CAMERON COUNTY RED RAIDERS (0-4)
PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (1-3)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015
PORT ALLEGANY, PENNSYLVANIA
2:30 PM ET
AML SERIES RECORD: Gators lead 16-13 (0-1 postseason) since the modern (two-division) Allegheny Mountain League era began in 1986.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Raiders lead, 6-4. In the most recent meeting, CCHS snapped a three-game Port winning streak in the series.
LAST SEASON: September 26, 2014 – Red Raiders 45, Gators 16
““I thought we would win – as a coach you should go into every game thinking you should win, in my eyes – but I didn’t expect this,” Cameron County head coach Mike Kunes admitted after watching his team roll up 325 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. “We have some very, very good offensive linemen, and they have some games under their belt now. They really picked it up this week and played very well.”
“Running behind a line anchored by Jack Karsten, the 6-4, 328-pound behemoth who finished one spot short of a trip to the state wrestling tournament as a 285-pound junior, both Caleb Burnside (11 carries – 144 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Rusty Setzer (12-120, 3 touchdowns) hit the century mark as the Raiders (1-4) secured their first win of the 2014 campaign.”
LAST TIME IN PORT ALLEGANY: October 12, 2013 – Gators 16, Red Raiders 14
“Head coach Mike Bodamer could only laugh and shake his head when asked about the Gators’ first touchdown. With Port (3-5, 2-3) trailing 6-0 and facing fourth-and-1 from its own 44 just before the end of the first quarter, punter Tyler Shaffer took the snap and scrambled around in the backfield for what seemed like forever before lofting a pass to Chad Gaines just beyond the first-down marker. The junior receiver did the rest, splitting a pair of Cameron County tacklers and racing to the end zone for the 56-yard score. Shaffer tacked on the two-point conversion on a run from the “swinging-gate” formation, and the Gators were ahead to stay.
““Once again, we don’t draw those up,” Port coach Mike Bodamer said, noting that Shaffer’s fake option on the play was actually supposed to be a run. “He scrambles and throws something up in the air … That was just 100 percent pure luck, but at this point we’ve got to take what we can get. Chad made a nice play on it and made a nice run, so we’ll definitely take it.””
Shaffer added a 7-yard run for a score in the third quarter to give Port a 16-6 lead, and Chris Lashway recovered an onside kick to thwart the Red Raiders’ last-minute comeback attempt.
(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)