PAHS football: Gators chomp Terrors

Senior kicker Ken Kysor (15) booted a 40-yard field goal and added five extra points in Port Allegany's 44-6 Homecoming win over Otto-Eldred Saturday afternoon at Gator Field.

Lori Chase
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:
Otto-Eldred 0 0 0 6 6
Port Allegany 14 17 13 0 44

First Quarter
PA – Stuckey 39 pass from Bodamer, Kysor kick, 7-0
PA – Stuckey 6 pass from Bodamer, Kysor kick, 14-0

Second Quarter
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

Third quarter
PA – Bodamer 55 interception return, kick failed, 37-0
PA – Bodamer 65 run, Kysor kick, 44-0

Fourth Quarter
O-E – Kerr 13 run, kick blocked, 44-6

Team Stats: OE PA
First downs 14 13
Rushes-Yards 46-173 26-216
Passing Yards 39 225
Comp-Att-Int 4-13-3 10-18-1
Total Yards 212 441
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-1
Punts-Avg. 4-34.8 1-40.0
Penalties-Yards 3-15 7-60
Total Plays 59 44

Individual statistics:

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.

PAHS roundup: Sept. 29 – Oct. 5

Port Allegany Reporter Argus
October 7, 2010

Coudersport 3, Port Allegany 1 (25-11, 25-15, 19-25, 25-18)
Port Allegany 3, Northern Potter 0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-23)

“We struggled with service receive in three out of four games. The game we handled service receive, we won. It really is that simple,” coach Sharon Daniels said after dropping the match to the Falcons.

Renee Edgell led the Lady Gator attack with 11 kills, with Rachel Taylor adding eight kills and three blocks. Kyley Mickle (nine service points, three kills, nine assists), Jenny Shelley (three kills, 11 assists, one block), and Becca Culver (four kills, four blocks) also contributed, while Becky Andrus paced the defense with 35 digs.

“As we close in on the halfway mark of the season, we have to play consistently in all aspects of the game to start gaining in the win column. The attitude of the team is positive and they are working hard in practice,” Daniels said.

The Lady Gators found that column on Tuesday night, sweeping Northern Potter at the Port High gym. Shelley led the way with seven aces among her 17 service points, adding nine assists and six kills. Andrus had 20 digs and Mickle chipped in 10 assists to set up power hitters Edgell and Taylor, who finished with seven kills apiece.

“The first two games we played consistent but just couldn’t get our offense going in the third,” Daniels said. “Ashley Woodruff (two kills) and Becca Lathrop (four aces) came off the bench to give us the needed boost to put the third game away.”

Now 4-4 (3-4 NTL), Port hosts Austin on Thursday night, then travels to Cameron County next Tuesday.

Boys soccer: Smethport 4, Port Allegany 2

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hubbers evened the season series against the Gators in a game played in a steady, cold rain.

“Smethport had two really nice goals on set pieces,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “On their corner kicks, they were getting two touches on the ball without us stepping up to challenge. Their set pieces killed us.

“The weather definitely affected both teams,” he added. “I thought one of our goals was a direct result of that, when Ben Osani drilled a hard shot off their goalkeeper’s chest, and Tyler Kittilson scored on the rebound.”

Ken Kysor scored the other Gator goal, while Frank Austin made eight saves in the net for Port (4-6-1), which travels to St. Marys on Thursday to begin a four-game road trip. Last Thursday’s postponed game at Johnsonburg is now scheduled for next Monday, with the Gators heading to Coudersport the following night and Kane on Thursday.

Girls soccer:
Smethport 3, Port Allegany 2
Kane 7, Port Allegany 1

The Gator girls entered last Wednesday’s game against Smethport with four one-goal losses already on their résumé, and added another heartbreaker to the list as the Hubbers scored all three of their goals in the final 16:23 of the game to claim the “Ten-Mile Trophy” for the first time.

Julia Collver scored at 26:25 of the first half on an assist from Cheyenne Helo, and less than a minute into the second half, Carli Johnston ran down a loose ball and sent it past the diving Smethport goalkeeper to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.

But as time ticked away, the Hubs’ pressure mounted. Port keeper Jordan Edgell (13 saves) did all she could to keep them at bay, sliding to make one stop and leaping high to slap away another attempt. But with traffic in front of the Gator net on yet another corner kick, Smethport’s Liz Stratton headed in her second goal of the game with just 2:25 left on the clock to put the visitors in front for good.

“We had a fantastic first half. The defense held, the offense was hungry. Started out the same way in the second half, and then just had a mental letdown, I guess. I don’t know what else to say,” a frustrated Port coach Travis Cowburn said afterward. “This is going to test the mental toughness of our team.”

In Kane on Monday, Andrea Saquin, on pace for another all-star season, scored twice to lift the Wolves to the win. Fernanda Spallanzani scored the lone Port goal, while Edgell stopped 19 shots.

The Gators (0-9) hosted Ridgway on Wednesday, and hit the road for a game at Brockway next Monday.