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Talbots turning up heat for stretch run

| Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
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Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal Pine-Richland's Nicco Elms has made plays all over the field for Pine-Richland this season. Elms, a senior, plays fullback on offense and plays in the front seven on defense.
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Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal Shaler senior running back Wayde Barkey takes a handoff from quarterback Brad Good as the Titans look for a first down.

The Hampton Talbots seem to be gaining momentum and firing on every cylinder. Just ask Hollidaysburg, which is still trying to figure out how to stop the Talbots' rushing attack.

The Hampton duo of Frank Bello and Anthony Bianco accumulated more than 100 combined rushing yards and tallied four touchdowns. Bianco scored on three first-half runs of 8, 4 and 68 yards, and Bello had the clinching score on a 4-yard run.

“Our kids came out in the beginning and try to put out a fire early,” Hampton coach Jacque DeMatteo said. “It was homecoming for Hollidaysburg, and we had a long bus ride to get there. We also had some kids sick and unable to practice this week.”

It seemed like Hampton was at a disadvantage, but as DeMatteo preaches, play together as a team and good things will happen.

Enter his offensive line and running backs.

“It is hard to key on one of them,” DeMatteo said. “They really complement each other well. It has been a blessing.”

DeMatteo reiterated the fact that the key to this win as well as the others was the fact his kids played as a team, stayed focused and used the loss to Greensburg Salem a couple of weeks ago as a wake-up call.

Central Catholic 28, Pine-Richland 8

After the Vikings were throttled a week ago at Seneca Valley, Pine-Richland coach Clair Altemus knew Central Catholic was going to come harder than ever at his Rams this week. Altemus was right, as Central grinded out three first-half touchdowns en route to the win.

The Rams seemed to have some early momentum, as their opening drive took the team to the Vikings' 28-yard line. However, Pine-Richland turned the ball over on downs, and Central drove back down the field for a 7-0 lead. The Rams had a punt return for a touchdown called back on the next change of possession, and Altemus said that is where things went south.

“Terry Totten is a good coach, and I knew they would have some extra fire in their bellies,” Altemus said. “They didn't do anything unexpected, they just executed.”

Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci hit Kevin Rader with an 11-yard scoring strike late in the game to prevent the shutout, and Connor Slomka netted 106 rushing yards.

Seneca Valley 49, Shaler 0

The Shaler defense held tough most of the first half, but in an eight-minute span in the second quarter, Seneca Valley found the end zone three times to take a 28-0 lead into the half.

The bright spot on offense was Zach Carney, who caught 6 passes for 69 yards.

West Green 30, Vincentian 0

Vincentian coach Tim Storino said despite the outcome of the game, he saw a lot of positives for his young team once he got a chance to break down the film.

“We were on the doorstep three times, but a clipping and holding penalties brought back some big breaks for us,” Storino said. “The good thing was our tackling: It has improved.”

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at jeclerk@tribweb.com or 724-779-6979.

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