Defense wins championships is how the saying goes and tonight proved that for Delco Christian. After what might have been a good drive for the Lions, Tyler Winkis came up big with a pick to put Delco up 6-0. Moore and Monaghan looked good early on for the Knights but got snuffed by the Lions D.
That is when things got interesting. A fumble by Lance Gifford led to Delco Christian regaining the ball. Again a spotty run game for Delco Christian led to a quick drive and change of possession. Shutting down Robin Choi for the Knights was not a problem for Winkis and Haskins, forcing a Lions punt. Andrew Crisanti added his own offense by hitting a 40 yard field goal and that made the score 16-0.
Usually a force on offense, Sam Tascone returned a punt for a touchdown, but only after Mike Monaghan leveled a Lower Moreland defender to create ample space for Tascone to score. After that it was a lot of back and forth with a few mental lapses by Lance Gifford and the Lions receivers which could have led to scores for Lower Moreland High School. Choi would strike gold for the Lions however after he returned a Crisanti punt in the 4th to make the score 16-6. After some good defense and a Gator Grim Interception with a minute and a half left in the game, the Knights improved to 5-0 on the season.
Thoughts and prayers go out to Ray Winkis, who has been in a very long struggle with cancer.
Folsom, Pa., The Garnet Valley Jaguars (D1, AAAA, Central League) withstood a furious Ridley (D1, AAAA, Central League) rally sealing it with Joe Taulane’s late interception off of Matt Davis to insure a tightly fought 21-19 victory over the Green Raiders and a 5-0 conference start at Phil Marion field. Ridley failed on a two point conversion try with 1:46 left to tie the game prior to Taulane’s pick.
Garnet Valley scored after Sam Gilbert recovered a surprise onside kick at the Raider 48 to open the game. They went on a ten play drive and junior quarterback Ryan Corkery took it in from four yards and a 7-0 lead. Ridley could not provide much offense in the first half and were limited to only three first downs by intermission.
The Raiders started to show some life when junior Shane Dougherty recovered a Jaguar fumble in the end zone on the second play of the second half for a touchdown and a 7-7 tie. On their next series, quarterback Davis started to warm up by hitting three completions for 40 yards and junior Mike Crowley gave the Raiders their first lead at 13-7 with his four yard touchdown run.
Most teams that lose leads at Marion usually get steamrolled by the momentum Ridley brings at their home field. However this day was different and Garnet went right back to work scoring seven plays later for the lead with Corkery’s 19 yard scamper followed by his 34 yard touchdown pass to Rockne Oleary. The first play seemed to set up the second when Corkery directed a quick no huddle play that caught Ridley off guard after his run.
At the six minute mark of the fourth quarter a Ridley defensive back bit on a fake and Corkery found Jules Raucci all alone deep down the middle of the field. Raucci hauled in the pass and glided into the end zone 74 yards later in what appeared to break the Green Raiders backs and an eight point lead. Ridley bounced right back when Davis and company marched 68 yards in four plus minutes with Davis connecting on passes of 20,27,8 and finally a 16 yard touchdown strike to Crowley. Down 21-19, Ridley went for two but the snap to Davis in the shotgun was high causing him to lose his balance and fall on the ball. Finally with 1:46 left, the Raiders recovered an onside kick but Taulane’s pick down by the end zone closed out the affair.
Jaguar head coach Mike Ricci seemed pleased after winning their last two games here at Marion over Ridley. “We still have a lot of work to do. The thing that impresses me is that we’re winning games without playing our best football”.
Garnet Valley ran a high tempo offense the entire night and exclusively ran the no huddle in the fourth quarter which at times threw Ridley off. Corkery rushed for 97 yards on 23 carries and operated the wing T and weak back, strong back scheme to perfection. Justin Pyle added 88 yards on 24 carries. For Ridley, Davis was 12 for 22 for 183 yards one touchdown and one interception for the Green Raiders. The passing attack for Ridley will be one to contend with as they have a couple of very adequate receivers (Crowley and Mike Smoluk) and a power runner in Jalen Randolph. The Jags held Randolph to 25 yards in 12 carries. James Brown had a ton of tackles and an interception in a losing effort.
Garnet Valley rises to 5-1 and will host Penncrest next week. Ridley falls to 4-2 and will be home again against Strath Haven.
BLOOMSBURG, PA: Week six of high school football in the PA Heartland Conference presented a battle of unbeaten teams, with Bloomsburg (4-0, AA, HAC-III) hosting Southern Columbia (5-0, A, HAC-II). The Panthers touted a potent, albeit largely untested, offense featuring Rutgers recruit, Blake Rankin. The Tigers brought some potency of their own to Redman Stadium, in the form of what coach Goerge Curry has dubbed “The Three-Headed Monster,” running backs Tyler Levan, Matt Moore and Casey Savitski. The performance of of one or the other of these very different offensive schemes would determine the course and outcome of the game.
The Panthers had the initial possession and went straight to their bread-and-butter. Four passing plays in-a-row netted them 14 yards and an interception by Southern defensive back, Kieth Day. The turn-over resulted in a short field for the Tigers and the opening score. Levan had a 31-yard run and the one yard TD. The PAT kick bounced off the collegiate goal-post, leaving the score 6 – 0.
The Panthers got the ball back and threw their way into Tiger territory, where Rankin called his own number. He went untouched 28 yards for the score, and the PAT made it 7 – 6 in favor of Bloomsburg. It would be their only lead of the night. Southern recaptured the lead following some accurate passing by Brad Fegley, and gutsy running by Moore for 32, nine and two yards to set up the 1st-and-goal. Savitski punched it into the endzone and SoCo went for two – Fegley rolled right and hit TE Jamie Slotterback to put them up 14 – 7.
At this point Bloomsburg implemented what would be their only form of variety on the night, Rankin running the ball instead of throwing. He rushed his way to mid-field then threw strikes to Tanner Thrush of 23 yards, and John Klingerman of 18 and the touchdown. The score was knotted at 14 with 10:52 in the second quarter, and it looked like another shoot-out was on tap for the Tigers.
Looks can be deceiving though, and the next minute and 32 seconds would see Panther hopes quickly deflated… First, Fegley clipped off 26 yards to the Bloomsburg 40. Then, he threw a strike to a speeding Moore for the touchdown. After the ensuing kick return, Ranking attempted a pass to Klingerman which went through his hands and deflected off his shoulder-pads into the waiting arms of Keith Day. The result was a 1st-and-10 for the Tigers at mid-field. Moore got the call, hit the hole hard, broke tackles, broke loose and went the distance for a 50 yard TD. Before the Panthers knew what hit them, it was 28 – 14.
From there the defense began to stiffen and the rout was on. For the remainder of the half the Panthers went three-and-out or worse on every series, and lost a total of 29 yards. Sacks were registered by Kyle Zigarski, Tom Schetroma, Cameron Flore, Fegley and Moore. Southern got to the red-zone on a 36-yard pass to Jake Becker, but a fumble by Savitski gave the Panthers new life. It didn’t last long, though. On the very next play, Day timed his read, and got his third pick of the night, and a 1st-and-goal at the eight. Levan took it home from there for a 34 – 14 score. Before half-time the defense earned the Tigers very good field position and Fegley capitalized with a 20-yard toss to Day to extend the lead to 41 – 14.
