Penns Valley Smacks Bellefonte, 35-10
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
By BILL ALBRIGHT
BELLEFONTE — One year ago, Bellefonte and Penns Valley hooked up in a good one to open the season, the Red Raiders driving 99 yards on 15 plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a hard-fought 14-8 win.
Friday night at Rogers Stadium, the Rams weren’t about to wait around for any Raider heroics to emerge on the scene. Instead they took control of the game in the second period before cruising to a convincing 35-10 win over the Raiders in the season opener for both teams.
The two teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter for a 7-all tie, but that is when the Rams began assuming control of the game on both sides of the line of scrimmage as they proceeded to score 28 unanswered points to break the game wide open.
“I think they got rid of some of the nervousness,” said Penns Valley head coach Martin Tobias about answering the Bellefonte touchdown. “I think they got back to focusing on what their assignments are and the adrenalin was rushing because for a lot of these kids, it was their first experience on the field under the Friday night lights. These players are teenagers, but they are men in the making. For them to go out there and display the resiliency they did is a great credit to them.”
For the Rams, the victory over the Raiders is their second in a row after closing out 2010 with a win over Mount Union.
“That (coming off the win over Mount Union) might have played a little part in what happened tonight,” said Tobias. “But the bottom line is that we have a group of guys who came together and played as a team.”
As for what the win means to his young team, Tobias said, “It makes us 1-0 for the first time in a long time heading into the regular season.”
Despite watching his team take the field with the ranks depleted somewhat, Bellefonte head coach Duffy Besch still felt his team was ready to play the game.
“We came tonight with a plan and I thought we were ready to play,” said Besch. “I don’t think I had us prepared quite as good as we should have been. Our coaches thought we would be able to do some things with our line because that part of our game has always been a strong point for us. I thought our line played well, but I have to tip my hat to coach Tobias and his staff. I said all last year they were and are a better team than a lot of people give them credit for and they proved it tonight. They came out strong, they were hungry and I can’t enough about the work he and his staff have done with those kids.”
With Bellefonte very much still in the game, the game-breaker might have arrived on the scene with 29 seconds left before intermission when Penns Valley
quarterback Sam Snyder scored his second of three touchdowns to give the Rams a 21-7 lead at halftime.
“That (touchdown) was huge for both teams,” said Besch. “I went out there during a timeout and I challenged the defense by reminding them we had to come up with a stop. I told them it was our turn to make a play and we had people there in different positions, but we just weren’t able to finish the play.”
While the Penns Valley defense was busy bottling up the Raider offense, the Ram offense, led by Snyder and fullback Austin Auman were busy leading the way to a net of 311 yards of total offense.
Snyder finished with 127 yards and three touchdowns on 10 totes, while Auman added another 102 yards and a pair of scores.
“I think Sam (Snyder) did a good job of making good reads both running and throwing the ball,” said Tobias. “He has also developed into a nice leader, and that is good to see.”
A good offense usually starts with a solid effort from the offensive line, and Tobias was quick to point that out.
“You also have to give a lot of credit to the guys up front.” Tobias said. “They have made a lot of progress, but we aren’t there yet. There were still some mistakes out there tonight, but they have made big strides and we are very proud of them.”
While the Rams had a lot of experience up front, Besch felt that overall game experience might be one of the weaknesses of his team entering the season.
“I said at the beginning of the season that one of our weaknesses was going to be game time experience, said Besch, “And tonight, I think that was something that came through. We have players who can make the right plays, make the right reads and do what we ask them to do, but you have to be able to finish and we weren’t able to do that tonight.”
Leading the Raider offensvie effort was quarterback Jordan Fye with 108 yards and one touchdown, while overland, the Raiders were led by Colin turner with 55 yards on 10 tries.
Penns Valley 7 14 7 7 — 35
Bellefonte 7 0 0 3 — 10
PV — Sam Snyder 1 run (Greg Witherite kick) (7:16)
B — Jesse Hocker 25 pass from Jordan Fye (Adam Johnson kick), (4:25
PV — Austin Auman 3 run (kick failed), (11:33)
PV — Snyder 24 run (Auman rush), (:29)
PV — Auman 8 run (Witherite kick), (3:54)
PV — Snyder 36 run (Witherite kick), (10:56)
B — Johnson 26 FG. (5:25)
Team Statistics PV BEL
First Downs 17 13
Rushes-Yards 34-239 31-101
Passing Yards 82 125
Passing 6-15-1 9-25-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties-Yards 3-22 2-25
PV: Sam Snyder 10-127, 3 TDs, Austin Auman 12-102, 2 Tds; Dom Hook 4-17, Liam Benfer 2-9, Taylor Collison 4-5, Ian Brown 1-1, Team minus 22.
BEL: Colin Turner 10-55, Brian White 8-41, Cody Hartle 3-8, Cody Dobson 3-5, Nick Leiter 2-3, Andy Kaltenbach 1-1, Tyler Sunday 1-minus 2, Jordan Fye 3-minus 10.
PV: Sam Snyder 6-15-1, 82 yards.
BEL: Jordan Fye 8-21, 108 yards, 1 TD; Tyler Sunday 1-3, 17 yards; Nick Leiter 0-1.
PV: Ian Brown 2-47, Luke Weaver 2-27, Taylor Collison 1-9, Dominic Hook 1-minus 1.
BEL: Doylan Deitrich 3-44, Jesse Hocker 1-25, 1 TD; Brandon Shuey 3-20, Tyler Haslet 1-19, Brian White 1-17.
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