Cody Hearst’s acrobatic catch in the second quarter for a TD
By Rich Rhoades
SLIPPERY ROCK — How do you win a big playoff game when you lose the turnover battle?
Once again, a balanced Clarion Bobcats offense churned out a strong performance and overcame four turnovers in a 35-20 win over District 10 champion Lakeview Saturday afternoon at Slippery Rock University’s Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.
Clarion’s first-ever state playoff win landed the 14-0 Bobcats in the PIAA Class A semifinals against WPIAL champion North Catholic (14-0), which advanced with a 48-7 rout of District 5’s Tussey Mountain Friday night. They’ll square off in District 9 territory at DuBois’ E.J. Mansell Stadium next Friday at 7 p.m.
“I felt there’s a destiny with this team,” Bobcats head coach Larry Wiser said. “We talked about that coming out of camp. It’s their work ethic and they’re ready to play the next game. We have all kind of balance and they did what they hoped to do today.”
Balance almost literally — 201 rushing, 188 passing.
Quarterback John Katis sparked the Bobcats out of the gate, throwing all three of his touchdown passes in the first half. After starting the game with six straight completions for 135 yards, he wound up completing 12 of 18 passes for 188 yards, most of that coming in the first half. He did throw his first interception of the season in the second half.
“He’s going to make a great college quarterback,” Wiser said. “People have underestimated him. He has a great arm and makes good decisions. They put great pressure on him and had some good passes off his back foot, so he has some arm strength.”
Senior receiver Cody Hearst was Katis’ main recipient, catching 7 balls for 131 yards, his acrobatic 17-yarder coming with him grabbing a tipped ball while laying in the end zone to put the Bobcats up 21-14 with 1:29 left in the first half.
“How about Cody Hearst’s catch?” Wiser said. “The Steelers need to put him out there. They don’t need (Emmanuel) Sanders out there, put Hearst in. I couldn’t believe it. He’s made catches like that all year and John did a great job throwing it (into the wind).”
Hearst also caught a 6-yarder from Katis six seconds into the second quarter to put Clarion up 14-0.
Although the Bobcats turned the ball over four times, Lakeview could only cash in on of those giveaways. The Sailors (12-2) got within 28-20 on fullback Marquis Spence’s 1-yard run capped a 9-play, 63-yard drive after a Bobcats fumble with 7:03 left in the game.
But Clarion answered Lakeview with a 13-play, 69-yard scoring drive to put the game away. Damien Slike put Clarion up 35-20 with a 2-yard run with 1:44 remaining. The key play of the drive came on Katis’ 8-yard pass to Tyler Allen on fourth-and-two from the Lakeview 20 with 2:22 remaining.
“We played four quarters today,” said Wiser, whose team wasn’t tested much at all this season, especially late in games with its first 13 games finished with the Mercy Rule running clock. “The last seven, eight minutes, you could see the kids’ resolve to finish the thing. Even after that last fumble … hopefully the adversity we faced with the turnovers and the close game going into the fourth quarter will help us next week.”
The Bobcats overcame an impressive effort by Sailors workhorse running back Blake Reddick, who ran for 225 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown. But Reddick had 172 of those yards in the first half and was held to 53 yards on 13 carries in the second half.
“We knew it was going to be a big game on the offensive and defensive lines for both teams,” Wiser said. “You watch (Reddick) and you wonder how he breaks tackles. He’s one of the best backs I’ve coached against, I have to say that.”
One of Reddick’s second-half carries went for a big 1-yard loss on what turned out to be a disastrous fourth down decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the Sailors’ own 31 late in the third quarter.
“Our safety didn’t get back on the play,” Wiser said. “If he breaks through there, we’re in trouble. It was kind of a sellout I guess for both of us. It was a great defensive stand there. We moved some personnel around to match up better there. They went all out and we went all out and that was a big stop defensively.”
Two plays later, the Bobcats scored on Ian Corbett’s 27-yard run to put Clarion up 28-14 with 2:39 left in the quarter.
“I wanted to get a touchdown, but it was also important that we stop their momentum that they picked up in the second quarter,” Wiser said. “I think that was a big play there.”
