AML Week 7: Bodamer, Miller rewrite record books as Gators drill Wolverines





Lori Chase
Oct. 18, 2012

Port Allegany’s 69-30 Allegheny Mountain League football victory over Sheffield last Saturday afternoon was filled with highlight-reel footage, from long touchdown passes to even longer interception returns, but the most memorable play of all was a simple 10-yard toss from Matt Bodamer to Tyce Miller six seconds into the second quarter.

Simple, because the two All-State players have put in hundreds of hours of practice to make it look easy. Memorable, because both the PIAA touchdown-pass and District 9 touchdown-reception career records fell as Miller hauled in Bodamer’s throw along the right sideline, ducked a defender, and sidestepped past the pylon into the end zone.

“We got that fumble (recovery by Nick Budd at the Sheffield 10), Matt looked at me and said, ‘I’m throwing it to Tyce.’ I’m like, ‘Okay.’ I think they had that planned,” Port coach and proud father Mike Bodamer said.

Good call.

“Yeah, we had a conversation about that,” Matt said, smiling. “It was pretty cool.”

With his 119th touchdown pass – and third of the game – the Gator quarterback broke the state record he’d briefly shared with Lancaster Catholic’s Kyle Smith, while Miller’s 31st scoring catch claimed sole possession of the D-9 mark from Clarion-Limestone’s Brad Beggs.

“The kid busts his rear,” Mike Bodamer said. “From April to July, he went to 11 different camps this past summer. Can’t ask for a kid to try harder. And all through his career – his ninth grade year it was his brother and Lucas Kline and then Camrin Stuckey, and then last year Charlie (Buchanan) and Trevor (Neal). Now he has Tyce and Nick (Conway) and Ricky (Bova) and all those guys, so it’s definitely a team effort. And the big boys up front – Nick Budd’s been with him all four years. They work together as a team.”

The milestone moment opened the floodgates, as Port rebounded from an early Sheffield pick-six – the first points they’d allowed in the first half all season – to explode for six second-quarter touchdowns and a 62-14 halftime lead to put the game out of reach.

Shrugging off a slow start on their opening drive, the Gators cashed in on Bodamer’s 1-yard sneak to take the early lead. A quick three-and-out and a short Wolverine punt put the ball at midfield, setting up a 25-yard Bodamer-to-Miller connection for the first of their three scores on the day.

Then, with Port driving deep into Sheffield territory yet again, a rare mistake by the reigning Big 30 Player of the Year: About to be sacked, Bodamer tried to loft a screen pass over the rush. Instead, he found Wolverine defensive end Tony Burt with nothing between him and the Gator goal line 75 yards away.

“Not a smart play on his part, but only his second interception through Week 7. We’ll take that,” coach Bodamer said.

Undeterred, the Port offense went back to work, with Conway, Trent Neal, Bova, and Trey Miller all pulling down passes and Neal adding a 14-yard run before Bodamer found Bova alone in the corner of the end zone to regain a two-touchdown lead.

Budd came out of a pileup at the Sheffield 10 with the football just two plays later, setting the stage for the record-breaking score, and the Gators were rolling.

Already trailing 26-7, Sheffield finally managed its initial first down of the game early in the second frame, but couldn’t keep the drive alive as linebacker Alex Gular raced deep downfield to break up a third-and-long pass. The Gators turned to the ground game on their next two possessions, pounding out a nine-play, 78-yard drive capped off by Neal’s 8-yard rumble, then calling on the “jumbo” package to punch in another score by tackle-turned-fullback Budd.

The Wolverines weren’t done yet, though, as starting quarterback Shequan Wright found Brendan Winslow open behind the defense for a 65-yard bomb to draw within 41-14 with 3:31 left in the half.

“They sent four deep, and they just caught us in a bad coverage,” coach Bodamer said, blaming himself for the score.

It didn’t take long for the Gators to answer. Dropping back on first down, Matt Bodamer lofted a pass deep down the Sheffield sideline to his left, where Tyce Miller outleaped one Wolverine defender, spun away from a second would-be tackler, and raced in for a matching 65-yard score.

“I kind of just put my hands up and it landed in my hands, stepped over each of them and started running. It was pretty funny,” Miller said.

Bodamer had a few different words to describe it.

