Rams claim Heritage title, Tutino sets state record as Ligonier Valley dominates Northern Cambria 49-6
Written by: John Caldwell on Monday, October 15th, 2018
This weekend is normally a time for celebration in Ligonier as the town holds its annual Fort Ligonier Days festival. The Ligonier Valley Rams football team added to the fun by honoring its seniors, clinching a conference title and watching star receiver Aaron Tutino set a state record for touchdown receptions while convincingly beating the Northern Cambria Colts 49-6.
The Colts won the toss and elected to defer its choice to the second half. The Rams oﬀense took the ﬁeld and took only 4 plays to ﬁnd the end zone. Tutino set the record in style by hauling in a 59 yard pass from John Caldwell and racing down the sideline to make it 6-0 Rams. Peter Stoll made the ﬁrst of his seven conversion kicks to make it 7-0.
Tutino would set the Rams up for their next score by intercepting Colts QB Mark Marino to give the Rams the ball at the Colts 27. Kyrie Miller would cap that drive by running for a 3 yard score and it was quickly 14-0 Ligonier.
Northern Cambria took the kickoﬀ and went on a long drive inside the Rams 5 yard line but would turn the ball over on downs. The long ﬁeld was no problem for the LV oﬀense. Twelve plays and 97 yards later Sam Sheeder would extend the lead to 21-0 with a 1 yard run.
The Colts took the ball and went on their own long drive. They covered 86 yards to score on a 11 yard pass from Marino to Tyler Bearer. The two point run failed and it was 21-6 with just over three minutes in the half. The Rams would score quickly after a nice return to midﬁeld and a penalty on NC. Caldwell found Tutino again for a 15 yard score and the teams went to the locker room with LV leading 28-6.
After the break, Ligonier would put things away with three touchdown runs largely set up by Colts turnovers. Sheeder, Miller and Ayden Kelley ran for 2 yards, 2 yards and 15 yards respectively to give the Rams a 49-6 lead and lead to a running clock. Neither team would score in the 4th quarter as each team put a lot of its reserves in the game.
The Rams defense controlled the Colts rushing attack all night. Their front seven of Christian Jablonski, Wiley Spiker, Blake Bridge, Mike Petrof, Ethan Boring, Sam Sheeder and Ayden Kelley held the Colts to 125 yards rushing, well below their average of 350 yards per game. Jablonski and Spiker each recovered fumbles, Sheeder had multiple tackles behind the line and Tutino chipped in with his interception.
Oﬀensive leaders for the Rams were Tutino with 5 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns, Miller rushed 11 times for 63 yards and two scores and Caldwell was 12 of 16 for 214 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Rams will face the Bobcats of Blairsville in Blairsville this Friday at 7. Northern Cambria will host Penns Manor also Friday at 7. Both teams are looking to solidify their spots in the upcoming District 6 playoﬀs. The Rams have also clinched a spot in the Appalachian Bowl where they will face WestPAC Champion Shade on October 27 at 7 at Windber Stadium.
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