AML Week 8: Falcons ground Gators, 24-0

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 29, 2009

A driving rainstorm at Coudersport Area Recreational Park helped ground the Port Allegany passing game last Friday night, but Coudy’s rushing attack didn’t seem to mind the sloppy field conditions. Led by fullback Skyler Blumer’s 130 yards on 14 carries, the Falcons’ “flex-bone” powered through the muck for 283 yards and three touchdowns on its way to a 24-0 victory, improving to 6-2 and gaining an upper hand against the Gators in the standings for the upcoming District 9 playoffs.

“These guys prepared all week long for a good Port football team,” Coudy coach Brendan Hathaway said afterward. “Some breaks in field position went our way, and the kids took advantage of it. On defense, we had a couple of big plays. We got the ball rolling early, and I think the kids did a nice job of staying with the gameplan. We felt comfortable out there and we came to play.”

“Undisciplined on defense,” an obviously disappointed Port coach Mike Bodamer countered. “They did exactly what we showed them in practice, but we just couldn’t stop them. They moved us off the ball five yards on every play, and that was the ballgame.”

He continued, “There’s no way we could throw in this mess; this is the worst night we’ve ever had in terms of weather. Matt (Bodamer) couldn’t get anything, and we weren’t picking up blitzes. Just an absolutely horrible performance.”

Coudy opened the game with an efficient 11-play, 56 yard drive, capped off by quarterback Tim McCusker’s one-yard dive for the touchdown. Cooper Bonczar’s extra point was good, and midway through the first quarter, the Falcons led 7-0.

Following a Gator three-and-out – one of five on the evening – Ryan Bodamer stopped the next Coudy possession by picking off McCusker’s only passing attempt of the game. The Port offense still couldn’t get on track, though, and the Falcons scored on each of their next three drives to break the game open.

Dirk Cowburn, the Penn State-bound Falcon senior who recently returned to the squad, played a major role in two of those touchdowns. Late in the second quarter, the speedy tailback broke loose for a 30-yard sprint down the left sideline to the Port 1 to set up Mitch Freeman’s short touchdown. Then, two plays after the ensuing kickoff, he stepped into the path of an attempted Gator screen pass and returned it 30 yards to give Coudy another first-and-goal at the 6. Creighton Hayes punched it in for the score with 1:01 remaining in the half, and the Falcons were cruising.

“The kids were prepared for it, and Dirk read it beautifully,” Hathaway said of the interception.

With the wind and rain continuing unabated, neither offense could gain much traction in an uneventful second half, and the mud-soaked starters gave way to the clean jerseys of the backups as both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter.

A playoff game in Port Allegany is probably unlikely at this point, but despite the loss, Port (5-3) can drop no lower than the sixth seed in the District 9 Class A playoffs. Before they learn their first-round opponent for a game the weekend of Nov. 13-14, the Gators conclude the regular season with a trip to Otto-Eldred (1-7) Friday night for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

“They’ve got athletes,” Bodamer said. “The way we’re playing up front on both sides, we don’t seem to be moving many people anymore. I don’t know … I’ll watch the film again and see what’s going on. I hope it’s just size, that they were physically bigger and stronger than us. I hope.

“Back to the drawing board,” he concluded.

At Coudersport, Oct. 23:

PA – 0 0 0 0 – 0

C – 7 17 0 0 – 24

First quarter:

C – McCusker 1 run, Bonczar kick, 7-0 Coudy

Second quarter:

C – Bonczar 20 field goal, 10-0

C – Freeman 1 run, kick blocked, 16-0

C – Hayes 1 run, Cowburn run, 24-0

PA C

First Downs 2 11

Rushes – Yards 29-42 49-283

Passing Yards 25 0

C-A-I 3-7-1 0-1-1

Total Yards 67 283

Punts – Avg. 7-35.6 2-28.5

Penalties – Yards 6-48 4-20

Fumbles – Lost 2-0 4-2

Plays 36 50

D9 soccer playoffs: Both Gator teams lose OT heartbreakers

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 29, 2009

Boys’ soccer: DuBois Central Catholic 2, Port Allegany 1 2OT (4-3 PK)

As the last daylight faded over the hilltops and the referees prepared for the shootout that would decide their District 9 first-round playoff game, Port Allegany coach Aaron Clark met DuBois Central Catholic mentor George Suhoney along the sideline at midfield. They shook hands and agreed, “No matter what happens, this was a great game,” then stood side by side as the first shooter approached the ball.