Coach Roth only kept his starters in for two series of the second half. That resulted in a 7-play, 61-yard drive, and a 6-play, 72-yard drive. Moore capped the first possession with a 10-yard sweep for the score, and Savitski racked-up 58 yards and a TD on the second. In all, Moore ran only seven times, but compiled 122 yards and two rushing TD’s along with his 40-yard TD catch. Savitski and Levan each had 92 yards and 2 TD’s on 13 carries (talk about a balanced attack). The Tigers kept the ball on the ground the entire second half, so Fegley’s passing was limited to seven receptions in seven attempts for 122 yards and two scores in the first half of play.
The Panthers added one score each in the 3rd & 4th quarters on a one-yard dive by Rankin, and a nine-yard pass to Klingerman. Then they also put the reserves in for some valuable experience in the fourth. Southern’s reserves added two more scores in the final period. Adam Feudale banged-out 44 yards on two carries. Sophomore, Mitch Stanziale, rumbled for a 15-yard TD. Then sophomore, Cody Pavlick, registered an interception for SoCo’s final possession. This time, Matt Lupold (soph.) clipped-off 14 for a 1st-and-goal, and former Panther, Taylor Young completed the scoring with a three-yard keeper and the resounding 67 – 27 final tally.
BLOOMSBURG(4-1) travels to Hughesville(2-4) next Friday night to take on a faltering Spartan team. They close-out their season with Warrior Run(4-2), Danville(5-1) and Central Columbia(2-4). They cannot afford to take any of these teams lightly if they hope to make a very tight District IV AA play-off field. They will have to regroup from this loss and focus on fundamentals as their season is likely to not include any more cakewalks. Rankin was 15 of 26 passing (58%) for 145 yards and two TD’s, but with three interceptions. Ricky Klingerman added 33 yards on 2 receptions out of five attempts and another INT. They were limited to 76 total yards of rushing.
SOUTHERN COLUMBIA(6-0) hosts Danville(5-1) next week. They won’t be allowed to celebrate their most recent victory for long. Sloppy and lack-luster play resulted in a loss to the Ironmen last season. Coach Roth believes that should have left a bad taste in their mouths and a hunger for revenge. The Tigers will need to refocus for the task ahead, keep executing on offense, and continue the improvements on defense if they want to stay undefeated going into the post-season. Loyalsock, Mount Carmel and Selinsgrove are still on deck, and the single A field in the eastern half of the state is daunting to say the least. Southern amassed 427 yards and eight TD’s on the ground, plus 122 yards and two TD’s through the air. Fegely was 100% accurate with his passing and had the lone run of 26 yards. Moore led the night rushing with 7 carries/122 yds./2 TD’s (17.4 yds./carry) and the 40-yard TD catch.
PEN ARGYL – Both teams came into Saturday’s game with a 5-0 record and the winner of this game would stay on top of the Colonial league with undefeated Bangor.
In this defensive battle it was Pen Argyl’s Zach Miller who came up with a big play late in the fourth quarter. Miller stopped Trevor Yashur on a fake punt as the Green Knights held on for a 14-8 win over Northern Lehigh at Alumni Stadium.
Northern Lehigh’s opening drive ended when quarterback Dylan Hofmann over shot his target and Kyle Muller came up with the interception.
Pen Argyl struck first, driving 72-yards on 15-plays for the score. Off the turnover the Green Knights used their big line to pound the ball. Dylan Evans scored on a fourth down play going in for the one-yard score. The extra point was no good and Pen Argyl led 6-0.
Northern Lehigh answered the Green Knights scoring drive. Trevor Yashur won the foot race into the end zone going 19-yard for the score. After an off sides penalty by Pen Argyl the Bulldogs decided to go for the two-point conversion. Yashur went in for the two-point conversion putting the Bulldogs up 8-6 with 7:06 remaining in the quarter.
The Green Knights answered right back. The big play of the drive was a Conor Gum 60-yard pass to Kyle Muller to the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. Two plays later Gum called his own play, scoring on an eight yard run. Gum’s two-point conversion put his team up 14-8 with 3:42 remaining in the first half.
Pen Argyl head coach Paul Reduzzi talked about the first half, “We looked to control the line of scrimmage and try to get stuff on the board early.”
The Green Knights went into halftime with a 14-8 lead. They also led in the statistics in the first half. Pen Argyl had 163 yards of total offense and six first downs. Northern Lehigh had nine first downs, one costly turnover and 133 total yards of offense.
With the game on the line and 6:36 remaining in the game, the Bulldogs tried to pickup the first down on a fake punt. Miller made the huge stop and the Green Knights took over on downs.
Northern Lehigh would never see the ball again. The Green Knights used their big offensive line and ran out the clock. They ran 15 straight plays including two fourth down conversion to preserve the win. Reduzzi talked about his offensive line, “They are a big group of kids and they work hard and do things well. They have a lot of heart and made those big fourth down drives.”
Pen Argyl’s running back Dylan Evans led the way with 106 yards and quarterback Conor Gum passed for 108 yards and rushed for 38 yards.
Reduzzi said about Evans performance, “He can control a game and is a leader. He is a impact player and makes plays on both sides of the ball.”
Northern Lehigh’s Trevor Yashur rushed for 77 yards.
With the win Pen Argyl moves to 6-0. Pen Argyl plays at Catasauqua next Friday night. Northern Lehigh (5-1) host Northwestern Lehigh.
Many people were calling the match-up between Dallas and Wyoming Valley West the “Game of the Year” in the Wyoming Valley Conference. They sure were right.
Wyoming Valley West rallied from a two touchdown, fourth quarter deficit only to have Penn State recruit Eugene Lewis stopped by Dallas on a two-point conversion attempt to preserve a 28-27 win for the Mountaineers.
Trailing 28-14 with 7:49 remaining, Lewis engineered two drives to pull the Spartans to within one point.
First, it was a six-play, 61-yard drive that saw Lewis score from the two yard line. After the extra point kick was good, Dallas lead was now 28-21.
The Wyoming Valley West defense forced a three-and-out on the next Dallas possession and the Spartans took over at their own 48 yard line after a 28-yard punt return by Lewis.
With 3:49 remaining, Lewis carried the ball three times for a Wyoming Valley West first down and then completed a 23-yard pass to Dylan Flayhart to the Dallas 22.
Facing a 3rd and 2 on the next series of downs, Lewis appeared to run for a first down inside the Dallas 10, but the Spartans were flagged for a hold and that created a 3rd and 12. After an incompletion, Spartans coach Pat Keating called his second time out.
On fourth down, Lewis rolled to his right and under pressure, heaved the ball into the end zone where Lucky Williams jumped between the two Dallas defenders for the touchdown.
After another time out, Keating decided to go for two and the win. Lewis again rolled to his right with a run/pass option. He turned up field at the 5 and tried to knife between three Mountaineers’ defenders but Dallas brought him down short of the goal line as the home sideline and crowd erupted.
