Old Fashioned Playoffs Barn Burner

Reporting from Western PA – The “Quarterback Cradle”

Friday night’s first round WPIAL-2A Football Playoff match-up between the evenly matched host #8 Neshannock Lancers and the #9 Burgettstown Blue Devils lived up to its billing. Going down to the last seconds, this game was an old-fashioned “barn burner.” The Lancers started things off on their home Bob Bleggi Field with a commanding display of a familiar college style offense taught by former University of Kansas head coach and local football icon, Coach Mark Mangino. The Lancers gave their play makers the ball in open space using perimeter screens, fly sweeps, and read-option plays with run-pass options. Burgettstown initially did not have an answer as Lancers QB Seth Fehrs and RBs Anthony Dovidio and Joey Nerti slashed through the Blue Devils defense with ease. Fehrs added an impressive TD pass to WR Jared Staph later in the first quarter for a commanding 14-0 lead.

In the second quarter though, Burgettstown senior QB Ryan Lounder impressed. Employing a pro-style offense alternating Lounder under-center and from shotgun, the Blue Devils marched the field using ball control to eat-up the clock, keeping Neshannock’s potent offense off of the field. The Blue Devils closed the gap before halftime with a Ryan Lounder TD run following an Austin Safreed interception of an ill-advised pass by Lancers QB Fehrs deep in Blue Devils territory.

The second half brought more of a “street fight” to the game with both teams scrapping hard for yardage and points. The Lancers took the lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Blue Devils answered with a TD strike from Lounder to WR Jarred John. The Blue Devils then took control of the game early in the 4th quarter with another TD strike from Lounder to RB Cyle Conley. Neshannock equalized the match with a Fehrs TD run and K Tristan Tuck’s PAT. Curiously they did not go for a 2-point conversion to take the lead when Burgettstown had jumped offsides moving the Lancers up to the 1 and ½ yardline. After the ensuing kickoff, the Blue Devils closed the deal. Lounder impressed with accurate passing strikes to John and WR Ryan Villano. He extended plays like a pro by working up and sliding in the pocket showing great poise and downfield vision while under tremendous pressure from the Lancers defense. With under a minute left in the game the Blue Devils marched the field, and then lined up a 37-yard field goal for WR Seth Phillis who was “nails” all night making every PAT before kicking the game winner.

Next up for Burgettstown are the #1 Steel Valley Ironmen.

CHECK OUT some cut-up highlights BELOW!

Spartans Dominate The Dogs

The Schurr Spartans (Montebello, CA) annihilated the Garfield Bulldogs (East Los Angeles, CA) in a home contest by the score of 46-14.  Miguel Aguero and Fransisco Remigio received “Player of the Game” honors for the Spartans, but it truly was a team win.

Garfield showed promise early in the game with a receiving touchdown from #13 Jalen Lawrence and a rushing touchdown from #10 Adam Polanco.

The Spartans hit the scoreboard with a 15 yard touchdown reception from #24 Michael Torres and another one from #10 Aaron Silva.

Schurr had too much firepower!

#5 Remigio scored a total of three touchdowns (2 Rec, 1 Rush) and showed his big play ability and versatility.    Spartans quarterback #8 Miguel Aguero had a stellar performance passing 22 of 27 for 375 yards and 5 touchdowns while also rushing for a touchdown.

Aguero’s night will without a doubt go down as one of the most efficient and effective performances in Spartans Football history.

Both teams were tied 14-14 midway through the 2nd quarter but Schurr took over the game after a defensive stop and played with a heightened level of aggression throughout the rest of the game.

#7 Lance Babb took a jail-screen to house in the 2nd half, but his presence as a decoy proved to be his biggest impact.  Babb is a player you just cannot leave open!

Here are some highlights below:

Bulldogs win a “Cross-Town” Shoot Out!

In one of the best season opening games of recent years the Garfield Bulldogs (East Los Angeles, CA) defeated the Montebello Oilers (Montebello, CA) 39-36 in a “Cross-Town” shoot out.  The contest was a tug-o-war type of game with seven lead changes and eleven touchdowns.

The star of the night was Garfield quarterback Adam Polanco who accounted for four touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush) and around 270 yards of total offense.

Montebello got on the board first with a two yard touchdown run from Kris Rodriguez to go up 8-0.  The Bulldogs answered with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Polanco (1 yd) and Moses Gonzalez (6 yds) moving the score to 12-8.

Quarterback Gabriel Tapia answered back for the Oilers with a “BOMB” down the sideline to Mykael Loera late in the 2nd quarter!  15-12 Montebello.


The “Play of the Game” came with two seconds left in the first half. WATCH IT @ 2:05 on the video below.

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Garfield’s #13 Jalen Lawrence wins down the sideline for a 2nd quarter score.

Babb Ready for Big Year

Lance Babb II  has offers from Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming and several other Division 1 universities and still has a 12th grade season of football to participate in.  The 6-1 195 pound senior is looking to reel in some bigger scholarships with his performance this year.

The Voice of the USC Trojans

Pete Arbogast is one of the best radio announcers in the country.  Over the years he has broadcasted play-by-play for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cincinnati Bengals, as well as professional baseball and ice hockey.  Arbogast currently works radio for the University of Southern California athletics and is most recognized for his play-by-play of Trojans football.

A local man from John Marshall High School and a former Trojan himself, Arbogast always aspired to be in sports media.  When working his way up the broadcast ranks, he had trouble making it to primetime but with a little advice from some great people, he found a way to make it his own.

“Vin Scully told me that the real trick is to be yourself…if you have a good personality or a story to tell, then you will always be able to be entertaining and convey things in a personable way,” Arbogast learned.

Northstar Holds Local Combine Training

Over 25 junior college athletes, who play football in the greater Los Angeles Area, attended Northstar Performance Training’s skills development camp held at Citrus College over the weekend.  The players competed in the 40-yard dash, L-Drill, shuttle and long jump.  The camp was solely based on getting athletes prepared for the tests they will receive in college as well as the NFL.

Keith Johnson (CEO of Northstar) held the JC showcase to expose young players to the prerequisites of an actual combine.

“One thing we consistently offer to these young athletes is more technical training and the ability to change directions and move the correct way…its important to be explosive on the football field and that is exactly what type of work that goes on at these camps,” Johnson explained.

Players from Citrus, San Bernardino, Long Beach, Golden West and many more were just some of the participants at the combine training.