AML Week 5 pregame: Otto-Eldred at Port Allegany



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LAST 10 GAMES: Gators lead, 9-1. Otto-Eldred’s last win in the series came in 2006 (15-14).

LAST MEETING: September 30, 2011 – Gators 62, Terrors 8

Tyce Miller snared three of Matt Bodamer’s four touchdown passes and Trent Neal and Trey Miller each scored twice on the ground as the Gators (4-1) made themselves unwelcome guests at O-E’s Homecoming game.

LAST TIME IN PORT ALLEGANY: October 2, 2010 – Gators 44, Terrors 6

Bodamer tossed three TD passes, two to Camrin Stuckey, and also scored on a 55-yard interception return and a 65-yard run as the Gators rolled. Charlie Buchanan finished with 103 receiving yards (including a 76-yard score), Seth Lowery rushed for 102, and Ken Kysor drilled a 40-yard field goal in the Homecoming win. Notebook: In case you haven’t noticed, Matt Bodamer is pretty good at throwing the football

By Josh Funk

So much for “Tebowing.” Teams in District 9′s Allegheny Mountain League have been finding themselves getting “Bodamered.”

Matt Bodamer is a senior quarterback for Port Allegany High School, a Class A program in McKean County. He’s a four-year varsity starter at quarterback for the Gators and has led the orange and black to consecutive D9 A championship games, winning one. Beyond the winning, though, Bodamer is lighting up stat sheets and scoreboards all across District 9.

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SHIPPENVILLE – For the second week in a row and the third time in four weeks this season, Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer is the RRR Roadhouse District 9 Player of the Week.

Bodamer earns the Week Four award after another mind-blowing game in Port Allegany’s 70-8 win at Coudersport Friday night. The senior, who became just the sixth player in Pennsylvania history to throw for 8,000 career yards during the game, was 28 of 35 passing for 413 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 25 yards rushing on six carries despite playing just two series into the second half. It marked the second straight week Bodamer passed for seven touchdowns making him the only player in District 9 history to have seven or more touchdowns more than once in a career. The seven scores ties for second all-time in District 9 history.

(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)

AML Football Week 4: Gators ground Falcons, 70-8





Lori Chase
Sept. 27, 2012

The Port Allegany High School football team’s 2012 season didn’t start with the first Allegheny Mountain League game on the schedule, or even the beginning of practice in August. It began during offseason workouts and throwing sessions organized by the players – or maybe, for some of this year’s seniors, it goes all the way back to a cold day in November 2010 when the then-sophomores decided they didn’t like watching someone else accept a district championship plaque.

But after Friday night’s 70-8 destruction of a Coudersport team projected to be their closest competitor in the AML North, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: These Gators don’t plan on stopping short of a return trip to the PIAA state playoffs … and maybe not even then.

While Port’s fast-break offense was busy ringing up six first-half touchdowns, the defense held Coudy’s dangerous backfield tandem of Mitch Freeman and Caden Whitman to a combined 17 carries for 36 yards on the way to the lopsided victory. The Falcons’ only drive past midfield while the game was in doubt came to a screeching halt on a strip-sack by Nick Budd, a series after another Budd excursion into the backfield resulted in a pop-fly interception by fellow defensive tackle Brandon “Bubba” Raymo.

“Last year we had the offense; our defense was a little rough last year at the beginning, but this year the kids have bought into the defense,” coach Mike Bodamer said. “We try to use speed and just fly to the ball, and they hit hard. It’s nice to see. It’s pretty easy when you’ve got kids like Nick and Bubba and Rex (Windsor) and Ricky (Bova) on the line. When you’ve got four kids to control that, the other seven can fly around. They’re playing well on the defensive side.”

For opposing coaches who hope to slow down Port’s scoring machine by playing keepaway, the emergence of the Gator defense has come as an unwelcome surprise.

“Port did a great job of shutting down our run early on, and then we had to try a little bit of spread, because the only success we were having was throwing the ball,” said Coudersport head coach Chris Fink. “And obviously, you throw incompletions, that’s going to stop the clock, and … you know.

“If they take us out of our running game, we’re done. That’s the only shot we felt we had at hanging in was to chew up clock, get some first downs through the running game, keep it away from them. So as soon as they shut that down – and they didn’t do it with a whole bunch of trickery or anything, a lot of that was a straight 4-3 and man coverage in the secondary. So it wasn’t like the previous week, when we were seeing a 10-man front. They’ve got some big boys up front that do a good job.”

As for the Gator offense? Yeah, we already knew they were good. Really good. No matter how far Port goes this season, though, it will be hard to top Friday night’s performance.

Quarterback Matt Bodamer continued to leapfrog up the PIAA passing leaderboard, completing 27 of 35 throws for a career-high 413 yards and claiming sole possession of second place on the touchdown-pass list with his second consecutive seven-score night. Perhaps none of those plays was more impressive than the 37-yard hookup with Tyce Miller for the game’s first score, with Bodamer scrambling toward the left sideline and motioning to his receivers on that side, then whirling to find Miller – who had alertly worked his way into the clear all the way across the field – open for business at the Coudy 10.

“It was a broken play, and he just keeps running. Tyce is smart enough to go opposite, and Matt’s got the arm. Usually, high school kids, you tell your kids that if the quarterback rolls, don’t worry about backside because he can’t throw it. But Matt can make that throw. Actually, he threw one of those last year – he rolled all the way to the left and threw back to Tyce to the right. Matt’s got the arm to make that throw,” coach Bodamer said. “Just those two kids making a play. They have that mental thing together. It just happens.”

It was the first of a career-best four touchdowns on the night for Miller, who’s within striking distance of some District 9 records of his own. According to statistics compiled by Andy Close, Rich Rhoades, and Chris Rossetti of, Miller’s 28 touchdown catches put him just two shy of matching the mark set by Clarion-Limestone’s Brad Beggs.

