Tide don’t go qui­etly in loss to Hawks

The Republican Herald - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - SPORTS ED­I­TOR by Leroy Boyer con­tact the writer: Lboyer@re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570628- 6026; @ pub­sports­boss on Twit­ter

BETH­LE­HEM — Ai­den Stan­ton, Ja­cob Roos and the rest of the Pottsville se­niors were not go­ing to let their high school foot­ball ca­reers end with­out a fight.

Trail­ing by 40 points at half­time, the two se­niors didn’t give up, com­bin­ing to

lead a spir­ited Crim­son Tide ef­fort in the sec­ond half.

While the hole was ul­ti­mately too deep to dig out of, Pottsville made things in­ter­est­ing with four sec­ond- half touch­downs in a 40- 28 loss to Beth­le­hem Catholic in a Dis­trict 11 Class 4A semi­fi­nal at BASD Sta­dium.

Stan­ton tossed a pair of touch­down passes and Roos scored twice as Pottsville played un­til the fi­nal horn.

The Golden Hawks ( 9- 3) ad­vance to next week’s Dis­trict 11 fi­nal to face Sau­con Val­ley, while the Crim­son Tide see their sea­son end at 7- 5.

“It wasn’t their best de­fense out there, but it felt good to put some points on the board and not go home with our tails be­tween our

legs,” said Roos, who fin­ished with three catches for 135 yards and two TDS.

Added Stan­ton: “It was our goal in the sec­ond half to make it look re­spectable, and I think we did more than that.”

Beth­le­hem Catholic showed why it is among the top teams in the state in Class 4A with a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance in the first half.

The top- seeded Hawks scored on five of their first six pos­ses­sions, added a de­fen­sive touch­down and were only stopped when kicker An­thony Dasilva missed a 33- yard field goal.

Beth­le­hem Catholic rushed for 251 yards in the first half, with ju­nior Tavion Banks gain­ing 141 yards and scor­ing on runs of 3 and 6 yards in the first half. Banks fin­ished with 148 yards on 17 car­ries.

Paul Car­reras added a 70- yard TD run, Za­heer Seabrooks rushed for 62 yards and a 3- yard TD and quar­ter­back Zamir Brake plunged in on a 1- yard keeper.

De­fen­sively, the Hawks sti­fled the Pottsville of­fense, which gained just 40 yards in the first 24 min­utes. Pottsville lost one fum­ble, botched a punt at­tempt and Stan­ton was in­ter­cepted twice, one of which was re­turned 35 yards for a touch­down by Domen­cio Ital­iani.

When the teams headed to the locker room at half­time, Beth­le­hem Catholic was com­fort­ably in con­trol 40- 0 and the mercy rule was in ef­fect for the sec­ond half.

“Ev­ery­thing that could have went wrong went wrong,” Pottsville coach Tom Mc­geoy said. “They’re very good, very big up front and very phys­i­cal. Their run­ning backs, both of them, are very spec­tac­u­lar, es­pe­cially Banks. He’s real tough. He’s tough to bring down 1- on- 1 and get a clean hit on.”

Mc­geoy’s squad, how­ever, didn’t go qui­etly.

Pottsville opened the sec­ond half with a six- play, 60- yard drive that was capped by a 2- yard run by full­back Joey Fer­raro. A 20- yard pass from Stan­ton to Ma­son Barnes on third- and- 8 set up the score.

The Crim­son Tide then stopped Beth­le­hem Catho

lic’s first unit on two straight pos­ses­sions be­fore the Hawks emp­tied the bench for the fourth quar­ter.

Pottsville’s of­fense feasted on the Beth­le­hem Catho

lic back­ups, scor­ing three times. Stan­ton hit Roos for a 77- yard score, Roos caught a 51- yard pass from Barnes on a flanker re­verse and Stan­ton con­nected with Barnes on a 15- yard TD on the fi­nal play of the game.

Stan­ton fin­ished the game 13- for- 29 for 230 yards, put­ting him over the 1,000- yard mark for the sea­son at 1,062. He fin­ished the sea­son with 15 touch­down passes and five in­ter­cep­tions de­spite only play­ing in roughly half of Pottsville’s games.

“It felt good know­ing that my last throws were to some of my best friends,” Stan­ton said.

De­fen­sively, Pottsville got big games from se­niors Bryce Dragna, Parker Zimerof­sky and Jimmy Doyle. The Crim­son Tide grad­u­ate 10 se­niors, eight of whom are starters.

A gi­gan­tic group of un­der­class­men, most of whom are starters, has Pottsville primed for a strong sea­son in 2019. The Tide are slated to re­turn eight starters on of­fense and seven on de­fense for next sea­son.

“I wanted them to fin­ish the sea­son the right way,” Mc­geoy said. “I wanted the se­niors to leave feel­ing pretty good about them­selves.

“For the ju­niors, sopho­mores and one fresh­man, I wanted them to get a good feel­ing go­ing into next sea­son, get a jump start on that, and kind of leave with a lit­tle bit of mo­men­tum. I think we did a lit­tle bit of that in the sec­ond half.”

