Franklin Regional fortunate in win over Hollidaysburg
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Two of Franklin Regional's worst plays turned into the biggest swings in the Panthers' favor Friday night.
Dane Brown led No. 6 Franklin Regional with 150 total yards and two touchdowns, and the Panthers' defense recovered three fumbles to give Franklin Regional a 35-0 Greater Allegheny Conference win at home against Hollidaysburg.
The Panthers (6-1, 5-1) were holding a 7-0 lead and had Hollidaysburg (3-4, 3-3) pinned back on its 6-yard line with 1:54 left in the first half. On a third-and-11, Hollidaysburg quarterback Brian Urban broke a designed run down the left side past midfield.
Defensive back Chris Colucci chased him down at the 34-yard line and hacked the ball out of the Urban's hands, which allowed the Panthers to recover after a 60-yard run.
“One of the best linebackers I've ever had, Carter Henderson, made just about his only mistake. He read the play wrong, went the wrong way, and they hit it,” Franklin Regional coach Greg Botta said. “Colucci gave a great effort. He made a big play to strip that ball. He did exactly what he needed to do to get the ball back and change the momentum.”
Two plays later, Brown took a screen pass from quarterback Nico Lodovico for a 51-yard gain, which set up Lodovico for an 11-yard touchdown scramble with 12 seconds remaining before halftime.
On the Panthers' second play from scrimmage in the second half, Lodovico was hit as he threw a deep pass, and Urban intercepted the underthrow.
But on the next play, the Panthers turned another negative into a positive, as Urban fumbled in the backfield and Franklin Regional recovered.
“We've got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot,” Hollidaysburg coach John Barton said.
“Offensively, that's been one of those things that we've got to shake, but in the same vein, when you've got a great team like Franklin Regional, they create some of those opportunities, too.”
Franklin Regional kept control from there, with rushing touchdowns by Brown, Matt Yurko and Paul Emanuele on its next three drives.
“If we execute and do the things we need to do, we'll be successful,” Botta said. “I think we got the message, and we played a lot better in the second half.”
Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pirates’ Worley tosses 4-hit shutout vs. Giants
- Westmoreland women stole thousands to finance dog show appearances
- Pirates expect high prices in trade market
- Steelers notebook: Team hasn’t called on Keisel, Harrison yet
- Pittsburgh Brewing tries to reconnect with region, return to glory days
- Glassport Scout completes Eagle Project
- Pennsylvania Turnpike Southern Beltway extension gets funding
- White Oak man ordered to pay fine in gambling ring case
- Police say naked woman stabs three women during street fight in McKees Rocks
- Steelers hoping that youth movement breathes life into team
- Grand jury report says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police