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Harrold has strong opener in Panther win

JOHNSTOWN — Penn Cambria’s Garrett Harrold made one heck of an impression to start his sophomore year.

The Panther quarterback was 13-for-19 with 206 yards passing, racked up 96 yards on the ground on 14 carries, and factored in all three Penn Cambria touchdowns as it knocked off Bishop McCort Catholic, 23-7, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference Contest Friday night at Sargeant’s Stadium at The Point.

Play of the game: Harrold’s 40-yard pass in the third quarter to Nick Marinak set up the game-deciding score by Harrold.

Player of the game: Harrold was 13-for-19 with 206 yards and racked up 96 yards on the ground while factoring in each Penn Cambria touchdown.

Unsung hero(es): Marinak and Jake Tsikalas each came up with at least one reception of 40 yards for Penn Cambria.

Most vital statistic(s): The Panthers out-gained the Crimson Crushers by a whooping 367-74, and held McCort to minus 4 yards on the ground while racking up 21 first downs to the Crushers’ six.

Penn Cambria coach Nick Felus on the offense: “(Harrold)’s a very hard worker. His work ethic is second to none. He’s a student of the game as well. He understands the offense, it’s year two. He made really good decisions with the football. We have a veteran group of receivers and they’re starting to get to know each other. Credit to our offensive line. We were able to run the football and that was one of our goals coming into this game and into this season.”

Bishop McCort coach Tom Smith: “Tip the hat to Penn Cambria. The quarterback played a heck of a game, made some splash plays. Those guys did a nice job, (Coach Felus) did a nice job of preparing their kids.”

Penn Cambria’s Garrett Harrold: “We were just trying to work on our chemistry. We threw a lot of balls after practice, stayed after practice and went to work. I was a freshman (last year) and didn’t really know much. They just really helped me to open up. They were great leaders from the start.”

Felus on the chance to play: “We were just thankful for the opportunity to practice for as long as we could practice, and to be able to play a contest tonight. They were just excited to compete. We’re just very appreciative to have the opportunity.”

Notable: Bishop McCort was able to welcome just over 60 fans to the game. … The Panthers managed three passes that were nearly 30 yards or more that either set up or resulted in a scoring opportunity for them. … The Panther defense stymied the Crushers run game, holding three of their runners to negative yardage.

Records: Penn Cambria (1-0), Bishop McCort (0-1).

Next week: Penn Cambria will host Somerset while McCort will head to Chestnut Ridge next Friday.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penn Cambria 7 7 7 2 — 23

Bishop McCort 7 0 0 0 — 7

First Quarter

PC–Storm 28 pass from Harrell (Michina kick), 10:53.

BM–Marcozzi 33 pass from Fornari (Haslett kick), 10:26.

Second Quarter

PC–Harrell 9 run (Michina kick), 2:04.

Third Quarter

PC–Harrell 1 run (Michina kick), 7:40.

Fourth Quarter

PC–Safety, 1:12

TEAM STATISTICS PC BM

First downs 21 6

Total yards 367 74

Rushes-yards 38-161 20-(-4)

Yards passing 206 78

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 13-19-0 9-12-0

Punts-avg. 2-39 5-46.2

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 6-38 3-27

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Penn Cambria, Harrold 14-96, Smith 3-7, Storm 1-(-3), Grove 17-65, Marinak 1-6, TEAM 2-(-8). Bishop McCort, Page 1-3, Tisinger 1-1, Marcozzi 2-1, Fornari 10-(-9), Ortega-Andrews 3-8, George 1-(-7), Conrad 1-3, Bry. Bair 1-(-4).

PASSING–Penn Cambria, Harrold 13-19-0-206. Bishop McCort, Fornari 9-12-0-78.

RECEIVING–Penn Cambria, Grove 1-27, Storm 3-38, Tsikalas 5-64, Marinak 4-77. Bishop McCort, Marcozzi 1-33, Ortega-Andrews 4-22, Goins 2-3, Page 1-8, Conrad 1-12.

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