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Looking like they were playing against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, the New Castle Red Hurricanes filled the air with footballs tonight at Montour Stadium against the Montour Spartans. Two Canes’ quarterbacks attempted 23 passes completing 14 for 118 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-7 Parkway Conference win.

David Colella started the game at QB and after Montour began with a three-and-out, engineered a scoring drive in his first action as a starter. Colella had a lot of help though as his first order of business was to hand off to Robert Calhoun for two yards and then hand off to Zach Mariacher who ran off left tackle then slid outside and went 55 yards for a touchdown. Joey Harvey’s PAT was good at with less than three minutes gone in the game New Castle led 7-0.

Montour’s second possession ended after only two plays as Cameron Reid made a spectacular interception at the Montour 34 off a ball tipped by a Spartan receiver.

Behind runs by Calhoun and Mariacher the Canes moved to the Spartan 21. A dropped pass left a second and 10 and two running plays left the Hurricanes with a forth and one at the 12. Calhoun was stopped for no gain on the play and Montour took possession.

Again the New Castle defense was strong as three Spartan plays netted minus six yards and they were forced to punt.

After a 21-yard punt and six-yard return the Canes set up shop at the Montour 26. Calhoun and Mariacher combined to move the ball to the 11 before the first of eight New Castle penalties left a third and 10. Colella then hit Mariacher with a nine-yard pass leaving another fourth and one. This time Ryan Gidaro powered ahead from the fullback spot for a yard as the first quarter came to a close.

Colella began the second period in style as he waited and waited until Alan Billyk cleared in the endzone and hit him for the score from five yards out. The PAT was no good but at the 11:54 mark of the second New Castle led 13-0.

An incomplete pass and a tackle for a loss by Noah Elliot set up a third and 11 for the Spartans on their next possession. Then the Montour QB under heavy pressure tossed a pass that was intercepted by Sam Holmes at the 26-yard line and Holmes sprinted into the endzone for a score. In just 58 seconds the Canes had upped their lead. After a perfect Harvey PAT the score was 20-0 Red Hurricanes.

After just three more plays Montour was punting again and just like before the dynamic duo of Calhoun and Maricher led the Canes down the field. First 15 yards by Calhoun, then 15 by Mariacher, then 34 by Calhoun got the Canes to the Spartan five. A holding penalty moved the ball back to the 17 where two incompletions and six yard run by Calhoun set up a forth and 11 at the 11. Harvey then came on the field and split the uprights with a 28-yard field goal, to up the Canes lead to 23-0 with 7:00 left in the half.

Three incomplete passes led to another Spartan punt giving the ball back at 6:26.

This time the Canes couldn’t move the ball and Billyk punted for the first time today pinning Montour back at their own 14.

The Spartans continued with their throwing ways. This time they connected on passes of 16 and 28 yards to move into Hurricanes’ territory. Then on first and 10 from the Canes’ 40 Billyk sacked the quarterback setting up second and 18.

The Spartans’s next pass was picked off by Leon Ward halting any threat at the 2:19 mark.

With the ball at the 25, QB Ross Crist entered the game for the first time. Crist opened with a incompletion on what would be his first of 14 pass plays in a row for the Hurricanes. On the next play with Crist lined up in the ‘shotgun’, a motion penalty moved the Canes back five more yards to the 20. Passes to Ward of 13 and 3 yards gave New Castle a first down at the 36. Another motion penalty backed the Canes up five more but worse, nullified a touchdown pass to Mariacher of 64 yards.

Crist responded with a 24-yard pass to Cameron Reid for a first down. After an incompletion, then five more yards to Reid, then six to Steven Threats gave New Castle a first down at the Montour 40. Another penalty backed the Canes up five more yards setting up a first and 15. Two incompletions left a third and 15. An eight-yard pass to Mariacher followed by an incompletion gave the ball back to Montour with just 16 seconds left in the half.

After one half of play, New Castle led 23-0.

The teams exchanged punts to begin the second half and the Canes took over at the their own 49. Seven plays later, six of which were passes, the Canes were in the endzone concluding with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Reid. With 4:58 to play in the third New Castle’s lead was 30-0.

Montour continued with their passing attack on their next possession, running 12 plays before turning the ball over to the Canes on downs at the 20 with 1:46 to play in the third.

New Castle fumbled the hand-off on the next series giving the ball back to the Spartans at the Canes’ 30 yard line with 1:17 left.

Six plays later Montour got in the endzone on an 18 yard run to make it 30-7 Canes with just six seconds gone in the fourth period.

The reserves finished the game for the Canes, but one clearly stood, out as Brandon Brothers ran for a touchdown and 71 yards on six carries. The try for two was not successful leaving the final score, 30-7 Hurricanes.

Robert Calhoun led the Canes with 126 yards on 13 carries while Zach Mariacher also topped the 100-yard mark with 114 on 12 carries. Ross Crist was 12 for 17 passing for 104 yards and a TD while David Colella was 2 for 6 and TD.

Cameron Reid led the receivers with five catches for 51 yards and a TD while Leon Ward had three catches for 25. Allen Billyk caught two balls for 11 yards and TD.

Ross Crist one carry for five yards, Jerryann Bracey carried twice for 14, starting fullback Ryan Gidaro carried twice for nine yards and Joey Harvey twice for three yards.



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