It was somewhat difficult to comprehend, and in some regards almost painful to watch.
For the last several weeks Hickory High football team’s offense has been playing at a high level. But few could fathom Farrell having the Hornets hang 60 on them Friday night.
“We’ve been in playoff mode since about four weeks ago. We just keep talking about finishing stronger, finishing stronger. The second half we’re comin’ out and finishing so much better,” summarized Hickory head coach Bill Brest following his Hornets’ 60-14 District 10 inter-region rout at Anthony J. Paulekas Stadium.
Hickory (6-1) held a modest 19-0 margin at intermission, but erupted for 35 third-period points.
The Hornets’ unheralded Lou Derloni delivered a game-high 13-carry, 145-yard rushing performance that included 27- and 45-yard scoring sprints.
“Louie Derloni is a great football player in all three facets of the game,” Brest praised. “Louie Derloni did things in the offseason to get himself ready. Louie Derloni could be playing tailback in a lot of (offensive) systems. He carries the ball well, he blocks well, he runs hard, he plays a physical linebacker, and he’s just got a great head on his shoulders.
“We trust Louie Derloni,” Brest added.
Hickory’s big-play offense also included Matt Voytik’s 8-for-17 passing performance that included a 23-yard scoring strike to Andrew Pryts, and De’quan Lewis’ 60-yard scoring sprint.
Also, within a 10-second span of the 3rd quarter, Pryts pilfered a pass, returning it 41 yards for a score, then Jordan Wombacker recovered a Farrell fumble, returning it 9 yards for another TD. Additionally, Charles Carr collected another 5-yard TD run and Nick Cannone tossed a 9-yard TD to Noah Bianco. During the 1st half Wombacker whacked 27- and 25-yard field goals.
In all Hickory harvested 425 total yards, and during its current 5-game skein the Hornets have outscored opponents 247-27.
“Teams are trying to take certain things away, but we’re startin’ to find answers all the way around. The kids are just fighting through adversity, coming together as a team, and, hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time,” Brest said.
“We cleaned some things up this week,” Brest continued, adding,
“We always talk about ... the only people, we believe, that can stop us only is ourselves. And if we continue to focus on the fundamentals, get better mentally, get better physically, get better at the little things, we’re gonna be okay.”
Farrell, facing a 47-0 deficit approximately midway through the 3rd quarter, did not quit.
Dewayne Burns burst 77 yards for a touchdown — the highlight of his team-high 8-carry, 107-yard outing — and Alex Meyers fired a 30-yard touchdown to Deanté Phillips with only 22 ticks to play.
The Steelers shut out Sharon and Kennedy Catholic to commence the campaign, but have dropped 3 of their last 5 games — 3 of which at Lou Falconi Field. In the last 2 weeks Lakeview and Hickory feasted on Farrell (4-3) for 99 points.
Standup Steelers’ skipper Jarrett Samuels said, “Lot of changes. We’ve got about ten guys who won’t be with us the rest of the way, and they didn’t play (Friday) night. They were seniors, but we’ve gotta make some changes.
“No excuses, no alibis,” Samuels insisted. “We’ve got a two-game season to go. We’ve gotta band together. ... I’m not gonna waver. I’m gonna come here Monday and get back to the grind, get ready for Conneaut Area.
“Hickory’s an awesome team, they’ve shown us that the last couple years. ... But, again, we’ve got work to do,” the resolute Samuels continued. “Yeah, we’re stingin’ right now from the last two weeks. But we’ve gotta find a way to get up off the carpet.
“It’s a two-week season. We win two games, we get in(to the District 10 Class A playoffs),” Samuels said.
Samuels said the aforementioned casulaties were the result of disciplinary decisions by him and his staff.
“Again, I’m here to do more than just coach football,” Samuels emphasized. “I know comin’ back (from a 1-year hiatus) I’m taking my lumps, but I have to think enough of these guys that I know they can be coached up.
“It’s my job to make sure — even the guys who aren’t here anymore — I still care about them, I still love them as young men. But I’ve gotta go forward and do what’s best for these (remaining) kids. That’s my mission: Do what’s best for the kids and coach ’em.”
HICKORY 0 19 35 6 60
FARRELL 0 0 6 8 14
H — Pryts, 23 pass from Voytik (kick failed)
H — Derloni, 27 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Wombacker, 27 field goal
H — Wombacker, 25 field goal
H — Derloni, 45 run (Wombacker kick)
H — Pryts, 41 interception return (Wombacker kick)
H — Wombacker, 9 fumble return (Wombacker kick)
H — Carr, 5 run (Walters kick)
F — Burns, 77 run (kick failed)
H — Lewis, 60 run (Walters kick)
H — Bianco, 9 pass from N.Cannone (kick failed)
F — Phillips, 30 pass from Meyers (Meyers run)
18 First downs 7
297 Rushing yards 116
128 Passing yards 62
18-9-0 Att-comp-int 11-5-2
425 Total yards 178
1-0 Fumbles-lost 6-3
4-50 Penalties-yards lost 11-53è
Rushing: HICKORY — Derloni 13-145, Sellers 3-63, Lewis 2-58, Carr 5-24, Voytik 5-3, Cannone 1-3, Fox 1-1; FARRELL — Burns 8-107, James Jackson 2-18, Guelledge 6-8, Gavis 4-5, Newel 2-1, John Jackson 3-(-3), Meyers 3-(-12), Team 1-(-8).
Passing: HICKORY — Voytik 17-8-0, 119; N.Cannone 1-1-0, 9; FARRELL — Meyers 7-4-2, 66; Guelledge 4-1-0, (-4).
Receiving: HICKORY — Lewis 4-47, Pryts 2-17, Derloni 1-32, Steach 1-23, Bianco 1-9; FARRELL — Newell 2-40, Phillips 1-30, Burns 1-(-4), Gavins 1-(-4).
It was somewhat difficult to comprehend, and in some regards almost painful to watch.
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
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Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
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Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
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Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
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