Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 7, 2010
Heading into Allegheny Mountain League division play, Port Allegany knew they’d need to go on a winning streak to have any chance at a District 9 playoff berth. So far so good, as the Gators celebrated Homecoming on Saturday afternoon by routing winless Otto-Eldred 44-6 to remain a game behind North Division co-leaders Coudersport and Cameron County.
“Five steps. This was step one; we got it over and done with,” Port coach Mike Bodamer said. “We’ll just take it for a win for Homecoming, let the kids enjoy it, and get ready for Smethport.”
Sophomore quarterback Matt Bodamer did most of the early damage with his arm, hooking up with Camrin Stuckey for the senior wideout’s team-leading sixth and seventh touchdown catches of the season to give the Gators a 14-0 lead, the second on a perfect fade to the left corner of the end zone. Port’s next drive stalled at the Terror 23, but that was close enough for the team’s newest weapon, Ken Kysor, who jogged on to attempt a 40-yard field goal.
The senior’s kick sailed through with a few feet to spare, leaving longtime observers of the program wondering if they’d just seen a new school record, and a pumped-up Kysor drilled the ensuing kickoff through the end zone for one of his three touchbacks on the day.
“He kicks those in practice without a problem,” coach Bodamer said. “Fifty’s kind of pushing it, but he can hit them from 45 when he gets the time. Anytime we get close to the 30-yard line, that’s a pretty good option.”
Following an interception by Charlie Buchanan, the Gator passing game struck again later in the second quarter. Facing third-and-long at their own 24, Bodamer dropped back and looked deep for Buchanan, who hauled in the pass at the O-E 30, cut back toward the middle of the field, and sprinted to the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown catch. Seconds later, Zach Ramadhan tacked on a 1-yard score on a short drive set up by a Stuckey pick, Kysor was perfect on his fourth extra point, and the scoreboard read 31-0 as the Homecoming court took the field for the halftime ceremony.
Bodamer displayed some fancy footwork of his own the first two times he touched the ball in the third quarter, weaving his way through would-be tacklers for a 55-yard interception-return touchdown, then outrunning the Terror defense for a 65-yard score on the Gators’ first second-half play from scrimmage.
The second-team offense took over at that point, with senior running back Seth Lowery staying on the field just long enough to notch his third 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 102 yards on 12 attempts. O-E workhorse Luke Kerr broke the shutout on a 13-yard run midway through the fourth quarter, but by then, most of the talk in the stands had turned to next week’s renewal of the ancient rivalry with Smethport, who led Cameron County before dropping a 7-6 heartbreaker on Friday night. That game is slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday at Gator Field.
“They’re big and physical,” Bodamer said of the 1-4 Hubbers. “We’re going to have to stop their run game; they’ve got some big boys up front. It’s going to be a dogfight.
“So we’ll just come to practice Monday and go hard for Smethport, and hopefully get step two accomplished. If we don’t do it we’re pretty much out of it. We have to keep winning.”
At Port Allegany, 10/2:
|Score by quarters:|
PA – Stuckey 39 pass from Bodamer, Kysor kick, 7-0
PA – Stuckey 6 pass from Bodamer, Kysor kick, 14-0
PA – Kysor 40 field goal, 17-0
PA – Buchanan 76 pass from Bodamer, Kysor kick, 24-0
PA – Ramadhan 1 run, Kysor kick, 31-0
PA – Bodamer 55 interception return, kick failed, 37-0
PA – Bodamer 65 run, Kysor kick, 44-0
O-E – Kerr 13 run, kick blocked, 44-6
OE – Nate Bair 4-12, 39 yards, 2 INT; Luke Kerr 0-1, 1 INT.
PA – Matt Bodamer 8-15, 214 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; Garrett Drabert 2-3, 11 yards.
OE – Kerr 31-148, 1 TD; Bair 12-21; Clay Pinner 2-8; Jake Knapp 1-(-4).
PA – Seth Lowery 12-102; Bodamer 5-84, 1 TD; Drabert 6-22; Zach Ramadhan 2-5, 1 TD; Camrin Stuckey 1-4; Johnny Sena 1-3; Trey Miller 1-(-4).
OE – Pinner 2-25; Kerr 1-10; Knapp 1-4.
PA – Charlie Buchanan 3-103, 1 TD; Stuckey 3-73, 2 TD; Tyce Miller 2-34; Ramadhan 1-9; Nick Conway 1-6.