“That was absolutely amazing,” he said. “I underthrew him and I was kind of down, and then he went up and got it. He’s ridiculous, as good as he is. I’ve never seen hands like he has.”

And as Sheffield found out to their dismay, the Gator quarterback knows a little about catching footballs as well as tossing them. Playing deep at safety in the final minute of the half, Bodamer intercepted one pass and ran it back for a 65-yard touchdown with 0:35 left, then managed to top that with a 95-yard return for another score. Gathering backup quarterback Adam Higby’s Hail Mary attempt as the clock expired, he started down the Sheffield sideline, then cut back across the field to pick up a convoy of blockers more than happy to escort him to the end zone.

“I’m always trying to make plays. I don’t get to be on special teams, so when I’m in, even though it’s frowned upon for me to try to run there, I like to try to run it back,” he said. “It just happened to work – I got good blocks. I was hoping they wouldn’t catch me from behind. That’s all I was thinking. I was still tired from the pick-six right before that.”

Game firmly in hand, there was one more order of business to conduct before the starters took a seat, with Bodamer finding Tyce Miller once more to give the Gator receiver the D-9 career yardage record in addition to the touchdown mark. Miller finished the game with 2,462 yards, eclipsing the 2,445 put up by Brockway’s Mike Vervoort.

“He’s had a great career,” coach Bodamer said. “(He and Matt) work so well together, and he’s basically done it in two years – he played a little bit as a sophomore, but basically last year and this year – and he’s another kid that’s worked his rear end off to be that good.”

Neal finished the drive with his second touchdown run of the game, and backup quarterback Jordan Seefeldt came in on the next series, with the rest of the reserves joining him for the fourth quarter. Sheffield’s starters tacked on two more touchdowns in the final two minutes of the game to complete the scoring.

Next up is a visit to Cameron County, where the Gators (7-0) haven’t won since 2004.

“They’ve got a decent run game and their quarterback likes to roll, so we’ll have to contain him and keep putting up the points,” coach Bodamer said of the Red Raiders (1-6), who are coming off a 20-0 loss to Otto-Eldred.

After that, Brockway visits in Week 9, with the Rovers (7-0) likely to make the same trip north for the AML Championship Game rematch seven days later. And after that …

“We said it from day one, we want to go undefeated,” Matt Bodamer said. “We need to go farther than we did last year. Because last year, we didn’t think we had a chance against Sharpsville, but we should have won that game … We’re shooting to go all the way. I think we have that kind of determination.”

NOTES: Bodamer (7 carries-117 yards) and Neal (13-101) hit the century mark in the same game for the second time this season, matching their performance against Kane … Port won the turnover battle 4-3, as Budd and Tyler Bee each recovered a fumble to go with Bodamer’s two pick-sixes. Burt, Ricky Prosen, and Mister Ussery each intercepted a pass for the Wolverines … Gular notched Port’s only sack, forcing a fumble the Wolverines scrambled to recover just before halftime, while Tyler Fitzgerald and Ken Marshall each recorded a takedown for Sheffield.

NUMBERS: With a 27-yard pass to Conway late in the first quarter, Bodamer became the third quarterback in PIAA history to hit 9,000 career yards. He now has 9,188, just 61 shy of Brendan Nosovitch (Allentown Central Catholic) for second place and 564 behind Brockway’s Derek Buganza for the state record … Both Bodamer (2,191 passing yards, 35 TDs) and Miller (822 receiving yards, 14 TDs) lead the state in those categories, according to statistics supplied to

LOOKING AHEAD: Cameron County is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Port, with the Gators’ 54-6 victory snapping a six-game Red Raider winning streak in the series … The broadcast should be available on WHKS 94.9 FM and at, with scoring updates also available on Twitter by following @LChase_RA.

