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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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.
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Two years ago, Brandon Bailey saw potential in a tall, strong-armed quarterback looking to establish himself in the Richland High program.
Matt Shaffer was a sophomore splitting the quarterback duties with classmate Nico Pecora back then.
Annual Santa Fund Soccer Classic will return
The third annual Santa Fund Soccer Classic, featuring all-star seniors from Cambria and Somerset Counties, will be held as a boys and girls doubleheader on Nov. 23 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
Indians claim 5-AA golf title
Last year, Conemaugh Township won the District 5 Class AA golf title in dramatic fashion, surprising Bedford with a one-stroke victory.
The Indians took all of the guesswork away on Tuesday at Down River Golf Course in Everett finishing with a 318, 26 strokes ahead of the runner-up Bisons, to claim their second straight crown. Chestnut Ridge was third with 347.
LHAC coaches pick Bishop Carroll
Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference girls volleyball coaches selected Bishop Carroll as the team to beat in conference play this fall.
The LHAC held its girls volleyball media day on Friday at Bishop Carroll. All conference teams except Johnstown attended the inaugural event, which included a vote by coaches on the top teams.
Somerset’s Ian Stiffler drafted by Atlanta Braves
Somerset boasts a proud baseball tradition. So much so, that a wall at the facility shared by the Somerset Golden Eagles and Somerset’s American Legion team lists those who have been drafted by a major-league club or have moved on to play collegiate baseball.
Time to find more paint.
Ian Stiffler is Athlete of the Week
Name: Ian Stiffler
Westmont wins both ends of swimming meet at Somerset
With just three regular-season meets remaining and regionals right on the horizon, the Westmont Hilltop boys and girls swim teams appear to be peaking at the right time.
Somerset worried about turnovers in semifinal game
Somerset spent the week preparing for its first foray into the postseason in six years.
The Golden Eagles (5-5) fell 21-7 to Hollidaysburg in that District 6 Class AAA first-round game in 2007.
Somerset will hope for a different outcome this time as it moves into PIAA subregional action on Friday night. The squad finished as the third seed in the District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA region and will play second-seeded University Prep at 7 p.m. at Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh in semifinal action.
Somerset succumbs in straight sets
It was a long drive drive to Shanksville-Stonycreek High School from Meadville on Tuesday night.
For the Bulldogs volleyball squad, it was well worth the journey to their PIAA Class AA first-round contest. Meadville defeated District 5 champion Somerset in straight sets 25-21, 25-19, 25-15.
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