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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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Boyertown had it all going for themselves. 8-0 record, 6-0 in the PAC-10 including a 34-28 victory over Pottsgrove, and a 5th place ranking in the District one AAAA Football playoffs.

 

It all came crashing down to earth as Owen J. Roberts used 285 yards on 37 carries,  six touchdowns from Ryan Brumfield and the defense forced five Boyertown turnovers as the Wildcats crushed the Bears 55-14 Friday night in a PAC-10 game in Bucktown.

 

With the win OJR (7-2 overall, 6-1 league) should clinch a AAAA football playoff spot, but  also control their own destiny for their first PAC-10 football championship since 1993.

 

“The kids were focused all week,” said OJR Head Coach Tom Barr. “They didn’t say this was a must win for us. They just took it as , OK, this is our next game and we need to take care of business,” he added.

 

And take care of business they did.

 

Following a defensive stop, OJR took over on downs at the 35 and drove 65 yards on 13 plays as Brumfield scored on a 5 yard run with 40 seconds left in the first quarter.  John Pennell added his first of seven extra points as OJR lead 7-0. Brumfield carried 11 times for 65 yards in the drive.

 

On the ensuing drive, the Bears tied it at 7-7 as Tom Froelich scored on a five yard run with 11:04 left in the second quarter. The touchdown capped a 64 yard five play drive.  The first play of the drive was the big play as Quarterback Dylan Pasik (7-15, 74 yards but three costly interceptions) found Brook David for 39 yards.

 

But back came Brumfield and the Wildcats.

 

Again driving 65 yards, this time in 12 plays as Brumfield went over from the three with 4:45 to go before halftime. Brumfield carried nine time for 36 yards in the drive and Quarterback Ryan Megay found Ian Brazier for a 23 yard completion in the drive to make the halftime score 14-7.

 

That was just a warm-up of what was to transpire.

 

Taking the second half kickoff, Brumfield needed four plays for his third score of the night, a 58 yard run that included a great block by Megay with just 2:05 gone in the third period as the Wildcats increased their lead 21-7.

 

And by this time, Boyertown couldn’t stop the OJR jail break.

 

After an exchange of possessions, Brunfield was right back at it scoring on a 33 yard run with 4:26 to go in the third quarter to increase the lead to 28-7.

 

Then on the first play after the kickoff,  Jon Neiman (nine carries 48 yards) fumbled the football and Kyle Moore recovered for the Wildcats on the Bear 48. Before the first play was run, there was a 15 yards Unsportsman Like penalty and player ejection on Boyertown moved the ball to the 33 yard line. Sam Funk (eight carries 39 yards) gained seven on first down and Brumfield took it the rest of the way on second down for an insurmountable 34-7 lead for the Wildcats.

 

The Bears (8-1 overall, 6-1 league) then got back on the scoreboard as Pasik scored on a four yard run that capped a 66 yard seven play drive as OJR still lead 34-14 with 1:15 to play in the third quarter.

 

But Brumfield was still not finished.

 

Boyertown tried its second unsuccessful onsides kick as Paul Minninger recovered both for the Wildcats. Getting the ball on the Bear 49, the Wildcats played a little ball control and Brumfield scored his sixth touchdown of the night, a three yard run with 8:27 to play in the game.

 

“We worked hard all week so we deserved this,” said Brumfield. “This was without a doubt the best week of practice in my four years here,” he added.

 

OJR’s defense and  second team offense put two late scores on the board as Nate Blevins returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown and Dylan Frierson, the heir apperant at tailback scored from 15 yards out.

 

OJR now plays a very tough Perkiomen Valley team next Friday night in Collegeville, while Boyertown must regroup and play Methacton next friday night at home.

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – The game of football is one of adjustments. Some are big adjustments and some are subtle. And sometimes, it’s the subtlest of adjustments that yield the biggest impact.

 

Just ask LaSalle head coach Drew Gordon, who simply tweaked an offensive formation at halftime.

 

“We switched from a double tight set to a spread formation to open up some running lanes,” Gordon said. “And our kids did a great job with it.”

 

LaSalle College (8-1) piled up 372 rushing yards – 237 of them in the second half – to flatten St. Joseph’s Prep (4-5) and the Hawks’ three-game winning streak 31-7 Saturday evening at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School.

