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Allentown Central Catholic quarterback Brendan Nosovitch is wreaking more havoc in the Lehigh Valley in his junior season, guiding the Vikings to a 7-0 record. And Nosovitch has the potential to do something that no other quarterback in Pennsylvania football history has ever accomplished.

 

With 1,391 passing yards and 663 rushing yards through ACC’s first seven games, Nosovitch is well on his way to a second consecutive 2,000/1,000 season, something never previously done in state history. There have been two quarterbacks with consecutive 1,000/1,000 seasons (Millersburg’s Darryl Kerstetter & Jeannette’s Terrelle Pryor).

 

Nosovitch was one of four quarterbacks in 2009 to finish with a 2,000/1,000 season, joining Ben Dupree (Susquehanna Township), Justin Gorman (Manheim Central) and Aaron Achey (Eastern Lebanon County). Prior to 2009, only two quarterbacks had posted 2,000/1,000 seasons.

 

ACC’s field general owns a 19-2 record as a varsity starter and finished his sophomore season with 2,078 passing yards and 1,163 rushing yards, accounting for 41 total touchdowns.

 

Watch out for Warwick

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the contingent from Lititz on this blog before, but keep an eye on the Warriors, who have posted a 5-2 record and 3-1 mark in Section 1 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. A big reason for Warwick’s success has been the play of senior back Deron Thompson.

 

After a Week 1 loss to Dallastown, Thompson has run for 1,445 yards and 20 touchdowns. #6 has run for 1,542 yards and 22 scores on the year. Thompson helps key a Warwick offense that’s averaging 276 rushing yards per game.

 

Freshmen making an impact

More and more, it seems there are usually some freshmen around the Keystone State making some significant impacts on the gridiron. Here are a few:

 

- Bangor Pius X quarterback AJ Long has thrown for 1,531 yards with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

 

- WPIAL Parkway Conference rep Blackhawk is 5-2 and averaging more than 20 points per game being led by Chandler Kincade, who has thrown for 568 yards and 6 scores.

 

- Cocalico’s Spencer Moser has proven quite adept at running Cocalico’s Veer offense, accounting for 425 rushing yards and 336 passing yards, accounting for 8 total touchdowns.

 

- Dustin Geegan, a running back for Moniteau High School, which plays in District 9, has run for over 500 yards and four touchdowns, and is the Warriors’ second leading rusher.

 

- Luigi Lista-Brinza, who plays for Pittsburgh Central Catholic, has run for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries the last two weeks, spelling junior feature back Damion Jones-Moore as he recovers from a groin injury.

 

- Linebacker Mike Newhouse, of Homer Center, has posted 77 tackles and a sack through seven games this year.

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In less than one year Brockway’s Derek Buganza became the all-time passing leader in Pennsylvania High School Football history. He threw for 268 yards in a Brockway win over Elk County Catholic Saturday night at St. Mary’s High School.

 

Kyle Smith of Lancaster Catholic who passed for 8,545 yards in his carrier held the previous record. With the 268 yards passing, Buganza pushes his career total to 8,549 yards.

 

Buganza threw for 2,923 yards and 28 touchdowns as a sophomore and a state-record 3,824 yards and 37 touchdowns as a junior. He has passed for 1,802 yards and 18 touchdowns so far this season.

 

He now holds three state passing records, all-time passing leader, single-season passing leading and passing for 594 yards in a single-game.

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HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Despite all of his individual success rushing the football, Hopewell junior phenom running back Rushel Shell knows what aids him.

 

“I’d be nothing without my offensive line,” Shell said. “Without them, I wouldn’t get even five yards per game.”

 

Central Valley only wishes Shell would average five yards per game.

 

Shell ran for 302 of the Vikings’ 371 yards as Hopewell (3-4) kept its WPIAL playoff hopes alive with a thrilling 26-22 victory over Central Valley (4-3) Friday night at Tony Dorsett Stadium on the Hopewell High School campus.

