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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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WINGATE — After two disappointing losses to begin the 2011 season, Bald Eagle Area football coach Jack Tobias, his assistants and the Eagle squad were hoping that the third time would be a charm.

Combining an efficient offense with a swarming defense, the Eagles charmed the BEA faithful Friday night as they dominated the Halifax Wildcats for a 21-0 win at Alumni Stadium.

“We just needed to get a win for these guys morale,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “They have been through a lot the past couple of weeks and it is big for them to have a chance to go into the locker-room and have a lot of excitement and enthusiasm about what just took place. We’ll get in here tomorrow, do a little lifting and get ready for next week.”

The Eagles put their offense in high gear on their first possession of the game as they marched 52 yards on eight plays for all the points they were to need for the win.

Cody Ripka, who led all rushers in the game with 83 yards, picked up 51 of the 52 yards on seven carries in the TD drive.

“Their linebackers get inside a lot and that opened up the outside,” said Ripka. “I wanted the ball because coach (Tobias) challenged me to run the ball good and I just wanted to be able to finish and have a good game.”

But regardless of where the defensive personnel play, any successful running back will be quick to admit that he needs help from the ‘Hogs” up front.

“They (offensive linemen) work hard in practice and that effort showed here tonight,” said Ripka. “I really appreciate everything they do and they are pretty much responsible for anything our offense is able to do. This (the win) feels way better than the first two games.”

Coming off a huge game that saw him rush for over 200 yards, Halifax quarterback Robbie Moretz felt the effects of the swarming Eagle defense all night long as he was held to negative two yards on 22 carries by the first team BEA defensive unit.

“We just harped on it all week for them to take care of responsibilities,” said Tobias. “Certain guys had quarterback and other guys had pitch (man) and there were some times when he (Moretz) got some runs. But the biggest thing we were able to do tonight was get a big push up front and that kept guys off our linebackers and allowed our guys up front to make plays.”

Leading the defensive unit were Nicholas Uncapher, Justin Thompson and Nate Sharkey.

“Uncapher had a couple of sacks, I think Justin Thompson had a sack, Sharkey had a big fumble recovery for us and (Jeff) Koleno had a nice interception,” said Tobias. “Our linebackers also did a nice job of filling (the holes) tonight and that is something we have been harping at them to do. Right now we only have one or two players who played in the same position last year so it is just a matter of them getting reps to continue to improve and they have done that each week since the first game.”

Holding the 7-0 lead heading into the third period, the Eagles gave themselves a little breathing room and again it was on their first possession of the half.

Taking over on the Halifax 38 thanks to a short Wildcat punt, the Eagles maneuvered the 38 yards on a half dozen plays, junior quarterback Cole Long carrying the mail for the final yard and the score. The PAT attempt was blocked, but the Eagles had extended their advantage to 13-0.

The Wildcats were forced to punt on their next possession and again the Eagles had good field position as they took over on their own 46.

A long to Jon Romine pass for 18 yards, two carries by Sharkey for 18 more and a 5-yard scamper by Matt Dillon set up Long for his second touchdown of the game when he scooted to the right from 13 yards out for the score. A pass for two from Long to Colby Peters was good to set the final at BEA 21, Halifax 0.

Now 1-2, the Eagles will take their game to Philipsburg Friday night when they battle the P-O Mounties in a conference outing. Kickoff for that fray is set for 7 p.m.

Halifax 0 0 0 0 — 0

BEA 7 0 6 8 — 21

First Quarter

BEA — Cody Ripka 5 run. (Tyler Schall kick)(8:44)

Third Quarter

BEA — Cole Long 1 run. (kick failed)(6:22)

Fourth Quarter

BEA — Long 13 run (Long to Colby Peters pass)(11:15)

Team Statistics H BEA

First Downs 12 11

Rushes-Yards 44-127 37-185

Passing Yards 41 20

Passing 2-6-1 2-11-1

Fumbles-Lost 3-3 0-0

Penalties-Yards 9-60 9-80

Individual Statistics

Rushing

H: Allan Kaufman 7-42, Chad Meko 8-33, Dan Hebenthal 4-27, Robbie Moretz 25-25. BEA: Cody Ripka 14-83, 1 TD; Cole Long 3-36, 2 TDs; Matt Dillon 5-26, Nate Sharkey 3-19, Dakota Bartley 5-18, Jeff Koleno 2-8, Dylan Womer 1-3, Seth Holt 1-0, Tyler Howell 1-0, Kaleb Weaver 1-0, Ryan Watkins 1-minus 8.

