Hollidaysburg tops rival again
Hollidaysburg took control early and stunned Altoona, 26-12, in a non-conference battle of Blair County rivals Friday night at Mansion Park.
Hollidaysburg improved to 2-2 after losing its first two games.
Altoona, which dominated Cumberland Valley in its opener last week, fell to 1-1.
Quarterback Bryce Martellacci and running back Gage Shawley sparked the Tiger offense while the defense stymied an Altoona offense that was dominant against CV a week ago.
Play of the game: Altoona was stopped on fourth down at the Tiger 47 on its first possession, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. The Tigers scored on their first drive to take control early and never looked back.
Player of the game: Shawley plays an unusual combination — running back and defensive end. He rushed for 118 yards and a TD and was big on defense.
Unsung hero(es): Tiger special teams blocked two extra points and a punt.
Most vital statistic(s): Martellacci completed his first seven passes as the Tigers jumped out to an early lead.
Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre: “We possessed the ball very well in the first half. The defense played great, and we worked on a block (punt) we thought we could get. But we still have a lot of things to work on.”
DeLattre on Shawley: “Gage is an extremely tough kid, and he definitely came through today.”
Shawley on his night: “We came out ready to play. Everybody is stepping up after our slow start (two losses).”
Shawley (5-9, 191) on his positions: “When I was little, I was big, and when I got skinny, I wanted to be a running back.”
Altoona coach Vince Nedimyer: “They stopped us on that first drive, but we believe in our kids and we’ve said we’re going to put them in a position to win. Credit Hollidaysburg for coming up with that stop and going down the field and putting one (TD) on us with their first drive. Sometimes that’s the way it goes. We couldn’t get anything going, but we’ve got to move on.”
Notable: Hollidaysburg has beaten Altoona three straight times since the series resumed. … There was a sparse crowd since the 250-attendance rule was re-instituted before the rivals were to meet. …Tigers were credited with a second-quarter safety when Altoona QB Marcus Day was ruled to have been tackled in the end zone before getting off a pass. Decision had press box observers shaking their heads.
Records: Altoona (1-1) hosts Chambersburg next Friday. Hollidaysburg hosts Central Dauphin East.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 72107 — 26
Altoona 0066 — 12
H–Shawley 1 run (Sosnowski kick), 5:50.
H–Safety (Bainey tackled Day in end zone) 6:25.
A–Murray 60 pass from Day (kick failed), 11:29.
H–Sosnowski 25 FG, 8:20.
H–Moss 68 pass from Martellacci (Sosnowski kick), 3:29.
H–Martellacci 1 run (Sosnowski kick),11;57.
A–Pheasant 25 pass from Day (kick failed), 4:50.
TEAM STATISTICS H A
First downs 18 11
Total yards 344 285
Rushes-yards 46-200 32-150
Yards passing 144 135
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 10-18-1 7-14-1
Punts-avg. 2-31 3-16
Fumbles-lost 1-0 0
Penalties-yards 5-41 6-50
RUSHING–Hollidaysburg, Shawley 22-118, Martellacci 18-74, Fox 4-12, TEAM 2-(-4). Altoona, Murray 3-65, Stroup12-46, Adams 3-16, Day 8-11, Pheasant 3-6, Yost 3-6.
PASSING–Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 10-15-1-144, McGinnis 0-3-0-0. Altoona, Day 6-13-1-135, Murray 0-1-0-0 .
RECEIVING–Hollidaysburg, Moss 3-83, Faber 4-30, Wolfe 2-15, Sloan 1-16. Altoona, Murray 2-66, Green 2-40, Adams 2-4, Pheasant 1-25.