H.S. FOOTBALL: Mount Carmel falls to Montoursville
MOUNT CARMEL - Last week, Mount Carmel head coach Carmen DeFrancesco wasn't real happy with his team after a 34-27 loss to Loyalsock.
Friday night, the Red Tornadoes lost again but only a win would have made DeFrancesco happier with the effort his team gave in an 18-13 loss to unbeaten Montoursville.
Somehow, in a game in which they had minus-32 yards rushing, gave up 204 yards rushing to an opposing back, and had their quarterback sacked six times, the Red Tornadoes almost found a way to steal a win from a very good team.
"We lost tonight but we were successful," DeFrancesco said. "There are times in this game when success isn't always measured in wins and losses. From a coaching standpoint, all you can ask for from players is their best effort, and we got that from everyone tonight."
Montoursville coach J.C. Keefer realized he and his team barely got out of town with their record intact.
"We were getting a little nervous," Keefer said. "They wouldn't go away."
But Keefer had a big weapon up his sleeve in tailback-linebacker Cameron Ott. Ott carried the ball 26 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns and is already approaching the 1,000-yard mark for the season.
"We had two slot receivers out of the game tonight so we basically knew we were going to go two tight ends and just pound the ball with Cameron all night," Keefer said. "When you do that, you can't make mistakes and we got ourselves into a couple of second-and-20 situations that got us into trouble."
Ott's 16-yard touchdown run on the Warriors' first drive after Mount Carmel went for a first down on fourth-and-two at its own 39 and failed to get it, gave Montoursville a 7-0 lead. The Warriors, despite dominating the first half statistically, had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Jimmy McMahon for their only other points when Mount Carmel stopped a drive at the four-yard line.
Mount Carmel got itself right back into the game when Zach Wasilewski connected with Christian Kelley on the right sideline and Kelley used his strength and speed to break loose for an 85-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 10-6 at halftime.
Montoursville looked like it took control again when Ott broke loose for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. He caught a conversion pass from Griffin Dunne to make it 18-6, but things were hard to come by the rest of the way.
The Tornadoes took advantage of a Montoursville mistake to make it closer. Montoursville's punter made a great catch on a high snap but could only get off a seven-yard punt, giving Mount Carmel the ball at the Warriors' 34. Mount Carmel converted a fourth-and-five on an eight-yard pass from Wasilewski to Mike Gilger, and Wasilewski then broke free from an apparent sack and found Treyvon White at the back of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown.
Montoursville drove to Mount Carmel's 21-yard line but the Red Tornadoes stopped Ott on a fourth-and-one with 5:56 to play but the Red Tornadoes were backed up to the one-yard line after two sackes and a penalty. Montoursville took over on the Tornadoes' 35 after the ensuing punt but Mount Carmel forced a punt and took over on its 20 after a touchback.
The Tornadoes drove to Montoursville's 34 on some key passes and with help from a personal foul penalty but the Warriors finally drove them back to the 42 to force a fourth-and-18 incompletion.
Montoursville 7 3 8 0 - 18
Mount Carmel 0 6 0 7 - 13
M - Cameron Ott, 16 run (Jimmy McMahon kick)