The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

HS Sports Conemaugh Township

September 15, 2012

Conemaugh Twp. answers challenge

MEYERSDALE — Conemaugh Township coach Sam Zambanini issued a challenge to his young, winless team and the Indians met it as they left Meyersdale with a convincing 35-20 victory, a result from grit and costly Red Raiders turnovers.

“Before the game, I talked about facing adversity. I posed a challenge. Tonight, we played hard and the ball bounced our way. We’ll take it,” said Zambanini. “I thought Meyersdale played hard too. Their backs ran hard and the line got off the ball.”

After the opening kickoff, Tanner Cahill raced 58 yards on the second play from scrimmage to set up Conemaugh Township (1-2) in Red Raiders territory.  With 8:39 remaining in the first quarter, Bruno Rosa hit Ken Domonkos with a 3-yard pass to put the Indians on the board. Domonko’s PAT attempt failed.

On the following kickoff, Township’s Taylor Cahill recovered a Red Raiders fumble to put Conemaugh Township back in scoring position at Meyersdale’s 37.  Rosa again found Domonkos in the end zone on a 4 yard toss with 4:49 in the first. The duo also connected on a two-point conversion pass to make it 14-0.

After both teams exchanged possessions early in the second quarter, Meyersdale’s Gavin Berkley took his first carry 62 yards to the end zone.

Berkley then put Meyersdale (0-3) back in scoring position by rumbling 60 yards on his second touch, a run that set up the Raiders at the 8. Two plays later, quarterback Lance Leydig connected with Austin Miller on a 5-yard pass for the Meyersdale touchdown. Miller’s PAT tied the game at 14.

After a strong defensive stand, Meyersdale regained possession and moved into Indians territory. With 3:19 remaining in the half, Township’s Domonkos intercepted Leydig’s pass at the 45 and returned it 20 yards to the Raiders’ 35. The Raiders’ defense held the Indians to a fourth-and-6 at the 31, but Rosa hit Jeff Fisher along the left sideline for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 1:17 on the clock. Domonkos’ extra point gave the Indians a 21-14 lead at halftime, and a lot of momentum.

In the fourth, Meyersdale committed a costly 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to give the Indians the ball at the Red Raiders’ 35.

After a pair of first-down runs, Rosa then hit Ryan Shiftlett with a 12-yard TD pass. Domonkos’ point after was good, putting the Indians ahead, 28-14.

Tanner Cahill finished with 138 yards on 21 carries.  Meyersdale’s Berkley racked up 198 yards on 15 carries.


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