Miller (9 catches-156 yards) was one of three receivers to crack the 100-yard barrier, with running mate Nick Conway (6-119, TD) and tight end Ricky Bova (7-100, TD) also hitting triple digits. Cory Burr and Chad Gaines caught their first varsity touchdown passes, the latter on backup quarterback Jordan Seefeldt’s second scoring toss of the year, and tackle-turned-fullback Budd and freshman Mac Tanner added rushing scores as the Gators once again emptied the bench in the third quarter.

With three September road trips safely out of the way, Port returns to the friendly confines of Gator Field for Saturday afternoon’s Homecoming game against Otto-Eldred (1:30 p.m., WHKS-FM 94.9, The Terrors are 0-4 after dropping a 28-6 decision at Smethport last week. Quarterback Dakota Vaughn pilots the O-E offense, completing 34 of 76 passes for 498 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions, while fellow junior Sam Colebert (66 carries-383 yards, 2 TD) paces the ground game.

“I haven’t really seen them,” coach Bodamer said. “I know they try to run the spread offense like we do, so we’ll have to work on our secondary coverage. Get that ready, and just keep our offense sharp. It’s Homecoming, so there’s a little incentive for the seniors to play well. We’ll see what we can do.”

NOTES: Bodamer now has 8,264 passing yards, with Lancaster Catholic’s Kyle Smith (8,545) next on the PIAA list in third … Smith also owns the career TD-pass mark with 118, 11 ahead of Bodamer’s 107 … With 126 receptions for 2,165 yards, Tyce Miller is also within reach of the D-9 career records set by Brockway’s Mike Vervoort (161-2,445) … Raymo’s first-quarter interception was the only turnover of the game … Budd and Christian Moses each notched a sack of Coudy quarterback Ethan Hite, while Whitman got to Bodamer on a first-and-goal play in the second quarter … Scotty Brookens was a perfect 8-for-8 on extra points, and has made 17 of his last 18.

NUMBERS: The 70 points by Port marked the fourth-highest total in team history according to Reporter-Argus archives, and the most since a 75-0 win over Eisenhower in 1951. First and third places on the list both belong to the legendary 1924 squad, which defeated Johnsonburg 74-7 on Oct. 25 and Emporium 81-7 on Nov. 15 of that year.

LOOKING AHEAD: Port is 9-1 in its last 10 games against Otto-Eldred. The last Terrors win in the series was a 15-14 decision in 2006 … Next week’s home game against Smethport will be Senior Day.

At Coudersport, Sept. 21:

Score by quarters:
Port Allegany Gators 21 21 14 14 70
Coudersport Falcons 0 0 0 8 8

First Quarter
PA – Ty. Miller 37 pass from Bodamer (3 plays, 57 yards, 0:36), Brookens kick, 10:19
PA – Conway 30 pass from Bodamer (6 plays, 80 yards, 1:09), Brookens kick, 5:57
PA – Ty. Miller 5 pass from Bodamer (2 plays, 30 yards after Raymo interception, 0:21), Brookens kick, 4:36

Second Quarter
PA – Ty. Miller 35 pass from Bodamer (9 plays, 80 yards, 3:08), Brookens kick, 11:47
PA – Bova 20 pass from Bodamer (12 plays, 59 yards, 3:59), Brookens kick, 4:39
PA – Burr 4 pass from Bodamer (5 plays, 35 yards, 1:29), Brookens kick, 1:24

Third Quarter (running clock)
PA – Ty. Miller 35 pass from Bodamer (6 plays, 61 yards, 3:12), Brookens kick, 8:48
PA – Budd 1 run (10 plays, 70 yards, 4:56), Brookens kick, 1:09

Fourth Quarter
C – Wilson 6 pass from Hite (7 plays, 65 yards, 3:45), Hershey pass from Hite, 9:24
PA – Gaines 20 pass from Seefeldt (5 plays, 50 yards, 2:20), Schroll pass from Seefeldt, 7:04
PA – Tanner 11 run (7 plays, 70 yards, 3:23), extra point failed, 1:11

Team Statistics: PA C
First downs 31 7
Total Net Yards 604 112
Rushes-Yards 25-128 25-26
Passing Yards 476 86
Comp-Att-Int 31-40-0 7-18-1
Punts-Avg. 0 6-34.3
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 2-10
Total Plays 65 43
Time of Possession 24:33 23:27

Individual statistics:
Rushing: Port Allegany – Tanner 6-49, Neal 9-37, Bodamer 6-30, Garzel 1-8, Gular 1-3, Budd 2-1. Coudersport – Freeman 10-25, Whitman 7-11, Labar 1-3, Green 1-0, Furman 1-(-1), Hite 5-(-12).
Passing: Port Allegany – Bodamer 27-35-0-413, Seefeldt 3-4-0-48, Garzel 1-1-0-15. Coudersport – Hite 7-15-1-86, Keglovitz 0-3-0.
Receiving: Port Allegany – Ty. Miller 9-156, Conway 6-119, Bova 7-100, Tr. Miller 2-22, Gaines 1-20, Burr 3-16, Veilleux 1-16, Lashway 1-15, Tanner 1-12. Coudersport – Hershey 2-37, Wilson 3-26, Freeman 1-16, Whitman 1-7.

(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)

Volleyball: Gators stay unbeaten at 8-0

Both sides wore black in last Thursday night’s North Tier League volleyball match between Port Allegany and Smethport at the PAHS gym, but once the ball went up, it wasn’t hard to tell which team was the defending NTL champs.

