The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 5, 2013

Crushers, Rangers meet in Week 2


Somerset at Bishop Carroll

Veteran Somerset quarterback Tanner Stull lived up to expectations while throwing for two touchdowns and running for a pair in the win over Central Cambria.

The Golden Eagles defensive effort helped Somerset overcome three turnovers.

Bishop Carroll already equaled its 2012 win total with its victory over McCort. The Huskies limited the Crushers to 7 first-half yards.

Tyler Janosik’s 1-yard touchdown with a minute left in the first half was the game’s only offensive touchdown.

Westmont Hilltop at Cambria Heights

Westmont’s Sam Curry rushed for 129 yards on 20 carries, and quarterback Liam Moran completed 8 of 13 passes for 116 yards.

Colin Barron had a big performance with five receptions for 85 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown with a Rangers defender draped on him.

The Highlanders ran into preseason LHAC favorite Richland at Herlinger Field, and the Rams put up 48 points while holding Heights to 7.

Sophomore fullback Dylan Link had a game-high 98 yards for Heights. Josh Fees gained 59 yards in the first half but sat out the second half due to an injury.

Richland at Bishop Guilfoyle

Richland had multiple playmakers on offense and a stingy defense in its one-sided win.

Quarterback Matt Shaffer threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers. He ran 73 yards for another score.

Kyle Flick caught three passes for 109 yards.

Guilfoyle will regroup after falling at Bedford.

The Marauders led late against the Bisons but couldn’t contain Montgomery.


Portage at Berlin

Two conference heavyweights will meet in a pivotal early-season marquee match up at the Snyder of Berlin Athletic Complex.

“It’s your typical Portage football team. They're very well coached,” Berlin coach Doug Paul said. “Their passing game is a whole different element you have to prepare for this year. They base everything out of the wing-T but they’ve added a few twists.

“(Quarterback Michael) Bryja is a big, tall quarterback and he made some great reads,” Paul added. “That’s a whole new element. Usually you load up the box and try to shut down the run game. Now  you have to be ready for the passing game.”

Portage still can run. Luke Dividock had 111 yards on 10 carries in a 41-0 romp over visiting North Star.  Junior Caleb Kephart ranked seventh in the area with 1,195 rushing yards last season. He missed last season’s 20-7 Week 2 setback to the Mountaineers because of an ejection the previous week.

“Same scenario as last year,” Portage coach Gary Gouse said of the meeting of 1-0 squads. “We’re glad that Caleb can go and play this year. We haven’t played down there in a long time. It’s a tough place to play.

“They have a good football program. We had a hard-fought battle last year. They had an outstanding team and we learned from that. We have a lot of respect for what they do and how they do it. We think this is a very pivotal game for the WestPAC. We know what’s on the line.”

Berlin sophomore Braden Fochtman rushed for 154 yards on 14 carries and scored twice in last week’s 35-13 win at Conemaugh Township. The Mountaineers ran for 305 yards, an average of 6.5 per carry.

“He’s very elusive,” Gouse said of Fochtman. “He reminds me of the running backs they’ve had in the past. He’s short, quick and fast. He moves well. He starts and stops well.”

Paul was impressed by Bryja’s 4 of 8 passing for 100 yards and two touchdowns and the Mustangs ability to utilize multiple runners.

“They can get the ball to three backs on any given play,” Paul said. “As soon as you shut down one play, they have a counter or trap coming. They keep you guessing on defense. If you get caught in the wrong zone or the wrong blitz, it’s six points. It’s a very well-coached football team.”

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