Pine-Richland spoils Shaler's homecoming; Hampton wins big, too
Entering his team's Saturday afternoon game at Shaler, Pine-Richland coach Clair Altemus was concerned about a change in routine.
The way things went for Altemus' Rams against the Titans, he might want to schedule more Saturday afternoon games.
Pine-Richland dominated Shaler on both sides of the ball and on the scoreboard, posting a 49-6 victory to spoil Shaler's homecoming festivities.
The Titans trailed, 14-0, late in the second quarter, but had moved inside Pine-Richland territory before quarterback Brad Good lost a fumble with 1:15 left.
“We had a chance to make it a one-score game late in the first half and we turned the ball over,” Shaler coach Chris Siegle said.
The Rams turned Shaler's turnover into a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the half.
“We executed today. That was the big thing. We had been struggling a little bit coming into this one,” Altemus said.
“I was a little worried about our routine getting thrown off, but we did what we had to do.”
His team's 49 points were as many as the Rams had scored in their previous four games combined.
The Rams outgained the Titans, 491-106.
They totaled 333 yards rushing, including 163 yards by sophomore Connor Slomka and 101 yards from sophomore Earnest Williams.
“A lot of that is because of the great job of our offensive line and offensive line coach,” Altemus said. “He gets those guys ready to go. We had three sophomores on the line today.”
The lone bright spot for the Titans was a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by junior Zach Carney, which accounted for the only Titans points in the game.
Hampton 49, Derry 0
Sometimes one or two players take over a game, which leaves everyone else watching them make highlight after highlight.
But in Hampton's rout of Derry, everyone had a hand in the team victory.
“It really doesn't happen too often,” Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said. “It was really nice to everyone get to be a part of a win, but what struck me as more important than that is the receivers were really unselfish blocking downfield when they knew we weren't going to throw much after getting up early.”
Hampton's top two running backs, Anthony Bianco and Frank Bello, sparked the Talbots' offensive surge in the first quarter with three touchdowns. Bello scored his first touchdown on a 58-yard run, and Bianco scored his only touchdown on 68-yard run on the next drive.
“We were on the road for their homecoming, so they had a lot to play for,” DeMatteo said. “I think it was important for us to come out and put the fire out early.”
The Talbots continued rolling in the second quarter with Ben Foreman's 90-yard touchdown run and a pair of Colin Luther touchdown receptions, one of which was a 25-yard pass from his brother, Ryan Luther.
“We have some depth in the skilled area, so we have some players that can fill in for few reps during games,” DeMatteo said.
“There are some kids that had the opportunity to step in this week, and they produced.”
Hampton scored its last touchdown in the fourth quarter when Dan Coholich, the team's fourth running back, ran the ball in from 2 yards out.
Jefferson Morgan 48, Vincentian 7
Vincentian Academy's inaugural football season didn't get any easier against a Jefferson-Morgan team.
“It was ugly,” Royals coach Tim Storino said.
Jefferson-Morgan's Dustin Conti scored on the game's first drive with a 25-yard run, but Vincentian Academy responded on the next drive.
“We had a play called that we saw in the film that we thought we had a chance to execute, so we brought our set in tight and released the receiver downfield,” Storino said.
“Our quarterback, Michael Tappe, made a great throw.”
On the receiving end of Tappe's 65-yard touchdown pass was John Walter, who started the game as a receiver and finished the game playing left tackle. Walter finished the game as an offensive lineman because Vincentian Academy lost three players to injury in the first five minutes of the game.”
“When you lose your best three players any team, regardless of their numbers, is going to struggle,” Storino said. “We finished the game with 13 guys.”
The Royals were also outsized by a wide margin.
“They're a big football team,” Storino said. “They've got 250-pound linemen and a kid who is 6-6 and 350 pounds, and our line is averaging around 200 pounds. So we were mismatched from the get-go.”
Jefferson-Morgan scored all of their 48 points in the first half, and neither team scored in the second half.
“When other teams get up on us they put in their JV squad,” Storino said. “If we were playing a JV season, we might be undefeated.”
Eric Schott and Shawn Annarelli are freelance writers.