The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Cory Isenberg

September 8, 2013

CORY ISENBERG| Berlin's Fochtman rushes under the radar

JOHNSTOWN — Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore Braden Fochtman is not an imposing figure when you see him standing on the sideline, but he certainly gets a team’s attention when he is on the field.

Listed as 5-foot-8, 162 pounds on the Mountaineers preseason roster, the wiry No. 3 is following in the footsteps of some pretty impressive Berlin rushers, including Drew Glotfelty, Ian Sayler and Eric D’Carrion.

The low-key Fochtman gave the Portage defense plenty of air to grab hold of on Friday, breaking away from numerous attempts to bring him down to rack up 352 yards on 29 carries with three touchdowns in Berlin’s 28-14 victory over the Mustangs.

Now, it will be interesting to see how opposing defenses deal with the slippery Fochtman as the season progresses.

In case anyone was wondering, the state individual rushing record was set by Alex Cooley of Eastern York last season with an eye-popping 500 yards against Hanover, according to the latest Pennsylvania Football News Resource Guide.

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Surprises thus far?: Most of the experts had figured that Richland was going to be successful this season, but a lot fewer were on the Meyersdale and Bedford bandwagons.

The Red Raiders - yes we know their nickname is not the Indians - got a big lift on Friday with what many termed an upset over Windber, and are now 2-0.

The biggest question about Meyersdale was whether a 1-9 team from last year could learn to win in 2013.

Seems as though the Red Raiders have figured it out, and already have the two wins that the newspaper listed them for in the preseason predictions.

But, the Raiders will have to continue to take it a game at a time and not let the early success go to their heads.

The Bisons are also off to a 2-0 start, including a big

Week 1 win over Bishop Guilfoyle and a road victory against Penn Cambria.

It doesn’t get any easier for Bedford this week as it heads to Richland, which is ranked in the top 10 in Class AA in the state, on Friday.

In addition to the Rams, Raiders and Bisons being 2-0, Ligonier Valley also started the season with a perfect record and faces its first big challenge Friday at Blairsville, which is also unbeaten.

Forest Hills and Somerset are each 2-0 in the Laurel Highlands while Homer-Center and Penns Manor are still unbeaten in the Heritage.

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  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG| Ramblers take back their tournament

    An 11-year drought came to an end on Saturday night when the Windber boys basketball team defeated Conemaugh Township 57-48 in the title game of the Windber Rotary Tournament to capture the tourney title.
    The Ramblers (5-2) had lost to the Indians (5-2) 68-64 on Dec. 17 and gained a measure of revenge with Saturday’s victory, which featured double-digit scoring from three players including Tournament MVP Bryce Spak.

    December 29, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG| Basketball season getting interesting

    While it’s still very early in the high school basketball season, there have already been some interesting matchups.
    In girls play, Westmont Hilltop knocked Forest Hills out of the ranks of the unbeaten while Bishop Guilfoyle, which lost all five starters from last season, handed Bishop McCort its first loss. The Crushers, who play at troublesome Penn Cambria this evening, entertain the Rangers on Thursday.

    December 16, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG | Three schools from area remain in football

    Just three area football teams remain alive in postseason play and all three will play in 7 p.m. contests on Friday night.
    Showing that it was no fluke the first time around, Chestnut Ridge (9-3) powered its way past Bedford for the second time this season in the District 5 Class AA championship. The Lions earned a berth in the PIAA playoffs opposite District 9 champ Karns City (11-1), which defeated Kane 49-21 in the title game.

    November 17, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG| Area fans treated to playoff dramas

    Some of the most exciting high school football playoff games over the weekend came courtesy of area squads.
    Shade’s hard-fought, dramatic victory over Northern Bedford in the District 5 Class A quarterfinal was a stunner, especially for the Black Panthers faithful, who were already planning for Saturday’s playoff game against Tussey Mountain.

    November 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory. CORY ISENBERG | Fall sports coming to an end

    The autumn leaves are cascading to the ground and the fall high school sports are moving right along.
    Conference and district champions have already been crowned in golf, which heads to PIAA regional action this week.
    The West Region Class AA championships are set for Wednesday at Tom’s Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville.

    October 13, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG| Ferndale going week by week

    Ferndale’s football game against Shade on Friday was halted at halftime when the Yellow Jacket ranks fell to just 11 available players.
    According to Athletic Director Steve Clawson, the decision of whether to play Saturday’s game against Meyersdale will be determined today.

    September 23, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG| Berlin's Fochtman rushes under the radar

    Berlin Brothersvalley sophomore Braden Fochtman is not an imposing figure when you see him standing on the sideline, but he certainly gets a team’s attention when he is on the field.
    Listed as 5-foot-8, 162 pounds on the Mountaineers preseason roster, the wiry No. 3 is following in the footsteps of some pretty impressive Berlin rushers, including Drew Glotfelty, Ian Sayler and Eric D’Carrion.

    September 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • CORY ISENBERG | How local Legion team lost spot in tournament

    The final spot in the American Legion Region 7 tournament will be on the line tonight in Bedford, even if it wasn’t supposed to be that way.

    July 14, 2013

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG | Rare double duty for Cernic’s Bizjak

    Hunter Bizjak has been doing double duty thus far this baseball season.

    June 30, 2013 1 Photo

  • Isenberg, Cory CORY ISENBERG | Wooden bats make big impact on Legion

    All one has to know about wooden bat usage in the Cambria American Legion this season is that statistics don’t lie.

    June 23, 2013 1 Photo

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