 

Each and every week is a must-win for the Vikings, who would more than likely be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss. That means each game from here on in is like a playoff game for the Vikes, and the more than 5,000 people in attendance really helped add spark to the playoff atmosphere.

 

“It’s not pressure,” Shell said of the need to win each week. “It’s motivation.”

 

Hopewell showed that motivation right from the onset, as Shell burst through the Warrior defense practically untouched for a 92-yard scoring run with 4:53 left in the opening stanza. At that point, Shell had run for 104 yards. And he was just getting started.

 

Hopewell finished the first half with 191 yards rushing and only attempted two passes, both incompletions. Shell had 150 yards at halftime, but the Vikings held only a 6-0 lead in what was turning into a defensive struggle.

 

Central Valley, meanwhile, ran about as many formations in the first half as it gained offensive yards. The Warriors ran plays from the shotgun, I, Delaware Wing-T and straight T sets, but managed only 64 first half yards and a quartet of first downs. But during halftime, someone must have lit a fire under the Warriors’ big three of Lukas Turley, Aaron Law and quarterback Curtis Lewis.

 

Employing a mostly Delaware Wing-T offense in the second half, Lewis, Turley and Law ground the Warriors to a 7-6 lead on a 10-play, 5:18 drive. Exclusively keeping the drive on the ground, the CV drive was greatly aided by a Viking unsportsmanlike conduct penalty early on in the drive. Law gave CV a 13-12 lead on a 1-yard run with 11:56 left in the game and Turley capped the blue and white’s scoring with a 4-yard run with 4:43 left.

 

But for each Central Valley touchdown, Hopewell had an answer. Dual-threat quarterback Nolan Harmatto (24 rush yards, 23 pass yards; rush TD) scored from a yard out to make it 12-7 in the third quarter. Harmatto’s run capped a 5:50 drive that featured 11 plays – 10 of which were runs.

 

Shell set up his second touchdown of the game (a 4-yard run with 7:54 left in the game) with a 38-yard run out of a keeper from the Vikings’ single-wing offensive package. Most of Shell’s runs in the single-wing sets went to the left side of the line. That wasn’t by accident.

 

“We like to (run it left),” said Hopewell head coach Dave Vestal. “The left side of our line is our strong side.”

 

Central Valley found that out repeatedly in the second half. And on Hopewell’s deciding touchdown drive – a 7-play, 63-yard march – Shell registered six carries and had runs of 20, 13, and 11 yards to set up his 6-yard scoring run, his third touchdown of the night.

 

“He can really take a game over,” Vestal said of Shell, who finished with 35 carries for 302 yards. Shell now has run for 1,705 yards and 14 touchdowns on the year.

 

FB Zach Roman ran for 35 yards on six carries, opening the game with two rushes for 23 yards. Hopewell ran for 371 yards on 52 carries and finished with 15 first downs.

 

Central Valley finished with 189 yards of offense – 168 of which came on the ground. Lewis ran for 63 yards on 15 totes; Turley had 61 yards on 13 carries; and Law finished with 40 yards on 10 carries. But CV completed just three passes in 15 attempts between Lewis and Matt Bradford.

 

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PITTSBURGH – In the world of fictional literature, an orphan named Oliver asked, “Please sir, may I have some more?”

 

In the present reality, Oliver High School’s Friday opponent, Brashear, probably wants no more of the Bears.

 

Brashear (4-2) did just enough to fend off pesky Oliver (1-6) on the Bears’ Homecoming with a thrilling 21-20 double overtime victory Friday afternoon from George Cupples Stadium on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

 

The fewer than 100 fans in attendance got treated to quite the Homecoming game, even though the Bears committed 11 penalties and turned the ball over four times.

 

“Yeah (we grew today),” said Oliver head coach Tim Keefer. “But you don’t want to use that as an excuse with a young football team. We’re a AA team and we took a AAAA team to the brink.”

