Mtn. Lions, Nedimyer hang on to earn first win
The Altoona Mountain Lions scored the first win of the Vince Nedimyer Jr. coaching era by downing Taylor Allderdice, 33-29, Friday night at Mansion Park.
Altoona jumped out to a 23-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring a safety and turning a blocked punt into a TD by Trevor Manley. Quarterback Marcus Day connected with Rossi Pinkston for a 40-yard score and Day finished off the big opening quarter with a 5-yard TD scamper.
Sparked by QB Shakur Pack-Adams, Allderdice stormed back with 17 points in the second quarter and eventually tied the game at 23 on Pack-Adams’ 5-yard TD run.
Altoona’s offense put together a nine-play, 62-yard drive to take the lead in the third. Day and fullback Ethan Stroup battered the line for 40 yards to the Dragons’ 16 before the Lions crossed up the visitors’ defense with a 16-yard touchdown pass from backup QB Aidan Steinbugl to Nick Petucci.
Pack-Adams’ 66-yard scoring strike to Saveionne Randolph quickly made it a one-point game, but the Dragons missed the extra point, much to the Lions’ relief.
Andrew Eisel’s 35-yard field goal gave Altoona a 33-29 advantage midway through the fourth and the Lions’ defense stopped Allderdice at the 11 in the final minute to preserve the win.
Play of the game: With the score tied at 23-all, Steinbugl tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Petucci to put the Lions on top for keeps, 30-23, late in the third quarter.
Player of the game: Allderdice QB Shakur Pack-Adams threw for two touchdowns, ran for another and accounted for 165 yards in a losing effort.
Unsung hero: Altoona kicker Andrew Eisel booted four extra points and a 35-yard field goal.
Most vital statistic: Altoona’s defense scored a safety and turned a blocked punt into a touchdown.
Altoona coach Vince Nedimyer: “We had a couple breakdowns here and there, but when we needed it, we got it. We got it offensively with a big drive and our defense stopped them late, with their backs against the wall.”
Allderdice coach Jerry Haslett: “To be honest, we gave them 23 points right off the bat. We came back and made a game of it and I’m proud of my kids for that. They stuck together and kept on pushing and it actually was a pretty good game.
“I’m disappointed with the loss, but I’m proud of my guys, I really am.”
Notable: It was Military Appreciation Night and honorary Altoona captains were three area women who currently serve in the Pennsylvania National Guard — AAHS alumnus (class of 2018) PFC Erin Albright and current AAHS seniors Madison Butterbaugh and Miranda Butterbaugh. … Haslett is the brother of Jim Haslett, former IUP and Steeler standout.
Records: Altoona (2-1), Allderdice (0-3).
Next week: Altoona visits Chambersburg in its Mid-Penn opener next Friday. Allderdice opens City League play at Westinghouse.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Allderdice 0 17 12 0 — 29
Altoona 23 0 7 3 — 33
Alt–Safety, Caldwell tackled in end zone, 8:32.
Alt–Pinkston 40 pass from Day (Eisel kick), 8:21.
Alt–Manley 3 fumble recovery (Eisel kick), 4:29.
Alt–Day 5 run (Eisel kick), 1:43.
All–Safety, ball centered out of end zone, 10:32.
All–Caldwell 27 pass fom Pack-Adams (Pack-Adams run), 7:08.
All–Darwin 1 run (Koontz kick), 3:27.
All–Pack-Adams 5 run (kick failed), 7:49.
Alt–Petucci 16 pass from Steinbugl (Eisel kick), 3:41.
All–Randolph 66 pass from Pack-Adams (kick failed), 3:29.
Alt–Eisel 35 FG, 7:11.
TEAM STATISTICS All Alt
First downs 9 10
Total yards 280 171
Rushes-yards 29-112 44-115
Yards passing 168 56
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 7-17-0 2-5-0
Punts-avg. 3-29 4-40
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1
Penalties-yards 6-45 7-40
RUSHING–Allderdice, Caldwell 10-69, Darwin 10-32, Smith 3-14, Pack-Adams 6-(-3). Altoona, Day 20-60, Stroup 12-40, Pinkston 7-18, McCaulley 2-2, Steinbugl 2-1, TEAM 1-(-6).
PASSING–Allderdice, Pack-Adams 7-17-0-168. Altoona, Day 1-4-0-40, Steinbugl 1-1-0-23.
RECEIVING–Allderdice, Caldwell 2-34, Randolph 1-66, Hall 1-43, Johnston 1-18, Gatewood 1-14, Darwin 1-3. Altoona, Pinkston 1-40, Petucci 1-16.