 

Perhaps the greatest beneficiary from the offensive adjustment was Explorer senior running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman. After earning every bit of his 58 first half rushing yards, most of which came on three runs of 22 and 23 yards. Rahman exploded for touchdown runs of 66 and 69 yards in the second half and finished with 243 yards and two scores on 20 totes.

 

“The coaches told us, told our linemen that we were a second half team,” the Villanova-bound Abdur-Rahman said. “We always have the intensity real high (in the second half).”

 

The Hawks were able to keep LaSalle close for a half, but eventually were too physically worn down to contend with the three-pronged rushing attack of Abdur-Rahman, Tim Wade and Kevin Forster.

 

“When you don’t control the ball offensively and you’re on the field defensively (for most of the game), then you get worn down,” said St. Joe’s Prep head coach Gabe Infante. “In the first half, we were with them blow-for-blow.”

 

The Hawks and Explorers each missed first half field goal attempts – St. Joe’s a 27-yarder and LaSalle a 34-yarder – and the lone first half score came courtesy of a Wade 8-yard run. Wade’s run was set up two plays earlier by a hook-and-ladder play spanning 38 total yards, with Abdur-Rahman finishing the final 35 yards down to the Prep 9.

 

By halftime, LaSalle had outgained the Prep 176-72, but the Hawks had actually outpassed LaSalle 17-6. LaSalle’s defense harassed Prep field general Skyler Mornhinweg into a 2-of-9 first half.

 

Abdur-Rahman’s 66-yard touchdown run pushed the Explorers’ lead to 14-0, and the lead ballooned to 21-0 on LaSalle’s next offensive series when Forster (5-of-13, 50 yards, TD) hooked up with Colin Buckley on a 10-yard scoring pass.

 

Sophomore kicker Ryan Winslow booted a 22-yard field goal and Abdur-Rahman capped the Explorers’ scoring with a 69-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter.

 

St. Joe’s Prep was able to cut the LaSalle lead to 21-7 when Mornhinweg hit Adrian Johnson on a 19-yard scoring pass with 3:59 left in the third quarter. And Prep seemed to have some life breathed back into it when it recovered the ensuing kickoff at the LaSalle 40 yard line.

 

But Mornhinweg’s ensuing deep pass was picked off by Abdur-Rahman at the Explorer 8, and the blue and gold dodged a major bullet.

 

Defense did it for LaSalle, too. Prep only managed 196 total yards of offense – 134 on the ground and 76 of those yards coming from senior back Mark Casale – and Mornhinweg finished 7-of-24 for 70 yards.

 

“The defense was sensational (tonight),” Gordon said.

 

About the only downside for the Explorers was Wade (12 rushes, 78 yards) limping to the sideline in the fourth quarter, apparently reaggravating an ankle ailment that has plagued him all season.

 

“The last 3-4 weeks, he’s limped off the field in the fourth quarter,” Gordon said. “It’s a recurring ankle injury.”

 

LaSalle played without quarterback Matt Magarity (concussion), who could potentially return within the next week or two. Magarity has thrown for 746 yards and 11 scores this season, but Gordon said Forster gives the Explorers some options.

 

“Kevin gives us some things,” Gordon said. “He gives us the ability to run the option.”

 

- Stats note: According to Tedsilary.com, the hook-and-ladder play LaSalle ran in the first half counts entirely as receiving yardage – 0 for Sean Coleman and the remainder went to Abdur-Rahman. I had originally made a mistake and credited the yards to Rahman as rushing yards, which would have boosted his total to 278.

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Springfield, Pa. Anyone expecting to see an exciting game with lots of action was not disappointed after the show that Desmon Peoples and his cousin Brandon Peoples put on yesterday during Archbishop Wood’s 48-34 victory over conference rival Cardinal O’Hara yesterday afternoon at O’Hara’s new field in Delaware County.

 

Wood (8-0, 2-0) and O’Hara (8-0, 2-0) came into yesterday’s highly anticipated matchup as the class of both the AAA Philadelphia Catholic League and state rankings. Both teams pride themselves with stingy defenses and potent offenses coming in. Something was about to give.

 

The fireworks started almost immediately during the Vikings first drive when Brandon Peoples ran thru the middle of the Lions defense for a 54 yard touchdown run. Not to be outdone by Peoples, the Lions Jay Watkins took the ensuing kickoff and scored on an electrifying 75 yard TD.

