Pine Grove routs Halifax to stay unbeaten

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HALIFAX - Seven up, seven down for the Pine Grove Cardinals.

Ryan Heim rushed for 190 yards and four touchdowns as the Cardinals remained unbeaten with a 51-12 rout of Halifax in a Tri-Valley League game Monday night.

Pine Grove (7-0, 6-0 TVL) was unstoppable in the first half, scoring 44 points and shutting out the Wildcats.

The scoring onslaught began with a safety as Halifax punter Hunter Hilinski recovered a bad snap, but was tackled in his own end zone.

The first touchdown came on a 6-yard pass from quarterback Steve Zimmerman to wide receiver Jed Blankenhorn, putting Pine Grove up 9-0.

Heim took over in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on runs of 44, 31, 19 and 9 yards to give the Cardinals a 44-0 halftime lead.

"Heim had a heck of a first half," Pine Grove head coach Jeff Sampson said. "He makes plays happen. When we need a big play, he seems to get it done."

The second half saw Pine Grove score on the first play of its opening drive as running back Mark Weinus ran 51 yards for a touchdown to up the lead to 51-0.

The Cardinals' rushing attack totaled 306 yards and collected five touchdowns on the night.

The Pine Grove defense also came up big, as Jared McCabe and Blankenhorn each had interceptions.

"Our defense was stout tonight," Sampson said. "They always come out ready to play and I knew they'd be able to make the Halifax offense uncomfortable."

The Wildcats (0-7, 0-6 TVL) finally scored during a late third-quarter drive. Quarterback Mason Erdman hooked up with wide receiver Eric Johnston on a 1-yard pass.

Erdman went 15-for-30 for 154 yards, but he could never get his offense going against the stingy Pine Grove defense, which allowed only 31 yards rushing.

The Wildcats' defense scored the final touchdown of the game when Jakob Paul intercepted back-up quarterback Geoff Kaufman and returned it 32 yards to the end zone.

"We played well across the board," Sampson said. "We like to play differently each game and we did that tonight."

While the Cardinals remain the area's only unbeaten team, their schedule is tough from here on out.

Pine Grove returns home this Friday to face Line Mountain, then ends the season with games at Tri-Valley and at home with Juniata.

"It's gonna be a tough one," Sampson said of Friday's game. "They're well-coached and they have probably the toughest running back we'll have faced all year. It'll be a real good game."

U. Dauphin 26

Newport 21

NEWPORT - Mac Ney scored on a 6-yard run midway through the fourth quarter as the Trojans rallied past the Buffaloes in a Tri-Valley League game.

Trey Campbell rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns for Upper Dauphin, which overcame deficits of 14-0 and 21-6.

Justin Temple completed 19-of-35 passes for 284 yards and two scores for Newport, while Marcus Jones had eight catches for 148 yards.

After allowing Newport touchdowns on the first three possessions, the Upper Dauphin defense forced four turnovers and kept the Buffaloes off the scoreboard the rest of the game.

Newport reached the UDA 14 in the final seconds, but the Trojans defense forced a pair of incompletions to end the threat.

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