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Ligonier Valley Improves to 3-0

Varsity vs Blairsville HS on 9/14/2012 7:00:00 PM
Posted Monday, September 17, 2012 by Cory Isenberg
  LIGONIER — Ryan Torrance and Connor Maust combined to rush for nearly 400 yards as Ligonier Valley defeated previously unbeaten Blairsville, 49-15, in a Heritage Conference showdown on Friday night at Weller Field.

“The numbers speak for themselves, but it also speaks volumes about what the offensive line did up front,” Rams coach Roger Beitel said after his team improved to 3-0. “The offensive line got off the ball and our backs did the rest. They have speed and they have talent so you don’t have to be a genius to give them the ball.”

Torrance carried much of the load for the Rams with 218 yards on 25 carries. He also scored on runs of 3, 25, 47 and 5 yards. Maust had 13 carries for 165 yards and scored on a 63-yard run.

While there were plenty of positives for Ligonier, the Rams also amassed nine penalties for 86 yards while the Bobcats had six for 58.

“The penalties is something we have to address,” Beitel said. “We go through the first two weeks of the season with very few penalties, playing nearly flawless and tonight things got pretty chirpy out there. I can tell you if our guys are wronged they are not going to back down and those Blairsville kids are tough and they are not going to back down either so the end result is a flag is thrown and you’ve got personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conducts. We will address the issue, but when you’re playing hard, it’s hard to tell a kid to back off. The penalties were just too many. We are going to have to work to be more disciplined.”

Ligonier scored on its first two possessions. The Rams took the opening kickoff and ran eight straight running plays, capped by a 17-yard Scott Fennell run. Maddy Grimm scored the first of her five extra-points.

The Bobcats had the ball for just over a minute and punted the ball back to the Rams, who went on an eight-play drive ending on the first Torrance touchdown.

Maust recovered a fumble at the Rams 40 to set up Ligonier’s next score, Torrance’s second TD.

Another Blairsville turnover resulted in another Rams touchdown, this time on a 24-yard pass from Fennell to Billy Elliott as Ligonier took a 28-0 lead.

“Lot of mistakes,” Blairsville coach Ab Dettorre said. “You can’t have the turnovers that we had or the penalties that we had and expect to win.”

The Bobcats took the final 2:30 before halftime to put together an eight-play drive with sophomore quarterback Scott Thompson scoring from the 4 and adding the conversion run.

Blairsville narrowed the gap to 28-15 at the halfway point of the third quarter as Thompson threw a 65-yard pass to Deion Robinson and Bobby Thompson added the kick.

That was all the closer the Bobcats could get. Maust took the first play from scrimmage on Ligonier’s next possession and rumbled 63 yards for a touchdown.

“The biggest positive right now is that every time they had the momentum going, we answered with a turnover or a score of our own,” Beitel said. “Anytime that momentum was starting to shift we took it back. The kids performed extraordinary tonight.”

Torrance had his final two touchdowns to set the final.

Scott Thompson finished 10 for 27 passing for 275 yards. Bobby Thompson had five catches for 116 yards and Colton McMillen, four for 94.

“We got outplayed, that’s the bottom line,” Dettorre said. “The buck stops with me. I’ve got to get these guys more mentally prepared to play. They understood what they were going up against. They’ve got weapons and they work hard. What else can you say.”

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