Ligonier Valley Clinches Heritage Title
Written by: Sully Schueltz on Sunday, October 15th, 2017
The Ligonier Valley Rams had an opportunity to clinch a second consecutive Heritage
Conference Championship on their home turf Friday night with a win over the Blairsville
Bobcats. They took care of business quickly running out to a 49-0 lead 15 minutes into the
game and cruised to a 49-14 victory.
The Rams took the opening kickoff and drove the length of the field aided by a third down
conversion on a throw from John Caldwell to Jackson Daugherty and a completion to the 1 yard
line on a reverse pass from Nathan Burns to Daugherty. Starting center Michael McVicker lined
up in the backfield and plunged in from a yard out for the score. Peter Stoll made the first of his
seven PAT kicks and the Rams led 7-0 just over two minutes into the game.
On Blairsville’s next possession, Daugherty blocked a punt and fell on it at the Blairsville 13. On
the next snap, Aaron Tutino ran around the right end for a score and a 14-0 lead. The next
Blairsville punt wasn’t any better for the Bobcats as Tutino gathered in a bouncing ball and
raced 59 yards up the near sideline for a score and a 21-0 lead.
The Ligonier offense continued to make big plays on their next few possessions. First,
Daugherty hit Sully Schueltz with a 66 yard scoring pass and then Daugherty caught a slant
from Caldwell and took it 89 yards for the touchdown. Aaron Sheeder got the last Ligonier score
on a 7 yard run and it was 49-0 LV 2 minutes and 21 seconds into the second quarter.
Ligonier’s dominance was apparent in the halftime stats. The Rams had rolled up 346 yards of
offense to only 33 for Blairsville.
The second half was played with a running clock under the Mercy Rule. Blairsville got scores
from Sleasman and Askew on short runs to set the final at 49-14.
Leading the defense for the Rams were Zach Beitel and Tutino with interceptions, Sheeder with
a forced fumble and a tackle for loss, Mike Petrof with a fumble recovery and Ben Kenyon with 7
tackles including two for a loss. Christian Jablonski had three quarterback pressures and was in
the Blairsville backfield all night. Caldwell went 5 for 8 for 101 yards and a score for LV.
Daugherty had 3 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. Daugherty and Sheeder each had 47
yards rushing and a touchdown.
The Rams try to finish conference play undefeated when they travel to Purchase Line to face
the 5-3 Red Dragons. Blairsville will face 7-1 Homer Center.
CO-WRITER John Caldwell
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