And after 80 minutes – plus another 30 of overtime – weren’t enough to separate the two teams on Tuesday evening, no one should have been surprised that it came down to the last kick. With the score tied at 3-3, DCC striker Daniel Leroy somehow managed to find the net in the gathering darkness at the Port Allegany field, and the ninth-seeded Cardinals celebrated their 2-1 (4-3 PK) victory.

“I’m proud of all those guys, because we’ve got a patchwork-quilt team,” Suhoney said. “When we lost five in a row, there wasn’t a coach in the district – or even the world – who thought we’d make the playoffs or do anything in them.”

The Gators struck first in regulation, with senior midfielder Jon Binder scoring from a Ben Osani throw-in. The two almost connected again off a corner kick later in the first half, but Leroy, who stepped into the net after the Cardinals’ starting keeper was injured, made the save to keep the score 1-0 at the break.

Joe McNally, a UAVSL South Division All-Star for DCC last season, netted the equalizer at the 23:00 mark of the second half. Both teams had their chances after that, but the numbers on the scoreboard didn’t budge as Leroy and Port High netminder Max Parana made a series of outstanding, pressure-packed saves to set up the dramatic ending.

DCC (10-8) moves on to play top seed Karns City on Thursday, while the Gators conclude their second consecutive double-digit-win season at 10-8-1.

Girls’ soccer: Ridgway 1, Port Allegany 0, 2OT

“Heartbreaking.”

That’s how Port Allegany coach Travis Cowburn began his description of the Lady Gators’ double-overtime loss to Ridgway in Monday’s opening round of the District 9 playoffs.

“Three of our last four games have been like that,” he continued. “We dominated every facet of the game, but every time we sent the ball in, it either went straight at their goalkeeper or we didn’t get anything on it. The defense stopped them, but the offense, for whatever reason, just couldn’t find the back of the net. That was a microcosm of our season.”

After Port goalkeeper Jordan Edgell matched Ridgway’s Alyson Dybowski save-for-save through over 100 minutes of play, Rhianon Fowler managed the only goal of the game midway through the second overtime to send the Lady Elkers (7-11-1) on to face top seed Brookville Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, Cowburn’s squad wrapped up its season with a 7-11-1 record, meeting one of his goals and falling just shy on the others.

“We set three goals at the beginning of the year,” he said. “We’d never beaten Kane, and we accomplished that. We wanted to get to double-digit wins, but we didn’t quite make it there. And we wanted to win a playoff game … and we had it, but we came up just short.

“I can’t be more proud of them,” Cowburn concluded. “I appreciate their heart and desire.”

Lady Gators top Green Wave, fall to undefeated Terrors in NTL volleyball action

In what head coach Sharon Daniels’s e-mail described as “quite the exciting week,” the Port Allegany volleyball team split a pair of five-set matches against the North Tier League’s top two teams, upsetting Oswayo Valley on Tuesday before falling to undefeated Otto-Eldred two nights later.

At Port Allegany, Oct 20th: Port A 3, Oswayo Valley 2 (25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 22-25, 15-11)
Individual stats:
Becky Andrus: 18 digs
Jenny Shelley:  18 service points, 2 kills, 25 assists, 7 digs
Alyssa Bowser:  7 service points, 5 blocks, 8 kills, 17 digs
Renee Edgell: 14 kills
Kyley Mickle: 2 blocks, 3 kills, 16 assists, 9 service points
Kelsey Pistner: 5 service points, 9 kills, 17 digs
Rachel Taylor: 2 blocks, 10 kills

“Both teams came to play and it was definitely a crowd pleaser with a
combination of 48 kills for the Lady Gators,” Daniels said.

At Port Allegany, October 22: Otto-Eldred 3, Port A 2 (19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 15-12)
Individual Stats:
Becky Andrus: 15 digs and 13 service points
Jenny Shelley: 10 service points, 2 kills, 17 assists
Alyssa Bowser: 8 kills and 10 digs
Kyley Mickle: 3 kills, 17 assists and 11 service points
Kelsey Pistner: 6 kills, 2 blocks and 8 digs
Renee Edgell: 13 kills
Rachel Taylor: 8 kills, 2 blocks and 11 service pts/4 aces

“We came right out in the last game and took an early lead only to watch it slip away to an 8-4 O-E lead. We then had to play catch-up for the remainder of the game,” Daniels explained. “The score was 9-14 and we dug in and played hard enough to get our score to 12. O-E has a nice ball team.”

Now 7-8 (6-6 NTL), the Lady Gators conclude the regular season this week with Tuesday’s trip to Coudersport before the Senior Night home finale against Northern Potter on Thursday evening.