PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (1-3)
KANE WOLVES (4-0)
Oct. 1, 2015
Kane High School’s 2014 football season ended with a trip to the PIAA state playoffs. Four weeks into the 2015 campaign, it looks like the Wolves are gearing up for a return trip.
Taking full advantage of a pair of early Port Allegany turnovers, the reigning District 9 Class A champions raced to a four-touchdown lead less than five minutes into their 66-22 victory over the visiting Gators at Paul R. Miller Stadium on Friday night.
It was Kane’s fourth consecutive lopsided win over an Allegheny Mountain League North Division team in crossover play, with Cameron County (38-0), Smethport (47-16), and Sheffield (50-8) equally unable to figure out how to stop this deep and talented pack of Wolves (4-0).
“I want to give all the props to coach Todd Silfies and his staff. They play with energy, they play with aggression. They’re a year-round football team, and they deserve all the credit,” Port coach Justin Bienkowski said. “They just play the game so hard. Their running backs run the ball hard, and their line blocks really well.”
The Gator defense was seeing double, as twin brothers Tyler and Shane Rolick accounted for six of Kane’s 10 touchdowns. Behind a massive line averaging 245 pounds per player, Tyler rushed for 216 yards and three scores and added one on a reception, while Shane caught another one of sophomore quarterback Reed Williams’ four TD passes and ran a kickoff back 79 yards to cap the Wolves’ scoring. Erik Delong (129 rushing yards) also hit triple digits as Kane rolled up 374 yards on the ground and 513 in total offense.
“The Rolick boys are as athletic as they come in our league. It reminds me of when Shawn played for us on the Big 30 team a couple of years ago; his brothers are built just like him,” Bienkowski said. “Hard-nosed kids, well-coached team in all three phases of the game. You can tell they put their work in.”
While the game got out of reach quickly, the Port mentor did see some positives from the 16 Gator players who took the field on Friday night, starting with two touchdown runs from Josiah Ramadhan. The senior receiver, filling in at fullback for the injured Dylan Baumgarner, ripped off a 58-yard sprint to the end zone on Port’s first play from scrimmage after halftime — the first touchdown scored before the fourth quarter on Kane all season — and added another one to finish the night with 141 yards on the ground.
“When I stood over here and watched him run down the sideline, it reminded me of being here at the Kane Track Invitational watching him run the 100,” Bienkowski said. “He’s a fast kid, he’s an aggressive kid, he’s a team guy.”
Mac Tanner also scored on a 38-yard run, his third touchdown of the season, and added a pair of two-point conversions for the Gators. Ethan Budd paced the Port defense with five total stops, while Jake Kallenborn (two), Bryan Stahlman, and Brock Veilleux each registered tackles for loss.
“I didn’t think we quit; I think we gave effort. I told them as long as they can lay their heads on their pillow tonight, that’s what I’m asking,” Bienkowski said. “Some positives against maybe the subs for Kane, but it’s always good to see something on the scoreboard that curves instead of a zero.”
With non-division play out of the way, Port (1-3) hosts defending AML North champ Cameron County this week. The Homecoming contest against the Red Raiders is the lone Saturday-afternoon kickoff (2:30 p.m.) on the Gator schedule. CCHS comes in at 0-4, but with Caleb Burnside scoring three touchdowns on a pair of short runs and a kickoff return, they were within six points of Curwensville in the second half of last week’s game before the Golden Tide pulled away for a 58-28 victory.
“We’re just going to try and keep the guys focused, and see what Cameron has in store next Saturday afternoon,” Bienkowski said. “I love our guys. They’re great. We lost, but I love coaching them. They’re going to try and get better, and we’re going to try to get better (as coaches). We’re going to heal up and see what we can do.”
– Last week’s D9Sports.com honor roll included two Gators who played major roles in the 24-10 win over Moniteau. Seniors Dylan Baumgarner (four catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns; two interceptions and six tackles on defense) and Tre Garzel (9-of-12 passing for 143 yards and three touchdowns; 13 carries for 25 yards) were the first Port players listed this season.
– Garzel doubled down on those honors by being named the Wayne Concrete Big 30 Impact Yardage Player of the Week for Pennsylvania.
– And on a personal note regarding a column which ran in another area newspaper last week, I’d like to express my appreciation to each of the Port Allegany High School varsity coaches, who do their best to try to keep local media outlets informed about their student-athletes in addition to their teaching and coaching duties. They’ve all dealt fairly and professionally with me, whether or not the scoreboard was in their favor at the end of the game.
At Kane, Sept. 25:
|Score by quarters:
|Port Allegany Gators
Kane (11:17) – Tyler Weidenhoff 21 fumble return; kick failed, 0-6
Kane (9:06) – Tyler Rolick 20 run (2 plays, 50 yds); pass failed, 0-12
Kane (8:19) – Erik Delong 39 run (2 plays, 67 yds); run failed, 0-18
Kane (7:09) – T. Rolick 12 run (2 plays, 21 yds after fumble recovery); T. Rolick kick, 0-25
Kane (3:10) – Shane Rolick 27 pass from Reed Williams (7 plays, 73 yds); kick failed, 0-31
Kane (9:50) – Weidenhoff 34 pass from Williams (5 plays, 51 yds after int.); T. Rolick kick, 0-38
Kane (1:28) – Ray Maze 29 pass from Williams (8 plays, 48 yds); T. Rolick kick, 0-45
Kane (11:09) – T. Rolick 71 run (1 play, 71 yds); T. Rolick kick, 0-52
Port A (10:33) – Josiah Ramadhan 58 run (1 play, 58 yds); pass failed, 6-52
Kane (8:11) – T. Rolick 20 pass from Williams (4 plays, 80 yds); T. Rolick kick, 6-59
Port A (4:15) – Mac Tanner 38 run (4 plays, 65 yds); Tanner run, 14-59
Kane (4:01) – S. Rolick 79 kickoff return; T. Rolick kick, 14-66
Port A (4:40) – Ramadhan 8 run (5 plays, 36 yds); Tanner run, 22-66
Rushing: Port – Ramadhan 11 carries-141 yards (2 TDs), Tanner 11-69 (TD), Marlin Moyer 1-(-2), Tre Garzel 10-(-12). Kane – T. Rolick 11-216 (3 TDs), Delong 11-129 (TD), S. Rolick 3-23, Frank Truden 2-6, Aiden Hulings 3-1, Devin Young 2(-1).
Passing: Port – Garzel 6-14-1-6 yards. Kane – Williams 8-10-0-139 (4 TDs), S. Rolick 0-2-0-0.
Receiving: Port – Jordan Seefeldt 4-19, Jake Kallenborn 2 (-13). Kane – Maze 3-53 (TD), Weidenhoff 2-44 (TD), S. Rolick 1-27 (TD), T. Rolick 1-20 (TD), Delong 1-(-5).
(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)