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Hounds show Geibel mercy

| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002

MONESSEN - Whenever the Monessen and Geibel High football teams get together, the 35-point mercy rule is a strong possibility.

Friday night was no exception. Monessen scored two touchdowns in the opening 2:52 and led 40-0 at halftime before coasting to a 40-9 Tri-County South Conference victory over the visiting Gators.

"We needed a big play from the special teams and got it tonight," Monessen coach Joe Fischer said.

He was referring to Robert Youngblood's 89 yard touchdown return with the game's opening kickoff.

The next time Monessen (2-2, 2-0) touched the ball, the Greyhounds had another touchdown as Quinton Martin raced 55 yards for a score.

Two plays, two touchdowns and another Monessen rout over Geibel was underway.

"They have a lot of talent," Geibel coach Angelo Dippolito said after watching his Gators suffer their 14th straight defeat. "They're fast and their speed killed us."

Trailing 13-0, Geibel had a chance to get back in the game when a 57-yard pass from John Bokat to Ardie Renze gave the Gators a first down on the Greyhounds' 20.

Two six yard runs by Dan Chorba put Geibel on the Monessen eight, but freshman Mitch Erdely coughed up the ball on first down and the Greyhounds' Zachary Lawson recovered at the 13.

Two plays later, Monessen had another touchdown as Delroy Ross teamed with Tony Vaccaro on an 85-yarder with 27 seconds left

"Our tackling was atrocious," Dippolito said. "We made a lot of mistakes. Our problem is we have only 20 players, including one freshman and four sophomores."

"We're tired," he added. "I see some progress but there was a lot of bad tackling."

The Greyhounds tacked on three touchdowns in the second quarter.

Ernest Williams went over from one yard out and Youngblood scored on a 14 yard run to put the Greyhounds up 34-0 with 2:07 left in the half.

A fumble recovery by Monessen's Phil Palmer 16 seconds later set up Williams' 10-yard touchdown run with 47 seconds to go in the first half to put the mercy rule into effect. As a result, the clock never stopped in the second half.

"We've improved but we're going to have to play better our next three games against California, West Greene and Carmichaels," Fischer said.

Geibel scored its first touchdown against Monessen in three years when Chorba scored from seven yards out with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter.

The Gators closed the scoring with a safety midway in the fourth quarter when Monessen native Chris Manderino and Alan Colvin tackled punter Jeremy Bassettin the Monessen end zone after the snap went over his head.

LEFTOVERS: Martin, who finished with 99 yards on seven carries, left late in the first half with a sprained ankle .... Palmer reinjured his shoulder on Chorba's touchdown run.

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