The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Mike Mastovich

September 6, 2012

MIKE MASTOVICH | Jays' RB waits to finish what he started

JOHNSTOWN — One of the most impressive statistical performances of Week 1 doesn’t officially appear in the record books.

At least, not yet.

Conemaugh Valley’s Shane Corson put up numbers in the first half against visiting Ferndale that would have had him at or near the top of the leaderboards in multiple categories.

The senior fullback rushed for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 14 carries – in the first half.

But early in the third quarter, thunder rumbled and lightning was spotted on the mountaintops in the distance. That combination led to multiple mandatory 30-minute lightning delays. After about 2 hours, the WestPAC contest was halted with 7:35 left in the third quarter and Conemaugh Valley leading 40-18.

The game is scheduled to be completed at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Thomas Yewcic Stadium.

“The coaches told the players, ‘We’ve got 75 percent of a win but there’s more work to do,’ ” Conemaugh Valley coach Winston Redman said.

The Blue Jays visit Heritage Conference opponent Penns Manor on Friday. The Comets were ranked in the state top-10 in Class A before Northern Cambria upset them last week.

After that, Conemaugh Valley visits North Star on Sept. 14, resumes play against Ferndale on Sept. 18 and hosts Berlin on Sept. 22 completing a string of nearly 2 1⁄2 games in eight days.

Corson’s quick start didn’t shock Redman.

“The kid spent so much time in the weight room this summer,”  Redman said. “The kid box squatted 670 (pounds). He benches 375. He just lived in the weight room. He’s just a football player.”

Corson and the Jays linemen effectively worked the inside trap against the Yellow Jackets.

“He’s such a hard, physical kid,” Redman said. “I didn’t realize we could run that trap so well with such a young group of kids on the line.”

While Redman would have preferred to ride the momentum through the remainder of the third and fourth quarters on Saturday, he said the safety of the players, coaches and fans was most important.

“There was lightning 15 to 18 miles away. You could see lightning over the top of the mountain,” Redman said.

“There is a new rule in the PIAA. It doesn’t matter where you see the lightning, you suspend the game 30 minutes.

“Two hours later, we decided it’s getting late and we made it official we weren’t going to finish the game (Saturday),” Redman said. “Five minutes later it cleared up and the sun came out. We didn’t get a raindrop after that.”

In an ironic twist, the Blue Jays’ 2011 season ended in unusual fashion due to a heavy snowstorm. A Saturday afternoon home game against Portage was moved to Monday night on the turf at Trojan Stadium during the final week of the regular season.

The Jays stunned the Mustangs to knock Portage out of playoff contention.

Redman hopes to snap the two-season, two-game streak of bad weather this weekend.

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