STRATTANVILLE — Clarion-Limestone wasted little time in getting the sour taste out of their mouths from last weeks loss by putting up 30 first quarter points on their way to a 66-0 whitewash of Port Allegany on Friday evening at the C-L Sports Complex.
Austin Newcomb scored all four of the first quarter touchdowns on rushes of 68, 11, 50, and six yards for a total of 135 yards rushing which would be his total for the evening. He would also add a 66 yard touchdown pass from Colby Himes in the second quarter.
“After what happened to Austin last week we wanted to limit his touches this week,” said C-L head coach Davey Eggleton. “He pretty much made the most of those touches. Our O-line just continues to create space for our backs to run through.”
Ayden Wiles, one of nine seniors recognized before the game on senior night rushed for 171 yards on 19 carries with a pair of touchdown runs. He also caught two passes for 31 yards. Kyle Bottaro a sophomore rushed five times for 88 yards with a touchdown.
“It was great to see our seniors come out and have a good showing on their senior night,” said Eggleton. “They all did a great job tonight.”
C-L (6-2 overall) held a 559-124 advantage in total yards while also holding a 19-7 advantage in first downs, with three of the Gators first downs coming by way of a penalty.
After forcing Port Allegany to punt on their opening possession, an inadvertent whistle blew dead a long TD run by Wiles. However, they replayed the down and Newcomb took the handoff and raced 68 yards for the touchdown instead. He would also add the two-point conversion run for an 8-0 at the 9:39 mark.
On the Lions second possession after another Gators punt, C-L took over at their own 30. Wiles rushed for 40 yards on first down to the Port Allegany 30. Three plays later Newcomb scored from 11 yards out. The two-point run failed leaving the score 14-0 with 6:26 to play.
Following another punt would give C-L the ball at the Gators 43. Wiles gained three yards on first down, but the Lions would be backed up to midfield by a penalty. Newcomb then scored his third touchdown on a 50 yard run. Wiles would run in the two-point play for a 22-0 lead with 4:50 to play.
The Gators would gain their initial first down of the game on their fourth possession as Josh Rees would ramble 42 yards (the longest play from scrimmage for Port Allegany in the game). The drive would stall as C-L would stop the Gators on downs and take over at their own 30.
The Lions would methodically move the ball down the field with Newcomb capping off a nine play drive on a six yard run. Colby Himes would connect with Drew Beichner on the two-point pass for a 30-0 lead after one. Himes would connect with Beichner on a 20 yard pass play during the drive which was the first reception by Beichner on the season for the senior.
Following a blocked punt on the first play of the second quarter, the Lions would take over at the Port 13 yard line. Wiles would then score his first touchdown on a 13 yard run. The two-point pass failed and C-L lead 36-0 just nine seconds into the quarter.
The Gators would drive from their own 23 to the Lions 31 gaining three first downs, two by penalty before Ben Smith intercepted a Trey Ayers pass ending the threat. That would be the deepest the Gators would get into C-L territory all game.
Three plays after the interception, Bottaro raced 64 yards for another C-L score. The two-point run failed leaving the score 42-0 with 8:04 to play.
After another punt, the Lions would take over at their own 23. Once again it wouldn’t take long for C-L to find paydirt, as Newcomb would take a shovel pass from Himes and he’d race 66 yards for his fourth and fifth and final score of the evening. Himes connected with Beichner again for a 50-0 halftime score.
“We had a pretty solid night tonight,” said Eggleton. “We didn’t care who we were playing it was all about us becoming a better football team and getting ready for what we have down the line.”
C-L would take the opening kickoff of the second half as Ayden Wiles would carry the ball on eight of the nine plays with his final carry going for a nine yard touchdown run. Jim Gunning who is normally an offensive lineman scored on the two-point conversion for a 58-0 lead.
The final Lions touchdown came on a Travis Devey 19 yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter with Himes running in the two-point conversion to set the final score.
Rees led Port Allegany with 47 yards rushing on five carries. Collin Smith would add 28 yards on eight attempts. Ayers would complete 10-of-25 passes for 45 yards with two interceptions.
C-L will travel to Curwensville on Friday for a key D9 Small School South contest.