Ford City gets win over Deer Lakes on senior night
Few feelings rival that of a senior football player winning his final home game.
Just ask Ford City's players
Playng in front of a packed crowd at Ford City Field on senior night, the Sabers downed Deer Lakes, 38-21, in a Class AA Allegheny Conference game.
It's been a down year for Ford City (3-6, 2-5), but the Sabers didn't let that slow them Friday night.
Deer Lakes (0-8, 0-7) still is seeking its first win.
Ford City began the second half ahead 14-6, but Deer Lakes refused to back down. The Lancers took the opening drive and went 50 yards for a touchdown — a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Josh Plocki, who also ran in the 2-point conversion.
With the score even at 14, the momentum shifted Ford City's way. After a 28-yard field goal by senior Tyler Blaniar made it 17-14, Deer Lakes fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and junior lineman John Bittner scooped it up for Ford City.
Five plays later, senior running back August Martini scored from 5 yards to make it 24-14.
“That was huge,” Ford City coach John Bartolovic said about the touchdown off the turnover. “The two touchdowns called back because of penalties I thought were going to break our back.”
Deer Lakes kept it a game as it answered the score with a 2-yard touchdown run by junior running back Hunter Burns to get within 24-21.
The Sabers sealed it when senior receiver Cody Peppler returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
Ford City sophomore quarterback Anthony Falsetti made his first start and was nearly flawless, going 6 of 7 for 106 yards. Junior tight end Zeke Walker was his favorite target, catching five passes for 87 yards.
“I thought he did a great job,” Bartolovic said of Falsetti. “He's a good athlete. He's played defense all year, and we worked him up (in practice) as we always do with two quarterbacks. For his first start, it was a great night for him.”
Senior running back Chantz Schrecengost, who shed tears of joy after the win, rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries
Plocki led Deer Lakes with 113 yards passing and 129 yards rushing on 23 carries.
“We need to get better next week,” Deer Lakes coach T.J. Wiley said.
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.