Tigers look to continue win streak
Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said his Golden Tigers were the best football team in the area following their 26-12 victory over Altoona at Mansion Park last Friday.
His squad will get the chance to continue to prove him right when they host Central Dauphin East at Tiger Stadium tonight at 7 p.m.
“We controlled the line of scrimmage (against Altoona), so I was very happy with that,” DeLattre said. “That’s what our main focus was going into last week.”
Losing the battle at the line hurt Hollidaysburg in season-opening losses to Baldwin and Musselman, W.Va. But the Golden Tigers started to turn things around with a win at Palmyra and now hope to win their first game at home this season.
Despite Hollidaysburg’s convincing win against Altoona, DeLattre said his team missed some opportunities to make the game even more one-sided.
“We missed some red zone chances, and that’s something we were working on going into last week,” DeLattre said. “That showed on Friday night.”
The Golden Tigers will be playing an opponent that managed just one score in a 7-6 loss to Cumberland Valley last week, but DeLattre said his team is prepared for a challenge.
“We have to be ready for big plays, because they have a lot of speed,” DeLattre said. “They have size up front, and that scares me because of their athleticism and big-play capability. We have to eliminate the big plays. That’s the biggest thing for us.”
The team on the other side of last Friday’s Blair County rivalry, Altoona, isn’t spending the week licking its wounds despite coming up short against Hollidaysburg.
“I think we have a pretty good idea about what kind of a team we are and the goals we have every week and those things are not going to change,” Mountain Lions coach Vince Nedimyer Jr. said. “The biggest thing we need to do is execute and simply do our job.”
Altoona rushed for less than half the yards against Hollidaysburg as it did in its opening 28-14 triumph over Cumberland Valley and was forced to pass more often.
Nedimyer is hoping to get the offense back on track tonight back at Mansion Park against Chambersburg, which comes into the game 0-2 and struggling mightily defensively.
The Mountain Lions’ fate, according to Nedimyer, rests on how they play, not how their opponent does.
“They have very good skill kids that can make plays down the field and also a couple good running backs,” Nedimyer said. “Again, we are going to have to do our job, tackle well and execute to have a chance to win this game.”
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic has knocked off Chestnut Ridge and star quarterback Logan Pfister twice since the Lions joined the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference in 2018.
Marauders coach Justin Wheeler knows pulling off the hat trick this Saturday at Mansion Park won’t be easy.
“With a kid as good as Pfister, you can have the perfect defense and the perfect call and he can deke a couple guys and make a big play,” Wheeler said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge with how athletic he is. He’s a track star, and he’s experienced. It’s going to be a big challenge.”
Pfister has shown the ability to throw for 300 yards or run for 150 and score from anywhere on the field during his three years as Chestnut Ridge’s quarterback. He also has one of the top weapons to throw to in the region in wideout Matt Whysong.
Still, Wheeler has been pretty pleased with his team’s defensive effort recently.
“We played two bad quarters in four games,” Wheeler said. “They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t good enough to win. Our starting defense hasn’t given up a score in the last three games, so I’m happy we’re doing the right things defensively and staying balanced offensively.”
Wheeler was particularly happy to get a convincing win over Westmont Hilltop last week after the Hilltoppers had beaten the Marauders in lopsided fashion the last two seasons.
“We stepped up to the challenge,” Wheeler said. “We felt like in Week 1, we let Richland run the ball a little bit on us in the second half, and something we take pride in is defense. We worked hard on it, and we were glad to see it pay off.”