PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (3-3)
OTTO-ELDRED TERRORS (0-6)
DUKE CENTER, PENNSYLVANIA
7:00 PM EDT
LAST 10 GAMES: Gators lead, 7-3, but Otto-Eldred has won the last two after snapping a six-game losing streak in the series in 2013.
LAST MEETING: October 10, 2014 – Terrors 29, Gators 22
The Terrors (1-6) went ahead for good on a 67-yard connection from quarterback Nick Appleby to a wide-open Dakota Eaton late in the third quarter, then held the Gators (1-6) twice on downs in O-E territory in the final period to notch their first win of the season.
“A must win,” coach Virgil Graham said. “Our last two have been must-wins. That’s the only way we can approach these now, is that we have to have our backs against the wall and work together as a unit. Basically, our mantra this week was not to let as many opportunities pass; we’ve had a lot of missed opportunities that have come back to haunt us. We limited those this week, and it ended up going in our favor.”
The loss dropped Port into a four-way tie in the AML North at 1-2 with O-E, Coudersport, and Sheffield, which also picked up its first win with a 36-6 decision over the Falcons. In a showdown for first place in the division, Cameron County powered to a 43-6 win over Smethport.
LAST TIME IN DUKE CENTER: September 27, 2013 – Terrors 12, Gators 0
Rolling up 172 rushing yards behind the tandem of Sam Colebert and Seth Drummond and shutting down the Port Allegany offense, Otto-Eldred made two first-quarter touchdowns stand up in a 12-0 victory over the Gators in an Allegheny Mountain League North Division game on Friday night. The Terrors’ win was the first against Port since eking out a 15-14 decision in 2006, and their first shutout in the series since 1975.
“We couldn’t do much of anything. Eldred played very well defensively,” coach Mike Bodamer said. “They blitzed a lot of people and got after Jordan (Seefeldt) pretty well. We couldn’t connect on a pass and couldn’t run the ball. We made a couple of stupid mistakes to give them their touchdowns early on, but defensively, we played fairly well. We were in the game; we just could not sustain a drive whatsoever.”
Drummond rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown while also hauling in six passes for another 80 yards, while Colebert added a game-high 69 yards on the ground and caught a touchdown pass from Dakota Vaughn for the game’s first score.
Both teams joined Cameron County at 1-4 on the season, leaving them two games behind the trio of Coudersport, Sheffield, and Smethport in the AML North, and with an uphill climb to qualify for the District 9 playoffs.
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