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Portage standout tops 4,000 career yards

MEYERSDALE – Portage workhorse Caleb Kephart didn’t really get going until the second half, but the Mustangs leading rusher racked up the yardage late in a 48-25 victory over Meyersdale Friday.

Kephart went over 4,000 yards for his career in the second quarter. He needed 80 yards entering the contest. Kephart scored four times in the second half. He had touchdown runs of 80, 20, 18 and 17 yards after not scoring in the first half.

The senior finished with 288 yards rushing on 17 carries to add to the 1,268 yards on 74 carries he already had this season.

“He’s one of the best in the area, and we are so happy he is on our team,” Portage coach Gary Gouse said of the milestone. “He’s an amazing player.”

Luke Dividock was the go-to guy for the Mustangs early.

Dividock scored three touchdowns and finished with 165 yards on 12 carries as Portage used Kephart as a decoy to free up Dividock in the first half. The junior had scoring runs of eight, 19 and 24 yards in the first half. His interception in the end zone with 2:49 remaining in the half set up the 24-yard touchdown.

Meyersdale’s two first-half touchdowns came from senior Cole Clark. He had a 9-yard rushing touchdown to open the scoring and caught a 41-yard pass from Riley Christner in the second quarter.

The Mustangs led, 20-13, at the half and put the game out of reach early in the second half.

“This was a big win for us,” Gouse said. “The second half was a statement for us. We came out with a big, long run and they didn’t score on our varsity at all in the second half. I’m very proud of our kids.”

The Red Raiders scored a pair of late touchdowns. Riley Christner hit Trevor Thomas with a 19-yard completion. After an on-sides kick, Christner found brother Connor with a 46-yard strike. The younger Christner was 15 of 21 for 279 yards.

“They hit us, and they hit us hard,” Meyersdale coach Chris Schrock said. “We just didn’t have an answer. Their running backs were tremendous tonight. We embarrassed ourselves out here. We are obviously not as good as what we thought we were. But we still think we are a pretty good team and can win some games down the road. We just need to figure out some things. It will be a long week of practice.”

Meyersdale takes on North Star next Friday while Portage hosts Conemaugh Valley next Friday.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Portage 7 13 14 14 – 48

Meyersdale………………….. 7 6 0 12 – 25

First quarter

M-Clark 9 run (C. Christner kick), 5:02

P-Dividock 8 run (Lutz kick), 2:42

Second quarter

P-Dividock 19 run (Lutz kick), 10:33

M-Clark 41 pass from R. Christner (kick blocked), 8:02

P- Dividock 24 run (pass failed), 1:34

Third quarter

P-Kephart 80 run (Lutz kick), 11:37

P-Kephart 20 run (Lutz kick), 8:30

Fourth quarter

P-Kephart 18 run (Lutz kick), 11:52

P-Kephart 17 run (Lutz kick), 2:42

M- Thomas 19 pass from R. Christner (kick failed), 3:30

M-C. Christner 46 pass from R. Christner (pass failed), 1:40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Portage – Kephart 17-288, Dividock 12-165, Bryja 1-(-6), Bobolsky 2-23, TEAM 1-(-1). Meyersdale – Ritchey 6-33, Clark 8-29, Hoover 5-21, R. Christner 2-0, Baer 4-20, McFee 5-10.

PASSING: Portage – Bryja 6-8-0-60. Meyersdale – – R. Christner 15-21-3-279.

RECEIVING: Portage – Herman 3-42, Dividock 2-5, Slifko 1-13. Meyersdale – Clark C. 4-86, Garlitz 4-65, Christner 6-109, Thomas 1-19.

INTERCEPTIONS: Portage – Bryja, Dividock, Slifko. Meyersdale – none

TEAM STATISTICSPM

First downs 22 18

Rushes-yards 33-469 30-113

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 6-8-015-21-3

Yards passing 60 279

Total yards 529 392

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-yards 4-30 3-25

Punts avg. 0-00-0

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