Wyoming Valley West would attempt an outside kick, but Dallas recovered and took a knee to seal the victory.
The Mountaineers defense picked off Lewis three times and were the beneficiaries of two fumbled handoffs from Lewis to Derrick Simms. Simms was replacing starting running back Tashawn Bunch who left the game in the first quarter with an injury.
Dallas took advantage of two of the first half turnovers, turning them into scores. Paul Brace, who was playing his first game of the season, caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Zapoticky for a 7-0 lead.
As the first half was ending, Kris Roccograndi picked off Lewis and returned the ball to the Wyoming Valley West 15-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty, Zapoticky found Shane Dunn in the end zone with :15 seconds remaining to give the Mounts a 14-0 halftime lead.
Dallas received the second half kickoff, but on the second play from scrimmage, the Mountaineers botched an option pitch and the Spartans recovered the loose ball. Lewis would score six plays later on a 15-yard run to cut the lead 14-7.
Wyoming Valley West would get the ball back after a Dallas three-and -out, but the Mountaineers’ Jason Simonovich would intercept a Lewis’ pass at the Mounts 10 yard line to preserve the lead.
Dallas would then extend the lead back to two touchdowns with a 7-play, 82-yard drive. Ryan Zapoticky took it around the right end from one-yard out for a 21-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Wyoming Valley West answered with a 6-play, 51-yard drive keyed by a 17-yard reception by Simms. Lewis would score from the 18 yardline two plays later, his longest run of the afternoon.
Dallas put together another scoring drive that took five plays culminated by a Jim Roccograndi 11-yard TD run that gave 28-14 lead. Roccograndi rushed for 108 yards on 19 carries on the day.
That set up the comeback by Wyoming Valley West and the dramatic stop by the Dallas defense.
Zapoticky completed 7 of 10 passes for 116 yards and touchdown. Dunn was the leading receiver for the Mounts with four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown.
Lewis rushed 35 times for 161 yards and was 15 for 21 for 186 yards and a touchdown. However, he did throw three interceptions. Flayhart was the leading Spartans’ receiver with six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.
Wyoming Valley West outgained Dallas 381 to 295, but the five turnovers were too much to overcome.
Dallas (6-0, 5-0) will host Crestwood next Saturday in another battle of conference unbeatens. Wyoming Valley West (5-1, 3-1) hosts Hazleton Area on Friday.
If you saw only the middle of the second quarter you would have thought Penns Valley was going to have an easy second half. Phillipsburg-Osceola had 3 consecutive series that ended with a turnover deep in their own territory. If only the Rams could capitalize on all three of them. The Mounties had other ideas running all over the Rams for nearly 380 yards enroute to a 46-21 route of Penns Valley.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot the entire first half with penalties and we couldn’t capitalized on the turnovers” said Penns Valley coach Martin Tobias. “If we do it’s likely we go in at the half with the lead instead of being down 21-14.”
The Mounties struck first on a 70 yard drive highlighted by one of 3 long runs by rb Miichael Johns, this one for 43 yards.
Penns Valley tied the score following a Mountie fumble that gave the Rams the ball on the 13. One play later Sam Snyder did what was to become a common theme on the night, give the Mountie Defense nightmares, and ran 13 yards around end to knot the game at 7. Snyder, his uniform barely showing any speck of white by the end of the game, turned in a gutsy performance both on offense and defense. “I’ll be sore tomorrow, just wish we got the win” said Snyder. The senior also played defensive line, chasing down Mountie backs and recording a sack of his own.
It didn’t take long for the mounties to recover. Mike Marcinko went 38 yards to break the tie following a kickoff that gave the Mounties the ball at the 49. “Field position was not something we won tonite” said Tobias. The Mounties next possession began on the Rams 40 after a 3 and out series. Two plays was all it took as Johns raced 23 yards down the sideline to bring the score to 21-7. Penns Valley then marched 80 yards, ending the first half with a score by Snyder.
Aaron McNight continued the track meet in the second half for the Mounties, going 12 yards for 6, making it a 28-14 game. “We knew we could run on them, but we didn’t expect to run over them. Penns Valley never lays down for us. They play tough. Those were hard earned yards.” said Mounties coach Jeff Vroman.
On the next Ram drive, Snyder continued his gutsy performance. Only of the next 14 plays didn’t involve the qb going forward. He accounted for 63 of the 70 yards needed to get the final Rams score on a drive that at one point took up 5 minutes while only moving the ball 31 yards.
It was all Mounties after that. “We certainly showed we can recover from mistakes, but they almost cost us the game” said Vroman. “We’ll also need to work on containing the quarterback. That kid (Snyder) gave us fits all night”.
BELLEFONTE — When Mifflin County made its first-ever visit to Rogers Stadium Friday night, it marked the first chapter of a new era in Central Pennsylvania football.
Although Bellefonte had played both Indian Valley and Lewistown in previous years, it was the first time the Red Raiders would face the “new” jointure on the gridiron.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Redmen are not going to be real anxious for the second meeting in two weeks at Mitchell Field as the Huskies belted the Raiders, 56-11.
“We played pretty well up to a point in two of the facets of the game,” said Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch. “We are not making plays and making stops and right now, we aren’t jelling very well defensively. We aren’t tackling very well and although we have been working on it, it is not jelling the way it needs to.”
Mifflin County wasted no time asserting itself offensively as the Huskies scored on their first two offensive possessions for a quick 14-0 lead. Doing the honors for MC were Harry Lowber on a 5-yard run followed by a 41-yard scamper by David Yale.
Not to run away and hide, the Raiders set up shop at the Mifflin County 13 thanks to an 82-yard kickoff return by Bill Thompson. Three plays later, quarterback Jordan Fye called his own number and took it seven yards to the house for the only Raider touchdown of the night. A Fye to Tyler Haslet pass cut the Mifflin County lead to 14-8.
“Our defense wasn’t as sharp as I wanted it to be early in the game,” said Mifflin County head coach Steve Hayes. “Bellefonte made some real nice plays and that ‘2’ kid (Malik Breon) can play. He really knows how to set up his returns.”
Like most games, Hayes felt that the game was won at the line of scrimmage.
“I think physically we just got hot tonight,” he said. “They made that touchdown to come back, but we responded to the challenge and even though they were down, I thought Bellefonte played real hard right to the end.”
After John McClay picked off a Fye pass in the red zone in the first period, McClay’s teammate, Harry Lowber, also came up with a pick in the MC end zone to turn the Raiders away from the well with an empty bucket.
“Right now, Harry Lowber is playing really well,” praised Hayes. “He is getting a good read on the ball and is judging it really well. He anticipates where it is coming down and is really doing a good job getting to the spot. He is probably our best corner(back) and might be one of the best in the area. Right now he is playing very well on both sides of the ball.”
Still holding on to a precarious 14-8 lead, the Huskies exploded for three scores in the second period to go on top 33-8 at halftime and they never looked back.
Igniting the Husky explosion were Yale with a 13-yard run, Nick Lauver with a 62-yard punt return and Yale again from three yards out for his third of four scores on the evening. For the night, Yale finished with 192 yards on 21 carries good for the four touchdowns.
