Tigers romp on road
PITTSBURGH — When Hollidaysburg’s football team arrived Friday afternoon in Pittsburgh’s South Side section, the team bus encountered congestion in a busy construction zone on the 10th Street Bridge leading to Cupples Stadium.
Once on the field, the Golden Tigers players had little difficulty navigating their way into the end zone against Allderdice.
Patrick Young rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, and Brady Walters threw for one score and rushed for another to lead Class 5A Hollidaysburg to a 42-6 nonconference victory over Class 6A Allderdice.
“This is the kind of trip the kids love to go on,” Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said. “When we were stuck on that bridge, you could hear guys talking and pointing out things.”
Aside from the sights of a large city, getting their second victory in the past three games against a Pittsburgh City League school made the trip worthwhile for the Golden Tigers.
Hollidaysburg (4-3), which defeated Brashear at home on Sept. 22, bounced back from a tough four-point loss at McDowell a week ago by capitalizing on several Allderdice turnovers and pulling away to start the second half.
“We wanted to start off stronger, and we wanted to not give up big plays for touchdowns,” DeLattre said.
It seems as though the Golden Tigers were able to accomplish both goals, though they only led 14-6 at halftime after Allderdice (4-3) scored its lone touchdown with 1 minute left in the first half on a 9-yard run by Justin Morris.
But if not for that, Hollidaysburg would have taken a two-touchdown lead into the locker room.
The Golden Tigers scored single touchdowns in each of the first two quarters, the first coming on a 31-yard pass from Walters to Jack Sauseman and the second on a 1-yard run by Young.
Hollidaysburg stepped on the gas to start the second half and overwhelmed Allderdice, which saw its three-game winning streak stopped. The Dragons, who are undefeated in three City League games, opened the season with a 35-34 loss at Altoona.
Brock Irvin recovered a blocked Allderdice punt, setting up Young’s second 1-yard touchdown run with less then 3 minutes into the second half to boost Hollidaysburg’s lead to 21-6.
On Allderdice’s next possession, Hollidaysburg’s Trevor Miller intercepted a pass by Azi Humber and returned it to the Dragons 3.
From there, DeLattre inserted Miller into the backfield, and the senior, who plays primarily at wide receiver and cornerback, scored his first touchdown of the year to give Hollidaysburg a 28-6 advantage.
“Our offensive line did a fantastic job up front there,” DeLattre said. “They worked at it all night.”
Hollidaysburg extended its lead to 35-6 on the first play of the fourth quarter on Walters’ 1-yard keeper before sophomore Hunter Barr added the Golden Tigers’ final touchdown nearly 3 minutes later on a 1-yard run, activating a running clock mercy rule for the remainder of the game.
Young carried 17 times for Hollidaysburg for an average of 6.3 yards per carry.
Humber led Allderdice with 60 yards rushing and 57 passing before being relieved in the fourth quarter.
The teams were nearly even in total yards, despite the lopsided score. Hollidaysburg held a slim 236-232 edge, including 161-123 in rushing. Allderdice quarterbacks Humber and Dalen Dugger combined for 109 yards passing to just 75 for Walters, who completed 5 of 10 attempts without an interception.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 7 7 14 14 — 42
Allderdice 0 6 0 0 — 6
H–Sauseman 31 pass from Walters (Hilling kick), 7:19.
H–Young 1 run (Hilling kick), 4:57.
A–Morris 9 run (kick failed), 1:00.
H–Young 1 run (Hilling kick), 9:08.
H–Miller 3 run (Hilling kick), 8:09.
H–Walters 1 run (Hilling kick), 11:57.
H–Barr 1 run (Hilling kick), 9:11.
RUSHING: Hollidaysburg–Young 17-107, Walters 12-46, Barr 3-5, Miller 1-3, Weyant 1-3, Day 1-1, Weakland 1-(-4). Allderdice–Humber 12-60, Morris 9-34, Minnifield 10-29, Dugger 1-5, Mauder 2-(-5).
PASSING: Hollidaysburg–Walters 5-10-0-75. Allderdice–Humber 7-13-1-57, Dugger 4-6-0-52.
RECEIVING: Hollidaysburg–Sauseman 2-40, Weakland 1-28, Nolan 1-4, Sensenig 1-3. Allderdice–Minnifield 3-29, Harvey 2-26, Caldwell 2-21, Morris 2-12, Jackson-Allen 1-12, Parks 1-9.
TEAM STATISTICS H A
First downs 14 13
Rushes-yards 36-161 34-123
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 5-10-0 11-19-1
Yards passing 75 109
Total yards 236 232
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 9-73