Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tide dominates Pequea Valley

With nine different players touching the football, the Tide destroyed Pequea Valley, 48-13.

Heading into this week regular season finale at Donegal, the Tide is 3-6 overall and 2-3 in Section 3 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League. .

Friday night was the final home game for 13 seniors – David Wells, Jeremy Daise, Ronald Gilbert, Johnny Vasquez, Felix Mendez, Dom Trout, Jamal Porras, Byron Germer, Marcus Fischer, Cain Warfel, Roger Walton, Casey Rapp and John Markley.

On offensive shoot out was expected Friday night. The Tide and Braves entered the game scoring a combined 402 points, while giving up a combined 422. The offensive explosion only materialized on one side of the scoreboard – Columbia.

Ironically, the offensive fireworks didn’t start untl midway trough the first quarter. After the two teams exchanged punts, Columbia got on the scoreboard first. Keenan Edmond (3 scores, 116 yards) sprinted in from the 33 to give the Tide a 6-0 lead with 6:48 left in the first quarter. The Braves, who were severely undermanned in the game, came right back. Robert Schmidt capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive with a 2-yard run. Columbia blocked the PAT and the game remain tied at 6-6.

No problem. Behind Edmond’s running and a Tyler Harrison to Michael Burke pass reception, the Tide score with 61 seconds left in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Edmond. Harrison’s two-point PAT gave the Tide a 14-6 lead and the fun just started for the Tide.

After forcing a PV punt, the Tide got a couple of pass receptions to Burke and Seth Lefever and unleashed a running attack of Edmond, Wells and Vazquez, driving 53 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a 2-yard run by Wells with six minutes left in the first half. At that points, the Tide led 21-6.

PV fumbled on their next possession, which Columbia took advantage of. Edmond hauled in a short pass from Harrison and went the distance, 45 yards and the Tide led 28-6 and with 4:30 left in the half, the Tide had a 28-6 lead.

They weren’t done.

PV fumbled again but the Tide didn’t take advantage, until PV got the ball back again. Burke stepped in front of a Ben Myers pass and returned it 45 yards for a score with 1:29 left in the first half, Columbia led 34-6.

The Tide, who has been the victim of a number of mercy rules games over the last three years, finally kicked the mercy rule in their favor on their first possession of the second half. Burke and Harrison teamed for a 26-yard score and when Lefever’s PAT went squarely through the upright, Columbia led 41-6 with 7:08 left in the third quarter.

The Tide put some icing on the cake in the fourth quarter when Shakim McIllwain sprinted 62 yards for a score.

Week 9 notebook: Need a road win to wrap of regular season

Final game on road
Columbia's three wins this season have come at home. The Tide, who travels up Kinderhook Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff with rival Donegal, has not won a road game since the last regular season of the 2008 season against Donegal by a 41-27 score.The Tide is 2-12 in its last 14 road games.

The points
The 48 points were the most the Tide scored in a game since week 10 of the 2008 season when they put 41 on the scoreboard against Donegal (see above). The Tide was shutout by Donegal last season 40-0, ending a 9-game Tide winning streak over the Indians.

Another streak ends
The win over the Braves ended a 1-game losing streak to PV, who stunned the Tide 27-12 last season. Since 1998, Columbia has scored 40 or more points against PV eight times.
More on the Braves
PV dressed 19 players for the game and had four others out with injuries. Columbia will play at West York in a junior varsity game Monday. One thing I took notice too was PV head coach  Curtis Waltman did very little coaching during the game, leaving a majority of the calls to assistant coaches, primarily d-coordinator Dino DiPaolo, the son of former Catholic coach Tony DiPaolo. Coaching change?

Parent's Night
Friday was Parent's Night for the football team, cheerleaders and band. I made note of this last week and I think it should be noted that two football players walked out with members of the Tide's football staff and not a parent.

The numbers
With a win over Donegal, the Tide will finish Section 3 play with a 3-3 record \and the possibility of finishing in a four-way tie for second place behind Lancaster Catholic.
Friday night, Dom Trout recorded three sacks. He entered the game tied with teammate Michael Burke for the Section 3 lead with four each.