“The big guys took charge of the front and David ran real well,” said Hayes. “He got a little tweak at the end, but he’ll be OK and I am real happy for him. This was his biggest game of the season thus far. He uses his whole body, he runs hard and he just doesn’t go down. He stays on his feet and just pounds the rock and that is good stuff.”
Just when Besch and his crew thought things couldn’t get worse, they did as a snap from center went out of the end zone for a safety and 13 seconds later, Yale completed his scoring for the night from seven yards out for the TD.
Timmy Beck hauled in a 59-yard catch-and-run from quarterback Nathan Martin and following a 33-yard field goal by Bellefonte’s Adam Johnson, Husky reserve running back Michael Presha capped the scoring in the game with a 17-yard touchdown jaunt.
Although disappointed with the defensive play of his Raiders, Besch did see some bright spots when his squad had the ball.
“I thought we played pretty offensively,” he said. “We were able to run the ball and pass the ball a little bit and as a result, we were able to generate some drives. From that standpoint, we had some positives. We need to really find an identify right now, but given where we are at, we are looking at it as a new season. We have five games left and if things turn around, we could finish five-and-five and right now, that would be a big success for us.”
As for the three interceptions, Besch felt it was largely due to the youth of his players.
“It comes down to young kids trying to make plays,” he said. “I preach to them all year about trying to make aggressive plays. If they are being aggressive in trying to make plays, mistakes are going to happen. It is really hard to hold it against them when they are trying to make plays and things don’t go as planned. What it boils down to is that we have to find some continuity that leads to consistency every time we have the ball. We show the sparks, but as I told the kids, you can have all the sparks you want, but you have to light the fire and let it burn. If you do that, things will come together.”
Mifflin County (3-2) 14 19 16 7 — 56
Bellefonte (0-5) 8 0 0 3 — 11
MC — Harry Lowber 5 run (Alex Leight kick)(8:34)
MC — David Yale 41 run (Leight kick)(3:05
BEL — Jordan Fye 7 run (Fye to Tyler Haslet pass)(1:16
MC — Yale 13 run (kick failed)(6:24)
MC — Nick Lauver 62 punt return (Leight kick)(3:27)
MC — Yale 3 run (kick failed)(:07)
MC — Team Safety (snap went out of end zone)(9:26(
MC — Yale 7 run (Leight kick)(9:13)
MC — Timmy Beck 59 pass from Nathan Martin (Leight kick)(1:53)
BEL — Adam Johnson 33 DFG. (7:51)
MC — Michael Presha 17 run (Leight kick)(6:38)
Team Statistics MC BEL
First Downs 20 9
Rushes-Yards 42-306 25-6
Passing Yards 59 101
Passing 1-2-0 12-24-3
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-47 2-20
MC: David Yale 21-192, 4 TDs; Harry Lowber 4-39, Kyle Kahley 4-28, Shane Whalen 5-27, Cody Dunmire 4-14, Nathan Martin 1-6, Heath Hidlay 1-2, Timmy Beck 1-minus 1; Neil Martin 1-minus 1.
BEL: Jordan Fye 8-16, 1 TD; Colin Turner 9-7, Brian White 2-3, Alex Kaltenbach 2-3, Nick Leiter 1-2, Cody Hartle 2-2, Team 1-minus 27.
BERWICK, Pa. – The Berwick Bulldog mascot showed off some impressive balance Friday night, riding a unicycle up and down the home sideline on several occasions.
On the gridiron, Berwick’s football team showed some balance of its own with running back Jeremy Freeman and quarterback Jared Pierce.
Pierce and Freeman combined for five of Berwick’s six touchdowns and kicker Alex Oliver booted a career long 45-yard field goal in the third quarter as the Bulldogs (2-3) mercy ruled Selinsgrove (1-4) 45-0 from Crispin Field.
While Berwick could do little wrong, Selinsgrove could do little right. And Seals taskmaster Dave Hess admitted he didn’t know what to say.
“We didn’t have an answer for #34 (Freeman) – he’s a heck of a back,” Hess said. “Berwick was the best 1-3 team I’ve ever seen. That’s a class act (on the other sideline).”
This night, the Seals offensive struggles continued. Averaging only 193 yards of offense and 9.5 points per game entering the Berwick contest, Selinsgrove mustered only 65 yards of total offense and four first downs this night. Field general Tyler Grein finished a 5-of-15 night passing for 40 yards and the Seals as a team ran for 25 yards on 20 carries. The Seals’ leading rusher, Mike Ede, had only 12 yards on seven carries and Logan Harris also had 12 yards on four totes.
“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and look at the film Monday and find something positive to hang our hats on,” Hess said.
For the homestanding Bulldogs, meanwhile, the victory was a confidence booster. A bigtime confidence booster.
“No doubt (the win was big),” said Bulldog head coach Gary Campbell. “But I still look at it like we’re on a 2-3 schnide. We really got beat up by Dallas and Valley West the last two weeks prior, so to get back moving again was key for us.”
Pierce and Freeman were a big reason for the Bulldogs getting moving. Of the team’s 422 yards of offense, #s 2 and 34 for Berwick combined for 334 of them.
Freeman got it started early for the Bulldogs, registering five carries for 36 yards on the blue and white’s initial offensive possession, capped by Pierce’s two-yard run with 7:01 left in the first period. Pierce pushed the Berwick lead to 14-0 with a six-yard run on the first play of the second quarter, but the Dawgs could have had the two-score advantage sooner had it not been for a five-yard penalty called on Freeman for assisting the runner (Pierce) forward into the end zone one play prior.
It wasn’t by design to see Pierce run the ball as much as he did, as the Berwick senior finished with 12 carries on the night.
“He did a good job audibling at the line of scrimmage and the check down tonight was him calling his own number,” Campbell said. “He’s a three-year varsity starter and we trust him to do that.”
After showing off his legs, Pierce showed off his arm and the Berwick aerial assault. He hit Jeff Steeber (4 rec., 43 yards) on a three-yard touchdown pass and then found Jake Pecorelli (3 rec., 43 yards) from 11 yards out to push the margin to 28-0 with 2:52 left in the half.
Freeman invoked the mercy rule on the first play of the second half – a 73-yard touchdown run – with 11:42 in the third quarter. The Bulldog senior finished with 152 yards on 16 carries. Pierce finished with 50 rushing yards, 132 passing yards, and four total touchdowns.
Berwick pulled its starters after Freeman’s long touchdown run, but the highlights still kept on coming. Oliver’s field goal – a 45-yarder with :07 left in the third quarter set a new Berwick school record, which was his second 40-yard field goal of the 2011 season.
Backup quarterback C.J. Curry capped the Bulldogs’ scoring binge with a four-yard run in the fourth quarter. In relief of Pierce, Curry threw for 25 yards and ran for another 14 on four carries.
The Bulldogs finished the night with 266 rushing yards and 157 more through the air. In their two victories this season, Berwick is averaging 41.5 points per game.
