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Northern Cambria Colts stomp the Purchase Line Red Dragons

Written by: on Monday, September 17th, 2018


Purchase Line quarterback Jacob Barnett looks for an open receiver against Northern Cambria. TAMMY SCHMITTLE PHOTO

“Have faith in the team and trust that they can do their job,” said senior lineman Quinn Scalese prior to the game, when asked what they need to do in order to win. The Purchase Line Red Dragons traveled to Northern Cambria to face the undefeated Colts, September 14, 2018. The Dragons badly needed to get a win, but, unfortunately, were unable to do so. Purchase Line was defeated by Northern Cambria, 35-0.

Winning the coin toss, and deciding to defer the ball was an easy decision for the Dragons to make. Junior Jacob Barnett kicked the ball into the arms of the Colts returner, but the runner was almost immediately tackled by junior Kyle Day. The Colts were flagged on the next play for the delay of game. Not long after, the Colts’ Ben Vasil, scored their first touchdown, with a 7-yard run, leaving seven minutes and two seconds left in the first quarter. The extra point was good, and the score became 7-0. On the Dragons’ first possession of the game junior Cullen Goncher had a 35-yard run with a pass from Barnett. Several incomplete passes in the end zone led to the ball being returned to the Colts. After a few more plays and an injury, the first quarter ended with the score of 7-0, and the Colts nearing the endzone.

Northern Cambria’s Henry Dumm scored a one-yard touchdown only two seconds into the second quarter. Vasil, then, took control over the two-point conversion, making the score 15-0. Soon after, Northern Cambria’s Mark Marino intercepted the ball, which eventually led to another touchdown of 3-yards by Logan Onkst. The Dragons were unable to take control of the game. Marino struck again with another interception and a 35-yard return for a touchdown. The Dragons’ defense was still struggling to hold Northern Cambria’s offense back from the endzone. Tyler Dumm had a 2-yard touchdown after Marino passed the ball to Adam Kopera, which was optioned to Dumm, with three minutes and forty seconds left in the first half.

Purchase Line’s Hunter Antisdel (21) and Charles Schmittle (42) line up against the Northern Cambria Colts as quarterback Jacob Barnett waits for the snap. TAMMY SCHMITTLE PHOTO

Purchase Line and Northern Cambria both began to substitute in younger players during the third and fourth quarters. Freshman Brady Syster, one of the younger players who was thrown in, said, “We tried everything. We just couldn’t get past them. Overall, I thought we played alright.” No touchdowns were scored in the last half of the game.

When the buzzer sounded, the Northern Cambria Colts celebrated for winning their homecoming game, and getting revenge on the Dragons, who were yet to get a win. Head Coach Matthew Falisec said, “We’ve obviously had a tough season so far, but I am still hopeful and confident that our players will find some success. I believe in our kids.” The Dragons have their homecoming game next week, facing off against the Blairsville Bobcats.

Purchase Line’s Cullen Goncher runs ahead of Northern Cambria’s Henry Dumm when the two teams faced off for Northern Cambria’s homecoming game. TAMMY SCHMITTLE PHOTO

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