At Sheffield, Oct. 13:

Score by quarters:
Port Allegany Gators 20 42 7 0 69
Sheffield Wolverines 7 7 0 16 30

First Quarter
PA – Bodamer 1 run (11 plays, 77 yards, 3:32), kick blocked, 8:28
PA – Ty. Miller 25 pass from Bodamer (4 plays, 49 yards, 1:09), Conway from Bodamer, 5:55
S – Burt 75 interception return, Wright kick, 2:32
PA – Bova 4 pass from Bodamer (6 plays, 67 yards, 2:04), pass failed, 0:28

Second Quarter
PA – Ty. Miller 10 pass from Bodamer (1 play, 10 yards after Budd fumble recovery, 0:06), run failed, 11:50
PA – Neal 8 run (9 plays, 78 yards, 2:47), Ty. Miller from Bodamer, 6:18
PA – Budd 1 run (4 plays, 55 yards, 1:14), Kysor kick, 4:28
S – Winslow 65 pass from Wright (2 plays, 64 yards, 0:57), Wright kick, 3:31
PA – Ty. Miller 10 pass from Bodamer (1 play, 65 yards, 0:23), Kysor kick, 3:08
PA – Bodamer 65 interception return, Kysor kick, 0:35
PA – Bodamer 95 interception return, Kysor kick, 0:00

Third Quarter (running clock)
PA – Neal 10 run (7 plays, 64 yards, 4:03), Kysor kick, 5:50

Fourth Quarter
S – Johnston 5 pass from Wright (4 plays, 42 yards after Prosen interception, 2:20), Wright run, 1:53
S – Ussery 55 interception return, Wright run, 0:55

Team Statistics: PA S
First downs 25 10
Total Yards 580 195
Rushes-Yards 32-255 24-37
Passing Yards 325 158
Comp-Att-Int 24-33-3 8-21-2
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Punts-Avg. 1-38.0 6-32.3
Penalties-Yards 6-65 3-21
Total Plays 65 45
Time of Possession 26:57 21:03

Individual statistics:

Rushing: Port Allegany – Bodamer 7-117, Neal 13-101, Shaffer 4-26, Seefeldt 6-7, Tanner 1-3, Budd 1-1. Sheffield – Johnston 9-23, D. Smith 5-16, Reynolds 4-7, Wright 6-(-9).

Passing: Port Allegany – Bodamer 19-26-1-298, Seefeldt 5-7-2-27. Sheffield – Wright 6-13-0-135, Higby 2-8-2-23.

Receiving: Port Allegany – Ty. Miller 9-176, Conway 5-77, Bova 3-32, Neal 2-18, Gaines 2-15, Tr. Miller 1-8, Shaffer 1-0, Lashway 1-(-1). Sheffield – Winslow 1-65, Fitzgerald 2-37, Reynolds 2-28, McNeal 2-23, Johnston 1-5.

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Boys soccer: Gators rule UAVSL North

At the beginning of the 2012 season, Port Allegany boys soccer coach Aaron Clark had two goals: Take sole possession of the Upper Allegany Valley Soccer League North Division title the Gators shared with St. Marys last year, and win a playoff match for the first time since 2008.

Clark’s squad achieved his first objective in fine fashion, leaving no doubt as they dominated their UAVSL schedule on the way to a perfect 10-0 league record. The Gators completed their run to the North title with their sixth and seventh shutouts of the season last week, hitting the road to down second-place Coudersport 5-0 on Tuesday, then drilling Kane 11-0 on Thursday to compile an astounding +50 goal differential in league competition.

Reigning league Most Valuable Player Scott Brookens netted four goals in each game, with Adam Koehler adding a marker in the Coudy match and Tyler Kittilson (hat trick), Dane Kio, Eli Knapp, Trent Miller and goalkeeper Ben Edgell also finding the net against the Wolves. Edgell picked up both wins, making six stops against the Falcons and combining with Miller and Garrett Talkington for a five-save clean sheet at Kane.

The Gators hit a rare bump in the road at Galeton on Saturday afternoon, dropping a 5-4 non-league decision to the Tigers despite goals by Brookens, Kittilson, Sam Kysor, and Aaron Majot, but rebounded with a 9-3 victory at DuBois Catholic on Tuesday to close out the regular season. Kysor (two goals, six assists), Brookens (five goals, three assists), Kittilson and Kio took care of the offense, with Edgell making eight saves in net.

Now, the Gators (15-3 overall) sit back and wait for the District 9 seeding meeting, almost assured of at least one home playoff match next week.

PAHS roundup: Oct. 10-16

Cross country: OV boys, Smethport girls run to NTL titles

The calendar may change, but Oswayo Valley’s dominance over the area cross country circuit continues. On a crisp, sunny Tuesday afternoon at Port Allegany, the Green Wave rolled to a sixth consecutive North Tier League championship to match their unbeaten league dual-meet record.