With Lakeview, led by standout lineman Sam Breese, taking away the inside running lanes used mostly all season by Bobcats 1,800-yard rusher Damien Slike, Corbett went for 164 yards on 17 carries.
“He’s a state-caliber track star,” Wiser said of Corbett, who went into the game with 1,093 yards on just 67 carries. “Those who have been watching him all year have seen that.”
The Bobcats dominated the first quarter and led 14-0 six seconds into the second quarter, yet it could have been worse. After recovering a Lakeview fumble four plays after taking a 7-0 lead, the Bobcats went back to work and appeared to hit a big play on a Katis to Hearst connection. They did complete the pass for 43 yards to the Lakeview 15, but Reddick made a nifty play of stripping Hearst of the ball before he fell to the ground for the first Bobcats turnover of the game.
Reddick also stripped Corbett of a ball leading to the third Bobcats turnover midway through the third quarter.
Lakeview followed Clarion’s second score with its first scoring drive with six plays going for 73 yards. Reddick capped the possession with a 3-yard TD run. The drive was extended by a 10-yard Clarion pass interference on fourth-and-six from the Bobcats’ 21. That turned out to be the Bobcats’ lone penalty of the game.
Clarion drove to the Lakeview 33 in the ensuing possession, but stalled on downs after three straight Katis incomplete passes. Lakeview took over and went 67 yards on seven plays with quarterback Zach Bigley throwing an 8-yard pass to Brandon Rice. After starting the first scoring drive with a 48-yard run, Reddick sparked the second drive with a 46-yard run to the Bobcats’ 10.
Lakeview misfired both times it tried point-after kicks. VanDusen missed after the Sailors’ first touchdown, but Bigley’s two-point pass to Reddick on the second TD made up for the first miss to tie the game at 14-14 with 4:30 left in the first half. His point-after kick that could’ve gotten the Sailors within seven points in the fourth quarter was easily blocked by Clarion’s Antonio Troese.
The Bobcats answered two of Lakeview’s three touchdowns with one of their own, the first coming on Hearst’s acrobatic catch as he grabbed a tipped pass in the end zone by VanDusen to give the Bobcats the lead for good at 21-14.
NOTES: The Bobcats will try to become just the third team to reach the state finals, joining Keystone (1989) and Smethport (1992). It’s the 12th time in 26 years of PIAA playoffs that District 9 has sent a Class A team to the semifinals, the fifth time in the past 10 seasons and the second year in a row. Last year, Port Allegany lost to eventual state champion Clairton, 44-12. … Clarion, Smethport (1992) and Kane (2007) are the only teams in district history to win 14 games in one season. … North Catholic is also making its first-ever state semifinal appearance in what’s also its first trip to the PIAA playoffs. … Katis’ stretch of passes without an interception ended at 149 attempts dating back to last season’s loss to Port Allegany in the district finals.
CLARION 35, LAKEVIEW 20
Score by Quarters
Clarion 7 14 7 7 – 35
Lakeview 0 14 0 6 – 20
C – Damien Slike 1 pass from John Katis (Antonio Troese kick), 6:23.
C – Cody Hearst 6 pass from John Katis (Antonio Troese kick), 11:54.
L – Blake Reddick 3 run (kick failed), 9:21.
L – Brandon Rice 8 pass from Zach Bigley (Blake Reddick pass from Zach Bigley), 4:30.
C – Cody Hearst 17 pass from John Katis (Antonio Troese kick), 1:29.
C – Ian Corbett 27 run (Antonio Troese kick), 2:39.
L – Marquis Spence 1 run (kick blocked), 7:03.
C – Damien Slike 2 run (Antonio Troese kick), 1:44.
First Downs 20 15
Rushes-Yards 41-201 45-285
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 12-18-1 4-15-2
Passing Yards 188 49
Total Yards 399 334
Fumbles-Lost 5-3 2-1
Punts-Avg 0-0 4-27.8
Penalties-Yards 1-10 7-62
Rushing — Clarion: Ian Corbett 17-164, Damien Slike 13-36, Tanner Corbett 3-16, Cody Hearst 1-3, John Katis 1-(-3), Team 5-(-15). Lakeview: Blake Reddick 30-225, Marquis Spence 10-34, Zach Bigley 5-26.
