The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

HS Sports Windber

September 8, 2012

Host Windber runs over Meyersdale

WINDBER — Vandalism at the Windber Stadium concession stand earlier in the week created a huge obstacle, and the playing of the Ramblers Friday night game against Meyersdale appeared to be in jeopardy.

But with plenty of teamwork by the community, the stadium was ready in time.

The football team responded with thanks by delivering a 49-19 victory over the Red Raiders giving coach Matt Grohal a fitting 42nd birthday present.

“We had that nasty break-in here and the team really rallied around me and talked about the team effort this week,” Grohal said. “They really wanted to get this win for all the people that helped out in the community to get this place ready for tonight, so it was definitely a total team effort. This is a great group of guys.

The Ramblers (2-0) dominated the line of scrimmage, racking up nearly 500 yards of offense. Dustin Blough finished with 128 yards, Trevor Neri had 117 and Devon Tomlinson added 95.

“Our running game relies on each running back and our line,” senior right guard Brady Sheehan said. “Our offensive line blocked really well this week, and I do believe we continue to improve and we will get better. It’s in the heart. We truly believe if you don’t give up, you’re going to win.”

Sheehan was joined on the front line by teammates Bronko Teklinsky, Evan Schreyer, Shane Almodovar and Troy Smith along with tight ends Neri and Zack Toth.

“We did not block well last week and we put the emphasis on Labor Day that we were going to labor a little bit and we sure did,” Grohal said. “We cleaned up a lot of our mistakes from last week, and those guys did a great job. Meyersdale is big and physical and, for the most part, I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage.”

Windber put three scores on the board in the first quarter.

The Ramblers took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards, capped by a 15-yard Dan Tomlinson touchdown. Jake Hanley kicked the first of his seven PAT’s.

A Meyersdale fumble was recovered by Blough at midfield and two plays later, Neri burst into the end zone on a 48-yard run.

The final Ramblers touchdown of the first came with just 28.4 seconds as Dan Tomlinson scored from the 9.

“We were down by 21 after the first quarter and a lot of kids would have laid down and that would be it,” Meyersdale coach Chris Schrock said. “To their credit, they fought and hung in there.”

Windber added another touchdown to open the second as quarterback Dakota Gipe (8 of 15 for 81 yards passing) connected with Barkley for a 16-yard touchdown.

The Red Raiders (0-2) offense came to life in the second scoring on a 5-yard Lance Leydig run and a 28-yard pass from Leydig to Cole Clark to narrow the gap to 28-13 at the half.

Meyersdale then took the second-half kickoff, with Clark returning the ball 60 yards to set up the Raiders at the 35. Five plays later, Leydig scored to pull Meyersdale to 28-19, but that was as close as the Raiders could get.

“We showed glimmers of what we are capable of doing in the second and third quarters,” Schrock said. “I was impressed with what we did, and we definitely had Windber on their heels, and they knew we were here. Fourth quarter, we wore down and ran out of steam there.”

Devon Tomlinson added a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and Barkley had a 52-yard interception return for a Windber score to set the final.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
HS Sports Windber
  • track_B1 WestPAC relays go to Windber boys, Berlin girls

    Rain showers and dropping temperatures put a damper on Monday’s WestPAC Relays at Berlin Brothersvalley High School.
    For the Berlin girls and the boys from Windber, however, discomfort was not much of a factor.
    The Mountaineers won their third straight relay title while the Ramblers reclaimed the title from defending champ Shade.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • mustangs Portage slips past Windber

    Portage softball coach Bryan Jubina said after his team’s 3-2 win at Windber on Thursday that he anticipated his squad – the defending WestPAC titleholder – to play in a lot of close games this season.
    How his Mustangs (4-2) reacted to adversity and opportunity in their North Division win over the Ramblers (1-2) might be an encouraging thing if they can make it a trend.

    April 11, 2014 2 Photos

  • High school sports in brief 4/9/2014

    April 8, 2014

  • girls showcase6 bw McCabe’s MVP effort aids squad in victory

    Portage’s Olivia McCabe was a little misty-eyed after the Seventh Annual AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase girls basketball game on Sunday afternoon at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.
    McCabe was certainly not emotional about her performance, finishing with a team-high 15 points and grabbing seven rebounds in her North squad’s 83-68 win over the South.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos

  • Baseball ready to leave on-deck circle

    March 29, 2014

  • West boys victorious in District 5 showcase

    Monday’s District 5 Athletic Director’s Association boys’ all-star game at Chestnut Ridge High School was indirectly sponsored by the number 3 ... As in 34 combined 3-pointers.
    It was the fourth-quarter long-range marksmanship from the West all-star squad – comprised of student-athletes from Somerset County – that ruled the night as the West topped the East – made up of players from Bedford and Fulton counties – 97-86.

    March 24, 2014

  • Senior Hoops Showcase rosters announced

    The rosters for the seventh annual AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase are set, with 1,000-point scorers, 500-rebound players and conference and district champions represented on the boys’ and girls’ all-star squads.
    The Showcase will be played on Sunday, April 6 at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center. The girls’ game begins at 1 p.m., with the boys contest to follow at 3 p.m.

    March 22, 2014

  • Coaches named for AmeriServ basketball games

    Two first-year head coaches who led their respective teams successful seasons will lead the boys all-stars in the Ameri-Serv Senior Hoops Showcase.
    A pair of veteran coaches will front the girls all-stars during the seventh annual event set for Sunday, April 6 at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

    March 16, 2014

  • wrestling9 small PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place

    Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
    But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.

    March 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • states.JPG 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.

    March 6, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Who do you think will win Friday's playoff match-up at Somerset Field: the Ramblers or the Cougars?

Windber Ramblers
North Star Cougars
     View Results

AP Video
Disbanding Muslim Surveillance Draws Praise Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks Passengers Abuzz After Plane Hits Swarm of Bees Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Pistorius Trial: Adjourned Until May 5 Diaz Gets Physical for New Comedy Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide