PAHS sports briefs: Sept. 15

The Port Allegany soccer teams continued their successful start last week, with each team opening UAVSL play with a win and the Gator girls adding a pair of non-conference victories.
The volleyball team began its season with a split in North Tier League action, dropping its opener to Coudersport before rebounding to sweep Austin.

GIRLS SOCCER:
Port Allegany 6, St. Marys 1
Port Allegany 3, Eisenhower 1
Port Allegany 4, Wellsboro 1

Autumn Buchsenschutz,  who scored a team-best nine goals last season, has already surpassed that total just five games into the 2016 campaign. The senior midfielder netted a hat trick in all three games to move her total to 11 and maybe could’ve had more, but chose to pass to an open teammate on several occasions.

“Autumn Buchsenschutz can do anything in any sport. It takes a special person to be as unselfish as her. The sky’s the limit for her,” said Port coach Travis Cowburn, praising Buchsenschutz and fellow co-captains Kennedy Dates, Evie Russell, and Julia Young for their leadership.

Dates (1 goal, 1 assist), Shaylee Caulkins  (1 goal, 2 assists), and Tara Briggs (goal) each found the net in Port’s home opener on Tuesday, with Caulkins also opening the scoring at Wellsboro on Saturday morning.

Junior goalkeeper Brianna Roys has stepped seamlessly into the lineup, replacing graduated four-year starter Laura Fox. She hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game, stopping 11 shots against the Dutch, seven at Eisenhower, and 16 against Wellsboro.

“I’ve always said you have to be half-crazy to want to play goalie, and she says, ‘I fit the bill,'” Cowburn said, chuckling. “She’s coming out at all the right times, she’s doing real well. Her throws are even better than her kicks, which you don’t see very often in high school soccer. She’s making good decisions.”

Port was slated to travel to Smethport on Monday, then host Elk County Catholic on Wednesday.

Looking forward to the rest of the UAVSL slate, Cowburn said, “We knew the division would be weak with the exception of Ridgway. They’re going to be outstanding. But right now, it looks like the division is wide open. We’ll know in a couple of weeks.”

Are the Gators in that mix?

“We’re a lot better than I thought we would be after our first couple of scrimmages,” Cowburn said. “Maybe we’ll make some noise. Who knows?”

BOYS SOCCER:
Port Allegany 10, Kane 0

After two tough tourney tilts to open the season, the Gator boys used Thursday’s UAVSL contest to give their reserves significant playing time.

Brandon McCaslin led the Port offense with a hat trick, Mackenzie Elliott and Howie Stuckey each scored twice, and Payton Caden, Calvin Burleson and Tyler Lashway also found the net against the overmatched Wolves. Josh Mealy and Adam Doan combined for the one-save shutout.

Port was scheduled to host Elk County Catholic on Tuesday and Smethport on Thursday  before traveling to St. Marys for an 11 a.m. start on Saturday, leading into a much-anticipated showdown with Coudersport on Sept. 20.

VOLLEYBALL:

Coudersport,  which dethroned the Gators atop the NTL last season, looks poised to repeat. The powerful Falcons swept Port in last Tuesday’s opener, 25-14, 25-10, 25-13.

On Friday, Port returned the favor against visiting Austin, with Kierra Keck pounding out 11 kills, five aces and two blocks while Mira Terrette dealt out 24 assists in the Gators’ 25-23, 25-19, 25-18 sweep. Hannah Lathrop (nine kills) and Erin Stauffer (five kills) also contributed to the Gator offense.

Port visited Northern Potter on Tuesday before hosting league co-leader Otto-Eldred on Thursday evening.

Rovers run past Gators

BROCKWAY ROVERS (3-0)

72

PORT ALLEGANY GATORS (0-3)

0

Lori Chase
Sept. 15, 2016

Injuries left an already-thin Port Allegany football roster scrambling against one of the best teams in District 9 on Friday night, with the results showing on the Gator Field scoreboard in Brockway’s 72-0 Allegheny Mountain League crossover win.

The deep, talented Rovers (3-0) entered the week tied for third in the D9Sports.com Top 10, behind only Kane and Class AAAA DuBois, and they’ll likely move up following their third dominating victory in a row and the Beavers’ loss to Meadville.