Racing out to an 11-0 lead behind the serving of Jenny Shelley in Game 1, the Gators made quick work of the first two games, then withstood a Hubber surge in the third to wrap up the 25-12, 25-8, 25-16 win.

Shelley’s left-handed serves confounded the Smethport returners all night, piling up 18 points and five aces – including a pair back-to-back to close out the first game – and the Gator senior added 25 assists and three kills in another straight-set victory.

“She’s got a lot of topspin on that ball,” Port coach Sharon Daniels said of the three-time North Tier all-star. “Whether she’s running a jump serve or whether she’s running flat, she just has so much topspin. It’s coming at you, and then it dies right in front of you. It’s tough to handle.”

When the Hubs did get the ball back over the net, they found the trio of Rachel Taylor (9 points, 11 kills, 5 blocks), Becca Lathrop (7 points, 4 kills), and Ashley Woodruff (7 points, 7 kills) waiting on the other side. And when it looked like Smethport might mount a challenge, taking their first lead of the night at 3-2 in the third game and still within range at 11-8, junior middle hitter Taylor Causer followed a Port timeout with a huge block and a four-point service run to help the Gators pull away for the win.

“She played well tonight,” said Daniels of Causer. “But everybody’s stepping up – it doesn’t matter whether you’re a starter or you’re coming off the bench.”

Port added two more straight-set wins to open the week, downing Galeton 25-13, 25-9, 25-9 in a non-league road match on Monday, then returning home to take out Cameron County 25-12, 25-14, 25-11 the next night.

Shelley dealt out 30 assists and added 10 points and three kills against the Tigers, with Taylor (14 kills, 6 blocks, 10 points) leading the offense and Lathrop (9 points, 5 kills, 2 blocks), Woodruff (7 kills), and Brooke Roys (7 points, 4 kills, 2 blocks) contributing.

The Red Raiders didn’t have any better luck against Shelley’s serves than the Hubbers had, as the senior racked up 11 points on nine aces and filled up the stat sheet with 19 assists, four kills, two blocks, and five digs. Taylor (8 kills), Lathrop (15 points, 3 kills, 5 digs), Causer (16 points), Roys (6 points, 5 kills, 3 blocks) and Woodruff (6 kills, 5 digs) also garnered mention from the Port mentor as the Gators won their 24th straight regular-season match to move to 8-0, 5-0 NTL.

“We’re playing steady,” Daniels said on Thursday night. “I’m pleased with everybody. If we stay healthy, we’ll be okay.”

Boys soccer: Gators stay atop UAVSL North

Port Allegany and St. Marys shared the Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League’s North Division crown in 2011. This time around, the Gators want the title to themselves. And after Tuesday afternoon’s 3-1 win at Ridgway to move to a perfect 6-0 in the division (9-2 overall), they’re well on the way to earning it.

Reigning UAVSL North Most Valuable Player Scotty Brookens continued his campaign to put the Port High records out of reach, scoring his fourth consecutive hat trick and sixth this season to pace the Gators to the sweep over the Elkers. Brookens now has 24 goals – two shy of the single-season record he set last year – and 60 for his career. Eli Knapp assisted on all three scores, while Ben Edgell posted nine saves to chalk up another win in the net.

The senior keeper found a different part of the scoresheet in last Thursday’s 7-0 victory over visiting Kane, moving up front after halftime to notch his first goal of the season. Brookens tallied three times, Tyler Kittilson twice, and fullback Aaron Majot also scored as the Gators cruised to the win.

“I wanted to give Ben some time in the field. He’s worked hard for us,” Port coach Aaron Clark said. “I told Sam (Kysor), Scott, and TK that we had a direct goal: I wanted to get Aaron Majot and Ben Edgell a goal today. They’re defensive seniors, and I wanted them to have the chance to score.”

Kysor picked up four assists against the Wolves, with Kittilson (2), Brookens, Knapp, Adam Koehler, and Dane Kio also adding helpers, and Edgell and Garrett Talkington combined for two saves in a quiet day in the net.

“Statistics or not, he’s in everything,” Clark said of Kysor, the Gator playmaker. “Whether his name shows up with goals or assists, he was vital to the first half.”

Port is home for the next week, with Galeton visiting on Friday afternoon before UAVSL North matches against Smethport (Oct. 2), which will be Senior Day, and St. Marys (Oct. 4).

AML Football Week 4 pregame: Port Allegany at Coudersport



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LAST 10 GAMES: Falcons lead, 7-3, although Gators have won the last two.

POSTSEASON RECORD: Tied, 1-1. Port knocked Coudy out of the 2003 District 9 Class A semifinals, with the Falcons returning the favor in the first round in 2007.

LAST MEETING: October 28, 2011 – Gators 49, Falcons 7

Trent Neal and Matt Bodamer each rushed for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards and Bodamer added two passing TDs as the Gators clinched their first AML North title since 2000.

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AML Football: Bodamer shatters D-9 record as Gators down Elkers





FAMILY PICTURE: Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer and head coach Mike Bodamer pose with the game ball after Matt tossed seven touchdown passes in Port’s 55-14 win over Ridgway, breaking the District 9 career record (95) in the process. He now has 100, becoming just the third quarterback in PIAA history to hit the century mark.
(Photo credit: Pat Crants)

Lori Chase
Sept. 20, 2012

Three games into the 2012 Allegheny Mountain League football season, Port Allegany is living up to the lofty expectations placed on them this year.

Last Friday in Ridgway, neither a rainy night nor the Elkers defense had a chance to slow down the Gators’ aerial assault as Port scored on seven of eight first-half possessions to cruise to a 55-14 victory in an AML crossover game.

“We win games, but our goal is to try to play perfect. I think that first half, we were pretty darn close to doing about everything that we needed to do,” Gator coach Mike Bodamer said following his squad’s 12th consecutive win over a District 9 opponent.

