Vikes knock off Eagles
Published: September 27, 2012
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MANDATA - On a night when Line Mountain named its field in honor of Glenn Ressler, Williams Valley and the Eagles combined to put on quite a show for the former Maxwell Trophy and Baltimore Colts' Super Bowl winner, who played at Mahanoy Joint High School, one of the schools which merged into Line Mountain.
But the big star of the show September 22 was Williams Valley senior Owen Daniel. Daniel had almost 300 all-purpose yards, scored three touchdowns, and set up what proved to be the game-clinching score to lead the Vikings to a 35-28 win in a battle of Twin Valley Conference unbeatens.
Daniel had an 80-yard kick return touchdown, caught six passes for 159 yards and two TDs, and had a 51-yard run to the two-yard line to set up Cole Barnhardt's two-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter which gave the Vikings (4-0) a 35-21 lead.
"The last two years we got smoked by them," Daniel said, then rattled off the scores - "47-27 and 49-20. It felt good to be able to beat them, especially on their home field and on homecoming."
The game got off to a rough start for Williams Valley when the Eagles' Cory Warford intercepted Stephen Sedesse's first pass and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown. But Daniel got the Vikes right back with his 80-yard kickoff return, and the teams seesawed the rest of the first half.
Warford scored on a 32-yard run to cap a 13-play, 74-yard Line Mountain drive to put the Eagles back on top.
Sedesse directed an eight-play, 67-yard scoring drive for Williams Valley, connecting with Cole Barnhardt for a 15-yard touchdown pass with 11:12 remaining in the half.
Line Mountain went back ahead when backup quarterback Codi Morris, substituting for injured Cole Rickert, who played at the start, threw a 60-yard sideline bomb to Jeremy Renn for a touchdown. But Sedesse and Daniel connected on a 42-yard pass and then on a 22-yard touchdown with 1:47 left in the half and the score was tied, 21-21, at the break.
"That score before halftime was really big," Daniel said. "We feel we're a second-half team and that gave us momentum."
Daniel scored on a 79-yard bomb from Sedesse, who threw for 218 yards, on a third-and-11 play, then took off on his 51-yard run on a reverse on a first-and-15 after an illegal procedure penalty. Barnhardt (30 carries, 99 yards) bulled over from the two but the Eagles weren't done.
Morris found Renn downfield on a bomb on a post patter for a 56-yard touchdown with 7:19 to play.
Line Mountain (3-1) appeared to make a defensive stop but made two key penalties on Williams Valley's last drive. Erik Smeltz couldn't stop from running into the punter on a fourth-and-7, and later, on fourth-and-8 with 2:08 to play from Williams Valley's 23, Daniel drew a pass interference call on a sideline pattern.
"We made a couple key mistakes but I couldn't have asked more from the kids," Line Mountain coach Rodney Knock said. "Daniel is a great athlete and athletes make plays. I couldn't ask more from Codi (Morris). He came in there and did a great job. He's the type of kid who can handle that kind of situation."
E. Juniata 0
MCALLISTERVILLE - Blake Bowman rushed for five touchdowns and 180 yards to fuel the Bulldogs' shutout win over the Tigers in a Tri-Valley League match-up.
Tri-Valley's Dalton Miller led all rushers with 190 yards on 14 carries as the Bulldogs remained undefeated on the season. Tri-Valley takes on Upper Dauphin Friday, Sept. 28, with the Trojans coming off of their first win of the season.
U. Dauphin 41
Pine Grove 0
ELIZABETHVILLE - Upper Dauphin dominated Pine Grove from the outset en route to a 41-0 mercy-rule victory on September 21. Upper Dauphin rode the strong performance of its offensive line to produce a 260-ard rushing attach that produced two, 100-yard rushers.
UDA quarterback Austin A. Weaver rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another score. Meanwhile, Trojan running back Ian Buffington rumbled ahead for 109 yards and two touchdowns. The UDA defense limited the Cards to just 67 total yards.
The Indians downed Halifax on September 21. No other details were available.