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Panthers Overpower Pirates

 

October 10, 2019

Gary M. Baranec

Northern Bedford's Kainen Brown moves in to make the tackle on Williamsburg quarterback Lambert Palmer during action Friday, Oct. 4, at Williamsburg High School.

The Northern Bedford High School football team traveled to Williamsburg on Friday, Oct. 4, looking to put behind it a tough loss in the previous week to Bellwood-Antis.

The Black Panthers scored 26 consecutive points spanning the third and fourth quarters en route to a 47-12 victory at Veterans Memorial Field.

NB moved above the .500 mark at 4-3 on the season, while Williamsburg dipped to 0-7.

I was really happy with the way we played on Friday night," NB coach Garry Black said. "We played well in all three facets of the game. The offense was clicking, the defense scored a touchdown and we blocked two punts."

As a team, Northern Bedford carried the ball 30 times for 291 rushing yards. Dalton Smith led the way with 142 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Cadin Ebersole added seven carries for 72 rushing yards and one touchdown.

Quarterback Thad Leidy completed seven of his 15 pass attempts for 135 passing yards and two touchdowns. He threw a 50-yard scoring pass to Brady Clark in the first quarter and a 39-yard touchdown strike to Colby Imler in the second quarter.

Imler finished with two receptions for 55 yards, while Clark hauled in two passes for 48 yards.

Black praised the effort of Lucas Wentz.

"Lucas Wentz was outstanding. He is a great young man and is easy to root for. He works his tail off every day in practice, so it was nice to see him have such a memorable performance," Black said. "He blocked two punts, had two sacks and made three tackles for a loss. Lucas is a perfect example of a player who made himself a player by the work that he put in."

Imler returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"Williamsburg played hard and they did a lot of good things on Friday night," Black said. "As a coach in this league, it is really nice to see them where they are. They have over 30 players on their roster and they've been playing a full JV schedule. As one of the smallest football playing schools in the state, that says a lot about the young men in that program. "

Gary M. Baranec

Northern Bedford's Brady Clark (left) is congratulated after a first-quarter touchdown run by teammate Evan Clouse during action Friday at Williamsburg High School.

Williamsburg quarterback Lambert Palmer threw for 124 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 13-for-30 passing. He hooked up with Adam Uplinger for 25 yards for a score in the fourth quarter. Uplinger had six catches for 72 receiving yards.

Tyler Clark had five carries for 33 rushing yards and one touchdown – a 5-yard run in the third quarter.

"I don't think that the score represents how well we played," Williamsburg head coach Ryan Hileman said. "We were able to get some turnovers and had several good opportunities to put points on the board early, but were unsuccessful. The game got away from us about halfway through the third quarter, but we had really battled to that point.

"We had plenty of positives both offensively and defensively to take away from the game."

On Friday, Oct. 11, Northern Bedford will travel to Claysburg-Kimmel (5-2) and Williamsburg will play at West Branch (1-6). Both games will kick off at 7 p.m.

 

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