“Mad respect for their program. They’re just a better team than us right now,” said Port coach Justin Bienkowski. “We were at the top of the mountain. Now we’re at the bottom and we have to work our way back up. But I’m super proud of my guys, of the way they continue to battle. That scoreboard is not a sign of the character we have. I firmly believe that.”

Mark Latuska, a 1,000-yard rusher last year, led the Brockway attack with three touchdown runs. The 6-2, 220-pound senior punched in two short scores in the first quarter, then showed breakaway speed on a 90-yard sprint down the visitors’ sideline on his final carry of the game.

The Rovers took advantage of five first-half Gator turnovers to build a commanding 50-0 lead at the break, and began substituting freely during the second quarter.

“I told them at halftime, you’re going to have rough times, but this sport will teach you that you’ve got to keep coming back. I firmly believe that, and I’m proud of our guys for trying to become better,” Bienkowski said.

“We’re 0-3. It shouldn’t taste good. We shouldn’t be okay with it. But at the end of the day, it’s a game. It’s a high school sport where you’re making some friendships and gaining some respect for each other. That’s what we’re taking from it. We’ll come back and try to get better.”

The Gator coaching staff already knew they’d struggle to replace the seven AML all-stars lost to graduation this spring, but the task got even more difficult when both starting quarterback Daniel Jordan and two-way lineman Jesse Rush, one of just three returning starters, were sidelined.

Jake Kallenborn, seeing his first action at quarterback since early in his freshman season, completed 8-of-16 passes for 65 yards with three interceptions. Hunter Kisko, a 5-9, 160-pound freshman, took over for the injured Rush at center, often giving up close to 100 pounds to the Brockway defensive linemen.

“Hunter Kisko fumbled the first snap, could’ve very well checked out, but he played his tail off for us,” Bienkowski said. “As a freshman, playing against one of the best teams in Class AA.”

It doesn’t get any easier this week, when the Gators wrap up their crossover schedule by making the long drive to Curwensville to play the always-tough Golden Tide.

“It’s a challenge. We’ve got to be able to travel and play on the road. It’s always been a tough place to play. We’ve never beaten Curwensville down there since they entered the AML; we were fortunate enough to play them up here during our glory years.

“They’re a good team. Physical. We know what they’re going to do, we know they’ve got Nick Stewart and we know he’s going to run the ball. We just have to figure out a way to stop him.”

At Port Allegany, Sept. 9:

Score by quarters:
Brockway Rovers 29 21 15 7 72
Port Allegany Gators 0 0 0 0 0

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
B (11:42) – LeCates 24 pass from Miller (1 play, 24 yds); Esposito kick, 7-0
B (5:01) – LeCates 10 run (9 plays, 79 yds); LeCates pass from Esposito, 15-0
B (4:03) – Latuska 4 run (2 plays, 4 yds); Esposito kick, 22-0
B (0:05) – Latuska 1 run (3 plays, 57 yds); Esposito kick, 29-0
Second Quarter
B (9:27) – Latuska 90 run (1 play, 90 yds); Esposito kick, 36-0
B (5:44) – Miller 2 run (5 plays, 55 yds); Esposito kick, 43-0
B (0:35) – Serafini 10 run (4 plays, 50 yds); Esposito kick, 50-0
Third Quarter
B (9:23) – Jo. Wood 31 pass from Downer (5 plays, 54 yds); B. Smith pass from Inzana, 58-0
B (1:03) – Inzana 1 run (9 plays, 68 yds); Puhala kick, 65-0
Fourth Quarter
B (1:10) – Glasl 4 run (10 plays, 81 yds); Puhala kick, 72-0

Team Statistics:
First downs: Brockway 25, Port 10. Rushes-Yds: Brockway 28-331, Port 31-27. C-A-I: Brockway 15-22-1, Port 8-16-3. Passing yards: Brockway 243, Port 65. Total offense: Brockway 574, Port 92. Fumbles-Lost: Brockway 0-0, Port 4-3. Punts-Avg: Brockway 0, Port 4-27.3. Penalties-Yds: Brockway 6-70, Port 3-30. Plays: Brockway 50, Port 47.

Other AML Results:
Bradford 76, Cameron County 12
Kane 43, Coudersport 8
Ridgway 38, Smethport 0
Curwensville 43, Sheffield 0
Elk County Catholic 31, Otto-Eldred 0
(game called at half due to weather)