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BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – For all that the Bloomsburg Panthers did to shut down Danville running back Anthony Sori for the first three and a half quarters, it would have been easy for #28 to get frustrated and not keep his head in the game.

 

The Panthers’ speedster running back, who entered the game with more than 700 rushing yards, had been held to just 13 yards on nine carries, mostly on sweep plays.

 

But in the fourth quarter, Sori came up big for the Ironmen, and he helped bring the purple and orange another big W.

 

Sori caught two touchdown passes from Andrew Andreychik, including the game-winning 26-yard scoring reception with 56 seconds left to propel Danville (9-0) past Bloomsburg (7-2) for a thrilling 34-30, come-from-behind victory Friday night at Bloomsburg High School.

 

The two touchdown catches were Sori’s only receptions of the game, but boy, were they big.

 

“It was frustrating when they were stuffing the ground game,” Sori admitted.

 

Bloom’s defense did plenty of stuffing the potent Ironmen ground attack, which entered the game averaging more than 270 yards on the ground. This night, the red and black held Danville to just 115 yards on 36 rushing attempts, and battering ram of a fullback Russell Heath had a team-best 76 yards on 17 carries, most of that in the first half.

 

And the Panthers had Danville down by 10 points on three separate occasions in the second half – 16-6, 23-13, and 30-20. But the leads weren’t safe.

 

“These kids just don’t ever give up,” said Danville head coach Jim Keiser. “(This win) is huge for this program and for this town. They’ve waited 11 years for this.”

 

Early on, though, Bloomsburg was stealing the show, through, of all things, the legs and mobility of junior field general Blake Rankin.

 

Bloom led 9-6 at halftime, thanks in large part to the play of #5, who is getting looks from Rutgers. By halftime, Rankin had run for 49 yards and thrown for 47 more. He scored Bloom’s first touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 39 ticks left in the first quarter. He also helped pin Danville deep in its own territory on its initial possession with a beautiful punt downed inside the five yard line. Danville went three-and-out, and the snap of the punt sailed out of the back of the end zone to give Bloom a 2-0 lead with 8:04 left in the first stanza.

 

Danville found its rhythm following Rankin’s touchdown run. The Ironmen began a slow, methodical march down the field, matriculating the ball Hank Stram-esque with a steady diet of Heath, mixed with the occasional Sori sweep or Andreychik keeper. All told, the 15-play, 78-yard, 6:58 drive was capped on a 4th-and-3 pass from Andreychik to Mikeal Owens-Wright from four yards out.

 

The second half became all about the aerial assaults.

 

Rankin (17-of-36, 222 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) suddenly got his connection with sophomore wide receiver John Klingerman going, and it paid big dividends for the Panthers. Klingerman hauled in scoring passes of 32, 34 and 9 yards in the second half, and caught six passes for 138 yards on the night.

 

“He’s an outstanding player,” Bloomsburg head coach Larry Sones said of Klingerman. “His speed, his change of direction….” – Sones tailed off, practically left speechless of #2′s playmaking ability.

 

Each Bloomsburg score brought an answer from the Ironmen. Andreychik scored on a 5-yard run to make it 16-13; hit Garrett Llewellyn on a 54-yard scoring pass to make it a 23-20 game.

 

“That (pass to Llewellyn) was a 5-yard hitch,” Andreychik said. And with Llewellyn’s speed, the short and simple pass turned into a bigtime play.

 

After Bloom made it 30-20, Andreychik and Sori hooked up twice. The winning touchdown was set up by Danville blocking a Bloomsburg punt and recovering at the Panther 25 yard line. Two plays later, Sori scored the winning touchdown, sending the Ironmen faithful into delirium.

 

Bloomsburg still had a chance to win it, as Rankin (26 rush, 142 yards) broke off runs of 23 and 12 yards to advance to the Ironmen 27 yard line with less than 30 seconds left. But Rankin was sacked to end the game, and Bloom was left to wonder what might have been.

 

Sori might have summed things up most succinctly after the win.

 

“Good teams don’t come back and win games,” #28 said. “Great teams do.”

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On November 5, 2004 the Garnet Valley Jaguars didn’t score a point against Great Valley. Who would have thought the next time Garnet Valley would be shutout would be six years later.

 

            Garnet Valley has won the past two meetings against the Ridley Green Raiders. The first meeting in 2008 Garnet Valley went on to win big, 41-28. In the second meeting the win went to Garnet Valley with a 20-14 win. The third meeting consisted of a different story. This meeting Ridley controlled the game from start to finish. Ridley’s coach, Dennis Decker said, “The fact that they have beat us the last two years has left a sour taste in our mouths but we weren’t preparing any more or any less because we have lost the last two. We just wanted to come out and get a win tonight.”

 

            The Ridley Raiders walked onto Moe DeFrank Stadium on Friday night looking to stay undefeated; and they did just that. Although it took the Green Raiders nine and a half minutes to score after running back Jalen Randolph’s five yard touchdown run, that was just the beginning of a long night for the Jaguars.