Coatesville, Pa., The Unionville Indians showed that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with in District one by scoring a Ttouchdown on a crucial 12 play, 81 yard, five minute drive at game’s end to overcome previously undefeated Coatesville 27-26 at Coatesville Area Multipurpose stadium. “I am so proud of the way this team could come back like this and win in a hostile environment” echoed Indians coach Pat Clark prior to leaving the field.
Unionville started out quick when Cheyney Quinn recovered an opening kick fumble by the Red Raiders and scored eight plays later with star running back Richard Sampson taking it in from two yards out. Coatesville answered quickly in five plays with North Carolina State commit quarterback Manny Stocker connecting on passes of 20, four and 24 yards, the latter a beautiful crossing pattern by Michigan State commit Kyle Kerrick and a touchdown knotting the score at seven.
In the second quarter and pinned on their own 15 yard line, Unionville quarterback Tom Pancoast hit Ross Kim-McManus with an 85 yard touchdown down the right sideline and the momentum again shifted the Indians way. Stocker put the momentum back in Coatesville’s court leading the Red Raiders on an extended ten play drive and scoring from the one to tie the score once again. Both teams traded touchdowns early in the second half with the Indians using twelve plays and Sampson going in from 11 yards. Not to be outdone once again by Unionville, Coatesville countered with a series highlighted by Stocker’s two pass completions and a sizzling 38 yard TD run breaking four tackles along the way and knotting the score once again.
Deep into the fourth quarter and the game tied again at 20, the momentum shift took a serious turn when the snap to Unionville punter Chris Baker went over his head giving the Red Raiders the ball on the Indian 19. Two plays later feature running back Dae-Hon Cheung scored from 11 yards out. The Raiders,however, missed the extra point giving them a six point advantage.
Playing through adversity is what makes high school football so interesting and with five minutes left the Indians decided to go on their drive for the ages. Mixing in a combination of sweeps and option runs with Matt Maggitti, Pancoast and Sampson and getting five first downs along the way, Unionville used almost the entire five minutes to secure the victory.
The key play was a third and ten screen pass from Pancoast to Maggitti from the Coatesville 24 for a first down at the Red Raider 14. Four plays later Pancoast snuck in from the one and with Sean Barnes extra point and only 31 seconds left to play the Indians were about to have a very happy trip home to Kennet.
“The offensive line came through big time especially on our game winning drive” quipped Clark. “We’ve had some injuries on our line and they stepped up. I can’t believe Rich Sampson is not getting any attention from colleges. He shut down two of the best receivers in Southeast Pennsylvania in Anthony Nash (Rustin) and Kerrick the last two weeks. Hopefully he’ll get some now.”
Unionville (AAAA, Chest-Mont American) moves to 4-1 and plays Oxford next week. Coatesville (AAAA, Chest-Mont National) falls to 4-1 and plays Bishop Shanahan.
Scoring by Quarter
Unionville- Rich Sampson- two yard run- PAT Sean Barnes- 8:33
LEWISBURG, PA: If this game of high school football was not a barn-burner, then you’ll likely never see one. It had a bit of everything for the football fan: Big break-away plays; Long, well executed drives; Defensive stands; Seven lead changes (Yes, I said “seven”); A last minute touchdown; And a game deciding field-goal attempt.
Southern received the ball to start the contest, but punted it away after a Brad Fegley pass sailed long on third and eight. Lewisburg started on offense at their own 34 yard line and went straight to the air. A 14-yard strike from Cam Cassels to Brandon Smith got them near mid-field. That combination would haunt the Tigers much more in the second half.
Then the Green Dragons’ premiere running back, Merle Moscarello got his shot – first on a four yard burst, then, finding a big hole in the middle. He exploded 48 yards for the opening score. A low snap was fumbled on the PAT attempt, leaving the score 6 – 0 at 9:48 in the 1st quarter.
Next, Southern sought to slow things down a bit, putting on a ten-play, 70 yard drive. A dump screen to Matt Moore, followed-up by 21 hard-fought yards got the Tigers into Lewisburg territory for the first time at the 35. Then Fegley hooked-up with Kieth Day for 17 yards. Tyler Levan bulled his way forward for eight and a first and goal at the six. Two plays later he rumbled in for a five yard touchdown. Dylan Swank’s PAT gave Southern their first lead at 7 – 6.
Following the kick, the Tigers tightened up their defense and got the ball back on a long punt return by Day to mid-field. The offense, however, was not quite in synch. Fegley seemed to be loading-up too much and over-throwing open receivers, as in the case of a wide open Moore on second down. When he did manage to connect with Day on a 52 yard catch and run to the one yard-line, it was called back on a very late holding flag thrown deep in the Tiger backfield. Instead of first and goal at the one, they were left with third and 28 at their own 32.
This would prove to be a huge swing in the momentum of the game, for on the next play, Fegley was sacked and fumbled to Lewsiburg’s Smith. Two rushing plays by Jared Laino went seven and 21 yards and got the lead back for the Dragons at 13 – 7.
The following SC drive sputtered at the Lewisburg 12 after two incomplete passes. Another defensive stand gave them good field position mid-way through the second period. This time it took 11 plays to cover the 49 yards to the end-zone. Receptions of 11 and 20 yards by Day kept the drive alive, and Levan capped it with a one yard TD dive. The lead changed hands again at 14 – 13.
However, a big play would once again redeem the Dragons. After being bottled up with the running game, Cassels tossed a screen pass over the pursuing defenders to Laino. With open field in front of him, he traveled 48 yards to the Southern 15. Cassels then took a keeper around the right for the score. It remained 20-14 going into half-time. After four games without a turn-over, Southern found themselves in a hole for the first time, and the difference was a fumble that led to a Green Dragon touchdown.
After the game coach Jim Roth commented that his team played the first half with very little intensity, “The execution and energy was lacking early on, but in the second half they relaxed and played better football.”
They were going to need to step up the intensity if they hoped to overcome a deficit to a quality squad like Lewisburg. And step up they did. On the first play from scrimmage Jammie Slotterback dropped Laino for a loss of four. Negative three yards on three plays forced a punt, then Southern went to work. Levan clipped off nine yards, then Moore broke loose on his biggest run of the night of 49 yards to the two of Lewisburg. Levan punched it in from there, giving the Tigers a slim margin at 21 – 20.
Another three-and-out series was forced by the defense, and the tide looked to be in Southern’s favor. They were moving the ball well on the ground when another holding call set up a first and 23 at the Dragon 38. They decided to go to the air. First a six yard shot to Moore. Then he had a nice catch and run deep into the red-zone for 22 yards before the ball was stripped loose and recovered by Lewisburg.
Following the turn-over another big sack by Slotterback had the Dragons pinned deep at their own one yard-line. This time a gutsy call by coach Tilford payed-off big again. Cassels lobbed the ball down the sideline to Smith, who was one step ahead of the defender, and outran the field 99 yards to the endzone. After the score, Lewisburg faked the PAT kick and threw for the 2-point conversion, putting them up by seven at 28 – 21.
