In addition to being an Expressway Conference game, the inter-county match-up
between the Portville and Fillmore boys' teams had a playoff atmosphere.
Fillmore is ranked #2 in the Big 30, while PCS is #10. The Eagles sport
three of the top ten scorers in the area, but Portville was aggressive and impressive in the Thursday night contest.
Fillmore scored first...a goal with only 0.1 seconds left in the first half.
Portville came back tough in the second period, and the Panthers managed to put one in the net for the only other score.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score, and the game intensity was high.
Panther Head Coach Mike Warner was happy with the effort, especially since it
came against a powerhouse squad from Allegany County...and on their field, on a beautiful evening of English football.
Every PCS player gave it his all, and the Panthers were not intimidated by the
legendary Eagle program. In fact, Kris Young, Adam Wysocki, Mike Cooley, and other dudes had to be warned and penalized
by the refs a number of times...a clear indication that Portville had come to play for real.
Goalie Jared Warner consistently pounded the ball over 80 yards, impressing both
the Allegany and Cattaraugus County fans, who were fully entertained.
It was a good tune-up for the playoffs, and the tie left Portville with a solid
7-4-2 record, while Fillmore still has only two losses and has given up only 11 goals in 16 games.
PCS has scored 40 goals and has given up 13 for the season. Pretty good
for a school that also has a top-notch gridiron team, something that Fillmore does not possess.
Check out the pix from the game below: