AML Championship: Port Allegany at Kane

(6-3, 5-0 AML NORTH)

(9-0, 4-0 AML SOUTH)

7:00 PM EDT


Port and Kane are tied with four AML championship-game victories each, second to Smethport’s seven since the league inaugurated its title tilt in 1986.

Port Allegany (4-2) Kane (4-0)
1986: Port Allegany 23, Johnsonburg 14 2002: Kane 35, Coudersport 19
1987: Johnsonburg 21, Port Allegany 20 2007: Kane 21, Cameron County 13
1988: Port Allegany 19, Ridgway 14 2008: Kane 7, Cameron County 6
2000: Curwensville 33, Port Allegany 21 2013: Kane 36, Sheffield 6
2011: Port Allegany 56, Brockway 27
2012: Port Allegany 54, Brockway 7

SERIES RECORD: Port holds a 9-8 edge in the 30 years since the Wolves joined the expanded AML, although Kane has won the last three meetings and seven of the last 10. The two teams have never met in either the AML title game or the District 9 playoffs.

1988: Port Allegany 38, Kane 0 2006: Kane 18, Port Allegany 6
1989: Port Allegany 17, Kane 0 2007: Kane 32, Port Allegany 7
1992: Port Allegany 15, Kane 6 2008: Kane 40, Port Allegany 20
1993: Port Allegany 20, Kane 0 2009: Port Allegany 15, Kane 14
1996: Port Allegany 10, Kane 6 2012: Port Allegany 46, Kane 13
1997: Port Allegany 26, Kane 18 2013: Kane 54, Port Allegany 0
1999: Kane 18, Port Allegany 8 2014: Kane 42, Port Allegany 6
2002: Kane 34, Port Allegany 17 2015: Kane 66, Port Allegany 22
2003: Port Allegany 18, Kane 14

LAST MEETING: September 25, 2015 – Wolves 66, Gators 22

A nightmarish start snowballed into a lopsided defeat for the Gators, with Kane returning a fumble for a touchdown on Port’s first play from scrimmage and adding three more scores before the game was five minutes old.

“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.”

(Helmets courtesy of the Pennsylvania Helmet Project.)

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