Third quarter dooms Tigers
Special for the Mirror
HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg football team, coming off two big road losses, played tough for a half Friday night at home against Fort Hill, Md. However, the Sentinels outscored the Golden Tigers, 21-0, in the third quarter for a 49-21 victory.
Sentinels senior running back Carson Snyder rushed for two touchdowns (3 and 9 yards) in the third to go with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Danny King to Austin Burt. The Golden Tigers kept it close in the first half, thanks to a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Bryce Martellacci with 37 seconds left on the first-quarter clock.
Play of the game: In a 7-7 game in the second quarter, Hollidaysburg, which started the season 2-0, fumbled the ball near mid-field with 8:56 to go on the clock on first down. The Sentinels then went on an eight-play drive, scoring for a 14-7 lead.
Player of the game: Snyder rushed for 137 yards on 17 carries and scored two third-quarter touchdowns.
Unsung hero: A tie. Fort Hill RB Breven Stubbs had 79 yards on eight carries, two of them for scores. King threw three passes and two were for scores, he kicked seven extra points, and seven of his eight kickoffs went into the end zone.
Most vital statistic: Down 14-7 at halftime, the Hollidaysburg offense’s first two possessions of the third quarter were a turnover and a blocked punt. The Tigers punted on their third possession of the frame.
Fort Hill coach Todd Appel: “Hollidaysburg was well prepared and made things hard for us in the first half, especially offfensively. We challenged our kids to play better defensively, and they did in the second half.”
Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre: “We missed a lot of things in the first half. We had the ball in a 7-7 game against Fort Hill in the first half and we had a turnover. Should have never happened. Negative plays hurt us, and you can’t have them against the caliber of team they are. We had guys not running on to the field on punt team. We had an interception. We had a miscommunication on a fumbled snap. The margin of error is small against a team like that.”
Notable: Martellacci injured his ankle in the second half and did not return. Sophomore backup QB Jake McGinnis completed 7 of 12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. Martellacci rushed for 63 yards on 15 caries. … Sophomore Carter Schultz had an interception for the Tigers, which was the only Fort Hill turnover of the game. … Senior D.J. Heim played his first game of the year for the Tigers after missing the first four with a foot injury.
Records: Hollidaysburg (2-3), Fort Hill, Md. (3-0)
Next week: Hollidaysburg is at Erie McDowell while Fort Hills, Md. hosts Erie Cathedral Prep
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Fort Hill (Md.) 7 7 21 14 — 49
Hollidaysburg 7 0 0 14 — 21
FH–Stubbs 6 run (King kick), 9:39
H–Martellacci 4 run (Pinter kick), :37
FH–Stubbs 8 pass from King (King kick), 4:45
FH–Snyder 3 run (King kick), 9:51
FH–Snyder 9 run (King kick), 6:32
FH–Burt 19 pass from King (King kick), :46
H–Paddock 4 run (Pinter kick), 6:04
FH–Stubbs 58 run (King kick), 5:42
H–Moss 14 pass from McGinnis (Barrick kick), 3:35
FH–Santmyre 4 run (King kick), 1:00
TEAM STATISTICS FH H
First downs 15 15
Total yards 371 256
Rushes-yards 45-352 28-68
Yards passing 19 188
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 3-4-1 15-31-1
Punts-avg. 3-41.0 4-32.0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 7-70 2-10
RUSHING–Fort Hill, King 2-23, Stubbs 8-79, Santmyre 12-81, Snyder 17-137, White 4-24, Wertz 2-8. Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 15-63, Paddick 4-13, Weyant 3-0, McGinnis 1-16, Fox 1-(-1), Shuey 1-0.
PASSING–Fort Hill, King 3-4-1-19. Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 8-19-1-81, McGinnis 7-12-0-107.
RECEIVING–Fort Hill, Burt 1-19, Stubbs 1-8, Snyder 1-(-8). Hollidaysburg, Chaney 3-70, Grassi 3-32, Faber 2-13, Moss 2-25, Weyant 1-4, Paddock 1-9, Martellacci 3-35.