West Shamokin ‘D’ can’t slow Colts down

By Rick Weaver

For The Mirror

RURAL VALLEY — West Shamokin coach Jon McCullough knew it was coming.

Knowing what is coming and stopping can be two different propositions, however.

A 52-yard touchdown run by Ben Vasil tilted momentum in the favor of Northern Cambria in the Colts’ 36-14 Heritage Conference football victory against West Shamokin on Friday night at Jack E. Boyer Field.

Vasil’s scoring run followed a 2-yard gain by Logan Onskt on fourth-and-1 at the Northern Cambria 45. McCullough agreed that sequence swung the momentum in the Colts’ favor.

“That draw play, we practiced against it. We knew that it was coming,” he said. “(But coach) Sam (Shutty) is really good at the way he is deceptive. They try to outflank you and they try that option. We were geared towards it, and I think we did an outstanding job in the first half.”

“That definitely was one (turning point),” Shutty said. “But when Ben Basil broke that one in the second half, in the first drive, that was a momentum changer.”

Onskt ran for 94 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts prevailed in a battle of heretofore undefeated schools. His 33-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter clinched the victory on a balmy evening in Armstrong County.

“We all came together as a team,” Onskt said. “We overcame and we succeeded.”

Mark Marino’s second-half touchdown runs (2 and 17 yards) staked the Colts to a 29-14 lead. He completed 3 of 8 passes for 33 yards but was intercepted three times.

The Colts outgained the Wolves, 232-104.

“I credit our backs. I credit our line as well because we challenge our line,” Shutty said, “They take pride in what they do. They take pride in their strength. They take pride in just grinding it out.”

“It was a war of attrition. And those 3-, 4-yard gains constantly were wearing us down,” McCullough said. “We couldn’t find a way to stop it.”

Marino, Onskt and Vasil combined for 193 rushing yards.

“It makes it hard because they can’t key on one guy,” Onskt said. “We have three or different four guys that can carry the ball and get positive yards.”

West Shamokin (2-1) made the most of its first takeaway to assume an early 8-0 lead. Jaiden Haswell, who intercepted Marino twice, returned the first pick 13 yards set up the Wolves’ first score, a 2-yard run by Tyler Lightcap.

“Every week he does something great for us,” McCullough said. “What he does not surprise us at all.”

“I knew the type of defense that his team brings to the table,” Shutty said. “We knew we’d be in for (a battle) and it showed right off the bat.”

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Northern Cambria 0 8 14 14 — 36

West Shamokin 8 0 0 6 — 14

First Quarter

WS–Tyler Lightcap, 2 run (Blake Fairman pass from Lightcap), 8:32.

Second Quarter

NC–Safety, snap out of the end zone, 2:45.

NC–Logan Onkst, 2 run (pass failed), 1:13.

Third Quarter

NC–Ben Vasil, 52 run (kick wide), 7:39.

NC–Mark Marino, 2 run (Rich Wiewiora pass from Marino), 1:43.

Fourth Quarter

WS–Zach Stover, 25 pass from Lightcap (pass failed), 10:13.

NC–Marino, 17 run (Marino kick), 3:49.

NC–Onkst, 33 run (Marino kick), 2:28.

TEAM STATISTICS V H

First downs 16 8

Total yards 232 104

Rushes-yards 45-199 24-20

Yards passing 33 84

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 3-8-3 11-21-0

Punts-avg. 2-21.0 4-37.5

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 10-60 11-67

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Northern Cambria, Onskt 16-94, Vasil 18-58, Marino 10-42, Dumm 1-5. West Shamokin, Mondi 11-22, Haswell 5-19, Goldstrohm 3-1, Linhart 1-(-1), Lightcap 3-(-9), Team 1-(-12).

PASSING–Northern Cambria, Marino 3-8-3-33. West Shamokin, Lightcap 11-21-0-84.

RECEIVING–Northern Cambria, Bearer 1-23, Kopera 1-8, Onskt 1-2. West Shamokin, Mondi 3-33, Goldstrohm 3-10, Jaswell 2-6, Stover 1-25, Fairman 1-10.

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