The quick score shifted the momentum once again, but Southern went to work on a ten-play drive into Dragon territory. It ended when the Tigers went for it on fourth and nine at the 23. The ball was puched out of Fegley’s grip and recovered by Nick Cozza. You could feel the collective sigh from the Southern Columbia side of the stadium. With precious time ticking away in the final quarter, the defense needed a quick stop.
Lewisburg had other ideas, however, and proceeded to throw another strike to Smith for 35 yards. Three plays later Moscarello, who had been pretty well corralled since his 48-yard touchdown, found another hole and broke loose down field. After 30 yards he was caught by Joe Kleman who knocked the ball loose for sophomore Nate Hunter to recover at the eight yard-line.
The Tigers had a chance to overcome their mistakes, but were facing 92 yards and a dwindling clock. A pass to Day earned them 23 yards to the SC 36. Then Moore took a reverse 16 yards just across mid-field as the tension mounted. A nine yard pass to Savitski just short of the first down at the 30, then a penalty, followed by a six-yard run by Levan and it was fourth and inches at the 29. With the Dragons keying on the half backs, the challenge was up to Levan… first seven yards, then ten for a first and goal at the eight! Next, pounding his way through defenders. He looked to break the plane, but the ball was spotted about three inches shy of the goal. There was no denying him from there as he dove across for the score.
With that accomplished, it was now decision time – the score was 28-27 and a PAT kick would tie it with 0:50 on the clock. Roth gave his team the option and they chose to go for two. With Levan lining up in the single back set, the stadium was absolutely pulsing with anticipation. The snap, the give, the line surging forward, and Levan bowled his way well into the end-zone. The two-point conversion was successful, and the score was 29-28 Tigers.
Those lighted numbers, 0:50, glared down on the field as Tilford’s Green Dragons prepared for their final push. Returning the kick to their own 29, they went for a quick pass – incomplete. Then came a lateral to Smith who had three blockers in front of him. He turned to run, then set up to pass, and threw a 37-yard strike to Laino at the Southern 34.
Next Moscarello rushed forward for five, looking for another break-away opening. Then Lewisburg tried another trick pass first to Moscarello then long, but it fell incomplete and was flagged as an illegal forward pass. Beyond field goal range, they tried to go for the long pass again.
This time the receiver was looking to the outside along his sideline, but the ball was thrown inside where the defender was keeping stride, trying for the interception. There was contact and both players went down. A late flag looked like probable offensive interference, but to the shock of Southern it was assessed against them. A fresh set of downs and new life was given to the Dragons at the 21.
Then a face-mask penalty advanced the ball half the distance for a first and goal at the eight. Moscarello tried the middle again, but was stacked up quickly – too quickly for Southern as the whistle blew the clock to a stop with 0:02 left. The ball was on the right hash awaiting the field goal team. The whistle blew again. The clock ticked down. The ball was snapped cleanly, set, and kicked. Sailing high, the ball went just left of the upright and players from both sides fell to the turf exhausted when the officials made the call – “no good.”
This was a game not to be forgotten anytime soon.
LEWISBURG (3-2) is a far better team than their record would indicate. They proved that they can strike from anywhere on the field in many different ways. With plenty of heart and determination they will undoubtedly make some noise come play-off time. They travel to MONTOURSVILLE (2-3) to take on a young Warrior team.
SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (5-0) remained unbeaten with the narrow victory in HAC-II action. The coaching staff is still making changes with defensive personnel at the midpoint of the season. There is improvement as they held off a potent Lewisburg attack despite the three turnovers by the offense, but they are susceptible to the big play and need to cover their assignments better heading down the rough stretch in their schedule. They travel to BLOOMSBURG(5-0) next Friday to battle the fellow undefeated Panthers.
JERSEY SHORE — When Mifflinburg and Jersey Shore squared off against each other Saturday night in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division I matchup, it appeared to be a game between two teams headed in opposite directions.
Going into the game the Wildcats were perfect at 4-0, while the Bulldogs were a mirror image of Mifflinburg at 0-4.
When the two teams were finished slipping and sliding through the Thompson Street Stadium mud, the direction of the two teams remained intact as the Wildcats moved their spotless mark to 5-0 with a 19-0 win, while the Shoremen found themselves still looking for that elusive first win of the season at 0-5.
“Considering the field conditions, I thought our kids really stepped up and played real well,” said Mifflinburg head coach Jason Dressler. “Our defense really played well once again this week and although running was difficult out there, we were able to throw the ball effectively and made some critical plays with our passing game and obviously it paid off for us.”
Although disappointed with the loss, Shore head coach Tony Confer felt that if a couple of things would have unfolded a little differently, it might have been a different story.
“On a night like tonight, it is tough to get much of anything going,” said Confer. “Defensively, our kids played their hearts out and I couldn’t have asked anything more from our defensive players. The defensive coaches called a heckuva game, but our offense isn’t suited for working in this kind of mud and muck. We had trouble with kids holding on to the pitches and when we did have time to throw the ball, it was slipping out of his (quarterback Caleb Barnhart’s) hand. A couple of times we had some things set up, but he (Barnhart) really struggled with gripping the ball. With the conditions as they were tonight, sometimes you can’t take advantage of some of the things that might work for you.”
Despite having lost all five games of the season thus far, the Bulldogs have played some good, tough football at times. However, in Shore Homecoming 2011 Saturday night at Thompson Street Stadium, the Wildcats took some of the bite out of the Bulldogs attack by combining a solid defensive effort with an opportunistic offensive attack to register the win.
“Mifflinburg is a good, physical football team,” said Confer. “But I thought our kids played physical right with them and it was only 7-0 until late in the game when a couple of mistakes hurt us by giving them opportunities. Our defense was really in a bad position a lot tonight and I wish we could have held them out when they punched that one (touchdown) in late, but it is what it is. They are a very good football team, they are 5-0 and they certainly deserve to be five-and-oh.”
Through the first four games of the season, the Wildcats have ridden the legs of Alex Vidanus, Micheal Wiand and Tanner Bingaman for a per-game average of 255 yards. However, Saturday night, it was the arm of quarterback Kyle Failor that did the damage to the Bulldogs as he connected on eight of 16 attempts for 123 yards and the game’s first touchdown.
“Coming into the game I am sure their scouting report indicated how much we have run the ball so they put eight and nine guys in the box,” said Dressler. “With the footing anything but good and our running game not going well, we took advantage of some other opportunities and capitalized on them.”
After a scoreless first period that saw Mifflinburg drive to the Shore 12 only to lose the ball on downs, the Wildcats took advantage of good field position at the Shore 49.
Six plays later, Failor found Oakley Whitesel wide open in the end zone for a 17-yard scoring connection. Whitesel added the PAT and with 10:19 remaining in the first half, the ‘Cats had all the points they were going to need for the win.
After an exchange of punts following the Whitesel score, the Bulldogs opted to try a field goal, and when the attempt literally got lost in the mud, the half ended with the Wildcats holding a 7-0 lead.
Although the Wildcats couldn’t capitalize on a blocked punt by Trevor Bowman to open the second half, they did make the most of a “muffed” punt by the Shore special teams that was recovered by Whitesel with time running out in the third quarter.
