WEEKEND WARRIORS: Spartans Implode Bridgers 38-17
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, October 4th, 2009
AMBRIDGE, Pa. – Saturday afternoon is usually home to college football, however on this cool October Saturday afternoon in the town of Ambridge it was still about Bridger high school football. Ambridge (2-2) moved their 2009 homecoming game against the Montour Spartans (3-1) to Saturday to accommodate the members of the 1956 Bridger team, who were honored at halftime for their 9-0 undefeated season.
Although the rain that made its way through the Pittsburgh area on Friday had past, both Montour and Ambridge played sloppy football in the first half.
Ambridge would make a critical mistake early in the game, when quarterback Zack Nici was intercepted by George Beerhalter who made a great one handed grab for every the best of wide receivers let alone a 6-4, 255 pound…lineman, and rumbled 25-yards for the games first score.
Touchdowns would be nonexistent for the rest of the half, but Montour would still found a way to get another score when 30-yard field goal that made it 9-0.
Ambridge would get on the board late in the second half on a 40-yard field goal, cutting the Spartans lead to 9-3 going in to halftime.
Both teams would find get their offenses on the right page in the second half. Montour would be the first to do that with less than one minute into the 3rd quarter, running back Phil Peckich found a seem and took off 65-yards for the Spartans touchdown, Peckich would also add the two point conversion making it 17-3. The Spartans would add to that lead, on an Ian Donovan 3-yard blast into the end zone.
The Bridgers would find the end zone for the first time when Nichi found Kolby Addis on a 20-yard strike. Ambridge just couldn’t be constant, being forced to punt five times. Most of that confusion was thanks to the Spartans defense, who forced three turnovers.
Senior running back Phil Peckich scored three of the four Spartans touchdowns and has been the driving force behind the Spartans four game winning streak, after starting the season with a loss to Pine-Richland.
Ambridge falls to a disappointing (1-4) on the year and (0-2) in the conference. The Bridgers will look for their second win of the season next Friday when they go visit Moon (0-5).
Montour improves to (4-1) on the season and (2-0) in the Parkway conference. With the win the Spartans are making an impressive case for one of the top three spots in the Parkway conference, with both Hopewell (5-0), West Allegheny (4-1) looking to do the same. Montour will put their unblemished conference record on the line next week for homecoming against New Castle (3-2) who is coming off losses to West Allegheny and Hopewell.
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