PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (6-0)
SHEFFIELD WOLVERINES (2-4)
1:30 PM EDT
LAST 10 GAMES: 10-0, Gators. Sheffield last won in the series in 2001.
LAST MEETING: October 15, 2011 – Gators 19, Wolverines 6
The Port Allegany Gators faced two opponents in last Saturday’s Homecoming game: A talented, determined Sheffield Wolverines team which had won two of its last three games, and a raw, blustery October afternoon that helped ground Port’s prolific passing attack.
That’s when Trent Neal made his presence felt. The junior running back powered his way to 65 tough yards on 14 carries, including a second-quarter touchdown run that put the Gators ahead to stay in their 19-6 victory.
“We tried to pass, but it wasn’t working,” head coach Mike Bodamer said. “So we came in at halftime and said, ‘We’re going to run the ball’ – I think we threw one time in the second half – and our backs responded. I think Trent had a real nice game running the ball. We can run the ball if we need to, but our offense is built on getting the ball out wide. We tried it and it wasn’t working, so go back to the run.”
LAST TIME IN SHEFFIELD: October 17, 2010 – Gators 50, Wolverines 6
Once the Port Allegany Gators made the trek up “Wolverine Mountain,” it was all downhill for Sheffield.
An opportunistic Port defense made life miserable for their hosts in Saturday’s Allegheny Mountain League game, picking off four passes and keeping the overmatched Wolverines bottled up in their own end of the field for most of the afternoon, and the offense cashed in on six of seven first-half drives as the Gators romped to a 50-6 victory.
Four of those touchdowns came via the arm of Matt Bodamer, who started the scoring onslaught with a 10-yard bootleg on Port’s first possession and also snared one of their interceptions on defense. The sophomore quarterback completed 7-of-8 passes for 213 yards, in the process reaching the 1,000-yard milestone for the second consecutive season.
(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)