Defending NTL and District 9 champ Barrett Kemp concluded his run through the league in style as the OV senior crossed the line in 17:15 to hold off teammates Spencer Cole (17:38) and Gabriel Rees (17:51) and claim yet another title in his glittering career.

Northern Potter runners Ethan Kibbe (18:09) and Tim Adams (18:14) paced the Panthers to a second-place finish, with Gabe Trimbur (Coudersport, 18:21), Grant Nolan (OV, 18:27), Adam Koehler (Port Allegany, 18:33), Michael Adams (NoPo, 18:38), and Caleb Byron (NoPo, 18:46) rounding out the top 10.

Morgan Soule (NoPo) completed the hilly 3.1-mile course in 21:04 to edge OV’s Bailey Kemp (22:10) in the girls’ varsity race, reversing last year’s order of finish. Smethport reclaimed the team crown from Northern Potter as Hubber runners Katie Arnett (22:13) and Elizabeth Tanner (22:25) were the next two across the line, with Ellen Kibbe (NoPo, 22:31), Amelia Kibbe (NoPo, 22:43), Courtney Rogers (Coudy, 22:58), Kiersten Slater (Smethport, 23:27), Kahlie Carpenter (OV, 23:38), and Anna Colebert (Otto-Eldred) 23:46 also earning medals with top-10 runs.

Coudersport won both the boys’ and girls’ junior high races, with Smethport’s Justin Tanner (8:47) and Northern Potter’s Emma Ford (9:29) claiming individual honors.

The hill-and-dale season concludes with the D-9 meet in Ridgway on Oct, 27, followed by the PIAA championships on Nov. 3 at the Parkview Country Club course in Hershey.

Girls soccer: Gators end season at 4-12

It was an up-and-down year for the Port Allegany girls soccer team, with the Gators reclaiming the “Ten-Mile Trophy” by sweeping Smethport but falling short of their goal to return to the District 9 playoffs.

“We played very well but were outmuscled in the end,” coach Travis Cowburn wrote after Port dropped a 4-1 decision at perennial Section V contender Genesee Valley last Friday night. “They were very physical as we knew they would be but no answer for it. Cheyenne Helo had an outstanding game in the back sweeper position. Somer Buchsenschutz scored on a beautiful shot, as her speed met the goalie out of position. Lynae Delacour delivered the ball on a gorgeous pass from midfield.”

Emily Chamberlain scored twice and Chelsea Halbert made three saves to pick up the win for the Jaguars (11-3), while Laura Fox stopped 15 shots in the Port net.

The Gators completed their season on Tuesday with a 2-0 loss to Elk County Catholic, as Michaela Cashmer and Morgan Onink each tallied a goal for the Crusaders and Hannah Onink earned the shutout win.

Port (4-12, 4-6 UAVSL) will lose seniors Jessica Achar, Gabrielle Drabert, Kayla Ford, Cheyenne Helo, Samantha Hughes and Mary Rosenswie from this year’s roster, but Buchsenschutz, Delacour, and Fox should provide a solid base of returning talent next season.

Volleyball: Gators stay atop NTL

Three more North Tier League matches, three more straight-set victories for the Port Allegany volleyball team, as the Gators remained on track to match last season’s perfect run through the league schedule.

Jenny Shelley (16 service points, 26 assists, 4 kills) and Rachel Taylor (8 points, 11 kills) led the way in Port’s 25-16, 25-17, 25-10 win over Austin last Tuesday, with Becca Lathrop contributing 8 kills and Ashley Woodruff adding 12 points.

Thursday was Senior Night at the Port Allegany gym, with honorees Shelley (16 points, 7 kills, 24 assists), Taylor (8 points, 12 kills, 5 blocks) and Woodruff (10 points, 3 kills, 7 digs) all playing a major role as the Gators dropped Otto-Eldred 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.

“This was a good win on Senior Night. All three seniors stepped up and played well,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus.

The Gators stepped out of the NTL the next night as Portville, a perennial Section VI power, stopped Port’s regular-season winning streak with a 25-22, 21-25, 26-24, 26-24 victory despite 26 assists and 14 service points from Shelley, 14 kills and 5 blocks by Taylor, and 8 kills by Woodruff.

