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.
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THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
SPORTVIEW: All is right with the world - LeBron has come home!
HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
Full text of LeBron's essay in SI
LeBron James announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday in an essay that he wrote for Sports Illustrated. The following is the full text of that essay.
Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
Wilson wins Herald-Tamie Jr. golf crown
It was a case of family history trumping golfing history!
Hickory High golfer Billy Colbert had a chance to become only the second player ever to win the Herald-Tam O’Shanter Golf Championship four times. But he missed the final round of the tourney Wednesday along with his brother Colbert to attend his great-grandma’s funeral in Pittsburgh.
“I kind of wish he was here,” said the 2014 champion Jacob Wilson, a Kennedy Catholic High player who lost in a sudden-death playoff to Colbert last year. “But you play whoever is here. And in golf, you play against yourself too.”
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