This one came with an added bonus – the D-9 career passing touchdown record for Gator quarterback Matt Bodamer. Needing two to tie and three to pass 2010 Brockway grad Derek Buganza’s mark of 95, Bodamer and his corps of talented receivers took care of business before the first quarter was out, with the senior quarterback sandwiching two touchdown tosses to tight end Ricky Bova around a 60-yard catch-and-run by Tyce Miller. And they didn’t stop there, adding four more scores in the second stanza while the defense was stopping the Elkers’ Wing-T in its tracks to take a shutout into the locker room for the third week in a row.

By the time the clock ran out to end the half – with yet another touchdown pass, Bodamer’s seventh of the night and the third to Nick Conway – the Gators had piled up 344 yards of total offense and a 48-0 lead despite holding the ball for an astoundingly low 4 minutes, 47 seconds of play.

“They were blitzing seven or eight kids on every play. I don’t know what they expect, but Matt’s going to pick them apart,” Mike Bodamer said. “The line did a great job holding the kids out, and kids were wide open all over the place and made some nice runs after the catch.”

In just over a half of play before the first string gave way to the reserves, Bodamer completed 16 of 18 passes for 282 yards, with those seven touchdowns giving him an even 100, good enough for third on the all-time PIAA list. Miller finished with five catches for 102 yards – his fifth 100-yard game, and one which put him over the 2,000-yard milestone for his career – with Conway adding 86 yards and a career-high three TDs on four receptions. Bova chipped in with 46 yards on a trio of catches, while fullback Alex Gular, filling in after starter Trent Neal went out, scored his first touchdown of the season on a 25-yard screen pass.

“They needed me to step in,” Gular said. “I didn’t really think Matt was going to throw one to me, but I ran the route like the coaches told me to, and it was there.”

With the two PAHS track stars on the outside of the formation – “Fast and Faster,” assistant coach Nate Zitnik suggested – Bova and H-backs Trey Miller and Tyler Shaffer slipping into the seams, and the backs circling out of the backfield, few area teams have the manpower to cover the Gators, allowing Bodamer to pick and choose his targets at will.

“We just find openings, and Matt gets us the ball,” Tyce Miller said.

“It makes it easy for me,” Bodamer said. “I get a lot more credit than I deserve, I think. Because of our line, there was no pressure all night. And these guys are just amazing athletes for our school district – and, as you can see, for around here.”

The D-9 record-breaker came on a short toss over the left side to Bova, who hauled in the ball at the Ridgway 25 and broke into the clear, leaving several would-be tacklers in his wake on the way to the end zone for the 32-yard score.

“After the first broken tackle, I thought maybe,” Bodamer said of watching the tight end rumble to paydirt after his throw. “I didn’t know if his speed was going to kick in …”

“I was faaaaast,” Bova cracked as several teammates chuckled.

Meanwhile, with Gular all over the field on defense and Nick Budd and Brandon Raymo anchoring a five-man line to counter Ridgway’s running game, the Elkers were stuck in reverse for most of the first three quarters before finally managing to put some points on the board against the Gators’ second string.

“We knew our offense this year coming in was going to keep scoring. Our goal was to play a fast-paced defense just like our offense. The first three games we’ve been doing extremely well,” Mike Bodamer said. “Last week we gave up some passes against Kane, but our kids fly all over the place. Team speed definitely helps. They’ve been playing well on the defensive side.

“Alex is a terror. He’s basically my defensive captain. He just plays so hard – a little crazy once in a while,” he added with a grin, “but Alex is just all over the place. Defensive line, Nick and Bubba do a really good job and Rex Windsor plays a good end. Christian Moses is a little young, but he plays awful aggressive. The secondary did well tonight; they didn’t seems to give up too much passing on us.”

With the rest of the AML North struggling, the Gators (3-0) head to Coudersport on Friday night with a two-game lead already in hand. The Falcons are 1-2 after being surprised by Johnsonburg, 22-14, on their home turf last weekend.

“You’ve got to stop (Mitch) Freeman and (Caden) Whitman. That’s basically their whole offense,” Mike Bodamer said. “Mitch runs the ball hard. He’s a good runner. Caden’s been banged up, I don’t know how he’s feeling, but he’s a lethal weapon. Definitely got to stop their run game. Their new quarterback throws a lot of roll passes, but I don’t know how much he’s going to depend on his throwing.

“It’ll be a good game. I don’t know what happened (in the loss to Johnsonburg), but I don’t expect that to happen next week. Could’ve been turnovers or whatever … If it’s a nice day, those two backs are tough to bring down, so we’ll have to have our defense ready again.”

And like their coach, the Gator players sounded like they’re not about to take anyone lightly, adding their own final thoughts as they shouldered their gear and headed for the bus:

“Something to prove.”

“On to the next one.”

“Go to work, baby.”

“Celebrate it tonight, forget about it tomorrow.”

“One step at a time.”

NOTES: Port’s captains were Bodamer, Budd, Conway, and Tyce Miller, while McKnight, Logan Wickett, Joe Jaques, and Cortland Smith handled those duties for Ridgway … Although the run-heavy Elker offense didn’t provide many opportunities to rush the passer, Gular and Raymo both recorded third-and-long sacks in the first quarter to force Ridgway to punt … Both teams turned the ball over twice via fumble. Logan Warnick and Billy Downey each set up a Gator scoring drive with their takeaways, while Nate Steis and John Mitchell recovered for Ridgway.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: How dominant has Port been on both sides of the ball? Try 122-0, the combined halftime score of their first three games. In fact, all 15 of Bodamer’s touchdown passes have come before the break, with the Gators merely looking to run out the clock for the final two quarters … Port’s longest possession of the first half lasted just 1:20, with single-play scoring drives of five and seven seconds.