 

On Wood’s second possession, the Vikings generated a nine play, five minute drive culminating with Quarterback Joey Monahan’s one yard touchdown. Monahan then continued his good fortune when he intercepted a Ryan Laughlin pass on O’Hara’s next drive. On Wood’s very next play, Brandon Peoples scooted for another 58 yard touchdown and a 20-6 Wood lead.

 

O’Hara only ran five offensive plays (to Wood’s 16) by the end of the first Quarter. O’Hara began to pick up the pace in the second stanza with their own quick score offense going 68 yards in only four plays with three Laughlin completions and ending with beautiful strike to Senior WR Tyler Gallen and a 42 yard touchdown. Two series later Laughlin again connected with Gallen for a 15 yard TD pass and a tie at 20. Not to be outdone by the two Laughlin TD passes, Brandon Peoples cousin, Desmon decided to join in the fun on Wood’s next drive with his own 68 yard run then a 12 yard burst and a score giving the Vikings a 27-20 halftime lead.

 

O’Hara hurt themselves with two costly turnovers both before and right after the half. Wood recovered a Lions fumble in Vikings territory just before the half and fumbled again to start the second half on their own 27 yard line which ultimately led to another Wood score. Three plays after the Lions second fumble, Monahan’s 29 yard touchdown run through the middle of the Lion defense gave them a 34-20 lead. But O’Hara answered again going 58 yards in seven plays with the running of both Adam Dempsey and a 14 yard TD run by Watkins.

 

Any thoughts of a Lions comeback were immediately thwarted when Desmon Peoples took the kickoff and did his own circus imitation and a 95 yard touchdown and a Vikings 41-27 lead.

 

With Dempsey beginning to bear down on his own running game, he generated 50 yards in the next drive ending with Laughlin’s one yard plunge to bring O’Hara back to within a touchdown.

 

After a missed Wood field goal, the Vikings held off O’Hara next drive to try to knot the score and took advantage of an O’Hara bad snap on a punt formation that enabled them to have great field position on O”Hara’s 23 yard line. Five plays later, Brandon Peoples put an exclamation point on the game with an eight yard TD run.

 

Laughlin was pressured throughout and was sacked five times. The Lions also played without the services of RB’s Brendan McLaughlin (high ankle sprain) and Damiere Shaw (concussion).

 

For the Vikings, Desmon Peoples (11-175 rushing, one rushing TD, 95 kick return TD) and his cousin Brandon (9-170, 2 TD’s) as well as their offensive drive blocking, provided the difference in victory. Monahan (2 rushing TD’s, one interception, and a fumble recovery) also made a serious impact.

 

Both these teams figure to see each other a second time in two weeks when the PCL AAA league championship takes place. Wood plays Archbishop Carroll next week in their semifinal matchup while O’Hara will take on Monsignor Bonner.

 

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CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa. – Abington Heights’ senior back James Freuhan had the luck of escorting the lucky girl crowned as AH’s 2010 Homecoming queen.

 

Had the Comets not awoke in the second half from a slight scare from a capable North Pocono Trojan team, AH may have lost its crown as one of the top teams among the contingent of District 2 AAA prorgams.

 

Abington Hights (9-0) scored 14 quick first quarter points, then played to a draw with North Pocono (5-4) for the remainder of a 28-14 victory Saturday afternoon from The Pit in Clarks Summit. But the win was sloppy – the blue and white committed 8 penalties for 65 yards, threw two interceptions and allowed the Trojans to hang around a little longer than maybe they wanted to.

 

The Comets, who are ranked in many state polls this year, did move one step closer to a perfect 10-0 season and also avenged a 33-7 defeat at the hands of the Trojans in 2009.

 

Abington Heights made like gang busters for the first stanza, amassing 141 yards of offense (76 rushing, 65 passing), eight first downs and 14 points, courtesy of a Freuhan 1-yard run and a Mike Beamish 20-yard pass to Matt Bodamo (5 rec., 91 yards, TD).

 

But just as quickly as AH started, they faded. The Comets added only one additional score – a Beamish 10-yard run with 1:01 left in the half – and three more first downs to their first half totals. And North Pocono only found itself trailing 14-7 with 3:35 left in the half thanks to Nick Bell’s 32-yard interception return for a touchdown.

