Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1990 · Page 15
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l««y«« •»•• mmm»m* m (Jazettc Classifieds inside Friday, September 19, 2003 — Page 15 SPORTS Rams win handily at Penns Manor. Page 17. Saltsburg quarterback Marty Steele (12) and the Trojans kept Marion Center on the run and the fans cheering during last night's victory. (Gazette photos by Jim Wakefield) Dragons come close but again fall short By JOHN B. SMATHERS Gazette Sports Writer BLAIRSVILLE — Purchase line is so close to winning, the Red Dragons can taste it. But when that first win is finally served, will they have enough appetite to enjoy the meal? They've already chowed down enough frustration to feed a small army. Last year, Purchase Line lost nine games by an average of nearly 37 points, including a 56-0 pounding from Blairsville. That's not hungry, that's numbing. This year, the Red Dragons have lost four times by an average of than five points per game, including a 13-12 nail-biter to rtlairsville in a Heritage Conference game Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Rest assured, the Red Dragons are plenty hungry. "It's so tough," said Purchase Line coach Dave Small. "Each week I go to them and tell them we have to focus and get a win. If we could just get over the hump and get a win ... we have a good ball team and my kids don't give up. This is the fourth week in a row that we've lost by a touchdown or less, and we just can't Blairsville 13, Purchase Line 12 Turning point — Holding a 1312 lead, Blairsville's defense held on three fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter, including two fourth-and-1 situations. Key stats — Purchase Line had no turnovers after committing 10 in the first three games. For the second straight week, Blairsville held an opponent to nearly 100 yards under its season rushing average. Blairsville had just six first downs, including only one in the second half. Purchase Line out- gained Blairsville 69-27 in the sec- ond half. Team records — Blairsville 3-1, Purchase Line 0-4. Quotable — Blairsville coach Ab Dettorre: "Let's not take away from what (Purchase Line) did. They're the best 0-4 team going. They deserve better than this. We stole one away from them tonight because we sure didn't play well offensively." Next week — Blairsville plays host to Saltsburg on Friday, and Purchase Line visits United on Saturday. Storming ahead Trojans shut down Stingers to move to 4-0 By TONY COCCAGNA Gazette Sports Editor SALTSBURG — Forget Hurricane Isabel. The Saltsburg Trojans are taking Indiana County and the Heritage Conference by storm. Two years ago, the Trojans' football team was the talk of the county for all the wrong reasons, finally snapping a 23-game losing streak that lasted almost three years. Now, all the talk surrounding Saltsburg is of a positive tone. The Trojans improved to 4-0 Thursday nighl for the first time since the undefeated season of 1981, beating Marion Center 137. The game was moved from Friday to Thursday so the schools could avoid piaying in the remnants of the hurricane, which struck the county overnight. "We've never felt this before," Saltsburg junior quarterback Marty Steele said. "It's great" Saltsburg's Glenn Richards, in his 12th year as head coach, has never had more than five wins in a season. He played on the 1981 team that went 10-0 and won the Appalachian Conference championship. "I've never felt this before, except when I played," he said. "As a coach it feels great. It's just tremendous. It's fun, but it's a lot more pressure." Saltsburg remains one of only two unbeaten teams in the conference — Northern Cambria is the other — after winning another close game. Three of the Trojans' four wins have come by six or fewer points, and they went to the wire against Marion Center. After taking a 13-0 lead late in the first half and holding a 13-7 lead at halftime, Saltsburg twice fended off Marion Center scoring threats in the second half. The second one came in the game's last 3:41 after the Stingers had moved to the Saltsburg 9- yard line. The Trojans ended the threat, with Cory Ulisse, Justin Johnson and Brandon Reinard teaming up on a sack on second down and Jeremy Boe and Bryan Smith knocking down a fourdi- down pass with 19 seconds left. "Our defense hangs in no matter what," Steele said. "Our defense keeps us in these games; our offense just puts points up there. Without the defense, our offense would be nowhere. We're hanging in there this year, that's Saltsburg 13, Marion Center 7 Turning point — Nursing a 13-7 lead in the second half, Saltsburg twice kept Marion Center from scoring after the Stingers moved to the 10-yard line. Key stats — Saltsburg held Marion Center to 103 yards rushing, 133 below its season average. Marion Center gained only 44 total yards in the first half, and Saltsburg gained only 57 in the second half. Team records — Saltsburg 4-0, Marion Center 2-2. Quotable — Saltsburg wide receiver/defensive back Mike Dunlap: "We've got a lot of plays. Ourplaybook is'like Webster's Dictionary. It's awesome." Next week — Saltsburg plays at Blairsville on Friday, and Marion Center visits Northern Cambria on Friday. STEELE REINARD JOHNSON SMITH Marion Center kicker makes history, page 19 all it is. We're finding ways to win." Saltsburg struck for two quick touchdowns in the first half but ran only 17 plays in the second half. The defense, on the other hand, stayed solid throughout, holding Marion Center's vaunted Wing-T rushing game to 103 yards, 130 below its season average. The Stingers' one-two punch of running backs Thee Rapach and Jeff Pennington managed only 75 yards on 24 attempts and broke only one play for more than 10 yards. "I'll tell you what, that's the first time we really put a job on it," Richards said. "We just played good, hard-nosed football. Marion Center had a couple kids out, but our kids played great. On our defensive line,,Cory Ulisse