 

Brashear held a closer-than-comfortable 14-6 lead at the half, with both touhdowns coming on short fields following Oliver turnovers. The Bulls’ first score came after an 18-yard touchdown drive capped with a 7-yard run by Jawanza Bryant. The Bulls’ second score, with :09 left in the half, came courtesy of a 24-yard pass from Adam Lynch to Deshaun Roberts.

 

But aside from those two drives, Oliver’s defense held the Bulls in check, allowing just 95 offensive yards, including 18 rushing yards. Oliver moved the ball very well, offensively speaking, and sliced Brashear’s lead to 7-6 with a 7:15 touchdown drive capped with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Trevon Kendrick to Shakeem Cox. At one point in the first half, the orange and brown had outgained the black and gold, 167-46.

 

After halftime, Brashear bogged down offensively, as did Oliver, until the fourth quarter when the Bears suddenly found some life.

 

Set up with a short field with 8:28 left in regulation, the Bears moved 41 yards in seven plays, and Tyree Mathis scored on a 4 yard run to cut Brashear’s lead to 14-12. Cox found Mark Tench for the successful two-point conversion pass to tie things up with 4:52 left.

 

Brashear started rolling on its next drive, but Lynch (7-of-17, 100 yards, 2 INT; 8 rush, 26 yards) was intercepted by Tyrell Scott with 1:30 left.

 

In overtime, Brashear had a chance to win in the first overtime, but failed to convert. After forcing Cox’ third interception of the game, Brashear moved to the Bears’ 1 yard line, but Bull kicker Cody Magliocca shanked a 20-yard field goal, giving Oliver a second chance.

 

“I thought that was new life for our quarterback,” Keefer said.

 

Lynch scored a 10-yard run on Brashear’s initial play of double overtime, and Cox hit Kendrick for an 11-yard pass to make it 21-20. But Oliver’s two-point conversion pass sailed out of the back of the end zone.

 

The Bears finished with 236 yards of offense (77 rushing, 159 passing) and converted 4-of-8 fourth downs, slightly unconventional. Kendrick threw for 33 yards, ran for 39 yards, and caught five passes for 17 yards and had an interception on defense. Cox finished 13-of-30 for 126 yards with a touchdown and three picks. Oliver also committed 11 penalties for 65 yards.

 

Bryant led Brashear with 38 yards rushing on 10 totes. The Bulls finished with 174 yards of offense.

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GROVE CITY – Both teams came into the game with a 6-0 record and they knew who ever won this game most likely would win the Region 5 crown Friday night.

 

Grove City’s Wes Phipps scored four touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-17 win. Both teams were ranked at the top of the WesternPAFootball District 10 power rankings.

 

Phipps said, “I think just all around we played a really solid football game.”

 

The Oilers received the opening kickoff and went down the field. The drive took nearly seven minutes off the clock. Mark Hutchinson’s one-yard score gave them the lead.

 

Minutes later Grove City’s Phipps had an 11-yard touchdown run that would tie the game up at 7.

 

Oil City’s Luke Klena would connect on a 21-yard field goal to give them the lead, 10-7. But Phipps answered their drive again with another score to give Grove City a 14-10 lead.

 

The Oilers scored late in the first half to take a lead right before half. Quarterback Mark Kulinski hit all-state tight end candidate Ben Koyack for the 19-yard touchdown. The Oilers went into halftime with a slim 17-14 lead.

 

After giving up over 200 total yards of offense in the first half the Grove City Eagles’ defense would make adjustments and shut down the Oilers in the second half.

 

After a scoreless third quarter the Eagles would score. Phipps scored on back-to-back touchdowns to give them a 28-17 lead.

 

Grove City would finish the scoring off late in the fourth quarter when Harold Price took a reverse and went 58-yards for the score.

 

Price would finish with 103 yards running and Phipps added 85 yards. Kulinski finished the night passing for 157 yards.

 

Grove City travels to Slippery Rock. Oil City will try to rebound at home against Meadville.

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Philadelphia, Pa., George Washington High School (D12, Public League, AAAA) combined to use both a quick strike offense and  sustained drives in dismantling Delaware power Salesianum, 27-6 last night at Northeast’s Charles Martin Stadium.