“You can tell from the scores, this was a close match,” Daniels wrote. “It was a disappointing loss, especially since we were leading in the last two games and then didn’t pull out the win. Portville is a nice team. They are quick on offense and we didn’t make the adjustments we needed to on defense. It was a learning experience for both our front and back row and was a good match to have heading into playoffs in two weeks.

“Two juniors stepped up big for us. Becca Lathrop (7 points, 7 kills, 3 blocks) played big all the way around and Taylor Causer (12 points) was clutch serving for us. 92/95 serving on the night definitely kept us in all four games.”

Returning to league play on Tuesday night, the Gators also returned to their winning ways with a 25-11, 25-12, 25-14 victory over Smethport.

“Tonight was a strong team win,” Daniels wrote. “Shelley (6 points, 4 kills, 35 assists) and Taylor (14 kills, 9 blocks) are always a strong duo. Becca Lathrop (8 points, 11 kills) has gotten stronger every match since our tournament play in Sheffield. Jena Young (7 points, 5 kills) has also made her presence known. Brooke Roys (7 kills, 5 blocks) had a strong showing at the net tonight and Taylor Causer (10 points) played a quick 6 and served very well. We were missing senior Ashley Woodruff and Amber Naylor; Rikki Rennells and Bethy Bernardi (14 points) stepped up effectively.”

Port (14-1, 11-0 NTL) travels to Cameron County on Thursday, then takes part in the Elk County Catholic Tournament on Saturday before finishing the NTL season against Oswayo Valley and Coudersport next week.

AML Week 7: Port A at Sheffield pregame



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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.

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AML Football Week 6: Gators blank Hubs to repeat as North champs





Lori Chase
Oct. 11, 2012

Not much has slowed down the Port Allegany football team during this record-setting season. Even with several starters missing the beginning of last Saturday’s game against Smethport to take their SAT’s, the outcome proved no different, with the Gators rolling to a 48-0 victory over the Hubbers to repeat as Allegheny Mountain League North division champions.

Matt Bodamer ran for one touchdown and passed for three more, edging within two of tying the PIAA state record. The defense pitched its second shutout of the season, stifling Smethport’s two-headed rushing attack of Karl Lightner and Clay Schuler – the AML’s leading ground-gainer coming into the game – to the tune of 28 carries for -4 yards, and still hasn’t allowed a single point in the first half.

And if opposing defenses didn’t already have enough to worry about between Bodamer and his talented receivers and the hard-nosed running of Trent Neal, the Gators unveiled yet another weapon in their loaded arsenal, with Tyler Shaffer beating the pursuit to the corner and breaking off touchdown runs of 30 and 22 yards.

“A little thunder up the middle, a little speed around the outside. It was nice to see him,” coach Mike Bodamer said. “A couple of runs, he didn’t read the holes well enough – but he was fast enough to get outside, so he made up for it. He’s been trying to work in there, and we decided the last couple of weeks to give him a shot. Another new dimension they have to look for.”

Shaffer’s first score gave the Gators the early lead on the game-opening drive, with Sam Kysor adding the extra point. Following a Smethport three-and-out – the sixth consecutive week the Port defense hasn’t allowed a first down in their initial action of the game – it took just two plays and 22 seconds to make it 14-0, with Trey Miller breaking loose for a 35-yard reception and Bodamer finding Nick Conway for the 15-yard score.

The Hubbers didn’t go down without a battle, thwarting one red-zone foray on downs and forcing a punt on the following drive – the first time all year Port’s starting offense has gone without scoring on back-to-back possessions. But with the defense continuing to stop Smethport in its tracks, it was merely a matter of time before the Gators turned their field-position edge into more points.

“Our line has been playing really well this year, and I put a lot of pressure on them this week to come out and perform. That was our downfall today – our line play wasn’t what we thought it was going to be. We couldn’t run the ball, and it started snowballing from there,” said first-year Smethport coach Jim Berlin. “The ground-control kind of style of game that we play, pound the ball, you’re putting yourself in a situation with the clock where instead of working against them it’s starting to work against you.”

“We worked on that,” coach Bodamer said of bottling up the Hubs’ run-heavy gameplan. “We went to the five, six-man front every once in a while, tried to change things up. Alex (Gular) had a nice game, made some nice tackles. That’s definitely what we worked on, their option. We didn’t tackle too well the first half – we had a lot of hand-tackles – but we came out in the second half and played a lot better.”