has been solid all year, Brandon Reinard has played well, and Justin Johnson, he's only a sophomore, but he's been playing well all year. Our whole defense was just standout." "This team was great against the run," Mike Dunlap, a senior defensive back, said. "Our defense just came in and stuffed them, and there's nothing more to say." The Trojans opened the season with a 6-0 win over United, held Penns Manor to one touchdown in a 28-7 victory and held off Homer-Center in the closing seconds of an 18-16 triumph. The defense essentially shut out Marion Center, with the only touchdown coming on Floyd Fishel's 37-yard interception return late in the first half. The only big play the Trojans allowed was a 25- yard completion to Travis George on fourth-and-23 on Marion Center's last possession. "We bent a few times, but they've risen to the occasion," Richards said. "I can just see them getting up there and saying they're not gonna (let the other team) do it. That's the senior leadership of Dunlap, (Luke) Poloff, Smith and Reinard. They're just great kids. We have good seniors and good young nucleus, and it's just a great feeling to see those kids play hard." Offensively, the Trojans have thrived on the passing game and mixed in the run to keep the defense honest. Steele completed 7 of 16 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown last night. A 63- yard bomb to Smith on the first possession of the game set up Chris Corridoni's 7-yard scoring burst. The Trojans then took advantage of a Marion Center fumble at its own 36, setting up Steele's 25-yard scoring strike to Ryan Nagg. "Our offensive tine has stepped Continued on page 19 get over that hump. "We weren't in that game last year after the first quarter. This team will not quit. They will play you for four quarters with tough defense. We have a good football team, we just can't get a win." Purchase Line corrected its turnover problems. The Red Dragons committed 10 turnovers in the first three games, but they held onto the ball on a rainy night in Blairsville. Purchase Line held down the penalties, com- mitting only three after hurting itself with 18 in the first three weeks. And the Red Dragons held against the Blairsville rushing game, limiting the Bobcats to just 119 yards and five rushing first downs. But the most critical holds belonged to Blairsville, which stopped Purchase Line on three fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter. And the Bobcats held twice on two-point conversion runs in the first half. That was the Nate Troupe and Purchase Line couldn't quite turn the corner against Blairsville. (Gazette photo by Ten Enciso) gap. (Linemen) Joe Bama, David Doak, Justin Snyder and all of our ends did a nice job. And Continued on page 19 difference between a bitter 0-4 and a sweet 1-3 for Purchase Line. "Defensively, we stepped up when we had to," said Blairsville coach Ab Dettorre. "Our front did a nice job. We insert a third tackle and basically play an eight-man finally finds home as IUP running back By MATTHEW BURGLUND Gazette Sports Writer Not many football players would give up a starting job at a Division I school to live their dream in a smaller spotlight, but that's what kind of man Mike Jemison is. ! He says what he does, and he does yvhat he says. It's that simple. Jemison transferred to Indiana University of Pennsylvania last spring after two years at Pittsburgh, where he was penciled in as a starting linebacker for Walt Harris 1 Panthers. While that might sound like a foolish move, Jemison said he left, the program because he felt out of place on defense. The way he sees it, he was born a running back. And that carries a certain burden. "I feel that if you're a running back at birth, you're always a running back," he said. "That's why when I carrie here. I wasn't worried about how I'd play. I was comfortable from the start because I was finally a running back. That's all I wanted to be." But to make that dream come JCMISON just wanting to carry the ball and join the long list of great running backs in IUP history. "I could have been a starter," he said, "but I wanted to be a running back. So I figured I had to (transfer). Otherwise, I would have been unhappy." Since arriving at IUP, Jemison, a Greencastle native, has had plenty to be happy about. After two games, he leads the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in rushing, with true, Jemison had to give up his scholarship at Pitt, which is nationally 334 yards, and has scored five touch- ranked and a favorite for a BCS bid next downs. It's no coincidence the Indians January. Instead, he came to the Indians are 2-0 entering tomorrow's game at '•• N New Haven (Conn.). It's hard to wipe the smile off Jemison's face when he talks about his move to IUP. Way too often, players transfer with hopes of more playing time or a starring role and it never pans out. But Jemison made the move simply because he didn't want to be a linebacker anymore, even though he had a starting job at a Division I school. Because the Panthers already had a healthy stable of running backs, Jemison knew his choices were limited: either stay at Pitt and be a linebacker, or transfer and hope for the best. He talked to such schools as Maryland, North Carolina State, Wake Forest and Baylor, but knew he'd have to sit out a year if he transferred to a Division I school. So he started looking at Division II programs. His search began and ended at IUR "IUP was the only school under Division I that I thought about," he said. "That's because I looked around and saw that they never lose. And another thing is that they have had such good running backs in the past, I figured this would be a good place to come to." Also helping was that he had a former teammate at Pitt, offensive lineman Khi- awatha Downey, enrolled at IUP. Downey, who left Pitt in 2000, made sure Jemison knew IUP was his future. Continued on page 16

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