Tigers not up to task
CAMP HILL — Dominated on both the offensive and defensive lines Friday night, the Hollidaysburg football team lost for the second week in a row, this time falling 49-8, to Cedar Cliff.
The Colts amassed 455 yards of offense, including 304 on the ground, courtesy of senior running back Jaheim Morris, who finished with 235 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns. Quarterback Gannon McMeans was more than efficient, completing 11 of 13 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Not only was the offense strong, but the Cedar Cliff defense was on fire for most of the night, limiting Hollidaysburg to just two first downs for three quarters and negative-23 yards rushing. The Golden Tigers did not score until there were five minutes left in the game.
Play of the game: Up 13-0, Cedar Cliff defensive end Conner Gavlick sacked Bryce Martellacci in the end zone for a safety to make it 15-0 early in the second quarter.
Player of the game: Morris, who is only 5-foot-7, got his 235 yards rushing in just three quarters.
Unsung hero: Gavlick was part of a defensive front seven that sacked Martellacci nine times, including eight in the first half.
Most vital statistic: There were eight straight passing attempts in the first half by Martellacci where he was so hounded by the Colts’ defense that he never even got a pass off.
Cedar Cliff coach Colin Gillen: “We felt real good about our defensive front. We have played a real tough early schedule, and our guys are battled tested. We felt good about this matchup, but that is a good football team over there. They are banged up right now, but we felt really good about our matchups.”
Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre: “We didn’t quit. We kept playing hard. That is what we asked of them at halftime. There is never an excuse for a lack of effort. We talked about what we needed to do. We were there on the blocks and some tackling, but we didn’t finish the play. The first thing on the scouting report was how physical they were. They are very physical. They showed us what physical football is.”
Notable: Cedar Cliff had a series where it fumbled at the 1-yard line and it still didn’t affect the outcome. … Hollidaysburg did not commit a turnover. … At the 6:49 mark of the second quarter, Hollidaysburg had just 10 yards of offense. … Before he got Martellacci for the safety, Gavlick had two straight sacks on the two prior plays. … At halftime, Morris had 100 yards rushing on 11 carries. … Morris’ younger brother, Jontae Morris, had one carry, and it was a 55-yard touchdown run. … The Tigers did get a solid touchdown drive from sophomore Jake McGinnis, in which he utilized Tristan Chaney and Martellacci to get in position to score the team’s only touchdown. … Tigers who limped off the field injured included Hunter Gibbons, Ian DiPangrazio and Gavin Amick on defense, and Nate Barrick on offense.
Records: Hollidaysburg (2-2), Cedar Cliff (2-2).
Next week: Cedar Cliff is at Bishop McDevitt. Hollidaysburg hosts Fort Hill, Md.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 0 0 0 8 — 8
Cedar Cliff 6 16 21 6 — 49
CC–Reynolds 10 pass from McManus (kick failed), 1:50
T–Score (Conversion), Time.
CC–Ja. Morris 31 run (Leland kick), 11:24
CC–Safety, Martellacci sacked in end zone, 9:57
CC–Ja. Morris 23 run (Leland kick), 5:12
CC–Reynolds 41 pass from McMeans (Leland kick), 10:34
CC–Ikeda 8 pass from McMeans (Leland kick), :07
CC–Jo. Morris 55 run (kick failed), 8:15
H–McGinnis 1 run (Martellacci pass from McGinnis), 5:00
TEAM STATISTICS H CC
First downs 6 16
Total yards 96 455
Rushes-yards 33-(-23) 27-304
Yards passing 119 151
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 8-15-0 11-13-0
Punts-avg. 6-33.3 1-36.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 2-15 6-35
RUSHING–Hollidaysburg, Paddock 8-6, Martellacci 16-(-25), Bainey 1-0, Moss 1-(-1), Brozenich 1-4, Shuey 4-(-3), McGinnis 2-(-4). Cedar Cliff, Ja. Morris 20-235, Jo. Morris 1-55, Vasquez 1-4, McMeans 1-(-1), Reynolds 1-7, Dorrell 1-(-1), Harman 1-5, Little 1-0.
PASSING–Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 4-9-0-30, McGinnis 4-6-0-89. Cedar Cliff, McMeans 11-13-0-151, Dorrell 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Hollidaysburg, Brozenich 1-8, Moss 1-24, Paddock 1-4, Chaney 4-38, Martellacci 1-45. Cedar Cliff, Reynolds 3-61, Heiple 2-32, Gavlick 1-6, Ja. Morris 4-44, Ikeda 1-8.