T-D HS Football

Brentwood’s Bill Madeja (right) tries to break the tackle of a Windber defender during Friday’s game at Windber Stadium. The Ramblers topped the Spartans 35-20 to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Ramblers battle to beat Spartans


WINDBER — Overcoming a sluggish start, the Windber Ramblers built a two-touchdown lead and never saw their lead shrink below seven points as they topped visiting Brentwood Friday night at Windber Stadium.   
The Ramblers’ (2-1) also coaxed six fumbles from Spartans quarterback Connor McWilliams, recovering one that led to the game-sealing touchdown over the District 7 squad.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” said Windber head coach Matt Grohal. “I told the guys, out of my 17 years of coaching at Windber, this is the biggest win I’ve ever been a part of.”
Late in the first quarter, Windber opened the scoring on Dustin Blough’s 1-yard touchdown run. The score was set up by Devon Tomlinson’s 51-yard scramble to the Spartans’ 1. Kicker Jacob Podrasky tacked on the extra point to make it 7-0 with 4:07 left in the first quarter.
Tomlinson guided the Ramblers to their second touchdown, this time through the air as he connected with Matt Barkley from 8 yards out. During the drive, Tomlinson completed all four of his pass attempts with three passes going to Barkley for 56 yards and one pass to twin brother Dan Tomlinson for 16 yards. Podrasky’s point-after made it 14-0.
The Spartans replied on Justin Vickless’ 6-yard run.
Kicker Sean McGlaughlin – 2-for-3 on extra-point tries – connected on the extra point attempt as they trailed Windber 14-7.
On the ensuing WIndber drive, Devon Tomlinson connected with wide receiver Alec Jeske for a 28-yard touchdown. On the possession, Devon Tomlinson completed two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown while gaining 10 yards off two rushes.
Windber led 21-7 at the half.
Brentwood – behind Bill Madeja – drove 72 yards on its way to a touchdown to open the second half.
On the 14-play drive, Madeja led the team with six rushing attempts, 33 yards, and a 1-yard touchdown. McGlaughlin connected on the extra point attempt, as Windber led 21-14.
On the ensuing drive, Barkley scored on a 56-yard reverse to bump the Windber lead to 28-14 with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
Madeja helped the Spartans to another score, this time taking the ball in from 13 yards away.
A McWilliams fumble – recovered by Windber – set up the Ramblers’ final touchdown with Blough cashing in from a yard away.
Windber travels to Blacklick Valley next week while the Spartans return to WPIAL play at Fort Cherry.