 

It was immediately apparent that the Sallies (5-1 and two consecutive shutouts) were going to struggle with Washington’s team speed. The Eagles recovered a Salesianum fumble on the opening kickoff and the Eagles went right to work scoring in six plays and ending when QB Tony Smith (Father Judge Transfer) connected with Washington Senior and Temple University bound Daquan Cooper with a 16 yard TD.

 

Salesianum took the ensuing kickoff and generated their own (and only) successful drive behind the running of Senior Ryan Kilpatrick, covering 65 yards in five plays (as well as two Washington penalties and a Kilpatrick 34 yard scamper) ending with his 5 yard touchdown run.

 

Washington started out the second quarter with another quick six play drive covering 70 yards and this time a Tony Smith to Nate Smith TD pass of 37 yards got things rolling for the Eagles.

 

With a little more than a minute left in the first half, Sallies QB Jonathan Godwin was intercepted on a beautiful play on a tipped screen pass by Washington LB Justin Moody. Moody’s pick enabled the Eagles to score in four plays punctuated by a Smith to English Peay TD pass and a 20-6 halftime lead.

 

Any chance the Sallies had to get back in the game was eliminated when Washington took the second half kickoff and sustained a 14 play, 68 yard, nine minute drive. Mixing in some nice runs by Hakeem Sillman and Peay, the drive ended with a 30 yard Peay halfback option pass to Cooper for their final touchdown.

 

Smith ended with 3 touchdown passes (to three different receivers) and did the majority of his damage in the first half (12-22, 178 yards). Cooper had 84 receiving yards two touchdowns.

 

The Eagles offensive and defensive lines were dominant in victory. With as many weapons that Washington has its hard for the people up front to get credit. The play of Moody, Austin McGrath, John Webb, Larheim Brown, Mike McGlashen and Temple University bound Brandon Chudnoff all excelled for the Eagles giving Smith the time to throw and for Peay and Sillman the holes to run through.

 

Washington, now 6-1, has a conference date with conference rival Northeast next week.

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When the 2010 schedule came out, Pottsgrove at Owen J. Roberts was billed as the possible Pioneer Athletic Conference 10 game of the year.

 

After all The Falcons are the two time defending league champions and both of the Wildcat league losses in those two years were to the Falcons

 

A suprizing league loss by each team may have tarnished the game a little, but there will still plenty of story lines entering the game.

 

Four of the best players in the entire state (Terrell Chestnut and Maika Polamalu for Pottsgrove and Ryan Brumfield and Sam Funk for OJR) going against each other. The first time since 2007 that the game has been played at OJR. And finally with each team with one loss in the league, the chance to stay one game behind league leader Boyertown

 

In the end, the Wildcats used five touchdowns and 325 yards rushing from Brumfield to shock the Falcons 49-20 Friday nite in Bucktown.

 

“They’re a good football team,” said OJR Head Coach Tom Barr. “So no, I never thought we would hang 49 on them”, he added.

 

The tone for the entire game may have been set on the third play of the game.  Polamalu attempted to take a pitch from Tory Hudgins, lost the handle on the ball and when he dove for the ball, he collided with the Wildcats’ Sean Moloney and was injured but left the game on his own power but did not return. Moloney recovered the fumble, but the first of three Personal Foul penalties on the Wildcats moved the football back to the 49 yard line of Pottsgrove.

 

The Wildcats needed just five plays as Brumfield took a handoff, bumped into his Quarterback Jay Thomas and still raced 25 yards for the score with 8:33 left in the first quarter.  John Pennell kicked his first of seven extra points and the rout was on.

 

After an exchange of punts, OJR (5-2 overall, 4-1 league) then put the game away in a matter of 66 seconds.

 

Pottsgrove started with the ball on their 18 yard line and on the third play, Kayvon Greene fumbled and was recovered by Funk on the nine yard line of Pottsgrove. Three Brumfield runs, the last coming from six yards with 36 seconds left in the quarter as they incresed the lead to 14-0.