Taking over at midfield with eight minutes left in the second quarter, another long pass to Miller preceded Matt Bodamer’s 12-yard bootleg to paydirt. Smethport responded with its longest drive of the half, pushing inside the Port 40 for the first time, but their stay there was short as back-to-back sacks set up Victor Bandish’s fumble recovery at midfield with 0:48 left before halftime.

As the Gators have shown all too often this season, that’s plenty of time to score. Following Tyce Miller’s 20-yard catch-and-run down to the Hubber 2, Bodamer found Ricky Bova alone under the goalpost with 0:00 on the clock, and Kysor’s fourth extra point made it 28-0 at the break.

“I think it’s only the second time we’ve gotten our two-minute offense,” coach Bodamer said. “I thought Tyce maybe should’ve went out of bounds, he cut back in and tried to score, but luckily we still had a couple of seconds left. As soon as we lined up in that I saw Rick out there and it’s like, this is going to be so easy. Just a nice throw and catch there.”

While the Gator defense kept Smethport from crossing the 25-yard line for the rest of the afternoon, the offense added three more touchdowns in the second half as Bodamer and Conway hooked up for a 1-yard score early in the third quarter, Shaffer added his second sideline jaunt, and backup quarterback Jordan Seefeldt tossed a 10-yarder to senior Josh Poorman.

With the division title secured, the Gators (6-0) head west to Warren County this Saturday to face Sheffield (2-4), which still has an outside shot at a D-9 playoff spot. It’s been an up-and-down season on Wolverine Mountain under first-year head coach Dave Fitch, with last week’s surprising 52-38 loss at Otto-Eldred offsetting back-to-back wins over Cameron County and Coudersport. Senior Shequan Wright and sophomore Adam Higby split time at quarterback in the Wolverines’ pass-heavy offense.

“Discipline is their big concern, but they definitely have athletes,” Bodamer said. “Actually, I saw them last night (in last Friday’s loss to the Terrors), and their young 10th-grade quarterback doesn’t throw the ball badly. He made some nice throws, and 17 (Wright) is definitely someone you’ve got to keep your eye on. It’ll be fun going down there.”


NOTES: Bodamer’s 14-of-22, 255-yard performance added to his state-leading totals (1,897 yards and 31 TDs), moving him within 355 yards of second place on the career yardage list and two TD passes away from tying Kyle Smith for the PIAA record … Conway (32-663, 12 TDs) and Tyce Miller (34-646, 11 TDs) both rank high on the state leaderboard for yardage and touchdowns, with Tyce one touchdown catch from matching the District 9 career mark of 30, held by Clarion-Limestone’s Brad Beggs … Port won the turnover battle 3-0, as Bandish, Conway, and Jacob Safford each recovered a fumble … The Gator pass rush put heavy pressure on Schuler whenever he tried to throw and sacked him three times, with Nick Budd combining with Bandish for one takedown and notching another one solo, and linebackers Neal and Johnny Sena sharing the third.

NUMBERS: The win was the 11th in a row for the Gators over Smethport, matching the longest streak by either team in the longstanding series … The 48 points by Port matched last year’s output for the fourth-most in the series, with the Gators owning the top five spots. The 62-8 final in 1978 heads the list, with RB Barry Bova – the uncle of current Port TE Ricky Bova – playing a starring role.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Gators have a 10-game winning streak against Sheffield, which last won in the series in 2001 … Veteran announcer Al Lacher returns to the booth again this week for the WHKS broadcast (94.9 FM,

At Port Allegany, Oct. 6:

Score by quarters:
Smethport Hubbers 0 0 0 0 0
Port Allegany Gators 14 14 7 13 48

First Quarter
PA – Shaffer 30 run (7 plays, 62 yards, 2:30), Kysor kick, 9:30
PA – Conway 15 pass from Bodamer (2 plays, 50 yards, 0:22), Kysor kick, 7:28

Second Quarter
PA – Bodamer 12 run (4 plays, 50 yards, 1:10), Kysor kick, 6:59
PA – Bova 5 pass from Bodamer (7 plays, 52 yards after Bandish fumble recovery, 0:48), Kysor kick, 0:00

