No team in The Tribune Democrat coverage area scored a bigger win than Northern Cambria, which rallied to beat Penns Manor, 28-20, Friday night in a Heritage Conference game.
Penns Manor qualified for the PIAA Class A semifinals a year ago and returned the majority of its top players, including Danny Ferens.
Northern Cambria scored the game's final two touchdowns – the first a 19-yard pass from Jeff Hogan to Dartagnan Suchar and the second a 4-yard Hogan run. Penns Manor beat Northern Cambria twice last season, including a 36-6 setback in the postseason.
The Colts dominated the fourth quarter as they ran 17 plays to five for Penns Manor, and they may have established themselves as the team to beat in the Heritage.
Following Portage's 13-10 win at North Star, considered the heavy favorite to win the WestPAC, Mustangs coach Gary Gouse said, "Their team is loaded with talent – 50 times more than ours. We came with heart, we came with desire and we won the football game on heart and desire."
He also said," Anybody that was betting, they weren't betting on us. Not one penny."
With a defense loaded with returning lettermen, Portage shut down the high-powered Cougars and Evan Price did a little bit of everything in the victory.
Luke Brancato, Rockwood
Shawn Dell, Forest Hills
Joe Donoughe, Forest Hills
Scott Fennell, Ligonier Valley
Kyle Flick, Richland
Drew Glotfelty, Berlin
Jeff Hogan, Northern Cambria
Evan Price, Portage
Johnny Sheesley, Blacklick Valley
Tanner Stull, Somerset
Zaine Tomkowski, Bishop McCort
Say what?: Ferndale traveled to Conemaugh Valley Saturday for a game both WestPAC members desperately wanted to win. That long awaited victory will have to ... well, wait. The game was suspended with 7:35 left in the third quarter.
Conemaugh Valley, which had two wins a year ago, led, 40-18.
And, get this, the game won't be resumed until Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be completed at Conemaugh Valley.
Here's the kicker, according to the article published in The Tribune-Democrat, the storm which forced the delay never actually hit Thomas Yewcic Stadium, home of the Blue Jays.
Friday night's not all right for fighting: Portage will be without defensive standout Caleb Kephart, who was ejected from the North Star game following a personal foul penalty in the third quarter, for its key home game Friday against Berlin. North Star quarterback Brantley Rice will not play Saturday at Ferndale after he was ejected following a brief skirmish.
|Penn Cambria's Seth McClendon tries to break through the Greater Johnstown defense during Friday's game.|