 

The Trojans, too, were able to find a little offensive life with senior tailback Marquill Eggleston. It was Eggleston who helped get the ball rolling forward for the red and black, finshing the first half with 31 of NP’s 33 total yards. Back-up quarterback Michael Craig, forced into action due to an injury to junior starter Jack Williams, only threw for 1 yard in the first half and completed just 2-of-6 passes. Craig finished the day 3-of-11 for 14 yards with two picks.

 

Eggleston’s 9-yard run with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter pulled North Pocono to within 21-14, but it was as close as the Trojans would get to the upset. On the Comets’ ensuing possession, battering ram Paul Gallagher had a direct role in eight of the 10 plays, crashing in from a yard out to double the margin to 28-14.

 

Gallagher saw extensive action in the second half as Freuhan appeared to injure his ankle late in the second quarter. Freuhan, who finished with 67 yards on 11 totes, was seen on the sidelines in the second half sporting an iced left ankle and a pair of crutches. In the absence of #4, who entered with nearly 1,100 rushing yards this year, Gallagher ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries.

 

Abington Heights did outrush North Pocono 226-78 and posted 20 first downs to the Trojans’ eight. Beamish finished with 126 yards of offense for the Comets (95 passing, 31 rushing), and Eggleston paced the Trojans with 81 yards on 17 carries.

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With the game tied at 28 in overtime, quarterback Nolan Harmotto faked a handoff to Rushel Shell and ran ten yards for the game winning score to give Hopewell (5-4) a 34-31 thrilling win over West Allegheny Thursday night.

 

In the first half it was the Rushel Shell show. He rushed for over 150 yards in the half including three touchdown runs. He scored on runs of 16, 5 and 77 yards. The other score was a Harmotto passed to Zach Gula for a three-yard score.

 

Hopewell’s defense denied West Allegheny a first down until the second quarter.

 

West Allegheny did get on the scoreboard on the final play of the half. Aaron McKinney went in for the two-yard plunge.

 

Hopewell led 28-7 at halftime.

 

West Allegheny (6-3) came back from a 28-7 halftime deficit to force overtime. West Allegheny’s defense led the charge. They held Hopewell’s offense to only three first downs and Shell only had 24 yards rushing in the second half.

 

McKinney led the way for West Allegheny. He scored three of his four touchdowns in the second half on runs of 11, 1 and 35 yards.

 

His 35-yard run with seven minutes remaining made it 28-26. Then he threw a pass to CJ Revtai to tie the game up at 28.

 

McKinney finished the night rushing for 83 yards and he caught seven passes for 69 yards.

 

The game was tied at 28 at the end of regulation. In overtime each team had a chance to score from the 10.

 

West Allegheny had the ball first in overtime and came away with a 27-yard field goal by Steve Amic.

 

What would Hopewell do on their next possession? They have one of the best runners in PA in the backfield.  It should be hand off to Shell, right?

 

That is why the next play worked so well as Harmotto faked the handoff and went in for the score.

 

Hopewell head coach Dave Vestal said, “I knew if we ran play action to Rushel they would be all over him. Our quarterback is a playmaker.”

 

With the win Hopewell qualifies for the Class AAA playoffs and could be the most dangerous 5-4 team going into the playoffs.

 

Shell finished the game with 193 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He became the first WPIAL running back to run for 2,000 yards in consecutive regular seasons.

 

He also passed West Greene’s Rodney Wilson and moved into third place on the WPIAL all-time list with 6,358 yards.

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When asked at halftime what he told his team following an explosive first half from both teams, Blue Devil coach John Hayes had one thing to say: “Play more defense!”  And his team responded, recording 4 second half sacks to hold the Hornet offense off in crucial drives giving the Blue Devils a 36-22 victory.

 

Bellewood started the electrifying and highlight filled first half. Following  a 51 yard return of the opening kickoff,  Tyler Campbell broke through the line on the first play and ran 45 yards to paydirt. The pat failed and Bellewood had a 6-0 lead. Juniata Valley would respond driving to the 13 of the Blue Devils but on 3rd down Joe DelGrosso sacked JV quarterback Seth Carper, who completed a 42 yard pass to Rick Musser on the drive,  setting up 4th and 19. The Hornets attempted a field goal but it was blocked.

