Philipsburg-Osceola making same mistakes in loss to Penns Valley|
Saturday, October 6, 2012
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
PHILIPSBURG - If the Philipsburg-Osceola football team was in the movie Groundhog Day, then Mountie head coach Jeff Vroman would have to be the film's title character.
Vroman's Mounties seem to repeat the same mistakes each week, and Friday night was no different, as P-O let Penns Valley put up two big plays in a 27-7 defeat.
"It's just like this," said Vroman. "Take whatever you are writing right now and don't worry about it. Go back to the Bald Eagle game and copy it. Change the names, and we are right back here.
"It was the same thing at Bellefonte. Just when you think we are about to turn the corner, we can't finish. That's where we are at.
The Mounties had 15 first downs in the game and racked up almost 300 yards of offense, but untimely penalties and a turnover killed most of their scoring chances.
"We drive the ball up and down the field and we aren't consistent enough to put it in the end zone," said Vroman. "That's where we are. Total yardage, I'm sure we had a little more than we did.
"You are getting 15 first downs and we have seven points to show for it. Somebody has to step up and get the ball in the end zone."
P-O also continued to be hampered by injuries, playing this week without starting quarterback Caleb Pepperday, who was replaced by Curtis Matsko. Matsko missed the first two games of the season with an injury, returning as a running back for the Bellefonte game.
"We were able to throw the ball a little bit tonight with Curtis under center for the first time," Vroman said. "I thought he was poised. That wasn't something we could do until this time because of his health issue.
"Caleb, of course, is out. If you throw the other nine or 10 here on injured reserve, you are just battling."
Both teams started off slow, trading a total of four punts in the first quarter.
The Rams did move into P-O territory on their first possession, but a Matsko tackle for loss and an illegal procedure penalty forced a punt.
After the Mounties third punt to start the second quarter, Penns Valley moved down the field to the Mountie 32.
Penns Valley fumbled the next snap, but it was recovered by Dom Hook. An illegal procedure penalty moved the Rams back even farther, but the Mounties were still unable to capitalize.
Two plays later, Taylor Collison punched in a 30-yard score. The kick was blocked by Nick Gray, giving the Rams a 6-0 lead with 7:14 to play in the first half.
"We played well enough to win," said Rams head coach Martin Tobias. "Philipsburg was taking it to us. There is no question that they were well-prepared and well-coached.
"We had some breaks. We got that turnover from them right before the half. That was a big swing in momentum for us to be able to put an extra touchdown on our lead."
The Mounties encountered more issues on their next possession, racking up three penalties in four plays. Two were formation penalties, while a third was a personal foul on the bench.
The personal foul nearly wiped out a 40-yard gain by Matsko and moved the ball back into P-O territory.
Matsko took the ball 21 yards on the next play, putting P-O squarely back into Ram territory.
But three plays later the Mounties coughed up the ball, which was recovered by Wyatt Sharp, giving the Rams the ball on their own 45.
"It's been the same thing the last few weeks," said Vroman. "At times, we have done some nice things. We haven't forced any turnovers, though. They (Penns Valley) lay the ball on the ground and we don't recover it. We have to make some of our own opportunities, and we haven't done that. That's been somewhat tough.
"They made the most of an opportunity, scoring after we fumbled. We just haven't done that at all this year."
Ten plays and 55 yards later, Sam Koser hauled in a 5-yard pass from Cameron Tobias for the Rams' second score of the night.
Collison ran in the conversion, giving Penns Valley a 14-0 advantage with 47 seconds left in the half.
Tobias finished the night 10-of-16 for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Koser had 52 of the yards on six receptions.
"We knew with the types of coverages that they were throwing at us, that it was going to be difficult to throw down the field vertically," Coach Tobias said. "We were going to be limited in the big plays.
"We knew that we would have to keep the ball out of their hands, because they do such a nice job with their misdirection and power ground game coming right at us. We wanted to keep ball control as much as we could."
Philipsburg-Osceola moved into Penns Valley territory and attempted a 46-yard field goal with four seconds remaining in the half. The kick was wide left and the teams headed to the locker room.
The Mounties finally got on the board in the third quarter as Dustin Shuey scored his second touchdown of the season on a 6-yard run.
Nick Boumerhi added the extra point to cut the lead to 14-7 with 20 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Things seemed to be turning around for P-O after the score, but the momentum took a big swing very quickly when Tobias hit a streaking Luke Weaver, who tiptoed down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown.
The Rams added a PAT to give them a 21-7 lead at the 10:50 mark of the final frame.
"I was impressed at times with the way we moved the ball," Vroman said. "I was impressed at times with the way we defended. But we weren't consistent enough in all phases.
"It's been very common in the last few weeks."
The Mounties got down to the Penns Valley 48 on their next possession, but four straight incompletions turned the ball over on downs.
The Rams wasted little time, going 52 yards in seven plays, culminating in a 16-yard score by Collison. The kick failed, widening the lead to 27-7 with 5:17 to play.
"It's one of those things that whatever other teams are going to give us, we are going to take advantage of," said Coach Tobias. "We just need to keep improving and get some consistency.
"Our line is taking a lot of pride in what they are doing, too."
Philipsburg-Osceola drove the ball down to the Penns Valley 15, but turned it over on downs, allowing the Rams to run out the clock for their first back-to-back victories since 2007.
Matsko finished the game 7-of-18 for 91 yards. His longest completion was a 26-yard strike to Aaron Mason. The junior also had 52 yards rushing.
Gray added 52 yards on nine carries, while Dustin Shuey had 36 yards rushing and 30 yards receiving.
Mason led all receivers with 31 yards on two receptions.
The Mounties dropped to 0-6 overall and travel to Central (4-2) on Friday.
"The kids fought hard, but the consistency has been the key factor, said Vroman. "With a young, inexperienced team, you expect it, but you have to grow from it, and we have yet to do that. We've yet to learn from it.
"We are being patient about it. We know what we have to do, we just have to do it."
Collison led the Rams with 93 yards on eight carries. Weaver finished with 70 yards on three receptions.
Penns Valley improved to 2-4 overall. The Rams host Bellefonte on Friday.
Penns Valley 27
Score By Quarters
Penns Valley 0 14 0 13-27
P'burg-Osceola 0 0 7 0- 7
PV-Collison 30 run, (kick blocked), 7:14.
PV-Koser 5 pass from Tobias, (Collison run), 47.0.
PO-D. Shuey 6 run, (N. Boumerhi kick), 20.3.
PV-Weaver 58 pass from Tobias, (Deardorff kick), 10:50.
PV-Collison 16 run, (kick failed), 5:17.
Total First Downs 14 15
Rushes-Yards 30-155 35-206
Comp-Att-Int 10-16-0 7-19-0
Passing Yards 127 91
Total Plays-Yards 46-282 54-297
Fumbles-Lost 4-0 1-1
Punts-Avg 4-36.3 4-36.8
Penalties-Yards 6-40 7-57
Penns Valley-Collison 8-93, Hook 13-36, Tobias 5-14, Rowles 3-13, Team 1-(-1).
Philipsburg-Osceola-Gray 9-52, Matsko 12-52, Smith 3-51, D. Shuey 6-36, Hawkins 5-15.
Penns Valley-Tobias 10-of-16, 127 yds., 2 TD.
Philipsburg-Osceola-Matsko 7-of-18, 91 yds.; Team 0-of-1.
Penns Valley-Weaver 3-70, Koser 6-52, Collison 1-5.
Philipsburg-Osceola-Mason 2-31, D. Shuey 2-30, S. Shuey 1-25, Smith 2-5.