Passing

H: Robbie Moretz 2-6, 41 yards, 1 interception.

BEA: Cole Long 2-5 20 yards, 1 interception; Jeff Koleno 0-5, Tyler Schall 0-1.

Receiving

H: Dan Hebenthal 2-41.

BEA: Jon Romine 1-18, Cody Ripka 1-2.

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Wyndmoor, Pa., The LaSalle Explorers (D12, AAA, PCL) used a suffocating run defense and Senior quarterback Matt Magarity’s two touchdown passes to wear down last year’s AA state champion West Catholic to the tune of a 24-0 whitewash at Springfield Montco. The Explorers rebounded after losing last week to New Jersey power Bergan Catholic 41-17.

Both teams struggled early as there were a combined 11 penalties for 115 yards in the first 14 minutes of play. LaSalle then began to bear down in the second quarter going on an extended 11 play, 93 yard drive (66 of the yards from Magarity’s arm) ending with his 5 yard pass on a fade pattern to Colin Buckley and a 6-0 Explorer lead. Just before the half the Explorers struck again on a 24 yard pass from Magarity to Sean Coleman and a 14-0 halftime lead.

The LaSalle defensive front line put so much pressure on West’s skill players that it enabled the linebackers to play more downhill and make plays that the Burrs ran right at them The Explorers keyed on  Burrs sensational junior running back David Williams forcing them to rely more on quarterback Jaleel Reed’s ability to run. Williams ran for over 200 yards last week against Archbishop Wood but Explorer defensive coordinator John Steinmetz’s plan worked to perfection as they kept Williams in tow by limiting him to 37 yards on 13 carries and no run greater than 10 yards from scrimmage.

The Explorers used the running attack in the second half to wear West down as running back Tim Wade led them on a 13 play drive toting the rock seven times in the series for 33 yards and scoring on a 13 yard bolt down the right side and 21-0 lead. Ryan Winslow’s field goal early in the fourth quarter ended the scoring. Wade had 25 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown. Magarity was unofficially 11 for 20 for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

The Burrs finished up a murderous start of season schedule going 0-3 having played two very good District 12 AAAA teams and maybe the best AAA team (Archbishop Wood) in the state. You have to give this small school credit for stepping up and taking these games. It will certainly prepare them to defend their state AA title and a little easier schedule down the road. LaSalle (2-1) also finished up a tough three game stretch and will travel to Monsignor Bonner next week.

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BETHLEHEM – For a second straight week, Nazareth Area found their team down in the second half and again it was Dan Harding who engineered a comeback. The Blue Eagles overcame a three-touchdown deficit to defeat Bethlehem Liberty in front of 7,000 fans Friday night at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

It was the Liberty Hurricanes who struck first with a Devon Jones 40-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked and the Hurricanes led 6-0.

The Blue Eagles overcame an early turnover, got one back, and Harding went in for the five-yard touchdown run with 3:33 left in the first quarter to tie the game up at six.

The Hurricanes dominated the second quarter scoring with four of the five touchdowns. Jones went in for a 28-yard run. James McCarthy scored on runs of one-yard and 76-yards. The Blue Eagles only score in the quarter came from a Harding to Adam Bridgeforth 16-yard touchdown pass. Michael Harris finished the scoring for the Hurricanes going in for a 30-yard run with 16 seconds remaining in the first half.

Liberty had 15 first downs and over 270 yards rushing in the first half. The Hurricanes went into halftime with a commanding 34-13 lead.

The comeback kids would get the party started in the second half with Nazareth’s freshman, running back Jordan Gray scoring on an 18-yard run. Harding added two more touchdown passes to Andrew Bridgeforth (18-yards and 51-yards) to tie the game up at 34 with nine seconds remaining in the quarter.

The Hurricanes took the lead back with 9:51 remaining in the game.  Stephon Font-Toomer ran right up the middle for a 33-yard run putting Liberty up 41-34.

Harding threw for 394 yards including a 32-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Bridgeforth with 38 seconds remaining in the game to bring Nazareth back within one, 41-40. The Blue Eagles decided to go for the win and Harding’s two-point conversion to Dan Shepherd cemented the comeback 42-41.

