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).