Passing — Clarion: John Katis 12-for-18, 188 yards, 3 TDs, 1 Int. Lakeview: Zach Bigley 4-for-14, 49 yards, 1 TD, 2 Ints.; Team 0-for-1.
Receiving — Clarion: Cody Hearst 7-131, Damien Slike 2-29, Antonio Troese 1-11, Ian Corbett 1-9, Tyler Allen 1-8.
Interceptions — Clarion: Tanner Corbett, Tyler Allen. Lakeview: Zach VanDusen.
By Chris Rossetti
CLARION, Pa. – For a quarter and a half things looked pretty good for Karns City in its PIAA Class AA quarterfinal game with WPIAL champion South Fayette.
But things quickly turned south for the District 9 champion Gremlins (12-2), who allowed 28 unanswered points in the final 6:16 of the first half and saw their season end with a 57-21 loss to the Lions at Clarion University’s Memorial Stadium.
Karns City led 22-15 following a 3-yard Tristan Rhoades touchdown run with 7:37 left in the first half.
But that was the high-water mark for the Gremlins, as South Fayette scored four touchdowns and 28 points in a span of 5:19 to take a 43-21 halftime lead.
“I’ve coached enough, I’ve had games go like this,” Karns City coach Ed Conto said. “It happens. We had a couple of turnovers, and they got two quick touchdowns. They are very good on both sides of the ball and especially in their line. They have strength and speed up front.”
Three Brett Brumbaugh touchdown passes and a JJ Walker scoring run aided by a pair of Tyler Kepple interceptions were the keys to the South Fayette surge.
Walker gave the Lions (14-0) the lead for good on a 1-yard run at the 6:16 mark that was set up by a 36-yard Roman Denson kickoff return into Gremlin territory.
Denson then picked off a Kepple pass and returned it to the Karns City 26 setting up a 26-yard Brumbaugh to Logan Sharp touchdown pass at the 5:43 mark putting South Fayette ahead 29-15.
The Lions were far from down in the half, as Brumbaugh connected with Justin Watson on an 18-yard scoring strike making it 36-15 with 2:08 to play, and then Brumbaugh hit Watson with a 10-yard scoring pass with 57 seconds left after a Connor Beck interception of Kepple to make it 43-16.
“Their line across the board didn’t give us anything,” Conto said. “We couldn’t get any pressure, and they have great receivers and a great quarterback who can get them the ball. They have a great offense.”
The game became a Mercy Rule contest two minutes into the third quarter when Brumbaugh hit Watson again, this time from 21 yards out, to make it 50-15 before a 1-yard Walker touchdown run midway through the third quarter set the final score.
“We were fortunate we made some plays in the second quarter and get the game turned around before halftime,” South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. “They came out and gave us a great effort. We knew they would. We know they are tired of hearing about the WPIAL.”
Karns City took an early 7-0 lead on a 4-yard Rhoades touchdown run before Brumbaugh hit Beck with an 80-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10, and a little trickery on the extra point – a direct snap to kicker Brian Coyne – led to a 2-point conversion and an 8-7 South Fayette lead.
South Fayette made it 15-7 on a 3-yard Walker touchdown run, one of three on the day for him, late in the first quarter before Rhoades intercepted a Brumbaugh pass and returned it 31 yards for a score, the first pick-six against the Lions quarterback, early in the second quarter to get the Gremlins back within two.
“We just started out a little sluggish,” Brumbaugh, who threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns, said. “That’s on me. I didn’t come out as focused as I should have.”
The Lions, who will play Hickory in the semifinals next week, outgained Karns City 499-161. Brumbaugh, who is already over 6,000 yards career passing as a junior, was 18 of 33 for 340 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Beck had five catches for 146 yards and a score, while Watson had five grabs for 71 yards and three touchdowns and Sharp four for 83 and a touchdown.
Wyatt Everetts led Karns City with nine carries for 48 yards, while KEpple was 2-for-11 for 38 yards and two picks.
South Fayette will face Hickory in the PIAA semifinals next week.
