LIGONIER, Pa .– After being forced out of a game three weeks ago due to injuries and a lack of depth in the roster, Ligonier Valley earned their third straight victory with a 48-22 triumph over Apollo-Ridge, clinching a spot in the District 7 playoffs.
âWhat a fun evening tonight,â Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel. “It was about our elders and the man played.”
After Apollo-Ridge’s 10 plays and 40 yards failed due to a turnaround on practice, Ligonier Valley only needed three plays and 90 seconds to make it onto the scoreboard. Wide receiver Matthew Marinchak got the transfer on a backhand and threw to a wide open Grant Dowden, who ran 65 yards for the opener to give Ligonier Valley a 7-0 lead after George’s extra point. Golden.
After a punt from Apollo-Ridge, Ligonier Valley again used a quick attack. The Rams only needed two games and 21 seconds this time around as quarterback Broderick Schreyer hit Dowden with a swing pass, then passed through Viking defenders and ran 75 yards for another touchdown. of Ligonier Valley. The Rams led 13-0.
Dowden, a senior, saved his best home performance to last, finishing with 143 receiving yards, 53 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also added an interception on defense and his prowess certainly didn’t go unnoticed by his head coach.
âGrant Dowden was a dude tonight,â Beitel said with a big smile on his face.
âHe played all over the field tonight. He was amazing tonight.
Ligonier Valley scored twice more in the first half on a pair of 35-yard touchdowns from Broderick Schreyer, the first to Nick Beitel and the second to Marinchak. VallÃ©e du Ligonier took the advantage 28-0.
Apollo-Ridge was finally able to complete a practice as he went on a seven-game, 82-yard streak that took three minutes and 18 seconds.
It ended with a touchdown from Landon Harmon. The conversion failed, but it reduced the Ligonier Valley lead to 28-6 before halftime.
The third quarter consisted almost entirely of two long touchdowns, one for each team. Ligonier Valley started off with a nine-play, 52-yard run, taking 5:29 on the clock, which ended with a 5-yard rush from Dowden and Golden’s kick made it 35-6.
The Vikings responded with a long drive. Their streak lasted nine plays and 81 yards, and ended with quarterback Karter Schrock picking it up at 8 yards.
Schrock then found Gage Johnson for the two-point conversion pass to bring the score to 35-14.
Ligonier Valley sidelined the game on his next two drives as Schreyer hit Haden Sierocky for a 14-yard touchdown that, combined with a golden kick, gave the Rams a 42-14 advantage. . The teams traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final 48-22.
âEight wins with what we’ve had to endure this season, and now we’re heading into the playoffs,â coach Beitel said.
âWe were in control of our own destiny and these kids took care of the business, super proud of these kids and super proud of the program.
âAt 8-2 we’re feeling pretty good. Our conference is a strong conference and we also have some quality off-section wins against Elizabeth Forward and Indiana. I’m happy with where we are and once again so proud of these kids.
The Rams will learn their playoff plight on Saturday at 6 p.m. when the WPIAL football playoff pairs are released.