 

“Tonite we just played smash mouth OJR football”, said Brumfield,  who also had touchdown runs of 71 and six yards in the second half. “We’ve been waiting three years for this moment. The past couple of years they took advanatage of our mistakes and tonite we took advantage of theirs.”

 

Boy did they ever.

 

On the ensuing Pottsgrove possession Chestnut was hit by Funk on a third and eight from the 30, Brumfield picked the ball up on the 25 yard line and raced untouched for the touchdown with 11:17 left before halftime as the Wildcats led 21-0.

 

The Falcons (5-2 overall, 4-2 league) then got as close as they would get when Chestnut raced 51 yards that capped a 60 yard 3 play drive with 9:43 left in the second quarter to cut the OJR lead to 21-7. Chestnut led Pottsgrove with 87 yards on 11 carries and was 2 of 3 passing for 36 yards. But most of the night the Falcons were held in check by the OJR defense.

 

The Wildcats recovered four Falcon fumbles, three of which led to scores for OJR.

 

Lost in all the offense for OJR was that Funk, who was a monster on defense also went over 100 yards rushing for 105 yards on nine carries and scored from 12 yards out on the opening possession of the third quarter to increase the OJR lead to 35-7.

 

Caron Wilson scored on a six yard run   and Greene caught a 10 yard touchdown pass from Chestnut for Pottsgrove.

 

With the win, OJR now travels to play Pope John Paul II next Saturday afternoon before the big showdown in 2 weeks with Boyertown of the turf in Bucktown. Pottsgrove now has to regroup and play Methacton at home next Friday night.

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FOUNTAIN SPRINGS – The Spartans defense put up their fifth shutout of the season and their offense ran all over Mount Carmel 34-0 Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

 

North Schuylkill head coach Rick Geist could tell before the game his team was focused. Geist said, “We were ready. They couldn’t wait to play.”

 

They were led on defense by linebacker Mike Shinkus who had 19 tackles and two sacks in the game and defensive end Ed Pavalko who had nine tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

 

Geist talked about Mike Shinkus, “Mike is a division one linebacker. He can run and he tackles people. He’s a machine.”

 

The opening drive the Spartans held Mount Carmel to a three-and-out and forced a punt. But the Spartans fumbled the punt and the Tornadoes couldn’t do anything and turned the ball over on downs.

 

North Schuylkill would fumble away the ball again on their next possession. As quick as they were to give the ball away the defense would bail them out.

 

Mount Carmel head coach Carmen DeFrancesco said, “We didn’t capitalize there in the first quarter. We never got into a rhythm.”

 

The Spartans offense finally got going with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter. Ed Pavalko 69-yard run put them up 7-0.

 

The Spartans would add two more scores right before halftime. Ethan Motsney;s 76-yard punt return gave the Spartans a 13-0 lead.

 

Another short punt by the Red Tornadoes set up the next score. Scott Houser took a draw, cut back and went 57-yards for the score. They led 19-0 at halftime.

 

After a quiet third quarter the Spartans added two more scores in the fourth quarter.

 

The first scoring drive in the fourth quarter went seven plays for 46 yards. It was capped off by a one-yard score by Pavalko.

 

Henning’s four-yard score with 2:14 remaining made it 34-0 Spartans. This win marked the second straight win over Mount Carmel. The last time that  happened was in the 1986-87 season.

 

Ed Pavalko led the way with 138 yards rushing and Scott Houser added 82 yards.

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LANGHORNE – Council Rock South (7-0) scored four touchdowns over the final 24 minutes on the ground as the Golden Hawks stunned Neshaminy (6-1) 28-21 at Harry E. Franks Stadium.

 

Senior quarterback Billy Fleming led the Golden Hawks rushing with 150 yards on 24 carries and three scores. This was the biggest win in their nine-year history.

 

If you don’t believe it, all you had to see was the Golden Hawk fans storm the field after the win.

 

Fleming scored on runs of 5, 28 and two yards in the second half. Mark Damirgian added 93 yards rushing.

