Philipsburg-Osceola blanked by Tyrone|
Saturday, September 22, 2012
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg-Osceola Mounties were the epitome of Murphy's Law Friday night at Memorial Field. Everything that could go wrong actually did, as turnovers, penalties, big plays and poor tackling helped the Tyrone Golden Eagles notch a 60-7 victory.
"We turned the ball over, and we never had any momentum in the football game," said Mounties head coach Jeff Vroman. "You can't give up long runs. We have a lot of things we have to get better at. We have to have some consistency. And that's what really hurt us."
Tyrone took the opening kickoff and had its first drive go seven plays for 77 yards, as Corey Snyder took an inside handoff for 15 yards as the Golden Eagles got on the board with 9:43 left in the first quarter. A Seth Umholtz extra point attempt failed, giving Tyrone a 6-0 lead.
The Mounties tried to answer back on their opening possession, as they got the ball at their own 27-yard line. Things looked good at first as P-O picked up two quick first downs on the ground with runs from Nick Gray, Curtis Matsko and Erik Smith.
However, the drive stalled out at the Mountie 46-yard line. On third-and-12, quarterback Caleb Pepperday threw an interception to Charles Wilson, with Tyrone starting its second drive on the Golden Eagles 44.
Two plays is all it took for Tyrone to cash in, as Snyder once again received an inside run, broke tackles, and raced into the end zone for a 54-yard touchdown run with 5:13 left in the first quarter. An Umholtz extra point made the score 13-0.
Philipsburg-Osceola couldn't get anything going on its second drive. A three-and-out gave the ball back to the Golden Eagles at their own 35.
On what was becoming a theme for the evening, Tyrone only needed a few plays to find the end zone once again. A 17-yard pass from Erik Wagner to Snyder set up Tyrone at the Mountie 44-yard line. Two plays later, James Oliver ran it up the middle for a 43-yard score with 1:26 left in the first quarter. Umholtz tacked on the extra point as the Mounties ended the first quarter with a 20-point deficit.
The first turnover of the night for P-O came on its next drive.
On third-and-6 at their own 35-yard line, Pepperday and Dustin Shuey muffed the quarterback-running back exchange, and Tyrone's Snyder came up with the football at the Mountie 30. Two plays later, Oliver cashed in his second touchdown with a 22-yard run that saw him juke numerous defenders.
With the score 27-0 at 11:05 left in the second quarter, Philipsburg-Osceola's Aaron Mason fumbled the kickoff, turning it over to Tyrone's Aleic Hunter.
Things started to look up for the Mounties, as consecutive penalties led Tyrone to first-and-31 at their own 44.
Any momentum the Mounties gained quickly shifted back to the Golden Eagles, with a 14-yard pass completed to Snyder.
On third-and-16, a pass interference penalty was called on Mountie corner Mason, giving Tyrone an automatic first down. Immediately after the penalty was assessed, the referees flagged P-O with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Tyrone needed three more plays to score, as Snyder ran it in from five yards out with 8:33 left in the second quarter. The 2-point conversion was successful, with Wagner hooking up with Lucas Woomer in the end zone, giving the Golden Eagles a 35-point advantage.
P-O attempted to punt on fourth-and-2 at its own 34-yard line. However, a bad snap sent the ball sailing over punter Nick Boumerhi's head. Boumerhi recovered the ball and tried airing it out to pick up the first down, but was intercepted by Woomer.
One play was all it took for the next Tyrone drive. Wagner hit a wide-open Hayden Zook in the right corner of the end zone for an 18-yard strike, setting the score at 41-0 with 6:06 left in the first half.
Yet another three-and-out by P-O gave the Golden Eagles the ball back at their own 20-yard line. The James Oliver Show took over, first with a 15-yard run and then a 65-yard touchdown run with 3:24 left in the second quarter, as Oliver broke a myriad of tackles.
Special teams issues came to fruition for the Mounties once again, with the second bad snap of the night on a punt occurring on the next possession. Boumerhi scooped up the ball and tried to get rid of it, but was intercepted by Joshua Fetters, who took it 27 yards with 48 seconds left to set the halftime score at 54-0 Tyrone.
Vroman said the two bad snaps on the punts were a rarity for the Mounties.
"I can only remember one time we had a bad snap (on a punt) in a football game," said Vroman. "And that was, I think, 11 years ago."
The second half saw the mercy rule kick in, with many of the Golden Eagles starters out of the game.
The Mounties, who only had two first downs in the first half, started moving the ball on their opening second-half drive. After nine plays of 32 yards, Philipsburg-Osceola was unable to convert on fourth-and-8 from the Tyrone 41.
Tyrone got the ball back, and Hunter was able to take it 59 yards with 5:05 left in the third quarter, making it 60-0.
The Mounties had their first sustained drive of the night, as they went 72 yards on 14 plays and found the end zone for the first time all night. The workhorse of the drive was Gray, racking up 41 of his 91 yards on eight carries.
Gray found the end zone with a 3-yard run up the middle with 6:16 left in the game. A Boumerhi extra point set the final score at 60-7.
Vroman said the Mounties have been good at some aspects during their first four games, but haven't been able to put it together.
"I've seen a lot of good things the last couple weeks," said Vroman. "But we can never piece enough of it together to make it worthwhile."
Injuries have plagued the Mounties this season, to which Vroman said hasn't helped their cause either.
"I have two linemen out," said Vroman. "I've had eight, nine different starters out at some point over the four weeks, and we've yet to build any continuity."
Vroman stressed one thing needs to pick up: intensity.
"Our kids have to play with much more intensity," said Vroman. "Tonight, I didn't think we did. That's the thing we have to take from this."
P-O fell to 0-4 on the season and travels to Chestnut Ridge on Friday.
Score By Quarters
Tyrone 20 34 6 0-60
P-O 0 0 0 7-À7
T-Snyder 15 run, (kick failed), 9:43
T-Snyder 54 run, (Umholtz kick), 5:13.
T-Oliver 43 run, (Umholtz kick), 1:26.
T-Oliver 22 run, (Umholtz kick), 11:05.
T-Oliver 5 run, (Woomer pass from Wahner), 8:33.
T-Zook 18 pass from Wagner, (kick failed), 6:06.
T-Oliver 65 run (kick failed), 3:24.
T-Fetters 27 interception return (Umholtz kick), 0:48.
T-Hunter 59 run (kick failed), 5:05.
PO-Gray 3 run (Boumerhi kick), 6:16.
Total First Downs 7 8
Rushes-Yards 24-369 40-145
Comp-Att-Int 5-6-0 1-7-3
Passing Yards 73 6
Total Plays-Yards 30-442 47-151
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-4
Punts-Avg 0-0 2-40.5
Penalties-Yards 5-41 5-43
Tyrone-Oliver 11-184, Hunter 3-108, Snyder 3-74, Wagner 2-8, Muir 1-(-1), Team 4-(-4).
Philipsburg-Osceola-Gray 22-91, Smith 5-43, Matsko 6-8, Mann 1-4, D. Shuey 6-(-1).
Tyrone-Wagner 5-of-6, 73 yds., TD.
Philipsburg-Osceola-Pepperday 1-of-5, 6 yds., Int.; Boumerhi 0-of-2, 2 Int.
Tyrone-Snyder 2-31, Woomer 1-22, Zook 1-18, Oliver 1-2.