LOOKING AHEAD: After snapping a seven-game Falcon winning streak in the long series, Port has won the last two games against Coudy by a combined score of 88-15 … Friday night’s 7 p.m. broadcast should be available on WHKS 94.9 and at Red Zone Media.

At Ridgway, Sept. 14:

Score by quarters:
Port Allegany Gators 21 27 7 0 55
Ridgway Elkers 0 0 8 6 14

First Quarter
PA – Bova 5 pass from Bodamer (1 play, 5 yards after turnover on downs, 0:05), Brookens kick, 10:48
PA – Ty. Miller 60 pass from Bodamer (3 plays, 64 yards, 0:45), Brookens kick, 7:30
PA – Bova 32 pass from Bodamer (3 plays, 82 yards, 0:29), Brookens kick, 3:00

Second Quarter
PA – Conway 23 pass from Bodamer (5 plays, 71 yards, 1:20), Brookens kick, 10:51
PA – Gular 25 pass from Bodamer (4 plays, 42 yards, 1:02), kick failed, 7:21
PA – Conway 18 pass from Bodamer (1 play, 18 yards after Logan Warnick fumble recovery on kickoff, 0:07), Brookens kick, 7:07
PA – Conway 31 pass from Bodamer (5 plays, 66 yards, 0:59), Brookens kick, 0:00

Third Quarter (running clock)
PA – Seefeldt 13 run (8 plays, 66 yards after Billy Downey fumble recovery, 4:03), Brookens kick, 1:38
R – McKnight 71 run (1 play, 71 yards, 0:33), McKnight pass from MacDonald, 1:05

Fourth Quarter
R – McKnight 41 run (3 plays, 74 yards, 1:25), kick failed, 9:17

Team Statistics: PA R
First downs 20 12
Total Yards 454 261
Rushes-Yards 20-136 42-243
Passing Yards 318 18
Comp-Att-Int 19-21-0 3-7-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 3-2
Punts-Avg. 2-47.5 4-37.0
Penalties-Yards 3-35 3-15
Total Plays 41 49
Time of Possession 16:31 31:29

Individual statistics:

Rushing: Port Allegany – Bodamer 3-50, Gular 4-41, Seefeldt 4-31, Tanner 6-22, Neal 2-1, Garzel 1-(-9). Ridgway – McKnight 9-165, S. Delhunty 9-72, Gardner 6-27, Stark 1-12, Cerroni 2-10, Lineberger 3-9, Pierce 1-2, Wickett 4-0, team 1-(-11), MacDonald 6-(-41).

Passing: Port Allegany – Bodamer 16-18-0-284, Seefeldt 2-2-0-10, Garzel 1-1-0-24. Ridgway – MacDonald 2-6-0-7, Cerroni 1-1-0-11.

Receiving: Port Allegany – Ty. Miller 5-102, Conway 4-86, Bova 3-46, Gular 2-44, Gaines 1-23, Burr 2-6, Tanner 1-6. Shaffer 1-4. Ridgway – Sorge 1-11, S. Delhunty 1-10, McKnight 1-(-3).

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PAHS Roundup: Sept. 12-18

Cross Country:

Port Allegany’s Adam Koehler dodged the raindrops to win his second cross country meet of the season against visiting Otto-Eldred on Tuesday afternoon, crossing the line in 19:47 to pace the Port squad. (With only four Port runners participating, team scores weren’t kept.) Freshman Benon Smith placed third in 21:41, with sophomores Jeremy Barney (8th, 24:14) and Jeff Stehle (10th, 25:25) also completing the course for the Gators.

With a small roster full of dual-sport athletes, it’s mostly about individual progress for the Port Allegany team.

“For the kids who come out, I think they appreciate it and realize it’s something they can do for their life,” coach Fran Reilly said. “That’s what I try to tell them: ‘I never tell you to beat somebody, I always tell you to beat yourself. Always beat your time. Every time you run this course, run it your best, and run it so that you beat your last time.’ And they are, and that’s all I ask.”

For Koehler, who finished 23rd at last year’s District 9 meet in Ridgway as a freshman, Reilly thinks continued improvement might just lead to the PIAA championships before he’s done.

“I’d love to see Adam go to states, and if he wants it, I think he’s right there,” she said.

The season continues with meets against Oswayo Valley, Northern Potter and Smethport before the Oct. 16 North Tier League meet, which will be on the Port Allegany course this year.

Boys Soccer:

Last week, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark was hoping to come through a rough stretch of games with a 6-2 record. Mission accomplished, after the Gators rebounded from a 6-1 loss to powerful Brockway with three straight wins.

On Tuesday, Scott Brookens netted his fourth hat trick of the season as Port roared back from a 1-0 first-half deficit to drop Coudy, 5-1. Tyler Kittilson and Sam Kysor also scored for the Gators (7-2), with Ben Edgell making six saves to pick up his seventh win of the season in goal.

“We were awful on defense in the first half. We were swinging and missing on a lot of clears, giving Coudersport way too many opportunities. Way too sloppy. It was really nerve-wracking to begin with,” Clark said. “They were still rough in the second half at times, but they got a little bit better.”

On Saturday, Brookens scored his 50th career goal on the way to accounting for all of the offense in the Gators’ 3-1 win over St. Marys, with Tyler Kittilson picking up the assist on the milestone.

“It was just a nice ball from TK, on the floor at the 18 right to Scott’s foot and he just dumped it in,” Clark said. “The number of assists he’s gotten over the years from Tyler and Sam Kysor, I think he knows without those guys, he’s not going to have anywhere near 50 goals.”

It was Kittilson’s turn to do the scoring against Smethport last Thursday, with the junior netting the second hat trick of his own and Brookens adding two goals as the Gators dumped the Hubbers by a 7-2 final.