Harding’s two favorite targets on the night were Adam Bridgeforth who had 12 catches for 143 yards and one score and Andrew Bridgeforth who had 160 yards and three scores.

Liberty’s Quarterback James McCarthy led the way with 215 yards rushing and 73 yards passing.

Nazareth (3-0) hosts William Allen next Friday night. Bethlehem Liberty (2-1) will try to rebound home next week against Whitehall.

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Originally scheduled for Friday, Dunmore welcomed the Invaders of West Scranton to Bucks Stadium tonight.

Playing their first game since September 2, West Scranton did not show signs of rust early as they scored the first touchdown of the game. The Invaders were led by the legs and hands of senior Malcolm Sweeting. Number 1 rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown. Sweeting caught 6 passes for 91 stripes.

However, the home standing Bucks, would score the next 26-points after Sweeting’s Invaders notched the first seven. Dunmore registered a, 26-13, win and improved their record to 3-0.

Dunmore’s sophomore running back Daiqwon Buckley led the Bucks’ rushing attack with 113 yards on 16 carries. Buckley has averaged 6.0 markers per tote in each of his first three games. Austin Seamon rushed for two scores in the contest as he now has scored seven times this year on the ground. Dunmore’s signal caller Jordan Dempsey didn’t put up jaw-dropping numbers, though, he managed the game by connecting on 5 of 8 passes for 32 yards and a score. Dempsey has not thrown an interception in the past two games.

The Bucks will travel to take on Montrose next week as West Scranton (1-1) will play unbeaten Delaware Valley.

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KEMP MEMORIAL STADIUM: After flood waters ravaged much of the Susquehanna Valley and its tributaries, including areas like Catawissa, Elysburg and Shamokin, things were looking much more back-to-normal on Saturday night. The week-three football game was pushed back a day due to the fact that both teams had just played the previous Monday. Each team was victorious in their last contest, setting up this Heartland Conference cross-over rivalry between ‘AAA’ Shamokin and ‘A’ Southern Columbia.

The Indians received the opening kick to start, but turned the ball over to the Tigers after coming up short on a fourth-and-inches play near mid-field. With excellent field position, Southern went to work. Casey Savitski ran for the first first-down of the game on a six yard rush, where and incidental face-mask penalty advanced the ball to the 31 of Shamokin. That’s when Matt Moore got his first touch of the night, cut to the outside, and raced 31 yards for the opening score. SC’s kicking game struggled all night starting with the initial PAT, which was nearly blocked and sailed wide left. The score was 6 – 0 for the Tigers.

The Tiger Defense then forced Shamokin to another three-and-out series when Moore stopped Zach Tillett for no gain on 3rd & 7. After the punt, Southern began to march forward until a sack and intentional grounding penalty netted a 2nd & 27 at the Tiger 40. The set-back was quickly over-come however, when Tyler Levan caught a screen pass and ran 23 yards to the Indian 37.  Following this, Moore got his second carry. Breaking at least four tackles as he pounded his way down-field, he broke free and  went the distance. A blocked PAT left the score 12 – 0.

The Indians were able to muster a first down on their next series, but were forced to punt after six plays. The punt did help Shamokin with field position, forcing the Tigers to start from their own 20, but it didn’t seem to matter. Levan took a hand-off straight up the gut, broke to the left and never looked back, en route to an 80 yard score. The 2-point conversion failed, and it was 18 – 0.

Things were looking very bleak for the Indians when Jamie Slotterback sacked Tucker Yost for a loss of 5, setting up a 3rd & 15 at the Shamokin 35. However, fullback Draven Miller gave them a break on the next play. Finding a hole in the middle, he burst for the 65 yard score with 9.8 seconds left in the first quarter. The Indians had some life now at 18 – 7.

The kick-after-touchdown went to Savitski, who scrambled and fought his way down to Shamokin territory at the 41. A hit well out-of-bounds added another 15 yards to the 26 yard marker. Next, QB Brad Fegley was hit late on a pass attempt as time ran out in the first quarter. The Tigers had another shot from the 13th hash-mark with 0:00 on the clock. Savitski once again got the ball and bulled his way to the end-zone. A score of 25 – 7 marked the end of a wild opening period.