Third Quarter
PA – Conway 1 pass from Bodamer (2 plays, 40 yards after Conway fumble recovery, 0:23), Brookens kick, 9:27
(running clock)

Fourth Quarter
PA – Shaffer 22 run (5 plays, 68 yards, 2:25), Brookens kick, 11:27
PA – Poorman 10 pass from Seefeldt (5 plays, 37 yards, 2:06), kick failed, 6:38

Team Statistics: S PA
First downs 7 18
Total Yards 45 417
Rushes-Yards 41-37 23-127
Passing Yards 8 290
Comp-Att-Int 1-10-0 16-26-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-0
Punts-Avg. 5-28.6 1-25.0
Penalties-Yards 4-40 4-40
Total Plays 51 49
Time of Possession 31:13 16:47

Individual statistics:

Rushing: Smethport – Abrams 4-31, Stratton 4-13, Lightner 13-5, Confair 2-4, Corbett 1-(-3), Shunk 2-(-4), Schuler 15-(-9). Port Allegany – Shaffer 3-51, Bodamer 4-32, Neal 8-30, Tanner 5-9, Seefeldt 2-9, Gaines 1-(-4).

Passing: Smethport – Schuler 1-9-0-8, Corbett 0-1-0-0. Port Allegany – Bodamer 14-22-0-255, Seefeldt 2-4-0-35.

Receiving: Smethport – Lightner 1-8. Port Allegany – Ty. Miller 4-93, Tr. Miller 2-69, Conway 5-66, Poorman 2-35, Bova 2-20, Neal 1-7.

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Boys soccer: Port clinches UAVSL North

Oct. 4: Port Allegany 3, St. Marys 1

Tyler Kittilson scored two unassisted goals, once in each half, and Scotty Brookens added another tally to his record-setting career total as the Gators shrugged off an early St. Marys goal to sweep the season series from the Dutchmen in Upper Allegheny Valley Soccer League action last Thursday night.

“We’ve never beat them more than once in a year before. It’s great,” Port coach Aaron Clark said afterward. “Last year we had a chance to win the league title – all we had to do is tie them in the last game of the year and we would’ve won the league outright, and we choked it away at the very end. If we would’ve lost to them that would have complicated the league quite a bit, because Coudersport still only has one loss. This basically sets up a very big game on Tuesday with Coudersport.

“They scored quick, maybe five minutes in. They basically dribbled through our defense and we stabbed and overran the ball. It was not a good goal for us. Probably eight minutes after that, Scott was able to put one in from Sam Kysor and Ben Edgell – Ben punted it, Sam sent a beautiful through ball on the ground and it was Scott and the goalie. The goalie didn’t have a chance there.”

The goal was Brookens’ Big 30-leading 29th of the season and 65th overall, both Port High records that the senior forward continues to put out of reach.

With the score level and Port beginning to dominate possession after an early defensive lull, Kittilson corralled a loose ball deep in the St. Marys box and sent it past the keeper to give the Gators the lead at 11:16 of the first half.

The action stayed in front of the Dutchmen net in the second half, as Port barely missed on several scoring attempts before Kittilson snuck behind the defense for a breakaway on a St. Marys goal kick with 12:13 remaining.

“Most of the time those don’t really work,” Clark said. “He was sitting on the 18 – a lot of times, the younger forwards don’t see the point in standing on the 18 on a goal kick, but we tell them ‘Every once in a while, you may get a flubbed goal kick that’s going to go right to you and it’s just you and the goalie.’ So it seems like a pointless practice so many times, but right there it worked out. You could see St. Marys kind of – I don’t want to say quit, but they started conceding right there.”

Edgell had a quiet night in net, needing just five stops to pick up his 12th win of the season as the Gators ran their winning streak to eight games in advance of Tuesday’s UAVSL-deciding match at second-place Coudersport.

UPDATE: Four more goals by Brookens and one from Adam Koehler, plus Edgell’s sixth shutout of the season, earned the Gators their first solo UAVSL North crown with a 5-0 win over the Falcons on Tuesday night. Port, now 13-2 overall, travels to Kane on Thursday with a chance to complete a perfect 10-0 season in the league with a victory against the Wolves. Port won the first meeting, 7-0, with a hat trick from Brookens and an Edgell shutout.