SOUTH FAYETTE 57, KARNS CITY 21
Score by Quarters
South Fayette 15 28 14 0 – 57
Karns City 7 14 0 0 – 21
KC – Tristan Rhoades 4 run (Zach Moore kick), 2:03
SF – Conner Beck 80 pass from Brett Brumbaugh (Brian Coyne run), 4:34
SF – JJ Walker 3 run (Coyne kick), 1:10
KC – Rhoades 31 interception return (Pass failed), 10:10
KC – Rhoades 3 run (Tyler Dunn pass from Zach Moore), 7:37
SF – Walker 1 run (Coyne kick), 6:16
SF – Logan Sharp 26 pass from Brumbaugh (Coyne kick), 5:45
SF – Justin Watson 18 pass from Brumbaugh (Coyne kick), 2:08
SF – Watson 10 pass from Brumbaugh (Coyne kick), 0:57
SF – Watson 21 pass from Brumbaugh (Coyne kick), 9:59
SF – Walker 1 run (Coyne kick), 5:38
First Downs 23 8
Rushes-Yards 30-159 38-123
Passing Yards 340 38
Comp-Att-Int 18-33-1 2-12-2
Total Yards 499 161
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 4-40 1-15
Punts-Avg. 4-20.2 5-42.6
Rushing – South Fayette: Grant Fetchet 9-61, JJ Walker 6-36, Conner Beck 3-35, Mikey Speca 4-19, Jasper Wolfe 2-7, Hunter Hayes 3-5, Nick Ponikvar 1-1, Nick Sabo 1-0, Brett Brumbaugh 1-miuns 5.. Karns City: Wyatt Everetts 9-48, Zach Moore 5-23, Dakota Mohney 5-18, Tristan Rhoades 5-17, Tyler Kepple 5-9, Caleb King 2-4, Ethan Conto 1-3, Maverick Kelsea 1-2, Adam Whited 5-minus 1.
Passing – South Fayette: Brett Brumbaugh 18-for- 33, 340 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception. Karns City: Tyler Kepple 2-for-11, 38 yards, 2 interceptions. Caleb King 0-for-1.
Receiving – South Fayette: Conner Beck 5-146, Justin Watson 5-71, Logan Sharp 4-83, Grant Fetcher 2-12, Hayden Orler 1-17, Ryan Schmider 1-11. Karns City: Zach Moore 1-41, Tristan Rhoades 1-minus 3.
Interceptions – South Fayette: Roman Denson, Conner Beck. Karns City: Tristan Rhoades.
By Craig Butler
MILL HALL, Pa. –The Clearfield Bison saw their state playoff run come to an end with a 44-7 loss to District 2 champion Berwick in the PIAA Quarterfinals Friday night at Central Mountain High School.
Berwick held a 14-7 lead and the ball with just 15 seconds to play in the first half when CJ Curry threw a pass that was batted by Clearfield’s Seth Caldwell into the arms of teammate Nick Kovalick to give the Bison the ball back at their own 45. After Christian Lezzer’s first down pass was batted away, he under threw Tyler Stratton on second down and the Bulldog’s Dain Kowalski intercepted the pass and took it back 75 yards to give Berwick a 21-7 lead at the break.
The Bison got the ball out of the break and moved the ball well aided by a 19-yard connection between Lezzer and Wyatt Flanagan and a 15-yard personal foul on the Bulldogs. With Clearfield on the doorstep Mason Vandermark forced Stratton to fumble at the 1-yard line and the Bulldogs pounced on it ending the Clearfield threat.
On the ensuing Berwick drive the Bulldogs marched 99 yards all on the ground capped by a 12-yard scamper by Kowalski to push the lead out to 29-7 and the Bulldogs never looked back.
After the Bison went three and out on their next drive, Berwick tacked on insurance when Curry found Ian Mazonkey running wide open down the seam for a 36-yard touchdown with 3:12 to play in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs final score came at the 5:30 mark in the fourth quarter when Curry broke off a 70 yard scamper around the right end to set the final at 44-7.
Clearfield got on the board first after the cashing in on a short field after Ryan Lezzer intercepted Curry at the Berwick 40-yard line and returned it to the Bulldog 19. The Bison made short work covering the 19 yards with five run plays finished by a Christian Lezzer four yard rush putting Clearfield up 7-0.
The Bulldogs answered right back with a 13-play 66-yard scoring drive of their own with Curry and Kowalski combining for 51 yards on 10 rushes with Curry getting the touchdown on a four yard run to even the score at 7-7.