 

Bellewood then drove the length of the field and from 1 yard out Campbell again found the endzone. The pat failed and Bellewood led 12-0 at the 3:25 mark in the first period.  It didnt last long. Ethan Morrison took the kickoff at the 20 and raced down the left sideline nearly untouched 80 yards. The pat was good cutting the Blue Devil lead to 12-7.  Following exchanged possessions Bellewood drove to the JV 8 but the Hornets held. Buddy Shaw kicked a 25 yard field goal to extend the Blue Devil lead to 15-7.

 

Juniata Valley responded quickly. Carper, who had over 200 yards passing on the night, hit Nick Gildea on 3rd down for a 32 yard gain. 3 plays later the two again connected with Glidea making a beautiful leaping catch just over the goal line for 6. The pat by Marvin Sommers was good cutting the lead of Bellewood to 15-14.  3 plays later Derek Denny hauled in a pass from Luke Evans then raced 48 yards to the endzone. The pat was good and at the break Bellewood held a 23-14 lead.

 

JV fumbled the second half kickoff and Bellewood recovered at the JV 31. 5 plays later Travis Taylor, 31 caries for 151 yards and tds for the night, bowled through the line from 3 yards out giving the Blue Devils a commanding 29-14 lead. The Hornets would not give up.

 

Following a sack of Carper by Jared Minori (2 1/2 sacks on the night) Carper again dropped back to pass and found Ethan Morrison over the middle for a 42 yard gain to the Blue Devil 10. Morrison then went in from 8. Carper found Gildea in the corner for the 2 point play and JV was back in it at 29-22. Juniata had several more drives but the Blue Devil Defense stiffened, sacking Carper 3 more times. Bellewood would close the scoring on a Taylor scamper for td.

 

“The folks here got there moneys worth, they saw a great game tonite.” Said Hayes following his teams hard fought victory

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WINGATE — The Bald Eagle Area football team is viewing each of their final games of the regular season as a playoff game. One hiccup in terms of wins and losses and the Eagles could be on the outside looking in.

Going into Friday night’s matchup with Centre County rival Penns Valley, the Eagles were holding onto a precarious eighth spot in the District Class AA rankings, 10 points ahead of Richland and 20 in front of Central.

 

If indeed the Eagles are in the playoff mode, they took one more step toward a possible berth in the District 6 Class AA tournament Friday night when they held off a stubborn Penns Valley Ram team for a hard-fought 41-28 win at Alumni Stadium.

 

“Tonight wasn’t exactly what I wanted to see,” said BEA head coach Jack Tobias. “We went up by something like 41-something at the half, but we just didn’t put them away. We are letting people hanging around and going into this part of the season, you just can’t afford to do that. We have to tighten some things up both offensively and defensively. We can’t continue to give up big plays, especially passes, and we just have to find a way to stop people.”

 

In addition to keeping their playoff hopes alive with the win, the Eagles also claimed possession of the Iron Bell trophy.

 

“That had a lot to do with this game tonight,” said Jack Tobias. “We had pictures all over the locker room from last year and at the end of the game, we weren’t holding the bell. We came up a little bit short last year and we wanted to make sure that it didn’t happen again this year. It was senior night and the guys stepped up to make some big plays when they had to. I am proud of every one of them. They have done an awesome job and I think this is the first time we have been five-hundred here at Bald Eagle at this stage of the season in a long time.”

 

As for the Rams (0-8), their focus was continuing to play hard and put a complete game together, something they haven’t quite been able to do thus far this season.

 

“We have made progress and as I said before, it is just not enough to get over the hump,” said Penns Valley head coach Marty Tobias. “We have been trying hard to put a complete game together and again tonight, we didn’t. The penalties and a couple of costly turnovers really set us back.”

 

But regardless of the final score, the Penns Valley coach liked what he saw from his team as far as improved play and staying in the game.

 

“I was really pleased with the resiliency of the kids and the way they kept fighting,” said Penns Valley head coach Marty Tobias. “We were able to put some points on the board which allowed us to stay close and get us out of the hole we dug for ourselves early in the game. They attacked the edges a couple of times, got us off balance in a couple of sequences and we had trouble containing their pass offense.”

 

Leading the Ram squad was the passing combination of quarterback Sam Snyder to wideout Kevin Montminy who hooked up eight times for 154 yards. On the ground, the Rams spread the wealth around as Austin Auman rushed for 54 yards, Snyder tossed in another 42 and Mike Owens chipped in with 34.

