove 64 yards on eight plays before Corkery called his own number for a 22 yard touchdown strike.

 

 

On the ensuing drive the Cougars fumbled and back to work went the Jaguars and it was Jordyn Bennett who tied the game with a 10 yard touchdown run.

 

 

The Jaguars took the lead on their opening drive of the fourth quarter with a 64 yard run by Pyle.

 

 

The Cougars came back with a 52 yard pass from Strain to Pollock with 3:36 left in the game. The extra point through was missed and the Cougars needed their defense to get them the ball back and that did with 1:32 left. Mitch Rose put the end to the Cougars comeback attempt with an interception.

 

 

The Jaguars can clinch the Central League title with wins in their final two games against Lower Merion and Haverford. The Cougars can also clinch a share of the Central League title with wins over Strath Haven and Marple Newtown and a Garnet Valley lost. The Cougars could also win the Central League title outright if with two wins and two Garnet Valley loses

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