 

The Redskins took the lead in the second quarter on a seven-play 60-yard drive. Charlie Marterella scored on a run and they led 6-0. Marterella finished with 214 yards passing.

 

After a quiet first half both teams exploded in the second half with one huge play after another. For every score the other team had an answer.

 

Council Rock South quarterback Billy Fleming said, “We made some adjustments with our blocking schemes at halftime and came out fired up.”

 

Boy did they ever as the Golden Hawks drove right down the field on the opening second half drive as Flemings scored on the five-yard touchdown run to start the wild second half.

 

But Neshaminy came back on a long kickoff return by Sean Ulmer and a one-yard score by Anthony Woodroffe put them back up.

 

With the Redskins leading 14-7 in the third quarter, Fleming’s 28-yard touchdown run tied the game up at 14.

 

With the game tied at 14, the Redskins quarterback Charlie Martarella’s 57-yard touchdown bomb to Dwight Williams put the Redskins up 21-14 on the last play of the third quarter.

 

Now trailing 21-14 in the fourth quarter Council Rock South drove 67-yards and scored on a Fleming two-yard keeper tying the game up at 21.

 

The Golden Hawks’ defense stopped Neshaminy and got the ball back on downs. Mark Damirgian’s 36-yard touchdown run with 2:27 remaining gave Council Rock South the lead, 28-21.

 

The Redskins would get the ball back but time ran out on them.

 

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PITTSBURGH – When the Gateway Gators take the field before football games, they are greeted by the theme song from “Rocky.” And, like a wiley boxer, Gateway withstood punch after punch after punch from an efficient Pittsburgh Central Catholic offense.

But, in the end, Gateway couldn’t avoid the KO.

Central Catholic (7-0) tripled Gateway (4-3) in total offensive yardage and more than doubled the Gators in time of possession to win 21-7 in a WPIAL Thursday Night Showcase game at Carnegie Mellon University’s Gesling Field.

The loss for the Gators snapped a four-game winning streak, and extended a team losing streak to the Vikings that dates back to 1996. The three losses to date are just one fewer than the number of Ls the Gators have posted in the last three years. But Gator boss Terry Smith held an optimistic view for his football team.

“These are the games you learn from the most,” Smith said. “We got better tonight. But we’re going through growing pains with starting six sophomores. We’re trying to get better and minimize our mistakes.”

Gateway strung some positives together on its final two drives of the night, moving 55 yards and gaining four first downs on one and capping the other with the game’s final touchdown, a 1-yard plunge to paydirt from sophomore field general Thomas Woodson. The Woodson scoring run with 18 ticks left in the game capped a 6-play, 33-yard drive.

“You’re not going to hold Gateway down for 48 minutes,” said Central Catholic head coach Terry Totten, who this night won his 59th game since 2005. “It was a great test for us. I can’t say enough about Gateway’s program. You guys all know their recent history.”

With Damion Jones-Moore getting back into the swing of things after sitting out the Plum game with a groin injury, the Vikings shared the wealth offensively on the ground. Jones-Moore finished the game with 55 yards on 15 carries, but did not score a touchdown. Instead, junior Jason Luster got some chances to show what he could do, as fullback Brian Palermo is out for the remainder of the season.

Luster scored bookend touchdowns for Central Catholic on runs of 3 and 23 yards, finishing the night with 39 yards on seven totes. He gave Central Catholic leads of 7-0 and 21-0 in the first and third quarters, respectively. Junior quarterback Perry Hills scored the other Viking touchdown on a 4-yard run with 33 seconds left in the first half.

But Jones-Moore, Hills and Luster weren’t the only backs to contribute. Freshman Luigi Lista-Brinza finished with 60 rushing yards on 12 carries and caught a 22-yard pass, giving #22 230 yards rushing in the last two weeks combined.

“He came to summer camp and continued to work his way up the ranks,” Totten said of #22. “I thought he’d be an 8-10 touch player per game, but he’s proven he can come into the game for us at any time and be effective.”

When the dust settled, Central Catholic had piled up 169 rushing yards on 46 carries to Gateway’s 13 yards on 25 carries.

The bulk of Gateway’s 111 total yards of offense came from Woodson, who threw for 98 yards and added 47 yards on 14 carries.

“Our QB’s a heck of an athlete,” Smith said. “And he made some good reads (passing) tonight, but we’ve got to find some receivers who can catch the ball.”

Totten came away impressed with Gateway’s young field general.

“He’s a great athlete, a dual-threat,” Totten said.

Smith was equally impressed with Central Catholic’s football team.

“They’re a very good football team – they’re undefeated,” Smith said. “Whether they’re as good as their championship teams or not remains to be seen – history can’t be written until everything’s complete.”

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Whitehall placekicker Joshua Cirocco’s cleats were pretty distinctive – a bright shade of blue on a sideline decked in maroon and gold.  Cirocco explained he had played in a soccer game earlier Saturday and didn’t have time to get a different pair of cleats.

By the time the game clock at J. Birney Crum Stadium hit triple zeros, Allentown Central Catholic left Whitehall feeling rather blue. A completely different sort of blue.

The Vikings (6-0) harassed and pressured Villanova recruit Chris Polony all evening and chewed up 455 yards of offense en route to a 21-14 victory over the Zephyrs (5-1) Saturday evening in Allentown.

With the victory, Allentown Central Catholic put itself in the drivers seat to the Lehigh Valley Conference championship.

“They’re a very good football team,” Whitehall head coach Tony Trisciani said of ACC. “We gave ‘em everything we had. I didn’t talk to the kids about losing tonight – I talked to them about learning.”

Whitehall had a chance late to knot things at 21-all. The Zephyrs drove from their own 12 to the ACC 46 yard line with :28 left, but Polony’s third down pass was intercepted with 19 ticks left to seal the victory.

Polony started 2-of-2 for 77 yards, including a 66-yard scoring pass to Nate Hoenl for a 7-0 lead, but the Viking defense harassed #12 the rest of the game.  He finished 11-of-31 for 143 yards and two interceptions.

“We relied on some pressure up front,” said Viking head coach Harold Fairclough.

But bringing pressure is a risk/reward type of strategy, and Whitehall beat the pressure to answer a 21-point run by the Vikings when Eric Fiore (15 rush, 114 yards, TD) scampered 65 yards down the home sideline to make it a 21-14 game.

“They caught us on a blitz there,” Fairclough said of the long scoring run. “And the first score (the long pass) was a blown coverage.”

Central Catholic junior quarterback Brendan Nosovitch said the first Zephyr touchdown woke the green and gold up.

“We kind of came out flat,” Nosovitch said.

But poked between the eyes, Central Catholic’s spread offense fired to life and revved its engines, primarily the engines of #2 (Colin McDermott), #4 (Kevin Gulyas) and #5 (Nosovitch).

Nosovitch had a hand in all three Viking touchdowns, helping ACC build a 21-7 lead with 3:54 left in the third quarter.  He scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards and connected with Gulyas (12 rec., 168 yards, TD) on an 11-yard pass.

In all, Nosovitch ran for 81 yards on 25 carries and completed 20-of-28 passes for 230 yards.

And McDermott became the focal point of the Vikings’ offense in the second half.  With only seven rushes for 28 yards to his credit at halftime, #2 finished the Saturday night tussle with 144 yards on 23 carries.

“They’re spread’s good,” Trisciani said of ACC.  “And they have good players.

“Sometimes we got them and sometimes we didn’t,” Trisciani continued, “but we got them enough times to still have a chance to win the game.”

Tyler Artim finished with six catches for 57 yards for Whitehall, who finished with 264 yards of offense and 15 first downs.

But ACC was simply firing on all cylinders.  The Vikes rushed for 225 yards and threw for 230 – finishing with 455 yards and 23 first downs.  For the 2010 season thus far, ACC has been a model of near-perfect balance – throwing for 1,119 yards and running for 1,118.

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