Unable to gain much on the ground, Yost went to the air to keep the next drives going. He connected with Devin Madara for 30 yards, then 2 and 6. Finally, on 3rd & goal at the 2 he tossed a flare pass to Andrew Hasuga for the score, making it 25 – 14.

Toward the end of the first half, Shamokin was forced to punt, when a fumbled snap got the punter tackled at the 8 yard-line by David Jeremiah. Three plays later, Levan punched it in from the 5. The Indians had one more shot before the half, but that hope ended with a QB sack as time ran out. The teams entered the lockers with a score of 33-14.

Southern’s first team was only in the game for one series in the second half, and that resulted in another score by Levan. Not to be out-done, the second-team added another touchdown at 4:33 in the 3rd when Cody Pavlick rumbled in from the 20. Coach Roth got his reserves some valuable playing time for the remainder of the game while Shamokin kept much of its first-team on the field. The Indians were able to add one more score early in the final quarter to make it 46-21 on a 2-yard dive by Miller. In all, the Tiger reserves held strong, including a goal-line stand at the end of the game.

SHAMOKIN (1-2) hosts a struggling Selinsgrove(0-3) team next week in HAC-I action. The Indians have a somewhat softer schedule in the middle of their season to get some of the kinks worked-out. They were able to find some success passing tonight, going 11/16 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Their running-game struggled outside of the 65-yard TD run by Miller. Beside that run they averaged less than 2.8 yards per carry.

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (3-0) hosts an improving Central Columbia (1-2) team next week in HAC-II action. They were physically dominating tonight, but will need to address some issues on defense as their season gets more difficult. As for the offense – the rushing trio was unstoppable: Levan led the rushing totals with 116 yards on 10 carries with 3 TD’s; Moore compiled 77 yards and 2 TD’s on just six carries (12.8+ AVG); and Savitski went 39 yards on 5 carries with a TD.  Defensively, Tom Schetroma, Cameron Flore, Kieth Day, Slotterback and Moore led the way keeping the Indian running game bottled-up.

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Philadelphia, Pa., Wide receiver William Fuller and quarterback Michael Keir put on an offensive air show of massive proportions as the Roman Catholic Cahillites cruised to a 32-7 victory over the Chestnut Hill Academy Blue Devils at Roxborough stadium.

People were just getting seated after the playing of the national anthem when on the very first play from scrimmage Keir hit Fuller for an 85 yard touchdown.  On their next series with the ball on their own 13 yard line Keir had completions of 20, 24 and 17 yards mixed in with senior Marcus Kelly’s 5 runs ending with Kelly’s 2 yard jaunt into the end zone and putting Roman up by two scores.

Chestnut Hill could not muster much up offensively in the first half. The Cahillites were not giving Blue Devils junior quarterback Michael Hayes and running back Cedric Madden much room in the gaps to pick up yardage holding them to 60 total by halftime. Roman’s defense, led by Jack Schanz, Roberto Harris-Barron and Brett Pellicciotti snuffed out most of what the Blue devils were trying to muster. Two more Roman touchdowns, a one yarder by Kelly and a one yard Keir to Fuller pass gave them a 26-0 halftime lead.

After a scoreless third quarter Chestnut Hill finally got on the board after recovering a Keir fumble on the Cahillite 24 going five plays and Madden taking it in from the six to cut the lead to 26-7. Roman answered immediately in five plays with the big one a Keir to Fuller pass that went for 74 yards to the Blue Devil one. Kelly’s one yard touchdown ended the scoring.

Keir ended his day going 15-19-332 yards and two touchdowns (both to Fuller). Fuller had 10 receptions for 276 yards. Both players are only juniors and will be doing this together for another year. Fuller appears to be one of the very best receivers in the state. He has size (6’2, 155) to go up a grab balls at its highest point and breakaway speed once he gets in space. He should be receiving serious D1 interest soon. Keir is not far behind. He’s got a big time arm and did a very nice job punting when he had to. In a losing effort Madden had 28 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown for Chestnut Hill.

Roman (D12, AAAA, PCL) goes to 2-1 and will play Cardinal O’Hara next week. Chestnut Hill (Independent, AAA, Inter-Ac) falls to 1-2 and will host Conwell Egan.