With the offense averaging more than three goals per game and Edgell standing tall in the net, allowing more than one goal in just three of Port’s nine games so far, the Gators would appear to be setting themselves up for a nice postseason run.

“You throw out the beating from Brockway we took, we’re winning pretty much everything we’re supposed to win,” Clark said. “So we’re at the point where we’re just looking at our league schedule and trying to win every game there, and kind of look at playoff seedings.”

The second half of the regular season gets underway on Thursday with a visit from Kane, followed by a welcome five-day break before the Gators head to Ridgway next Tuesday.

Girls Soccer:

As the Port Allegany girls soccer team hits the midpoint of the season, the Gators continue to get most of their goal-scoring from super sophomores Lynae Delacour and Somer Buchsenschutz. Last Saturday was no different as Port picked up its second win, with Delacour’s direct kick in overtime sending the Gators past Kane, 2-1. Freshman Laura Fox made eight saves for the Gators, now 2-6 after dropping a 9-3 decision to Ridgway on Monday.

“Somer had a breakaway goal with a beautiful feed from Lynae,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote in an email after the Kane match. “It was a tough game to watch. Offensively we are still having a tough time creating scoring opportunities. The defense was solid. Erika Helo had a tremendous game at stopper and distributed with good execution. We can’t rely on the same opportunities every game. My offense needs to create things better and see the entire field better.”

The second half of the schedule begins with a visit from St. Marys on Wednesday (too late for this edition), before the Gators host Smethport (Wednesday) and DuBois CC (Thursday) on back-to-back nights next week.

“The meat of our schedule is coming up and we need to win a few if we would like to visit the postseason in any way, shape or form,” Cowburn wrote.


Like their counterparts on the football field, the Port Allegany volleyball team is picking up right where it left off after a successful 2011 season, dropping just a single game in the first five matches of the current campaign.

“The girls are communicating well. I’m very pleased with their work ethic,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email after the Gators moved to 5-0 with a 25-8, 25-11, 25-11 win over Otto-Eldred on Tuesday night. “The entire team is contributing in every match. Everyone is getting plenty of playing time and we are seeing the benefits in overall improvement.”

Roughly a third of the way through the regular-season schedule following earlier wins over Northern Potter (25-9, 25-16, 25-14 last Tuesday) and Austin (25-7, 25-4, 25-3 on Thursday), Ashley Woodruff leads the team in kills with an even 50 (10 each against NoPo and Austin). Jenny Shelley continues to set up the Gator attack, averaging 23 assists and more than 15 service points per match while firing 28 aces, and Rachel Taylor (10 kills against Austin, 11 kills and 9 blocks against Otto-Eldred) leads a host of other Gators helping stake the team to its unbeaten start.

Port returns to the court on Thursday for a home match against Smethport, then visits Galeton in a non-league match next Monday before returning to North Tier League play with matches against Cameron County and Oswayo Valley.

AML Football Week 3: Port Allegany at Ridgway



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LAST 10 GAMES: Port leads, 6-4.

LAST MEETING: September 3, 2011 – Gators 46, Elkers 35
On a blistering hot Saturday afternoon at Gator Field, Matt Bodamer threw for five touchdowns – four to Charlie Buchanan – as Port crafted a 40-14 lead before two long fourth-quarter Ridgway touchdown passes brought the Gator starters back into the game.

LAST TIME IN RIDGWAY: September 3, 2010 – Gators 55, Elkers 14
Camrin Stuckey scored five touchdowns, three on passes from Matt Bodamer, as Port cashed in on all eight first-half possessions to put the game out of reach.

(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)

AML Football Week 2: Gators sack Wolves





Lori Chase
Sept. 13, 2012

It was business as usual for the Port Allegany High School football team in last Saturday’s home opener: Another week, another impressive showing against an Allegheny Mountain League foe, as the Gators built a four-touchdown halftime lead on the way to a 46-13 victory over the Kane Wolves.

But while the offense continues to garner most of the attention – averaging 500 yards and 50 points per game will do that – the defense is beginning to build a reputation of its own.

And as the Wolves found out on Saturday afternoon, the combination can be lethal.

“Obviously, Port’s a great football team on both sides of the ball. We knew that coming in, and they definitely came out and performed from the start,” first-year Kane coach Todd Silfies said. “They were physical up front, and they were physical in the secondary. They’ve got great athletes over there, and they make plays.”

The first half followed the same script as the Week 1 win over Johnsonburg, with Port Allegany (2-0) scoring at will while the defense barricaded the midfield stripe. Already leading 6-0 on a pretty 13-yard fade from Matt Bodamer to Nick Conway, the Gators marched 83 yards to paydirt on their next drive. After a 50-yard catch-and-run by Conway helped set up first-and-goal at the 1, Tyce Miller posted up his defender and stretched out to snare Bodamer’s fastball for the touchdown.

That’s when it went from bad to worse for the Wolves (1-1), as Brandon Raymo broke through to smother Sean Rolick’s punt – the second week in a row with a block for Port – to set up the offense at the Kane 27. Three plays later Bodamer and Miller connected for their second score, this one on a crossing route from 13 yards out, and the Gators were rolling. They added one more midway through the second quarter when the Kane defense bit on Bodamer’s third-and-goal fake to Trent Neal, leaving the quarterback a clear path to the pylon, and headed into the locker room with a 26-0 lead.

Port returned to the running game to start the second half, with Bodamer picking up some good blocks downfield on a 23-yard scoring scamper. The Wolves finally got their offense in gear at that point, ending Port’s six-quarter shutout streak when running back Jonah Smith dove in from two yards out to cap off a 75-yard drive, and seemed to have some momentum after forcing a turnover on the next possession. But the Gator defense stiffened just inside its own 20, sacking quarterback Sean Jordan twice in three plays to knock Kane out of field goal range, and Trent Neal’s 10-yard touchdown run gave Port a comfortable 39-6 margin at the end of the third quarter.