 

            The Green Raiders lightning bolt and heart of the team is senior running back Shahaid Smith. Rushing for a total of 195 yards, Smith scored the Green Raiders second touchdown of the game on a quick two yard touchdown run after getting the offense down the field. Not only can Smith run a short touchdown to the end zone, he can run the long ones too.

 

            As halftime was nearing, the Garnet Valley Jaguars began to move the ball down field. Smith, who not only had a great offensive game but also played a part on defense, intercepted Jaguars quarterback Jake Helmes’ pass to end their drive and to go into halftime with an almost three touchdown lead, 19-0. Smith said, “I knew the time was running out, I knew they were just going to try to catch the ball and get out of bounds so I just stepped up and made the interception.”

 

            Garnet Valley knew coming into the second half they needed to stop Ridley’s offense being down 19-0. Well just 52 seconds in the second half Smith dashed into the end zone from 37 yards out. “The line’s blocking was excellent. It was a great call by the coach. After that it was a shake and miss of the defenders to get into the end zone” said Smith.

 

            Ridley wasn’t done scoring. The offense decided they have put the ball enough on the ground and decided to go to the air. After the Green Raiders defense recovered a fumble at their own 39 yard line by defensive back, Dion Shaw, Ridley’s first play on offense was a pass. Green Raider’s senior quarterback Sean Blundin threw a 61 yard touchdown pass. On the receiving end was senior wide receiver Norm Donkin. That big touchdown pass took the air right out of the stadium.

 

            To put the game to rest, the Green Raider’s lightning bolt, Smith, ran in his third touchdown of the game on a 15 yard touchdown carry to make the score, and the final 38 to 0. The last time a defense shut down Garnet Valley’s offense was six years ago. Garnet Valley hasn’t seen a goose egg on the score board in a high school player’s career and a half.

 

            “This was the best defensive game we’ve played all year long. To hold a team like that, as good as they are, as well coached as they are to zero points, I think says something about our defense” said coach Decker as he commented on the Green Raiders defense which had two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

 

            Next week if Ridley wins they will at least share the Central League title with a win against Upper Darby at home at 7:00pm. If Springfield can beat Strath Haven, Ridley won’t have to share anything and bring the whole title back to Ridley.

 

            There are 16 teams that make the Quad A playoff tournament. For the Garnet Valley Jaguars to be one of them 16 teams they need to beat Lower Merion. The game will be at Lower Merion on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm. It is a must win for the Jaguars to continue to play further football in 2010.

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Nation's longest streak ends

Posted by joliversptv Oct 19, 2010

By Jeff Fisher

High School Football America 

www.highschoolfootballamerica.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2010 season hasn’t been a good one for team’s riding long winning streaks.

Friday night, Reidsville (North Carolina) lost 28-7 to Cummings to stop the nation’s longest active win streak at 55.  Ironically, the streak began for Reidsville back in 2006 after a 39-21 loss to Cummings.

Reidsville became they third team in America this year to see its quest to match De La Salle’s (Concord, CA) record of 151 straight wins go up in smoke this season.

Plymouth (New Hampshire) began the season with the longest active streak at 55 straight, but after a 2-0 start, the Bobcats streak was snapped at 57 with a 20-9 loss to Kennett, which back in 2004 ended Plymouth’s then record 46-game win streak.

Lake Travis (Austin, TX) would have been next-in-line to take over the top spot, however, one week before Plymouth lost, the Cavaliers saw their 48-game win streak snapped in a 14-10 loss to Westlake.

Two 40+ game win streaks were snapped during the first weekend of September.

Solon (Iowa) had its 42-game win streak snapped September 3rd when it lost 21-15 to Regina (Iowa City, IA).   That same night, Cascia Hall (Tulsa, OK) was beaten 34-27 by Holland Hall, which snapped the Commandos’ 41-game win streak that was one short of Oklahoma’s all-time record of 42 set by Ada in the mid-90’s.

So the question is…who now has the bull’s eye on its chest?

According to our research, another North Carolina team has taken over the top spot.  West Rowan (Mt. Ulla, NC) won its 39th straight game last Friday night with a 40-0 shutout of Statesville.  Directly behind the Falcons at 37 is Phoebus High School (Newport News, VA).  Right behind Phoebus are two teams riding 36-game wins streaks....Alcoa (Tennessee), which is going after a record 7th straight Tennessee state championship and Highlands High (Ft. Thomas, KY).
 

Shifting gears, but still speaking of streaks...Soldotna beat Kenai Saturday for its fourth Alaska Small Schools football championship in five years.  The Stars and Kardinals, which are separate by 10-miles, have now combined to win nine straight titles.

The 77-42 victory was the highest scoring game in Alaska high school football championship history, which was then followed by the lowest scoring game as Anchorage West beat Service 6-0 for the Big Schools title.

Last but not least, the High School Football America cameras were on the south side of Chicago Friday night to do a future story on THE streak in America.

It belongs to St. Rita alum Dr. Gerry Grieco, who has now attended 491 straight Mustang games!  Yes, Dr. Grieco, has not missed a game since 1968 when his beloved Mustangs were 0-9.

 

 

 

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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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