Southern Columbia looks like the top of Class A
Tigers will most likely claim top spot after victory
CATAWISSA— The Southern Columbia Tigers (4-0) came into this week ranked #2 in the state for Class A. When the new rankings come out, the Tigers will most likely move up to the top spot after the Clairton Bears, who had the nation’s longest winning streak at 66 games, lost 42-24. The Tigers definitely proved tonight that they are for real after defeating South Williamsport (3-1) in dominant fashion at Tiger Stadium. The Mounties were actually ranked #9 in the state at Class A, but the Tigers easily won in mercy rule fashion by a score of 48-14. The Tigers had plenty of success both on the ground and through the air. “The thing we have going for us right now is we have four running backs we are using and mixing in Nick [Becker] throwing the ball, you can tell when they get the ball they are hungry,” said Tigers coach Jim Roth.
The Tigers actually got stuffed on 4th down to start the game, but that was about the only highlight for the Mounties defense all night. The Tigers defense answered right back when senior Garett Sosnoski forced a fumble and recovered it himself with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter. The Tigers got possession at their own 37 yard line, and on the first play Adam Feudale took it 22 yards into South Williamsport territory. After three more runs, Nick Becker found a wide-open Luke Rarig in the end zone for a 23 yard score to put the home team up 7-0 with 3:58 remaining in the first.
The rest of the first half finished on a pattern. The Mounties were forced to punt on their final four possessions of the half, and the Tigers scored a touchdown on each of their final four possessions of the first half. “I was pleased with the defense again. It was the second week in a row where I thought our defense looked real strong against the run and we didn’t really give them anything through the air either,” said Roth.
The Tigers second score was set up when Becker connected with Zach Tillett for 41 yards to put the ball inside the five. From there, Nate Hunter took it in to make the score 14-0. Becker found Blake Marks out of the backfield for a 9 yard touchdown pass for the Tigers third score. Then Becker hooked up with Rarig for another touchdown pass, this one from 10 yards out, and with 9:44 left in the half the Tigers were in command 27-0. “Nick has been placing the ball perfectly for me and all I have to do is stick my hands out to get it,” said Rarig.
Rarig then returned a punt for a touchdown on the Tigers next possession, but it got called back because of a holding penalty. “Luke is doing a tremendous amount of work when you think about it. He plays both ways and he is our kicker and returner on top of it. If he gets hurt it would basically be like losing three guys,” said Roth about his junior playmaker. The Tigers were marched back to midfield, but it only took one play to score the final touchdown of the half because Feudale busted through the defense and took it in from 51 yards to make the score 34-0 at the half.
Matt Lupold and Blake Marks each had a rushing touchdown for the winners in the second half which gave each of the Tigers four starting running backs a rushing score on the night. Feudale lead the charge with 112 yards rushing on only seven carries. The Mounties scored both of their touchdowns in the second half against the Tigers backups. Dominick Bragalone scored both times. His first one was a 31 yarder and the other was from 80 yards out. He was the leading rusher on the night with189 yards on 24 carries.
Now, the Tigers dangerous offense will go on the road to take on Muncy and SCA will probably be ranked #1 in the state as they try to remain undefeated for the year. South Williamsport will host Warrior Run to try and get back on the winning track next week.
SCA: 7-27-7-7 = 48
SW: 0-0-7-7 = 14
SOUTHERN COLUMBIA (4-0)
Adam Feudale 7-112, TD; Nate Hunter 6-59, TD; Blake Marks 7-62, TD; Matt Lupold 5-17, TD; Brad Noll 2-17; Matt Jeremiah 6-21; Steve Toczylousky 1-12; Nick Becker 1-12; Billy Marzeski 2-11; Jacob Potter 3-6; Jared Torres 1-4
Nick Becker 6-8-0, 109 yds, 3 TDs
Luke Rarig 4-59, 2 TDs, Zach Tillett 1-41; Blake Marks 1-9, TD
1st DOWNS: 20
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (3-1)
Dominick Bragalone 24-189, 2 TDs; Kyle Betz 2-4; John Peters 3-4; Matt Boone 2-(-16)
Matt Boone 5-9-0 48 yds
Riley Hengler, 4-58; Jon Pulizzi, 1-(-10)
1st DOWNS: 7
Final South Williamsport stats courtesy of Damien Scoblink (Press Enterprise)
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