A record-shattering effort by junior tailback Grant Syster keyed a dominating performance by Purchase Line on Saturday afternoon as the visiting Red Dragons overwhelmed Conemaugh Valley 40-0 in the season finale for both teams.
Syster became the first runner in Red Dragon history to surpass the 300-yard mark in a single game as he rolled up 306 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries.
Windber’s explosive offense set the tone early Saturday afternoon at Conemaugh Valley and never let up as the playoff-bound Ramblers rolled to a 49-0 win over the Blue Jays.
“We want to stay focused heading into the playoffs,” said Windber coach Matt Grohal, whose club improved to 6-3. “We want to stay sharp offensively, and we were able to do that today.”
How will the WestPAC be won in 2013? Meyersdale’s triple-overtime victory over visiting Berlin Brothersvalley last week created a three-way tie atop the WestPAC and produced a number of potential title scenarios to unfold over the final two weeks of the regular season.
The WestPAC only counts games played between conference opponents in the official standings. WestPAC teams have played crossover games against Heritage Conference opponents to help balance a schedule in what would have been an 11-team league.
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Blacklick Valley was able to overcome a 200-yard rushing night by Conemaugh Valley’s Brandon Galasso and the Vikings defeated the Blue Jays 22-13 on Friday night.
“This was a hard fought game by both teams,” Vikings coach Bill Zamboni said. “We played a very physical game tonight and the key was we did not turn the ball over.
“We made adjustments throughout the game on both sides of the ball and our players adapted well to the adjustments. Galasso was very good for them. We made adjustments all night to try and contain him."
Galasso finished with 206 yards on 29 carries.
Garrett Smith got the Vikings (2-5) on the board with a 1-yard run in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Corey Kalinyak’s 16-yard run and extra point put the Blue Jays (1-6) ahead 7-6.
Jeremy Stutzman helped Blacklick regain the lead on a 3-yard run. Blake Ray’s conversion run gave the Vikings a 14-7 lead.
When Berlin and Meyersdale meet on the football field, the border rivalry traditionally produces a hard-fought game regardless of how the two teams are faring in the standings.
This season, both the undefeated Mountaineers and once-beaten Red Raiders are among the top teams in the WestPAC, which only enhances an already much-anticipated meeting at Meyersdale tonight.
“It’s a rivalry game. Normally you can throw records out the window with this one,” said Berlin coach Doug Paul, whose team is 7-0 and has outscored opponents 286-52. “But this year both teams are having outstanding seasons. It should be an electric atmosphere.”
JOHNSTOWN — The football revival at Somerset has produced plenty of memorable plays from offensive standouts such as Tanner Stull and Dylan Barnes.
Meyersdale’s homecoming celebration was a resounding one on Friday night, as the Red Raiders improved to 5-1 on the season with a 54-0 victory over Conemaugh Valley.
The Red Raiders wasted little time with getting on the scoreboard, as Lance Leydig’s 37-yard punt return set up the a quick, two-play drive with 9:29 to go in the first. Gavin Berkley scored from 2 yards out to give the Red Raiders a 6-0 lead as the Blue Jays (1-5) stiffened on defense and Meyersdale returned the favor – holding Conemaugh Valley to minus-7 yards in the opening frame.
JOHNSTOWN — A large, enthusiastic crowd filled Thomas Yewcic Stadium on Friday for the home night game at Conemaugh Valley, but a lights-out performance by Shade sophomore tailback Baily Blackburn keyed a strong rushing attack that powered the visiting Panthers past the Blue Jays 32-7.
Numbers don’t lie. Plain and simple.
It can sometimes be hard to believe the numbers that Berlin’s Braden Fochtman puts up each night. You may even have to see a game for yourself just to put those sky high stats in perspective.