Dis­trict 4 aa semi­fi­nal

Mount carmel 34 N. Penn- Mans­field 14

MOUNT CARMEL — Shane Wei­d­ner and John Ayres com­bined to rush for 290 yards and four touch­downs as the Red Tor­na­does pulled away in the sec­ond half to ad­vance to the Dis­trict 4 Class AA fi­nal for the sec­ond straight sea­son.

Mount Carmel will face South­ern Columbia, a 69- 16 win­ner over Troy, in next Fri­day ti­tle game.

Ayres rushed for 112 yards on 21 car­ries, scor­ing on runs of 3, 4 and 5 yards. His fi­nal two touch­downs came in the third quar­ter, when Mount Carmel ex­panded a 14- 7 half­time lead.

Wei­d­ner paced all rush­ers with 178 yards on 17 car­ries, scor­ing on a 24- yard run in the fourth quar­ter. Tom Reisinger started the scor­ing with an 18- yard run 1: 12 into the game for the Tor­na­does, who rushed 55 times for 368 yards.

Dis­trict 4 Class AA Semi­fi­nal North Penn ( 9- 3).... 0 7 0 7 — 14 Mt. Carmel ( 10- 2) .. 7 7 13 7 — 34 MC — Reisinger 18 run ( Stel­lar kick) MC — Ayres 3 run ( Stel­lar kick)

NP — Meyer 11 pass from Burleigh ( Alexan­der kick)

MC — Ayres 4 run ( Stel­lar kick)

MC — Ayres 5 run ( kick failed)

MC — Wei­d­ner 24 run ( Stel­lar kick) NP — Shedd 76 pass from Burleigh ( Alexan­der kick)

NPM MCA

First Downs 9 22 Rushes- Yards 34- 28 55- 368 Passes 10- 15- 1 1- 8- 2 Pass­ing Yards 131 17 To­tal Yards 159 385 Fum­bles- Lost 3- 0 1- 0 Penal­ties 2- 10 9- 74

game sum­mary

Dis­trict 11 Class 4A Semi­fi­nal At BASD Sta­dium, Beth­le­hem Pottsville ( 7- 4) ....... 0 0 7 21 — 28 Beth. Cath. ( 8- 3)... 20 20 0 0 — 40 BC — Banks 3 run ( Dasilva kick)

BC — Car­reras 70 run ( kick failed) BC — Banks 6 run ( Dasilva kick)

BC — Ital­iani 35 in­ter­cep­tion re­turn ( Dasilva kick)

BC — Seabrooks 3 run ( kick blocked) BC — Brake 1 run ( Dasilva kick) Potts — Fer­raro 2 run ( R. Di­cello kick)

Potts — Roos 77 pass from Stan­ton ( R. Di­cello kick)

Potts — Roos 51 pass from Barnes ( R. Di­cello kick)

Potts — Barnes 15 pass from Stan­ton ( R. Di­cello kick)

Potts Beca

First Downs 12 10

Rushes- Yards 23- 22 38- 293

Passes 14- 30- 2 2- 8- 1

Pass­ing Yards 281 50

To­tal Yards 301 343

Fum­bles- Lost 3- 1 0- 0

Penal­ties 1- 5 6- 50

IN­DI­VID­UAL LEAD­ERS RUSH­ING: Pottsville — K. Di­cello 10- 20, Roos 1- 7, Fer­raro 1- 2, Walchak 3- 1, Mullins 2- 1, Stan­ton 4- 0, Blanken­horn 1-(- 3), Team 1-(- 6). Beth­le­hem Catholic — Banks 17- 148, Car­reras 3- 92, Seabrooks 9- 62, Brake 2- 3, Jimenez 3- 2, Thomas 3-(- 3), Team 1-(11).

PASS­ING: Pottsville — Stan­ton 13- 29- 2, 230; Barnes 1- 1- 0, 51. Beth­le­hem Catholic — Brake 2- 8- 1, 50.

RE­CEIV­ING: Pottsville — Roos 3- 135, Schenk 5- 100, Barnes 3- 43, Wil­liams 1- 3, Mullins 2- 0. Beth­le­hem Catholic — Seabrooks 1- 44, Dob­bins 1- 6.

IN­TER­CEP­TIONS: Pottsville — Roos. Beth­le­hem Catholic—Italia ni, Stianche

IN­DI­VID­UAL LEAD­ERS RUSH­ING: North Penn- Mans­field — David 8- 27, Kolb 15- 10, Burleigh 9-(- 12), David 8- 27, Spencer 2- 3. Mount Carmel — Ayres 21- 112, Wei­d­ner 17- 178, Reisinger 8- 52, Berkoski 5- 24, Stel­lar 1- 4, Owens 1- 1, Dowkus 1- 0, Pupo 1-(- 3).

PASS­ING: North Penn- Mans­field — Burleigh 10- 15- 1, 131. Mount Carmel — Reisinger 1- 8- 2, 17.

RE­CEIV­ING: North Penn- Mans­field — Shedd 3- 92, Free­man 2- 17, Kolb 1- 15, Meyer 2- 7, David 1- 3, Spencer 1-(- 3). Mount Carmel — Wei­d­ner 1- 17.

IN­TER­CEP­TIONS: North Penn- Mans­field — An­drews, Matczak. Mount Carmel — Wei­d­ner

Ja­cob Roos 3 re­cep­tions, 135 yards,2 TDS

AI­DEN stan­ton Passes for 230 yards,2 TDS

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