“That is the way it has been for us all year,” said Dressler about his defensive unit. “We have been able to rely on them because they constantly keep making the big plays for us. They have had their backs to the wall a few times, but somehow they just seem to persevere and are able to come out on top.”
Five plays after the recovery by Whitesel, Michael Wiand found the end zone from three yards out for the touchdown. The PAT misfired, but Mifflinburg held a 13-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
When Shore continued to have a lot of problems moving the ball, the Wildcats tacked on a consolation score with 2:12 remaining when Failor called his own number from one yard out for the touchdown to set the final.
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
PEN ARGYL, Pa. – As Southern Lehigh head coach John Toman watched a reporter scribbling notes from his postgame comments, the Spartans’ head man couldn’t help but noting, “I don’t know how you can read that.”
It’s also hard to get a good read on Pen Argyl’s physical, unrelenting defense, which made life tough for the defending District 11 AAA runners-up all game long.
Southern Lehigh (2-3) turned the ball over on downs twice inside the Pen Argyl 40-yard line and the Green Knights (5-0) forced the Spartans into a trio of interceptions in a 35-0 shutout victory Saturday afternoon from Alumni Stadium in Pen Argyl.
The victory sets up a major Colonial League showdown when unbeaten Northern Lehigh invades Pen Argyl next weekend to take on the Green Knights. For Southern Lehigh, the next few weeks will be a little bit different.
“We just went through the gauntlet of our league,” Toman said. “We feel we have a favorable schedule in the second half of the season. Our goal is to go 7-3 and make the playoffs. 7-3 is a respectable record.”
Pen Argyl head coach Paul Reduzzi thought his team’s performance was more than respectable.
“That was the best game we’ve played all year,” Reduzzi said. “This is the right time of year for us to be playing like that.”
The sledding proved tough for the visiting Spartans right from the onset. Despite stringing together a pair of first downs and advancing to the Knights’ 37-yard line, quarterback Ty Edmond was tackled for no gain on 4th-and-3 on Southern’s initial offensive series. Then, after recovering a Knight fumble at its own 33, the Spartans advanced to the Pen Argyl 10 on an Edmond 14-yard pass to Jared Gerhard and a Jake Melusky 18-yard run. But once again, PA bent but didn’t break. Edmond’s pass on 4th-and-4 with 14 seconds left in the half fell innocently to the Alumni Stadium grass.
“We had to captialize when we had the chances, and we didn’t do it,” Toman said. “They (Pen Argyl) are a very opportunistic football team.”
Senior back Dylan Evans and first-year starting quarterback Conor Gum helped Pen Argyl’s offense fire in midseason form. It was Gum’s deft fake of an option toss on what wound up being a 39-yard keeper on a midline option play, and three plays later, Evans crashed into the end zone from five yards out for a 7-0 Knights’ lead in the waning moments of the first quarter. Evans pushed the advantage to 14-0 with a 12-yard run with 6:08 in the half, running for 61 yards in the first 24 minutes.
After the Spartans’ marching band featured the Blue Brothers in its halftime show, Gum left SL feeling particularly blue when he found Kyle Muller on a 38-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-0, Knights. Evans’ third touchdown run, a two-yard burst, pushed the lead to 28-0, and Gum capped the scoring with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Young.
With the mercy rule invoked due to a 35-point second half lead, both teams pulled their starters and finished the final 7:51 of the game under a running clock and also some light rain.
“Our senior leaders were focused today,” Reduzzi said.
Evans ran for a game-high 116 yards on 21 carries, and Gum did it both with his legs and through the air, connecting on 4-of-7 passes for 93 yards and running for another 66 yards on 10 carries. Gum has connected on 18 passes this season, and eight of those have gone for touchdowns. Reserve Ryan Lobb added five carries for 12 yards for Pen Argyl.
Southern Lehigh finished with 157 total yards of offense (77 rushing, 80 passing) and only nine first downs this day. Melusky ran for a team-best 49 yards on seven carries and Gerhard ran for 12 yards on four carries. Dylan Schmidt also ran for 12 yards, reaching that mark on five carries. Edmond connected on 13-of-22 passes for 80 yards but was intercepted twice.
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – It isn’t about how you start, but rather, how you finish.
And in Saturday evening’s Lehigh Valley Conference showdown between Nazareth and Allentown Central Catholic, that finish will come down to two words: Wide left.
Despite a prolonged cold stretch in the second half during which Nazareth quarterback Daniel Harding completed only 1-of-9 passes and Allentown Central Catholic rattled off 22 unanswered points, the Blue Eagles (5-0) could finally exhale as the Vikings (2-3) missed 35-yard field goal by Tim DiGiacomo to the left with 13 seconds left in regulation. The miss preserved a 31-30 Nazreth victory from a rainy J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Last season, the two teams played to a 39-36 ACC victory, which came down to a missed Nazareth field goal at the very end of the game.
Even though both teams each reached the 30-point plateau, the defenses reigned supreme early, as Allentown Central Catholic led, 2-0, after a Blue Eagle punt was snapped out of the end zone with 9:28 left in the opening stanza. Central Catholic had a chance deep inside the red zone on its initial possession, but G.B. Harkins fumbled the ball away at the 1 yard line two plays after junior tailback Colin McDermott busted loose on a 57-yard run.
It took Nazareth’s offense a little while to find its legs. Despite Harding connecting on his first four pass attempts, the Blue Eagles had only 46 yards of offense and a pair of first downs to show for their efforts. That changed in the second quarter as the blue and white strung together three first downs and got on the board with a 24-yard field goal.
Harding pushed the Nazareth advantage to 10-2 with a 61-yard scoring pass to Adam Bridgeforth, but Central Catholic countered when Brendan Nosovitch found Kevin Gulyas on a 34-yard pass to pull within 10-8. Gulyas, ACC’s all-time career leading receiver, had six catches for 92 yards in the first half.
Freshman Jordan Gray shifted the momentum just 1:50 later. After Harding found Andrew Bridgeforth on passes of 31 and 12 yards, Gray capped the lightning-quick seven-play, 70-yard march with a 16-yard touchdown run, giving the Blue Eagles a 17-8 halftime lead.
Harding, who connected on 13 of his 15 passes in the opening half, capped a six-play, 70-yard march to open the second half and give the Blue Eagles a 24-8 lead with a three-yard run. The march was highlighted by a Gray 47-yard run and a 17-yard connection with Adam Bridgeforth on a 4th-down-and-7 situation.
It was at this juncture ACC caught fire, down 16 and seemingly being ready to be run out of town by the guns-a-blazing Nazareth spread. But the green and gold tightened the screws, denting the Blue Eagle lead with a McDermott six-yard scoring run with 5:09 left in the third period. McDermott saw eight carries on the 13-play drive, during which Central Catholic converted two fourth downs.
Gulyas (9 rec., 155 yards) hauled in his second scoring pass from Nosovitch – a 28-yarder – on a 4th-and-15 with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter to pull ACC to within 24-22.