 

Although impressed with the Rams offensive output, Jack Tobias was most impressed with two-way Elliot Dillon.

 

“He (Dillon) did an outstanding job for them, especially on the defensive line,” said Tobias. “He got good penetration all night long and that took a lot of counters away from us. He just did a lot of things to disrupt a many of the things we do offensively. But overall, I have to give a lot of credit to them. They are 0-8, they are a young team and they just played a heckuva ball game. There are a lot of young guys on that team and I know that Marty (Tobias) will get them together and they will be a lot better next year.”

 

Offensively, Eagle quarterback Justin Taylor had a good night throwing the ball, completing 9-of-15 passes for 210 yards and a pair of scores. Kyle Womer caught four of Taylor’s aerials for 142 yards and one score, while Coleman Hoffman hauled in four passes for 40 yards and another Eagle TD.

 

“Those guys (Taylor and Womer) have been on all year long,” said the Eagle coach. “Kyle could have had a couple more there if we wouldn’t have tripped on one, but again, those guys have been real consistent for us all year long. They are both having a good year, they are seniors and I am just happy for them.”

 

Marty Tobias was impressed with the Eagles’ air attack.

 

“The Taylor kid throws a good ball and they have some good receivers,” said Marty Tobias. “They have been doing it all year and tonight, we just couldn’t stop them.”

 

When Taylor wasn’t throwing the ball to Womer, Hoffman and others, Cody Hicks provided a pair of strong legs to carry the ball eight times for 95 yards and three touchdowns.

 

“I don’t what coach Tobias had planned to do,” said Hicks about getting a few more touches. When I get the ball, I always run hard. We also have a lot of strong guys up front on the line and that makes it a lot easier to run the ball. As for playing for the bell, it is always nice to have something to play for in addition to winning the game.”

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Northern Lehigh’s defense forced six turnovers to lead the Bulldogs over Bangor 35-6 in a Colonial League match up Friday night.

 

Bangor had four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

 

Bangor head coach Frank Scagliotta said, “We picked the worst time to play like this.  There’s a difference between getting beat and losing. Tonight, we lost.”

 

In the first quarter Northern Lehigh’s running back Cody Remaley scored on a 46-yard run with 6:39 remaining in the first quarter.

 

They made it 14-0 when Dylan Hofmann hit Jake Kern for a 19-yard touchdown strike. Scott LaValva of Bangor would cut the lead on a six-yard touchdown run with 4:16 remaining in the first half.

 

With Northern Lehigh leading 14-6 at halftime they would dominate the scoreboard in the second half.

 

Matt Gill’s two-yard score put them up 21-6 in the third quarter.

 

They would get two more scores in the fourth quarter. Remaley scored on a seven-yard run and Kern added a 41-yard run on the fake punt that made it 35-6.

 

Kern ran for 94 of the 106 yards from the Wildcat formation in the second half. Remaley added 102 yards and two scores.

 

Northern Lehigh, the top team in District 11 AA travels to Catasauqua next Friday night. Bangor hosts Northwestern Lehigh.

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PHILADEPHIA - Going into last night’s game between St. Joe Prep and Roman Catholic, Prep head man, Gabe Infante made certain that Senior Jeff Heath was involved all night on both sides of the ball. “Jeff needs to always be on the field because all he does is make plays,” quipped Infante. That, he did by running for one touchdown, intercepting one pass, setting up another touchdown with a completed  halfback option pass and making 8 unassisted tackles in the Hawks 31-15 conquest over Roman Catholic in a Philadelphia Catholic league AAAA dual at Germantown High field.

 

The Hawks got things started on their first possession with a five-minute, 12 play, 65 yard drive ending with Heath’s five yard TD scamper. A couple of nice runs by Senior Mark Casale and a well timed 15 yard pitch and catch from Junior QB Skyler Mornhinweg to WR Paul McGann set up the score.

 

Prep continued their good fortune in the second quarter with another five minute drive and a costly Roman personal foul penalty culminating with Mornhinweg’s 13 yard touchdown pass to Senior Adrian Johnson.

 

Up 13-0, the Hawks scored again on the third play from scrimmage in the second half when Mornhinweg hit Johnson again for a 69 yard TD pass and a 21-0 lead.

