Big-play Hempfield races past Connellsville
By Jason Black
Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 11:15 p.m.
Big plays were the name of the game, and Hempfield made plenty of them in Friday's Quad East clash with visiting Connellsville.
The Spartans jumped to a 21-point first-quarter lead by scoring touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a 42-28 victory over the Falcons.
“We had a great start to the game,” Hempfield coach Rich Bowen said. “But give Connellsville credit. They played an excellent game.”
Hempfield (2-1, 2-1) wasted little time as Joey Hoffner hauled in an 11-yard touchdown strike from Ty George on the Spartans' first possession of the game. Then, just four plays later, Joey DeFloria started his big night by returning a punt 60 yards for a score.
In addition to his punt return, DeFloria also had touchdown runs of 70 and 72 yards. He finished with 262 yards on 26 carries.
“Joey is a great football player and an even better kid,” Bowen said. “He can score from anywhere and he made some big plays.”
Leading 14-0, Hempfield's DeLorian Day picked up a fumble and returned it 28 yards for the score.
“The bottom line is we were down 21-0, and I saw a lot of kids that have been down this road before,” Connellsville coach Dave McDonald said. “We showed a lot of character and a lot of heart.”
The Falcons (0-3, 0-3), despite their early struggles, continued to battle. Connellsville's Jade Maher scored on a 45-yard run to get the Falcons on the board in the second quarter.
After George scored from 1 yard out for Hempfield, the Falcons answered when Jimmy DeMarco grabbed a 3-yard scoring strike from Maher to make it 27-14.
Maher completed 24 of 36 passes for 228 yards. His top target was Darrell Ross, who had 15 receptions for 155 yards.
But just before the half ended, DeFloria scored on a 70-yard run to make it 35-14.
“We couldn't tackle him,” McDonald said. “He broke our backs a couple of times. He is a special player.”
In the third quarter, Connellsville made it 35-20 when Michael Parlak caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Maher. Then in the fourth, Connellsville cut the deficit to 35-28 on a 10-yard run by Christopher Russell, who finished with 166 yards on 26 carries.
But DeFloria iced it with his 72-yard fourth-quarter score.
For the Spartans, it was an important conference victory.
“We're 2-1 headed out for two key road games,” Bowen said. “We know we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Falcons also plan to continue working.
“We saw some guys step up and I'm proud of my team,” McDonald said. “We'll get back to grinding on Monday.”
Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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