As ACC got hotter and hotter, Nazareth got colder. Much colder. Harding was intercepted by Jalen Snyder-Scipio, and, six plays later, Harkins scored from three yards out and Nosovitch ran in a successful two-point conversion for a 30-24 Central Catholic advantage. The Viking student section’s roar reached a fever pitch when Noah Robb picked off Harding on Nazareth’s next possession, but ACC did nothing with the gift.
By that point, Harding, after starting 13-of-15, completed only one of his next nine pass attempts. But the cold streak was forgiven in a two-play sequence which began with 1:44 left in regulation.
Adam Bridgeforth returned an ACC punt 45 yards from the Blue Eagle 41 to the Viking 14 yard line, and, on the very next play, Harding found Gray on a 14-yard touchdown pass to knot things up at 30, and a successful extra point gave Nazareth the one-point advantage.
Nosovitch found Gulyas on a 33-yard pass and then converted a 4th-and-3 (ACC’s fourth fourth-down convserion of the second half) with a three-yard run to set up DiGiacomo’s game-winning attempt.
Nosovitch connected on 19-of-36 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and also ran for 32 yards on 14 carries. McDermott ran for 146 yards and Harkins added 17 yards on five carries for Central Catholic, which finished with 439 yards of offense (240 passing, 199 rushing) and 22 first downs.
Harding connected on 15-of-25 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. Gray ran for 115 yards on 19 carries. Adam Bridgeforth caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and Andrew Bridgeforth hauled in six passes for 73 yards.
Philadelphia, Pa., In a rematch of the Philadelphia area AAAA Catholic league championship from last year, the LaSalle Explorers hung on for dear life and thwarted a last minute Roman Catholic drive to defeat the Cahillites, 23-21 at Northeast High’s Charles Martin stadium. It was the fourth regular season win for the Explorers over Roman in a very fast paced football game.
The Cahillites got on the board first on their first series with junior quarterback Michael Keir connecting on a 28 yard completion to Taishan Tucker and then an 11 yard fade pattern completion for a touchdown to junior star wideout William Fuller. LaSalle answered in the second quarter with a six play drive with senior running back Tim Wade accounting for runs of 40 and 15 yards and a scoring run from four yards out to tie the game.
LaSalle appeared to take control in the second half at 17-7 with a crisp ten play drive and over seven minutes elapsed with Wade’s running and senior quarterback Matt Magarity completing three passes in the drive. The final play was a one yard toss from Magarity to Colin Buckley. Roman answered back immediately, scoring in five plays with Keir running in from 15 yards out and a 17-14 game.
The mystique of the LaSalle Explorer football team over the past five years has been to play better football in the second half than its opponent and this game was no different. Two key interceptions by Keir in the fourth quarter did the damage. The first a 32 yard return by Mike Eife to the Roman 16 (resulting in a 10 yard TD pass from Magarity to Mike Piscopo) and the final one on the last play of the game with the Cahillites driving and the ball on the LaSalle 23 with five seconds left. The last pass intended for Fuller was batted down and picked off by Dad Poquie.
Wade finished the game with 147 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Roman’s Marcus Kelly had 112 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.
Roman falls to 3-2 and will play Father Judge in another D12, AAAA, PCL, conference game. LaSalle moves to 4-1 and will play an out of conference game next week against Neumann-Goretti.
Scoring by Quarter
Roman-William Fuller-11 yard pass from Michael Keir- PAT-Phillip Isaac-5:55
LaSalle- Tim Wade-4 yard run-PAT- Ryan Winslow-10:18
LaSalle- FG-Ryan Winslow-26 yards-1:17
LaSalle-Colin Buckley-one yard pass from Matt Magarity-PAT-Ryan Winslow-4:01
MIFFLINTOWN — Going into Friday night’s Homecoming 2011 football game, Juniata was looking to even its mark at 2-2, while on the other side of the field, winless Bellefonte (0-3) was simply looking to be respectable and hopefully come away with a win.
Coming out of the game, the Indians did even their mark at 2-2, while for Bellefonte, it was much of the same as they came out on the short end of a 50-0 final at rain soaked Deitrick Field.
“It has been a long time since we had a win like this one,” said Juniata head coach Gary Klingensmith. “Tonight everything was just clicking on all cylinders for us and we got a good effort from everybody who played.”
While Klingensmith was happy with the win and the effort of his squad, Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch, although happy with the effort he got from his players, was disappointed with the way he prepared his team for the battle.
“I just didn’t have the kids ready,” said Besch. “I thought we had a good game plan coming in and I thought we had something we could put together, but obviously I wasn’t able to get them in the right place at the right time for them to do the right things. Our kids played the assignments we taught them, they played hard, but quite frankly this one (loss) is on me because I honestly feel that I didn’t have them prepared for this game.”
Through their first three games, the Indians featured a strong running game which averaged 237.3 yards per game. Doing the bulk of the leg work for the Red & Blue had been Cody Saner with 273 yards on 48 carries good for three scores, while Saner’s supporting cast of Adam Goshorn (23-151-2) and Neil Bodley (26-148-4) give the Indians a well-balanced attack.
However, with Goshorn and Bodley both dressed in street clothes and standing on the sideline nursing concussions, Klingensmith inserted Scott Sneath and Chad Eberle, and the Indian ground attack never missed a beat.
Eberle amassed 176 yards on eight carries good for a pair of scores, Sneath chipped in with 58 yards on a half dozen totes and Saner again went over the century mark with 140 yards on 11 tries while scoring twice. For the game, Juniata backs combined for 429 net yards rushing.
“We had a couple of our top running backs out and we had to practice all week with some new kids,” Klingensmith said. “The Eberle boy and the Welfley boy was in there and the kids never missed a beat.”
As for Besch, the absence of Goshorn and Bodley combined with insertion of Sneath and Eberle might have been responsible for throwing a wrench into the wheel of the Raider defensive scheme.
“I thought we were going to face a team that was going to power us and do some other things,” Besch said. “They were able to do some things differently than I had originally thought and when you fall behind like we did, it makes it tough to play catch-up. I didn’t have the team prepared the way that I was hoping to so now we are going to go back to the chalkboard because next week we have another game to play.”
Not only happy with the win, Klingensmith was also proud of the shutout his team tossed at the Raiders.
“We played well both offensively and defensively and this was our first shutout,” said Klingensmith. “Our defense was outstanding and I am very proud of them. I told the kids all season long that we are a good football team, but we just haven’t jelled yet, but tonight I think we did. Our record is deceiving at 2-2 because I feel that we can beat anyone our schedule.”
The Indians went on the warpath early and often as they scored 14 points in the opening period before adding another 29 in the second quarter for a 43-0 halftime lead.
Sneath opened the scoring when he ripped off a 38-yard scoring jaunt before Saner tallied the second Juniata TD on an 11-yard run.
Colton Shertzer got into the act to open the second period scoring on a 1-yard run, and following Shertzer’s score, it only took the Indians three plays to score more three touchdowns when Saner ripped off the left side of his line from 55 yards out before Eberle raced 74 and 41 yards for his pair of scores.
With the reserves of both teams on the field, Dakota McNemar scored on an 11-yard run for Juniata’s seventh touchdown of the night.