For the first time since 2004, Somerset is 2-0.
The Golden Eagles’ strong start to the season continued with a dominating 28-14 win over the Bishop Carroll Huskies. The game was played in front of a large crowd.
Somerset coach Bob Landis said, “We played an outstanding first half, a great effort, and I am very proud of the effort out there tonight.”
The last time Somerset started with wins in their first two games, the Golden Eagles finished 3-6.
And, as Landis said following the win, “Somerset has never beaten Bishop McCort.”
Against Bishop Carroll, Somerset forced a three-and-out on the first possession and then moved 55 yards in seven plays for its first score – a one-handed catch by Jordan Willkow at the end of a 22-yard pass from Tanner Stull for a 7-0 lead wih 7:46 left in the first quarter.
Somerset’s next possession also resulted in a touchdown as the Golden Eagles went 77 yards on 14 plays and used seven minutes of clock.
Stull and Blake Faulkner dominated the drive as they combined for 51 yards rushing. Stull scored from 20 yards out on an option to the right as he cut inside the tackle.
Bishop Carroll (0-2) scored quickly as it mixed pass and run to make it 14-7 with 5:32 left in the second quarter. David Maruca completed a 37-yard pass to Dane Woo and a 13-yarder to Brody Shuty on the drive before a Marty Lessard 6-yard touchdown run.
The back-and-forth scoring continued on the next drive as Somerset went 61 yards on six plays to take a 21-7 lead before halftime. Stull had runs of 20 and 19 yards on the drive, the latter went for a touchdown.
The Huskies threatened again before a Zach Baker interception ended the scoring opportunity.
After nearly scoring before halftime, Somerset came out in the second half and drove 71 yards on 13 plays for a 28-7 lead. Stull’s 19-yard pass to Baker capped the drive, and the Golden Eagles’ scoring.
Bishop Carroll’s final score came against the Golden Eagles’ second stringers. A 45-yard pass from Maruca to Woo set up Alex Repko’s 11-yard touchdown run.
Somerset held a sizeable 214-64 advantage in rushing yards and a slim 168-163 margin in passing yards. Faulkner finished with 19 carries for 110 yards, while Stull rushed for 90 yards on 14 carries. Lessard led Bishop Carroll with 36 rushing yards.
Huskies coach Greg Snyder said, “We came in with a good game plan and battled, but Somerset played very well. They outphysicaled us.”
For the first time since 2004, Somerset is 2-0.
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Laurel Mountain berths on the line
Both spots in the Laurel Mountain Hockey League championship will be decided at Planet Ice in Richland Township tonight.
Top-seeded Greater Johnstown takes on Hollidaysburg at 6:30 p.m. with Somerset and Richland taking the ice at approximately 8:10 p.m.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
Johnstown's Andrews defends junior crown
Greater Johnstown eighth grader Carnell Andrews entered an elite club by successfully defending his Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling championship this past weekend in Greensburg.
Andrews placed first in the state at 124 pounds this year after winning the 115-pound state championship in 2013.
Richland wrestler rebounds
Dried blood clung to Nick Naglic’s lip.
A cut to his right eyebrow had finally stopped bleeding but was in need of some stiches.
Somerset earns first championship banner
Somerset boys’ basketball coach Scott Close finally had an opportunity to sport his orange jacket proudly on Saturday afternoon at Mount Aloysius College.
The Golden Eagles captured their first District 6 Class AAA championship with a 69-62 victory over Huntingdon.
Central Cambria’s Murin earns championship at 106 pounds
Central Cambria freshman Max Murin was the only area wrestler to capture gold Saturday during the PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional tournament at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The 106-pounder edged out Penn Cambria’s Nolan Link 2-0 in the bracket’s championship bout.
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