 

After a Prep field goal and a 24-0 deficit, the Cahillites started to gather some momentum with their own six play drive highlighted by a Keir to sophomore William Fuller 28 yard pass and a Dennis Regan five yard touchdown run. Keir’s pass to Michael Boccelli for a two point conversion made the score 24-8.

 

In the beginning of the fourth quarter, any momentum Roman could muster was foiled when Prep Junior DL Luke Hutkin batted, then intercepted a Keir screen pass. The Hawks put the game away thereafter in four plays with a Casale 21 yard run, then Heath’s halfback option pass to Eric Medes to the Roman one. Mornhinweg completed the drive with a one yard TD run.

 

Mornhinweg was 7 of 14, had130 yards passing with two passing TD’s and one running. Johnson had both TD passes. Casale, unofficially had 57 well earned yards on 18 carries.

 

Infante was ecstatic with his team’s enthusiasm afterward and was not at a loss for words when asked about contributions. “The defense stepped up big time.”  Pointing to Junior LB Dan Mancini, “The kid is a little undersized but makes play after play. He’s got a huge motor.”  Guys like Hutkin, McGann, Phil Riehl and Frank Fanto were instrumental in our game plan. These kids make my job easier.”  As for Mornhinweg, Infante’s reaction was candid. “What more can I say. Skyler is the leader of this team and does more than what the stats provide. He takes a pounding every week and bounces back. He never complains.”

 

The Hawks (losers in four of their first five and with one of the most difficult out of conference schedules behind them) have won three straight and are 2-1 in conference and a date looming with rival and top state ranked LaSalle next week.

 

Roman, who is finished with conference play, figures to be a serious force come playoff time.  “Roman has a great team and a very efficient coaching staff” said Infante. “We very well may see them in the playoffs.  No one looks forward to playing them.”

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COAL TOWNSHIP – Shamokin was 4-0 at home going into this game. That streak ended as Danville (8-0) got a kickoff return for a score and three Ironmen ran for touchdowns as Danville claimed its first league championship in more than a decade with a 55-7 win.

 

With the win they ended Selinsgrove’s two-year reign in the Division I of the Heartland Conference. The last time they won a league crown was 1999.

 

Danville’s head coach Jim Keiser said, “They’re excited about this. They got a championship under their belt. But it’s not their main goal. They want to win a district championship and see how far they can go in states.”

 

The Ironmen had all phases of their game going last night.

 

In the first half Danville’s Junior quarterback Andrew Andreychik completed only four of five passes for 133 yards. But the four passes went for touchdowns.

 

Three of the touchdown passes went to wide receiver Mikael Owens-Wright. The other one went to wide receiver Garrett Llewellyn.

 

They also got a 90-yard kickoff return from Anthony Sori and touchdown runs by Sori, Russell Heath and Eric Haney.

 

Shamokin head coach Dan Foor said, “I said it all along. Danville has no weakness.”

 

The first quarter the Ironmen jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The first score was a 56-yard touchdown pass from Andreychick to Owens-Wright.

 

The second was setup when Russell Heath intercepted a pass by Shamokin quarterback Leon Supsic. The drive would only take one play when Andreychik threw a prefect pass to Owens-Wright for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

 

Shamokin’s Supsic scored on a one-yard run on the first play of the second quarter cutting the lead to 14-7.

 

The Ironmen would score two more times right before halftime. Andreyhcik would throw two touchdowns. Llewellyn caught a 17-yard strike and Owens-Wright 40-yarder made it 28-7 at the half.

 

Andreychik talked about his wide receiver, “With Mike out there, I don’t know if anyone can cover him.”

 

Sori’s 90-yard kickoff return in the second half added to their lead. A two-yard score by Sori would put the mercy rule into effect.

 

Heath and Eric Haney scored Danville’s final two scores on runs of four and 31 yards.

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SCRANTON, PA - Abington Heights (8-0) sits atop the Lackawanna Football Conference Division 1 all alone after their, 62-14, rout of West Scranton. The Comets have now outscored West Scranton, 158-34, over the course of their last three meetings.