On Clearfield’s next possession Christian Lezzer threw an interception on second down giving the ball right back to Berwick at its own 27. After four running plays pushed the ball out to the Bulldog 47-yard line Curry hooked up with Andrew Force on 48-yard strike to the Clearfield 5-yard line. Curry finished the drive with a two yard touchdown run to give Berwick a 14-7 with 5:02 to play in the first half.
The Bulldogs gave the Bison a taste of their own medicine finishing the game with 321 yards on the ground while attempting just seven passes. Curry led the way with 13 rushes for 146 yards and three touchdowns while also completing four passes for 105 yards and a score. Kowalski also went over 100 yards with 120 on 19 carries while also having the 75-yard pick six.
Stratton led the Clearfield offense with 102 yards on 17 carries. Christian Lezzer finished the game with 15 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown while going 3-of-11 through the air for 31 yards and a pair of interceptions.
The Bison finish the season 13-1 for the second time in four years. Clearfield finished 13-1 in 2010 when they lost in the PIAA Quarterfinals to Allentown Central Catholic.
BERWICK 44, CLEARFIELD 7
Score by Quarter
Berwick 0 21 16 7 — 44
Clearfield 7 0 0 0 — 7
C- Christian Lezzer 4 run (Spencer Herrington kick), 3:39
B- CJ Curry 4 run (Oliva Seeley kick), 9:35
B- Curry 3 run (Seeley kick), 5:02
B- Dain Kowalski 75 interception return (Seeley kick), 0:00
B- Ian Mazonkey 36 pass from Curry (Jordan Stout run), 1:58
B- Curry 70 run (Seeley kick), 5:30
First Downs 17 16
Rushes-Yards 44-321 44-230
Passing: Comp-Att-Int 4-7-2 4-14-2
Passing Yards 105 61
Total Yards 426 291
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-Avg. 1-49.0 2-34.5
Penalties-Yards 4-40 4-35
RUSHING– Berwick: CJ Curry 13-146, Dain Kowalski 19-120, Jordan Stout 7-27, Kyle Trenholm 4-22, Ian Mazonkey 1-6. Clearfield: Tyler Stratton 17-102, Christian Lezzer 15-63, Seth Caldwell 8-35, Erik Sellers 1-18, Seth Ford 3-12.
PASSING– Berwick: CJ Curry 4-for-7, 105 yards, 1 TD. Clearfield: Christian Lezzer 3-for-11, 31 yards, Erik Sellers 1-for-3, 30 yards.
RECEIVING– Berwick: Andrew Force 1-48, Ian Mazonkey 1-36, Paul Wiegand 1-12, Kyle Trenholm 1-9. Clearfield: Ryan Lezzer 1-30, Wyatt Flanagan 2-22, Seth Ford 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS– Berwick: Dain Kowalski (2). Clearfield: Nick Kovalick.
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SATURDAY, NOV. 30
PIAA Class AA Quarterfinals at Clarion University
South Fayette 57, Karns City 21, Final
PIAA Class A Quarterfinals at Slippery Rock University
Clarion 35, Lakeview 20, Final
FRIDAY, NOV. 29
PIAA Class AAA Quarterfinals at Central Mountain High School
Berwick 44, Clearfield 7, Final Score
With the PIAA football playoffs underway, we thought it would be fun to look back at team from District 9 that made a long run in the PIAA postseason, the 1998 Smethport Hubbers. Smethport went 13-1 in 1998 losing to Rochester in the PIAA Class A semifinals after beating Kennedy Christian and Bishop Carroll in the PIAA playoffs. The Hubbers defeated Clarion-Limestone in the District 9 title game that year after taking care of Clarion in the opening round, avenging a loss to the Bobcats in the 1997 District 9 title game.
Here is a brief summary of the 1998 season including short game recaps from the three PIAA Playoff games. Enjoy.
Editor’s note: If you have any other information on that season you would like to share, please leave a comment or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have done our best to ensure the information below is as correct as possible but records aren’t the greatest from the 1998 season.