Scoring by Quarter

1st quarter

Roman- Fuller- 85 pass from Keir- PAT- no good- 11:40

2nd quarter

Roman- Marcus Kelly 2 yard run- PAT- Phillip Isaac- 7:30

Roman- Marcus Kelly 1 yard run- PAT- blocked- 3:28

Roman- Fuller- 1 pass from Keir- PAT- Phillip Isaac- 0:00

3rd quarter

No scoring

4th quarter

Chestnut Hill- Cedric Madden- 6 yard run- PAT-Luke Mulvanney- 7:47

Roman- Marcus Kelly- 1 yard run- PAT- blocked- 5:04

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ALLENTOWN – Brendan Nosovitch led the way throwing for two touchdowns and running for three more. Allentown Central Catholic scored 42 unanswered points in a 52-14 win over Bethlehem Catholic at J. Birney Crum Stadium Saturday night.

 

The start of the game looked more like two prizefighters slugging it out. Both teams scored twice in a wild first quarter.

The Vikings started the scoring barrage, running the ball ten times on their opening possession. Colin McDermott finished the drive going right up the gut for the five-yard score. Tim DiGiacomo’s kick made it 7-0 Vikings with 6:38 remaining in the first quarter.

Bethlehem Catholic only needed three plays to tie the game up at seven. Quarterback Connor Casey threw a quick out to Evan Blair who took it 65-yards for the score.

The Vikings answered the Golden Hawks scoring drive by putting together an 11-play drive of their own. The drive ended with a 26-yard field goal by DiGiacomo. Vikings led 10-7.

The Golden Hawks went to their bag of big plays. Robert Akrie took the hand-off and broke tackles en route to an 86-yard run. At the end of the first quarter Bethlehem Catholic led 14-10.

The Viking flexed their muscles and took over the game in the second quarter, scoring three times. Nosovitch scored on runs of three and 43 yards. He connected with Kevin Gulyas for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Vikings defense made the adjustment and shut down the Golden Hawks in the second quarter. If you take away the two big plays by the Golden Hawks they had less the 50 yards of total offense. Central Catholic had 16 first downs and a balanced offensive attack in the first half (128 yards rushing and 121 yards passing). The Vikings led 31-14 at the half.

The Vikings defense in the second half was perfect and gave up no points. McDermott scored on a five-yard run and Nosovitch added a 43-yard run in the third quarter.

The only scoring in the fourth quarter was a Nosovitch to Gulyas 22-yard pass. Allentown Central Catholic got their first win of the season, 52-14.

Colin McDermott led the way rushing for the Vikings with 133 yards and two scores. Kevin Gulyas had 11 catches for 163 yards and two scores.

Connor Casey led the way for the Golden Hawks with 112 yards rushing and 109 yards passing.

Allentown Central Catholic (1-2) travels to Northampton next Friday night. Bethlehem Catholic (2-1) travels to Dieruff.

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Philadelphia, Pa.-Council Rock South senior quarterback Brian Donnelly made the difference in a game that featured two very explosive offenses and one that went to the last play as the Golden Hawks prevailed 35-34 over the  Father Judge Crusaders in a non league affair at Lincoln High’s barefoot bowl.

Judge is not used to seeing a team that primarily uses the triple option offense. Not only did they see it all day, but it was run by a guy that does it about better than anyone in the state of Pennsylvania. Donnelly caught the Judge defense out of position on a couple plays that turned into long touchdowns by the quarterback. Donnelly used his magnificent play faking as well throughout.

Rock fell behind 14-0 before the first quarter ended when Crusader senior quarterback Rob Daniels hit Raul Quinones with a perfectly executed screen play and a 41 yard touchdown followed by Matt Smalley’s 87 TD run down the left sideline. The Hawks Ryan Hickey took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards to pay dirt and suddenly this game had the makings of a see saw affair. Judge then executed a seven play, 62 yard drive that ended with Daniels hitting Timmy Mills with a 24 yard touchdown pass.

Down 21-7 Donnelly decided to get in on the act with runs of 55 and 4 yards (for the touchdown) then after a Judge fumble, he directed a five play drive ending with Ian McDermott’s 19 yard run and the halftime score was knotted at 21 apiece. The Hawk quarterback began to take control of the game in the second half with touchdown runs of 79 and 45 yards.

