Sunday, September 10, 2006

Panthers Fall to 1-1 on the Season

ORBISONIA — Coming off its convincing win last week over Williamsburg, the Northern Bedford Black Panthers made the trip to the lower end of Huntingdon County to take on longtime rival Southern Huntingdon.

The Rockets were also winners a week ago and were hoping their home opener would produce the same results. The Inter-County Conference South Division matchup looked good on paper, but the Rockets used a high-flying aerial attack in the first half and a hard-hitting ground game in the second to send NBC home with a 48-13 loss.

‘‘The better team won tonight,’’ Northern Bedford coach Dan Foor said. ‘‘I’m not disappointed in the way our kids played tonight.’’

Southern Huntingdon (2-0, 1-0 ICC) wasted little time in getting into the end zone. The Rockets set up shop at its own 32 and immediately started throwing the ball.

Senior quarterback Tyler Mansberger connected on four passes to get the Rockets inside the 5-yard line. Troy Hoover plowed his way through the Northern defense for a 3-yard touchdown run.

Northern eventually answered that score when Myles Crawford plunged in from the 1. At the initial contact, it looked as if Crawford was stopped short of the goal line, however, Crawford was able to wiggle his way into the end zone.

‘‘We had some momentum heading into the second quarter,’’ Foor said. ‘‘We had a couple off passes that were just inches out of our reach. From there, it just snowballed.‘‘

Southern took over with just 1:27 left in the quarter and chewed up the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second en route to its second touchdown. Mansberger hit Corey Knepper with a pass that went 8 yards for the score.

Northern tried to keep in stride with the Rockets as they proceeded downfield once again. However, the drive stalled, and the Black Panthers were forced to punt. Huston Klotz was back in punt formation and took the ball from center and sprinted to the far sideline, in hopes of making the first down. Unfortunately, for the Black Panthers, Klotz was stopped a yard short.

‘‘We had a wide receiver on our side of the field that was wide open and nobody was covering him, and before we could get Tyler to change the play, he was off and running.‘‘

Southern then controlled the rest of the game.


Northern Bedford      6  0   7  0 — 13
Southern Huntingdon 7 20 13 8 — 48

First Quarter

SH — Hoover 1 run (Gaston kick), 10:20
NB — Crawford 1 run (kick blocked), 1:33

Second Quarter

SH — Knepper 5 pass from Mansberger (Gaston kick), 8:08
SH — Hoover 1 run (Gaston kick), 3:40
SH — Crull 35 pass from Mansberger, (rush failed), 1:45

Third Quarter

SH — Hoover 5 run (Almeida kick), 8:11
NB — Klotz 66 pass from Love (Hagleberger kick), 5:13
SH — Crull 31 pass from Mansberger (kick failed), 2:36

Fourth Quarter

SH — Plummer 5 run (Knepper pass from Mansberger), 5:11.


RUSHING — Northern Bedford - Crawford 13-33; Riley 3-29; Cogan 2-1; Feathers 1-8. Southern Huntingdon — Hoover 25-154; Hall 5-45; Plummer 8-34; Mansberger 3-4; Gaston 1-4.

PASSING - Northern Bedford — Love 5-12-1-141; Cottle 1-1-0-5. Southern Huntingdon — Mansberger 14-20-3-225.

RECEIVING- Northern Bedford — Klotz 2-109; Riley 1-12; Boyd 1-22; Grace 1-5. Southern Huntingdon — Crull 5-105; Hall 2-34; Knepper 3-33; Yohn 2-26; Hoover 1-23; Shade 1-4.

From the Altoona Mirror

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