1998 SMETHPORT HUBBERS
SCHEDULE (Dates & locations are not official)
Sept. 5 vs. Youngsville – W 39-7
Sept. 12 vs. Coudersport – W 32-6
Sept. 19/20 at Elk County Christian – W 25-12
Sept. 26 vs. Ridgway – W 14-7
Oct. 2 at Cameron County – W 34-14
Oct. 9 at Otto-Eldred – W 46-0
Oct. 16 vs. Sheffield – W 43-6
Oct. 24 at Port Allegany – W 47-3
AML Title Game at Not available
Oct. 30/31 vs. Elk County Christian – W 22-14
District 9 Class A Semifinals at Smethport
Nov. 6 vs. Clarion – W 53-14
District 9 Class A Championship at Johnsonburg
Nov. 13 vs. Clarion-Limestone – W 28-14
PIAA Class A First Round at Veteran Stadium in Erie
Nov. 21 vs. Kennedy Christian – W 46-7
PIAA Class A Quarterfinals at Mansion Park in Altoona
Nov. 28 vs. Bishop Carroll – W 34-21
PIAA Class A Semifinals at North Alleghany High School
Dec. 5 vs. Rochester – L 6-41
RUSHING YARDS – 2,473
PASSING YARDS – 2,534
TOTAL YARDS – 5,007
PASSING: Comp-Att-Int – 118-183-8
POINTS – 469
Total Touchdowns scored
Marty Alter – 18 (No breakdown)
Mike Defilippi – 7 (7 rushing)
Steve Druphy – 7 (No breakdown)
Mike Dodge – 6 (6 receiving)
Mike Defilippi – 114-for-174, 2,418 yards, 24 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
Marty Alter – 159 carries, 1,167 yards
Steve Durphy – 92 carries, 330 yards
Mike Defilippi – 107 carries, 290 yards
Dan Mitchell – 42 carries, 239 yards
Mike Dodge – 43 catches, 1,073 yards
Marty Alter – 30 catches, 794 yards
Denny Mitchell – 19 catches, 331 yards
PIAA PLAYOFF GAME BREAKDOWNS
First Round – Nov. 21, 1998 – Vets Stadium – Erie
ALTER’S FOUR TDS LEADS SMETHPORT ROMP OF KENNEDY CHRISTIAN
ERIE, Pa – Behind four touchdowns from Marty Alter, District 9 champion Smethport rolled to a 46-7 win over Kennedy Christian in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs Saturday at Veterans Stadium in Erie.
Alter scored on runs of 67 and 15 yards and caught touchdown passes of 74 and 47 yards from Mike Defilippi, who also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dodge and kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Kennedy Christian (9-3), the District 10 champion, actually led 7-0 following a 57-yard Brian Trimboli touchdown run.
But the Hubbers (12-0) struck back on a 74-yard DeFilippi to Alter touchdown pass to knot the game at seven after one quarter.
Alter then scored his two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter helping Smethport to a 22-7 halftime lead before Defilippi hooked up with Dodge on a third-quarter touchdown pass that put the Hubbers ahead 29-7 going to the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Defillipi made it 32-7 with the field goal before a 1-yard Steve Durphy touchdown run and a 47-yard Defillipi to Alter touchdown pass set the final score.
Alter had a big day with 237 yards of offense. He carried the ball eight times for 107 yards and added three catches for 130 yards. Defillipi was 7 of 11 for 231 yards and the three touchdowns.
Trimboli paced Kennedy Catholic with 14 carries for 143 yards and the score.
Smethport faces District 6 champion Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals.
SMETHPORT 46, KENNEDY CHRISTIAN 7
Score by Quarters
Smethport 7 15 7 17 – 46
Kennedy Christian 7 0 0 0 – 7
KC – Trimboli 57 run (Lauffer kick)
SM – Alter 74 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)
SM – Alter 67 run (Defilippi kick)
SM – Alter 15 run (Denny Mitchell pass from Defilippi)
SM – Dodge 27 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)
SM – Defilippi 29 field goal
SM – Durphy 1 run (Defilippi kick)
SM – Alter 47 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)
First Downs 10 13
Rushes-Yards 27-138 45-199
Passing Yards 231 82
Comp-Att-Int 7-11-0 5-10-2
Total Yards 369 281
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 4-2
Penalties-Yards 3-38 9-94
Rushing – Smethport: Alter 8-107, Defilippi 7-14, Durphy 7-10, De. Mitchell 3-4, Shelgren 1-2, Da. Mitchell 1-1. Kennedy Christian: Trimboli 14-143, Friday 17-41, McClure 6-27, Cecil 7-9, Shirley 1-minus 21.
Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 7-for-11, 231 yards, 3 touchdowns. Kennedy Christian: McClure 5-for-10, 82 yards, 2 interceptions
Receiving – Smethport: Alter 3-130, De. Mitchell 2-26, Galloway 1-48, Dodge 1-27. Kennedy Christian: Shirley 2-40, Monsman 1-33, Jovenall 1-6, Friday 1-3.
Quarterfinals – Nov. 28, 1998 – Mansion Park – Altoona
DEFILIPPI; DODGE LIFT SMETHPORT INTO SEMIFINALS
ALTOONA, Pa. – Just call them Mike & Mike.
Junior quarterback Mike Defilippi and senior wide receiver Mike Dodge helped District 9 champion Smethport overcome a slow start and get a 34-21 win over District 5-6 champion Bishop Carroll in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals Saturday at Mansion Park in Altoona.
Defilippi threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns – he was 13 of 17 passing with an interception – while running for a fourth score and picking off a pass, and Dodge had seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, as Smethport (13-0) overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit.
The Hubbers tied the game on a 4-yard Defilippi to Clayton Galloway touchdown pass midway through the third quarter before a 1-yard Marc Shelgren touchdown run later in the quarter gave the Hubbers their first lead of the game. Dodge then caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Defilippi in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to make it 28-14.
But Bishop Carroll (11-2) answered with a 43-yard Mike Tremel to Anthony Piccioni touchdown pass just over a minute later before Defilippi’s 5-yard run with 7:17 to play restored the two-score lead.
Bishop Carroll struck first on a 1-yard Justin Schilling touchdown run in the first quarter before Defilippi hit Dodge with a 39-yard touchdown pass a minute and a half later to tie the game at 7.
But the Huskies went back ahead midway through the second quarter on a Schilling 17-yard touchdown run.
Marty Alter led Smethport on the ground with 20 carries for 159 yards, 114 came in the second half, and added three catches for 70 yards, helping the Hibbers outgain Bishop Carroll 413 to 378.
Tremel was 7 of 18 for 165 yards and the touchdown but also threw three interceptions for Bishop Carroll, while Schilling ran 18 times for 75 yards and the scor scores while also catching one pass for 21 yards.
Smethport, which is looking to make it back to the PIAA title game for the first time since 1992, faces Rochester in the semifinals next week.
SMETHPORT 34, BISHOP CARROLL 21
Score by Quarters
Smethport 7 0 14 13 – 34
Bishop Carroll 7 7 0 7 – 21
BC – J. Schilling 1 run (Wyss kick), 8:17
SM – Dodge 39 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 6:54
BC – J. Schilling 1 run (Wyss kick), 5:28
SM – Galloway 4 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 6:41
SM – Shelgren 1 run (Defilippi kick), 3:09
SM – Dodge 37 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 10:40
BC – Piccioni 43 pass from Tremel (Wyss kick), 9:16
SM – Defilippi 5 run (Kick failed), 7:17
First Downs 22 16
Rushes-Yards 41-218 42-211
Passing Yards 255 165
Comp-Att-Int 13-17-1 7-18-3
Total Yards 413 378
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-34 11-107
Punts-Avg. 3-23 4-30
Rushing – Smethport: Alter 20-159, Shelgren 10-18, Da. Mitchell 2-9, Defilippi 8-2, Dodge 1-0. Bishop Carroll: J. Schilling 18-75, McMahon 8-72, C. schilling 2-31, Tremel 9-29, Piccioni 1-4, Golden 3-2, Bianconi 1-0.
Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 13-for-17, 255 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception. Bishop Carroll: Tremel 7-for-18, 165 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions.
Receiving – Smethport: Dodge 7-162, Alter 3-70, De. Mitchell 2-19, Galloway 1-4. Bishop Carroll – McMahon 2-15, Piccioni 1-43, Salony 1-25, Serenko 2-31, J. Schilling 1-21.
