AML Football Week 3: Port Allegany at Ridgway

PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (2-0)

RIDGWAY ELKERS (1-1)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
RIDGWAY, PENNSYLVANIA
7:00 PM EDT
WHKS 94.9 FM – Red Zone Media

HISTORY

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

KANE WOLVES (1-1)

13

PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (2-0)

46

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.

Golf:

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.”