Entering the fourth quarter, Judge now found themselves behind 35-28 and Daniels provided more heroics by hitting on completions of 23 yards and a 32 yard touchdown pass to John Landis with six minutes left. At that point, Crusader coach Tom Coyle decided to roll the dice with a kick fake by holder Mills on the extra point and a pass for the two point conversion and the lead. The play worked almost perfectly, but this is where Maryland commit P.J. Gallo made the first of two great game changing plays. The Hawk defensive end recognized the fake and put himself in position to shield receiver Anthony Walker on the play causing Walker to lose the ball. Gallo then sacked Daniels on a fourth down on Judge’s last drive to end the game.

Donnelly had 213 yards on 15 carries; three touchdowns and mastered the triple option to perfection. Daniels finished unofficially with 14 of 24 completions for 237 yards, three touchdowns,  four dropped passes and completions to five different receivers. Smalley had 145 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown.

The Hawks (D1 , AAAA, Suburban One National) travel to Pennridge next week at 2-0 while Judge   (D12, AAAA, PCL) drops to 1-1 and a date looming with State College and a game with the Lions.

Scoring by Quarter

1st Quarter

Judge- Quinones 41 pass from Daniels- Kick Good- 4:30

Judge- Smalley 87 run- Kick Good- 2:02

CRS- Hickey 90 KO return- Kick Good- 1:40

2nd Quarter

Judge- Mills 24 pass from Daniels- Kick Good- 10:43

CRS- Donnelly- 4 run- Kick Good- 9:19

CRS- McDermott- 19 run- Kick Good- 6:11

3rd Quarter

Donnelly- 79 run- Kick Good- 6:15

Judge- Quinones- 2 run- Kick Good- 4:45

Donnelly- 45 run- Kick Good- 2:15

4th Quarter

Judge- Landis 32 pass from Daniels- Two Pt no good-3:20

 

Notes

  • Donnelly only attempted one pass (incomplete)
  • The Hawks used six different backs in the triple option offense
  • Top Judge Lineman Vince Lostracco (broken wrist) saw one series of action
  • Gallo (CRS, TE) provided key blocks that turned into long gains
  • Judge’s OLine provided great protection for Daniels
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Abington, Pa., The Abington Ghosts took advantage of two costly Plymouth Whitemarsh miscues in the fourth quarter en route to their closely contested 18-7 victory over the Colonials at Abington’s Memorial field.

Abington got on the board quick on their first offensive series in four plays when quarterback Ken Cropper snuck in for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Three plays later, Colonial quarterback Russhon Phillips fumbled the snap and the Ghosts Rob Phillips returned it for a 35 yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead.  The Colonials righted the ship and generated their own eight play, 66 yard drive highlighted by a 31 yard completion from Phillips to Xavier Ellington and ending with Corey Kelly’s one yard touchdown plunge for a score of 12-7 in the first quarter.

What looked like a high scoring affair became a defensive struggle the rest of the way. After two scoreless quarters the Colonials started the fourth quarter with momentum and good field position and seemed poised to take control of the game. A 38 yard touchdown run by Ellington and their first lead went astray on a Colonial holding call. On their next play, Phillips was intercepted by the Ghosts Josh Lee after a Whitemarsh receiver slipped on his route.  Abington then let workhorse running back Ray Schreiner do the work as he totaled 26 yards on three carries on their next possession ending with his three yard score and putting the game out of reach for Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

Schreiner, who has gotten some interest from Arizona State had 15 carries for 81 yards against a very tough Whitemarsh defense. “The offensive line did a nice job creating some openings for me”, said Schreiner. “They are going to even get better as the season goes along”. Phillips did a nice job directing the Whitemarsh Wing-T offense by running for 96 yards on 17 carries

With the win Abington (D1, AAAA, Suburban One National) moves to 2-0 and a date looming with a tough Souderton squad. Whitemarsh (D1, AAAA, Suburban One American) falls to 1-1 and will travel to West Chester Henderson.

Scoring by Quarter

First Quarter

Abington- Ken Cropper 1 yard run- 7:26 – PAT no good

Abington- Rob Phillips 35 yard fumble return- 5:52 – PAT no good

PW- Corey Kelly 1 yard run- 1:39- PAT Tyler Haney

Second Quarter

No Scoring

Third Quarter

No Scoring

Fourth Quarter

 

Abington- Ray Schreiner 3 yard run- 4:07- PAT no good

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