Each team would add one more scoring drive in the final frame, with Jordan tossing a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Ennis for the Wolves and Port backup Jordan Seefeldt countering with a 5-yarder to running back Mac Tanner.

“That’s an extremely good football team,” Gator head coach Mike Bodamer said. “I think we handled them very easily in the first half; in the second half we got sloppy. I tried to get the kids motivated, and it’s like, ‘We just want to get this over with.’

“I tried to go strict man, and they’ve got some athletes and that kid threw the ball pretty well. So we definitely have to shore up our defensive coverages and whatnot. I thought our line played decent; we got some pressure when we needed to.”

Matt Bodamer completed his first eight passes and 10 of his first 11, finishing the game 19-for-26 for 227 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Conway hauled in nine of those passes for 133 yards and Tyce Miller chipped in eight catches for another 74. The Gator rushing attack was equally effective, with Bodamer (18 carries-121 yards) and Neal (16-108) each eclipsing the century mark on a long touchdown run.

“I thought Trent had a heck of a game,” Mike Bodamer said. “When we need to run the ball, we can.”

So far, Port’s opponents can’t say the same. Including sacks, the Gator defense has allowed a grand total of 6 rushing yards on 42 carries – an 0.14-yard average – in the first two games. Those numbers might be challenged on Friday night, though, when Port travels to Ridgway to face an Elkers Wing-T offense that piled up more than 300 rushing yards against Otto-Eldred in a 42-31 Week 1 victory. Sophomore quarterback Ben MacDonald calls the signals, with backs Zac McKnight (143 yards) and Sam Delhunty (three touchdowns) doing most of the damage on the ground. However, the defense gave up over 30 points to both O-E and Coudy (36-13 loss last week), with the Terrors passing for almost 300 yards and the Falcons’ ground game surpassing that.

“They’ve got three or four good solid backs, though they’re not nearly as big as they used to be. But they’ve got a lot of action in the backfield with counters and stuff we’ll have to work on, and (MacDonald) can throw the ball – he completed a few over Coudy. So we’ll have to try to figure out their formations and how they run their wing stuff, but we should be able to score,” Mike Bodamer said.

NOTES: Port’s team captains for the game were Ricky Bova, Matt Bodamer, Trent Neal, and Nick Budd, while Kane sent out Sean Rolick, Sean Jordan, Jonah Smith, and Loren Kumher … Bodamer is now tied with Evan Kraky (Lakeland, 1998-2001) for fifth place in PIAA career touchdown passes with 93, two behind Derek Buganza’s District 9 record and 25 from Kyle Smith’s statewide mark, and eighth on the yardage leaderboard with 7,565 … Port won despite losing the turnover battle 2-0. Linebacker Jeff Kocjancic snared a tipped Bodamer pass in his own end zone just before halftime to thwart the Gator two-minute drill, and linebacker John English recovered a fumble near midfield halfway through the third quarter … Kane quarterbacks faced heavy pressure all afternoon as seven different Port defenders notched at least one sack, led by Budd and Brandon Raymo with 1.5 apiece. Neal, Johnny Sena, Rex Windsor, Christian Moses, and Zak Tarr also recorded takedowns as the Gators finished the game with eight sacks for 48 yards in losses, while Kumher and Nate Moore each got to Bodamer once for the Wolves … Alex Gular led the Gator defense with seven tackles, with Budd adding six and Sena five … Scott Brookens made both of his extra-point attempts in the ongoing kicking competition.

LOOKING AHEAD: Port is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Ridgway and has won five of the last six, including a 46-35 scorcher in last year’s season opener in Port. Charlie Buchanan caught four of Bodamer’s five touchdown tosses and Trey Miller returned an interception 82 yards for a score as the Gators built a 40-14 lead before the Elkers connected on three fourth-quarter touchdown passes … George Riley (play-by-play) and Nick LaBella (color analyst) are scheduled to be on the air for the WHKS-FM broadcast. The game will be available online at Red Zone Media, where the Gators’ games against Johnsonburg and Kane are also archived.

At Port Allegany, Sept. 8:

Score by quarters:
Kane Wolves 0 0 6 7 13
Port Allegany Gators 20 6 13 7 46

First Quarter
PA – Conway 18 pass from Bodamer (4 plays, 48 yards, 1:12), pass failed, 9:04
PA – Ty. Miller 1 pass from Bodamer (6 plays, 83 yards, 1:42), Bodamer run, 5:55
PA – Ty. Miller 13 pass from Bodamer (3 plays, 27 yards after punt block, 1:42), kick failed, 1:46

Second Quarter
PA – Bodamer 4 run (13 plays, 65 yards, 4:21), kick failed, 6:33

Third Quarter
PA – Bodamer 23 run (4 plays, 69 yards, 1:11), pass failed, 10:49
K – Smith 2 run (6 plays, 75 yards, 2:17), pass failed, 8:32
PA – Neal 10 run (9 plays, 72 yards, 3:28), Brookens kick, 0:45

Fourth Quarter
K – Ennis 7 pass from Jordan (13 plays, 58 yards, 4:04), Rolick kick, 8:41
PA – Tanner 5 pass from Seefeldt (8 plays, 52 yards, 2:11), Brookens kick, 1:03

Team Statistics: K PA
First downs 13 25
Total Yards 205 513
Rushes-Yards 24-(-8) 36-232
Passing Yards 213 281
Comp-Att-Int 17-34-0 23-32-1
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-Avg. 6-28.7 1-35.0
Penalties-Yards 6-50 8-75
Total Plays 58 68
Time of Possession 25:08 22:52

Individual statistics:

Rushing: Kane – Smith 14-38, English 1-2, Lingenfelter 1-0, Cleer 1-(-5), Jordan 7-(-47). Port Allegany – Bodamer 18-121, Neal 16-108, Tanner 2-3.