 

Abington Heights’ rushing attack of James Fruehan and Paul Gallagher accounted for six touchdowns. Fruehan rushed for 180 yards on 13 carries (3 TDs) and Gallagher compiled 76 stripes on 13 attempts (3 TDs). Joe Repshis’ crew totaled 471 yards of offense tonight. The Comets now have North Pocono (5-3) in their sights for next Saturday’s tilt.

 

West Scranton (6-2) has won their previous six games since losing their season opener to Riverside, 32-19. Invaders quarterback Tyler Hughes passed for 152 yards on 13 of 29. Hughes also ran for close to 100 yards. Next week, West Scranton travels to Valley View to take on the Cougars (5-2) on Friday. Valley View has a short week as they will be in action tomorrow when they take on Scranton Prep at 1:30 p.m.

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BRODHEADSVILLE – Pleasant Valley (7-1) hosted the two-time defending Mountain Valley Conference champion East Stroudsburg South on Friday night. The Bears Rob Getz hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left to lift Pleasant Valley over East Stroudsburg South, 40-35.

 

A wild first quarter saw Cavs quarterback Mike Carmella score on a 48-yard touchdown run. After a Pleasant Valley turnover on the kickoff, Carmella would throw a strike to Matt Walters for the 22-yard score with 8:37 remaining. The Cavs led 14-0.The Bears Dekimbe Smith’s five-yard score cut the lead into half.

 

The Bears Rich Irving scored to tie the game up at 14. But the Cavs Kyshoen Jarrett’s five-yard touchdown put them up 21-14.

 

East Stroudsburg went into halftime with a 21-14 lead after both teams missed field goal attempts late in the half.

 

The Bears would tie the game up at 21 on a Derrik Walling to Rob Getz 11-yard touchdown pass.

 

After a missed field goal by the Cavs, Pleasant Valley got the ball back. With 1:04 remaining in the third quarter Dekimbe Smith’s one-yard plunged put the Bears up 28-21.

 

The Cavs looked like they were going to pull out the win early in the fourth quarter. Collin Hegarty caught a 41-yard touchdown pass that tied the game up at 28 and he had a 59-yard touchdown run with 7:22 remaining. The Cavs led 35-28.

 

The Bears fought back and drove 65-yard on 13-plays. They converted on two fourth downs during this drive. Dekimbe Smith finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown run to pull within one point. They went for a two-point conversion that went incomplete.

 

After the Bears got the ball back by stopping East Stroudsburg South on fourth-and-one, Walling drove the Bears down to the Cavs 23 with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But a holding call would push the Bears back and left them with a 3rd down and 26. Walling found Getz for the 28-yard completion and the first down.

 

Two plays later he would connect with Getz in the back of the end zone for the game winning 13-yard touchdown pass.

 

Getz said, “We just had to get the job done. We got down the field and we just know what to do in those situations.”

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This game had excitement.  There were two hook-and-ladder plays and a reception on a tipped pass by 285-pound left tackle Nick Faraci. In the end South Fayette spoiled Seton-LaSalle’s homecoming game with a 42-35 win at Chartiers Valley High School.

 

With the win South Fayette (8-0) remains as the only unbeaten team in the conference.

 

The quarterbacks combined for over 600 yards passing and eight touchdowns. The two teams scored 56 points in the first half, including a big second quarter.

 

In the second quarter with 3:58 left and the score tied at 21, Seton-LaSalle’s Kevin Hart caught a 13-yard touchdown pass. That was his second of the quarter.

 

South Fayette’s Zach Challingsworth took control. He caught two touchdown passes of 30 and 17 yards in the final two minutes to give South Fayette a 35-21 lead at halftime. He also recovered a fumble, took it nine yards for the touchdown and caught five passes for 90 yards. The teams combined for 21 points in the second half.

 

In the third quarter Seton-LaSalle’s Mike Del Sardo caught a 66-yard touchdown pass to make the score 35-28.

 

Trevor Fiorentini’s one-yard score gave South Fayette a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter. Seton-LaSalle’s Chad Dawgiello caught a five-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead, 42-35.

 

On the final drive Dave O’Brien was intercepted on Seton-LaSalle’s final drive. O’Brien finished the game completing 25 passes for 395 yards and five touchdowns. Mike Del Sardo caught 13 passes for 231 yards and two scores.

 

Jeff Davis rushed with 175 yards and a touchdown for South Fayette. Quarterback Christian Brumbaugh completed 16 of 26 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns.

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