Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 1, 2009
For his role in the movie “Unstoppable,” currently being filmed in and around Port Allegany, Denzel Washington is an engineer tasked with trying to stop a runaway train.
Last Friday night, the Kane football team could have used some advice from Washington’s character. Gators running back Seth Lowery trampled the Wolves for a career-high 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Camrin Stuckey’s two-point conversion after the second one provided the winning points in Port High’s 15-14 victory over the defending Allegheny Mountain League champions.
“Lowery’s official nickname is ‘The Little Diesel,’ so make sure you put that in the paper,” coach Mike Bodamer joked after the game. “He’s just tough. He’s really come on these last couple of weeks; he runs the ball hard. We kept trying to flip-flop – when they kept bringing backers up on one side, we’d try to go back to the other side, and we got there most of the time.”
According to statistics at MaxPreps.com, Lowery’s performance was the first 200-yard game by a Port Allegany player since Bobby Nichols accomplished the feat against ECC in 2005.
But while the Gators dominated the line of scrimmage, outgaining their opponents 310-133 and allowing them just one trip inside the 40-yard line, two huge special-teams plays shifted the momentum squarely in Kane’s favor and almost allowed the home team to pull out an improbable win in the “Wolves’ Den.”
After Lowery scored his first touchdown and two subsequent Kane drives went nowhere, it looked like the Gators would carry a 7-0 lead into the break. But with less than a minute left before halftime, the Wolves broke through the line and blocked a punt, and linebacker Shane Cotterman fell on the loose ball in the end zone for the score. The extra point was good, and the crowd in the home bleachers was still celebrating as the Port marching band took the field for the halftime show.
The Wolves’ special teams struck again midway through the third quarter. Punter Bert Leonard, standing inside his own 15, stunned the Gators by completing the team’s first pass of the night. Running back Arie Paup rambled all the way to the Port 40 before he was dragged down from behind, and nine plays later, Alex Anderson’s one-yard quarterback keeper put Kane ahead.
“The kids did most of that themselves, to be honest with you,” said Wolves coach Jason Barner. “That’s the kids we have, and we give them some freedom. I think it was a big momentum switch.”
If it was, it didn’t last long. Port responded with its best drive of the night, mixing power running and some clutch completions from Matt Bodamer to move 70 yards in 13 plays. Lowery bulled into the end zone with 8:42 remaining and lined up to kick the tying extra point … but when Stuckey saw the left side of the Kane line pinch in, he had other ideas. He took the snap and beat the defense to the pylon, giving the Gators the lead for good.
“That was him on his own,” coach Bodamer admitted. “He looked at Seth and Seth looked at him, and Camrin said ‘I’m taking it’ and Seth said ‘Okay.’ So he snapped it and he took off. As soon as he stood up and started to run, I’m thinking ‘He did it again,’ but that’s because he’s an athlete, and he got it across for us. Once he got out around the end, I knew he was going to make it.”
The Gator defense took over from there, with Adam Greenman sacking Anderson to end one Kane drive and Stuckey’s perfect coffin-corner punt burying them inside their own 5 on the last one. Leonard was forced to punt from deep in his own end zone with just over three minutes remaining, and the Wolves never got the ball back.
“Good win,” Bodamer concluded. “Our kids are playing well, so we’ll see where we can go from here. We’ll work on our passing game, and keep the ‘Little Diesel’ running, and see where we can go.”
The next stop will be in Smethport on Friday night, where the Gators, now 3-1, will renew their ancient rivalry against the winless Hubbers. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., with the game to be aired on WHKS-FM 94.9 and http://www.whksradio.com.
At Kane, Sept. 25:
|Score by quarters:|
Port Allegany – Lowery 3 run; Lowery kick, 7-0 PA
Kane – Cotterman recovered blocked punt in end zone; Long kick, 7-7
Kane – Anderson 1 run; Long kick, 14-7 Kane
PA – Lowery 2 run; Stuckey run, 15-14 PA
Port Allegany – Lowery 34-209, 2 TD; R. Bodamer 5-(-2); Stuckey 1-12; Ramadhan 4-9; M. Bodamer 5-2.
Kane – Paup 16-54, Eckstrom 12-52, Anderson 6-(-21), 1 TD.
Note: rushing statistics for quarterbacks include sack yardage.
Port Allegany – M. Bodamer 7-17-0, 83 yards.
Kane – Leonard 1-1, 42 yards; Anderson 1-8-1, 6 yards.
Port Allegany – Stuckey 3-35; R, Bodamer 2-30; Kline 1-13; Lowery 1-5.
Kane – Paup 1-42; Eckstrom 1-6.