South jumps out early in win over CV
WESTFIELD - Cowanesque Valley hoped that the Indian summer the Northern Tier experienced would be an omen for their football squad, but South Williamsport had a picnic in a 43-12 win, feasting on the CV team with 37 first quarter points.
On the second play of the game, Joe Balawajder picked off James Burns' pass and returned it 12 yards to the 10-yard line. The Mountaineers took advantage on the next play when Brandon Stone scored. Tyler House connected with Dominick Bragalone for the conversion for an early 8-0 lead.
After a punt by the Indians, South Williamsport moved downfield with solid runs and passes from House, who connected on a 27-yard pass to Tyler Schonewolf and 7-yard TD pass to Bragalone. Stonge ran in the two-point conversion with just five minutes left in the opening quarter.
That's when the Mountaineers' defense and special teams stepped up to score on their own.
On the third play of the CV next series, Burns tried a center screen, but Tyler Jenkins stepped in front of the receiver and rumbled 20 yards for a score and a 22-0 lead.
Cowanesque picked up two first downs on their next series, but were forced to punt from near midfield. The ball rolled to the goal line when a CV player batted the ball to keep South Williamsport pinned deep in their own territory. However, Andrew Gipe took advantage, scooped up the ball, and raced along his sidelines 99 yards for a touchdown with 1:31 left in the quarter.
House ran in the conversion for a 30-0 margin.
Ethan Mead then fumbled the ball on the first play of the Indians' next series. After an incompletion, House found a newcomer to the scoring parade, in Heath Newcomer, for a 15-yard touchdown and Justin Knee added the point after for a 37-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
Forced to punt on the next possession, Gipe showed his TD return was no fluke and returned the punt 40 yards to the 18. After House connected with Stonge for a 7-yard gain, Bragalone jogged in, untouched, from 11 yards out.
The Indians avoided the first half shutout with a drive just before the half. Luke Plummer carried the ball six times in the series for 67 yards, capping the effort with a 1-yard TD run for the 43-6 halftime score.
Plummer finished the half with 96 yards and totaled 104 tough yards on 23 carries for the game.
Cowanesque Valley added another score in the third quarter on a 1-yard plunge by Shea Daley for the 43-12 final tally.
South Williamsport, now 8-1 overall and 4-0 in league play, will travel to Montgomery next week. The Indians, now 2-7 overall and 1-4 in league play, will host Otto-Eldred next week.