Interceptions – Smethport: Defillipi, Stroup, Alter. Bishop Carroll Salony.
Semifinals – Dec. 5, 1998 – North Allegheny High School – Wexford
ROCHESTER BLOWS PAST SMETHPORT INTO PIAA TITLE GAME
PITTSBURG – Randy “Mookie” Anderson and the rest of the Rochester Rams were way too much for Smethport, as the WPIAL champions cruised to a 41-6 win over the District 9 titlists in the PIAA Class A semifinals Saturday at North Allegheny High School.
Anderson ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns, and Rochester outgained Smethport (13-1) 424 to 217.
The Rams grabbed a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and then used a key defensive stand in the quarter after Smethport had gotten within two touchdowns to expand the advantage to 34-6 by halftime.
Trailing 21-0, Smethport got life when Mike Defilippi hit Marty Alter with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap a 79-yard drive with seven minutes left in the first half. The Hubbers, who missed the extra point, then recovered a Rochester fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Rams’ 33-yard line.
But Rochester’s defense stiffened allowing just two Hubber yards on four players and took over on downs at its own 31-yard line.
On the Rams first play after the defensive stand, Anderson burst through a hole and went 69 yards for the game’s decisive touchdown.
Anderson, who also scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run later in the half before Kris Griffin closed out the Rochester scoring when he picked off a Defilippi pass, one of three interceptions on the day by the junior who entered the contest with three all season, and returned in 73-yard for a score in the third quarter.
Darrell Damon got Rochester’s day started with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, while Randy Bacon made it 21-0 Rams when he scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Bacon also went over 100 yards rushing with 104 on the day.
Alter led Smethport with 15 carries for 70 yards and four catches for 49. Defilippi was 14-for-21 for 129 yards, the touchdown and three picks, while Mike Dodge had five catches for 30 yards.
Rochester will face Southern Columbia in the PIAA title game.
NOTES – Dodge finished the season 114-for-174 for 2,418 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interception … Alter had 1,167 yards rushing on 159 carries and added 30 catches for 794 yards, while Dodge had 43 catches for 1,073 yards … Smethport was trying to become just the third District 9 team to reach the title game. The Hubbers did so in 1992, and Keystone reached the championship game in 1989. Both teams lost in the title game with Smethport falling to Scotland School and Keystone to Dunmore. This was the third PIAA semifinal playoff meeting between Smethport and Rochester. The Rams won 29-20 in 1991 before Smethport turned the tables the following year with a 6-0 victory. Smethport also lost in the 1990 semifinals 63-14 to Farrell and in the 1995 semifinals 14-0 to Farrell … This was the third straight PIAA playoff game the Hubbers played in practically their opponents back yard. Smethport beat Kennedy Christian out of Sharon in Erie in the first round and then defeated Ebensburg’s Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals in Altoona.
ROCHESTER 41, SMETHPORT 6
Score by Quarters
Smethport 0 6 0 0 – 6
Rochester 13 31 7 0 – 41
R – Darrell Daman 3 run (Botnovich kick)
R – Mookie Anderson 1 run (Kick failed)
R – Randy Bacon 2 run (Anderson run)
S – Marty Alter 19 pass from Mike Defilippi (Kick failed)
R – Anderson 69 run (Botnovich kick)
R – Anderson 1 run (Kick failed)
R – Kris Griffen 73 interception return (Botnovich kick)
First Downs 15 21
Rushes-Yards 24-88 50-369
Passing Yards 129 55
Comp-Att-Int 14-21-3 2-2-0
Total Yards 217 424
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties-Yards 6-52 3-24
Rushing – Smethport: Alter 15-70, Shelgren 1-15, Durphy 1-2, Defilippi 7-1. Rochester: Anderson 15-181, Bacon 14-104, Kr. Griffen 5-32, Damon 5-27, Burkure 3-12, Williams 5-9, Cunning 1-3, Touth 1-2, Harvey 1-minus 1.
Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 14-for-21, 129 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions. Rochester: Harvey 2-for-2, 55 yards.
Receiving – Smethport: Dodge 5-30, Alter 4-49, Mitchell 2-25, Galloway 1-12, Stroup 1-10, Durphy 1-3. Rochester: Braham 1-48, Anderson 1-7.
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