Cassadaga Valley @ Portville
Friday, Oct. 8 7:30 pm
The Portville Panther Football Team did it again this weekend, defeating Cassadaga Valley 42-20.
The offense was like a machine operating on all 8 cylinders during the first half, putting up 28 points. Four of their
5 drives ended in a TD. The squad is now 5-1, with 2 regular season games to go.
The first TD was scored by speedster Alex Woodhead - a 38-yard run. Number two saw mighty Joe Holcomb take it in from the four. Cousin Brad "Bullet" Holcomb scored the third - a sweet catch from QB Brian Nitsche - 4 yards. Joe took a 12-yard run to paydirt with 4:43 left before the half as well.
The Panther defense only allowed 55 yards rushing, made an interception and recovered a fumble,
and gave up two quick touchdowns at the end of the game. Matt Burlingame had a nice interception called back, while Nitsche almost had another one.
PCS had 316 yards rushing, with Woodhead totaling 109, Nitsche 108, and Joe Holcomb 96. Kris Young broke the school record with 6 extra point kicks. Young has been perfect for the season. Incidently, Kris
also leads the Big 30 in soccer goals.
Junior WR Kirk Austin had three receptions, one for an 11-yard TD. As one observer noted, "this Austin kid is really establishing himself
as a big threat, and teams are double-covering him now". The final TD was scored by Mighty Joe, giving him 3 in each
of the last two games.
According to Portville's biggest fan, Big Jim Hawbaker, "I've seen Joe Holcomb score alot of touchdowns
this year that he had no business scoring...dudes all around him, coming in for the kill. And bang! Holcomb puts
on a move, turns on the after-burners, and adds six. It's a direct result of his great work ethic, reaching beyond normal
human limits, and a good attitude about playing to the hilt. I hope the other boys are inspired like we Hawbakers are."
Unfortunately (and fortunately) for Cass Valley, several of the PCS JV players got in at the end
of the game. Cass Valley showed alot of class in this game, as their school always does from year to year. They
were able to put up two nice TD passes in the final moments.
Matt Blue, Josh Haynes, and Jarid Lowe were solid players, performing many of the roles that go unnoticed. Last week's players of the week, Tim Zapel and Garrett Stephen, continued to show that they can play at these levels of football. Jeremy Taylor had the hit of the night during one of the kick-offs. The coaches did a great job of calling the game as well.
Congratulations to everyone who did their job well on this Homecoming Night.
Next week's game at Salamanca will be the biggest contest of these players' lives. Basically,
the winner goes to the playoffs and the loser does not.
Rivalry began in 1986
Portville leads series 15-4
1986 PCS 20 CV 0
1987 CV 22 PCS 0
1988 CV 15 PCS 14
1989 PCS 34 CV 0
1990 CV 9 PCS
1991 PCS 27 CV 21
1992 PCS 36 CV 12
1993 PCS 36 CV 0
1994 PCS 37 CV 6
1995 PCS 45 CV 12
1996 PCS 23 CV 8
1997 PCS 22 CV 8
1998 PCS 29 CV 7
1999 PCS 21 CV 12
2000 PCS 28 CV 0
2001 PCS 21 CV 14
2002 CV 13 PCS 12
2003 PCS 34 CV 0
2004 PCS 42 CV 20