Passing: Kane – Jordan 17-34-0-213. Port Allegany – Bodamer 19-26-1-227, Seefeldt 4-6-0-54.

Receiving: Kane – Rolick 6-99, Kocjancic 5-67, Smith 3-24, Ennis 3-23. Port Allegany – Conway 9-133, Ty. Miller 8-74, Veilleux 1-37, Bova 1-12, Gaines 1-12, Tr. Miller 1-8, Tanner 2-5.

(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)

PAHS roundup: Sept. 5 – 11

Boys soccer:

As the 2012 soccer season began with Port Allegany having to replace all four starters on defense, head coach Aaron Clark wasn’t quite sure how good the unit was going to be.

After his Gators notched back-to-back shutouts, taking care of Olean Archbishop Walsh 3-0 last Thursday before surprising Elk County Catholic 4-0 on Monday afternoon, it looks like they’re exceeding expectations.

“They’re playing great soccer,” Clark said. “Charlie Kysor, Aaron Majot, Logan Hutton and Garrett Talkington started the last game in the defensive backfield and they did great. Trent Miller started the other game. As a collective group, they’re doing just fine.

“In particular, Charlie Kysor playing sweeper. I think both (assistant coach) Mr. Lawton and I are both ecstatic with Charlie’s progress at sweeper. When we played Ridgway and Archbishop Walsh, even against ECC, (goalkeeper) Ben Edgell didn’t have to do much at all. They were easy games for Ben.”

Edgell stopped seven shots against the Eagles and 11 versus the Crusaders to pick up both wins.

Meanwhile, the offense is in midseason form, with the trio of Scotty Brookens, Sam Kysor, and Tyler Kittilson leaving opponents wondering who to stop. Brookens, Kysor, and Eli Knapp each scored against Walsh, while Kittilson tallied a hat trick and Brookens netted his team-leading ninth goal of the young season at ECC.

“They’re right where we knew they would be and could be,” Clark said. “Against ECC, we jumped out 4-0 in the first half and then kind of took the gas off. I subbed down a lot in the second half. I think we just completely took ECC by surprise. It was kind of nice to go and be able to do that against ECC. In the past they’ve – I don’t want to say bullied us, but had their way with us.”

Now 4-1, the Gators have three more road games this week, facing Brockway (Wednesday), Smethport (Thursday) and Saint Marys (Saturday) before finally returning to their home field next Tuesday for a match against Coudersport.

“I’m honestly very pleased with where we’re at,” Clark said. “If we can walk out of this monster week at 6-2, I think we’re setting ourselves up nicely for the rest of the season.”

Girls soccer:

After a rough start to the season, the Port Allegany girls soccer team picked up its first win on Monday night, dropping Smethport 5-2 on the Hubbers’ home turf to reclaim the ‘Ten Mile Trophy.’ Somer Buchsenschutz tallied a hat trick to take over the Gators’ scoring lead from fellow sophomore Lynae Delacour, who made her presence known with a goal and two assists, and Jessica Achar added a goal and an assist to cap the scoring.

“She controlled the middle and became a very dangerous player,” Port coach Travis Cowburn wrote of Delacour. “They have to respect somebody who has speed, control and the ability to score from anywhere. She and Somer are developing into a fine tandem.”

Laura Fox stopped four shots to pick up her first win in the Gator net, while Cowburn noted that sisters Cheyenne and Erika Helo “anchored the defense.”

“They are learning to work so well together and it takes the pressure off the other girls. I appreciate their maturity with and without the ball,” he wrote. “The mid-field play of Gabrielle Drabert and McKenna Johnson dictated the flow of the game from the outside in and opened up Lynae to do her thing. Very proud of all. I was especially proud of the bench players. They were able to do what I asked of them in sparing minutes.”

After making the long trip south to Brockway for a Thursday-evening game, the Gators (1-4) return home for an 11 a.m. kick against Kane on Saturday before heading to Elk County twice next week for matches against Ridgway and Saint Marys.


With the local high school golf season underway, the teams from Port Allegany are once again hitting the road for every practice round and match. Those circumstances present a significant challenge, but even if team success is tough to come by, coaches Bob Raudenbush and Dave Roae are both still intent on continuing to teach the game.

Zach Austin is the only returning letterman on the boys’ squad, joined by fellow senior Devin Baker and newcomers Bryce Stahlman and Michael Ernst (both juniors), sophomore Alex Dynda, and freshman Andrew Rosenswie.

“We have many challenges to overcome this year,” Raudenbush wrote, “but the boys are working hard at Pine View Driving Range and look forward to improving each week.”

Junior Debby Andrus is the lone letterwinner back for the girls, with seniors Kira Nolder and Lindsay Howard and junior Kaitlyn Donnelly joining the team this year.

“She’s definitely the leader of the team,” Roae said of Andrus, who carded a team-best 56 in Monday’s 36-18 loss at Coudersport. “My other three girls are new to the sport – basically the first time they’ve been out on the course was our first match. So this year is basically a teaching and learning year due to the lack of experience. But the girls have progressed well and they’re working hard; we’ve had three or four matches now and their scores are gradually coming down. So we’re not really looking to win a lot of matches this year, but I’m looking for the girls to keep getting better and trying to lower their scores.

“Especially for girls, golf is such a great sport, and a sport they can take with them for the rest of their lives. They can play it now, and they can play it when they’re 80.”