BEDFORD - Anytime the Bedford Bisons scored Friday night, there was one name that was always involved.
Sophomore quarterback Austin Montgomery threw for and ran for a combined four touchdowns as the Bisons doubled up Central Cambria, 28-14, on homecoming at Bison Stadium.
"For a sophomore we put a lot on his shoulders, and he continues to improve and continues to work hard," Bedford coach Kevin Steele said, "[He's] just a very smart football player,"
It wouldn't take long for the visitors to crack the scoreboard.
On second down and 14 yards from the Red Devils 30-yard line, Will Seymour found tight end Matt Leary for a 45-yard strike which set up Seymour for a 1-yard draw for the early 7-0 lead.
Less than two minutes later, Bedford struck back as Montgomery found Zach Shaffer on a 19-yard fade route to tie the game.
The Bisons pulled away in the second quarter on a 13-play drive, finished by a 30-yard pass to Travis Hickey from Montgomery to give the Bisons a 21-7 lead at the break.
"If we wouldn't have gotten that third touchdown, I don't know if we would have stopped them on defense," Montgomery said. "The momentum switch was very important."
Central Cambria didn't go away quietly as Seymour capped off a 14-play, 78-yard drive with an 8-yard run to bring the Devils within seven.
"We were moving the ball a little bit, then we'd break down," Central Cambria coach Bill Corrente said. "We just couldn't stop them offensively. We had no answers for them defensively."
After a fourth-down stop by the Bisons defense, Montgomery struck for the fourth time on an 8-yard run for the game's final score.
"Central Cambria is a good football team and we knew that going into it," said Steele, whose team is now 6-2. "We knew we were in for a battle our kids were able to preserve at the end."
Next week Bedford will head to Bishop Carroll while Central Cambria (5-3) hosts Richland.
"It's going to be up to the kids [how we rebound]," Corrente said. "It's going to be a difficult road."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Cambria 7 0 0 7 14
Bedford 7 14 0 7 28
CC Seymour 1 run (Crimmins Kick), 8:47
B Shaffer 19 pass from Montgomery (Montgomery kick), 7:41
B Montgomery 6 run (Montgomery kick), 11:45
B Hickey 30 pass from Montgomery (Montgomery kick), 2:45
CC Seymour 8 run (Crimmins kick), 8:16
B Montgomery 8 run (Montgomery kick), 2:52
RUSHING: Central Cambria Seymour 13-52, Kirsch 7-26, Bauer 3-23, Pennington 1-7. Bedford Montgomery 10-67, Bingham 8-26, Cook 3-14, Blevins 10-60, Ellingson 1-4, Team 2-(-2).
RECEIVING: Central Cambria Davis 4-39, Leary 2-53, Ambrisco 4-45. Bedford Shaffer 2-45, Hickey 2-44, Bingham 1-7, Blevins 2-27
PASSING: Central Cambria Seymour 10-19-1-137. Bedford Montgomery 7-7-0-123
INTERCEPTIONS: Central Cambria None. Bedford Shaffer.
TEAM TOTALSCC B
First Downs 13 12
Rushes-Yards 24-108 34-171
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 10-19-1 7-7-0
Yards Passing 137 123
Total Yards 245 294
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-50 4-43
Punts-avg. 1-37 2-50.5