Penns Valley headed to Playoffs on high note
Written by: Ron Bracken on Saturday, October 27th, 2018
PHILIPSBURG – For the second week in a row, Philipsburg-Osceola ran into a buzz saw. After falling to Clearfield, 62-0 last Friday, last night the Mounties got tangled up with playoff-bound Penns Valley and dropped a 56-7 season-ender.
“They were sharp,’’ P-O coach Brian McGonigal said of the Rams. “They blocked well and we couldn’t get off blocks. We didn’t have an answer for them. “Offensively, I counted 11 drops. At times we ran well and we pass protected well. I thought our offensive line had one of its best games. ‘’
But it wasn’t enough to handle the Rams, who came within eight yards of having a perfectly balanced output (210 yards rushing, 218 passing). Aaron Tobias hit on 14 of 19 passes for 218 yards and five touchdowns while Ryan Ripka carried the ball 12 times for 146 yards. Penns Valley struck for four touchdowns in the first quarter.
After holding the Mounties on downs to start the game Penns Valley got the ball on the P-O 35 and needed only three plays to score as Tobias hooked up with Cole Breon from 11 yards out and Gage Ripka booted thepAT with 9:52 showing on the clock. Gage Ripka picked off Bubba Slogosky on P-Os next possession and returned the ball to the Mountie 32. Four plays later Tobias hit Logan Snyder for a four-yard score and Gage Ripka made it 14-0 at the8:37 mark.
After forcing P-O to punt on its next possession the Rams only needed two plays to score as Tobias and Snyder teamed up for a 63-yard score at the 5:36 mark, giving the Rams three touchdowns in nine plays.
Penns Valley only needed three plays to get its next td and Ripka scored from the 7 and Gage Ripka made it 28-0 .In the second quarter Tobas connected with Seth Baney from a yard out just 44 seconds gone.
Leading 35-0, Penns Valley game up a TD when Slogosky scored from the one with 2:58 left in the half. Aaron Parks kicked the PAT. But the Rams weren’t done scoring in the half as Ryan Ripka got loose for a 48-yard score with 2:19 showing on the clock. Gage Ripka made it 42-7 at the break.
In the third quarter Tobias found Breon for a 63-yard score and in the final period Christian Fruhauf scored from the P-O 10 to end the scoring.
“I’m very proud of these kids,’’ said Rams coach Martin Tobias as the Rams posted their first winning season (7-3), since 2007. “They have worked really, really hard. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to be competitive, to go out and compete in every game. Tonight we were able to get some turnovers that set us up in good field position. This is wonderful for these kids, the school, the whole community.’’
PV56 , P-O 7
(At Philipsburg Friday night )
PV 28 14 7 7 – 56
P-O 0 7 0 0 – 7
PV – Breon, 11-yd pass from Tobias; G. Ripka (kick), 9:52
PV – Snyder, 4-yd pass from Tobias; G. Ripka (kick), 8:37
PV – Snyder, 63-yd pass frm Tobias; G. Ripka (kick), 5:56
PV – R.Ripka, 7-yd run; G. Ripka (kick), 2:07
PV – Baney, 1;yd pass from Tobias; G. Girpka (kick), 11:16
P-O – Slogosky, 1-yd run; Parkes (kick), 2:58
PV – R. Ripka, 48-yd run’ G. Ripka (kick), 2:18
PV – Breon, 63-yd pass from Tobias; G. Ripka (kick), 10:19
PV – Fruhauf, 10-yd run; G. Ripka (kick), 3:30
1st downs 12 12
Rushes/Yds 25-210 21-80
Pass Yds 218 79
Total offense 428 159
Att//C//I 16-11-0 23-9-2
Interceptions 2 0
Fumbles/Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties/Yds 2-20 6-70
Punts/Avg 2-28 6-33
Rushing: PV – Ripka12-146, Tobias, 1- (minus) 7, Baney, 9-47, Homan, 2-10, Fruhauf, 1-10; P-Ostamm, 14-74, McDonald, 2- (minus) 3; Slogosky, 1-(minus) 7, Weitoish, 2-12, Morrissey, 3-0.
Passing: PV – Tobias19-14-218; P-O – Slogosky, 23-9-79
Receiving :PV – Snyder, 7-158, Breon, 5-47, Baney, 1-1; P-O, Keith, 4-36, Stamm, 12-14, Weitoish, 1-11, Martin, 1-13,Thompson, 1-26.
Records: P-O 1-9, PV 7-3
Next Game: P-O season complete, PV advances to District 6 2A playoffs TBA
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