LV Rams honor their Captain, dominate Penns Manor 48-8 @roger_beitel
Written by: John Caldwell on Monday, September 3rd, 2018
Friday night at Weller Field in Ligonier was going to be an emotional night for the Ligonier
Valley Rams as they honored their late friend and teammate, Joey Dubics. But the Rams were
able to set those emotions aside and take care of the visiting Penns Manor Comets behind
some early quick strike scores and a tenacious defense.
The Rams took the ball on the opening kickoff and, on the first play from scrimmage, hit a 55
yard pass from John Caldwell to Aaron Tutino to set the tone for the night. Those two would
hook up for a 41 yard touchdown on the Rams next possession and the two PATs from Peter
Stoll set the score at 14-0 early.
On defense, the Rams defensive line was able to keep the potent Penns Manor rushing attack
in control by limiting their ability to run wide and the rest of the defense backed them up
admirably. The offense took the ball and drove right back down the field for a score capped by
Kyrie Miller’s 1 yard score.
The special teams for LV contributed on the ensuing kickoff and forced a fumble which they
recovered. On the next snap, Caldwell tossed to Tutino who caught the pass and lateraled the
ball to Zach Beitel to cover the 18 yards to the end zone to set the score at 28-0 by the end of
the first quarter.
With the outcome decided, the Rams settled back and let their ground game control a large
portion of the second and third quarters. Caldwell hit Sully Schueltz for two scores and added
one more to Tutino to stretch the lead to 48-0. The Comets spoiled the shutout with a 1 yard
run by Matt Somogyi and a 2 point conversion by Jimmy Lightner to set the final at 48-8.
Kyrie Miller had his first career 100 yard game finishing with 102 yards on 17 carries and a
score. Tutino grabbed 6 catches for 123 yards and 3 touchdowns while Sully Schueltz finished
with 3 catches for 25 yards and two scores. Caldwell finished 11-17 for 198 yards and 6
Defensively, all four starting defensive linemen, Mike Petrof, Blake Bridge, Christian Jablonski
and Wiley Spiker, had at least one tackle for loss. Jablonski also added a sack to his evening.
Ayden Kelley led with 7 stops while Tutino and Andrew Kuzemchak each had 6 tackles.
The Rams will be on the road again this week as they visit the United Lions at 7 PM. Penns
Manor hopes to get back on the winning track as they visit the Homer Center Wildcats also
Friday at 7 PM.
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