Volleyball: Gators still unbeaten in NTL, claim Sheffield Tourney crown

As the North Tier League volleyball season hit its midpoint last week, Port Allegany continued its quest for a second straight undefeated run through the league. The Gators held serve on Thursday night, following last Tuesday’s thrilling five-set win at Coudersport with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 victory over Northern Potter as Jena Young (22 service points, 4 kills), Rachel Taylor (15 service points, 12 kills, 7 blocks), Ashley Woodruff (6 service points, 11 kills, 7 digs) and Jenny Shelley (22 assists) led the charge.

“The girls kept their intensity throughout the match. They were focused, passing well to set up the swing,” coach Sharon Daniels wrote in an email to the Reporter Argus.

Stepping out of the NTL for am 11-team tournament at Sheffield on Saturday morning, the Gators got off to a slow start without two of their top players, but rebounded to claim the tourney title with a championship-match win over Cranberry.

Coach Daniels’ post-match report:

“We started the day short starters Rachel Taylor, Ashley Woodruff (SATs). The line-up for the first round of pool play saw one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and a freshman.

“We dropped two to Sheffield early 6-11, 9-11, then changed the line-up starting Brianna Bell (freshman JV, middle hitter) in the right side blocking position. Becca Lathrop had to fill the middle hitter position left vacant by Taylor. Jena Young, Amber Naylor and Rikki Rennells played their regular strong side positions and filled in for Woodruff. Bethy Bernardi played the back row opposite Brianna while our lone senior, Jenny Shelley, directed from the court. They gelled much better and we went on to defeat Rocky Grove, 11-5 and 11-4, then faced Oil City for the last match up of Round 1 and defeated them 11-2 and 12-10 (after trailing 10-6). Becca Lathrop was offensively and defensively sound. Roys, Bell, Young and Shelley added to the front row defense, blocking very well.

“The second round of pool play seeded the top four teams against one another. We had edged Youngsville on points for the fourth position in the top seeded pool. At this point we were playing with more confidence but were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Taylor and Woodruff. We came right out and split with Sheffield after having lost two to them earlier. ECC defeated us pretty easily 11-4, 11-8. Just as we finished against ECC our seniors arrived in the gym. We had nearly an hour wait before meeting Cranberry for our last match of the second round. To say the least, they were speechless as Ashley and Rachel joined the warm-up hitting drill. Their speed and strength served to pump up the entire team and everyone was swinging impressively. We dropped Cranberry 11-4 and then had a rotation of poor service receive, dug a hole and lost the second game 6-11.

“After another long break before the playoff seeds were posted, we faced Brockway, one game to 21. The team played very strong, passing well and hitting aggressively (21-8). Our next match was a rematch with ECC who had just defeated NTL rival Oswayo Valley. We won that match, 15-8, 11-15 (again service receive was our nemesis) and finished with a 15-11 score. Cranberry had defeated Eisenhower and had been waiting on the other court while we finished.

“The format now was best two out of three, first two to 25, third game to 15. We came out slow and trailed as much as 13-8 before slowly gaining momentum. We finally gained the lead when we arrived at 20. Our blockers made adjustments and our back row slid line on their outsides and hard cross court on their middles and brought up everything. Final of the first game, 25-23. We definitely had the momentum at this point. At 20-9 in the second game it was apparent that the Gators were going to earn the trophy. The final score, 25-16.

“Jenny Shelley was solid all day. She set well, making effective decisions, was aggressive on offense and was defensively sound. Becca Lathrop was a key player and our ‘go to’ hitter throughout pool play. Jena Young also stepped up her game swinging effectively and moving well on defense. Brooke Roys adjusted well to her blocking assignment. She forced the opponents to go around her helping our defense immensely. Rachel Taylor and Ashley Woodruff both immediately made their presence felt in the playoffs combining for 27 kills and even more importantly raised the level of intensity of the entire team.

“Other than one lull in service receive, the girls played consistently throughout the playoffs for 6 games straight. Service accuracy was impressive at 97/105. It was definitely our best all-around play of the season thus far.”

The Gators (11-0, 8-0 going into Tuesday’s match at Austin) return to their home court on Thursday to host Otto-Eldred, then hit the road twice next week for matches against Smethport and Cameron County.