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Tutino ties state receiving touchdown record as Rams roll past Stingers

Written by: on Sunday, October 7th, 2018


Aaron Tutino pulled in three touchdown catches to tie the state record for career touchdown receptions as the Ligonier Valley Rams remained undefeated by downing the Marion Center Stingers 49-27. Tutino now has 54 for his career.

Ligonier took the opening kickoff and would drive the length of the field mixing runs and a terrific full extension catch by Tutino for 36 yards. Tutino would finish the drive on a three yard pass from Sam Sheeder. Peter Stoll added the first of his seven PATs to make it 7-0 Rams early. After a Stinger punt, Kyrie Miller quickly found the end zone on the next possession for Ligonier Valley with a 48 yard run down the Rams sideline to make it 14-0. The Rams scored quickly on their next possession as well on a nice pitch and catch from John Caldwell to Sam Sheeder for 33 yards. Caldwell scrambled right and hit Sheeder who made a great move along the sideline for the score to make it 21-0.

Marion Center battled back on their next drive with a long pass of over 50 yards and scored on a fourth down pass from 21 yards out from Gavin Palko to Garet Wells. The conversion failed and it was 21-6. The Rams would close the scoring in the first quarter on a 2 yard pass from Caldwell to Cage Dowden.
The change of quarter didn’t change the situation for Ligonier as Caldwell and Tutino hit on a 3 yard touchdown followed by a 37 yard score. Andrew Kuzemchak closed out the first half scoring by falling on a fumbled punt snap in the Stingers end zone to make it 49-6 at the break.

In the second half, the Rams rested most of their starters ahead of next week’s showdown with Northern Cambria. The Stingers would get three scores on a 33 yard run by Zach Hicks, a 3 yard run by Garet Wells and a 56 yard run by Wells to set the final at 49-27. Mike Wise converted 3 PATs.

For the game, Tutino finished with 6 catches for 123 yards and 3 scores. Sam Sheeder showed his versatility for the Rams by throwing a touchdown, catching a touchdown and adding 73 yards receiving and 40 rushing. Caldwell was 10 for 12 for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns while Miller totaled 102 yards on only 6 carries and a score. Once again, the LV offensive line controlled the game allowing the Rams backfield to have success. Mike Petrof, Blake Bridge, Alex Torrance, Christian Jablonski and Jude Grzywinski kept Caldwell clean and opened holes for Miller and Sheeder all night.

Defensively, the Rams got contributions at all levels of their defense. Up front, Petrof had two tackles for a loss and a sack, Dowden had a sack, Ayden Kelley had 5 tackles and John Beard chipped in with an interception.

The Rams host Northern Cambria at Weller Field on Friday at 7 PM with the winner all but assured of the conference championship. Marion Center will travel to Penns Manor to take on the Comets.

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