By: Terry Pruyne | Towanda Daily Review | October 2, 2010
WESTFIELD - In match up of two teams heading in opposite directions, the Black Knights upped their record to 5-0 with a 48-6 victory over the 0-5 Cowanesque Indians. Towanda's Mason Roof proved to be tough to tame because he wasn't tackled all night and the Knights, as well, weren't stopped in the first half.
On the first play from scrimmage Quarterback Cody Miller gained nine yards, but with a second-and-one he went upstairs, finding Caleb Willey wide open. Maybe too open. Willey bobbled and dropped an easy touchdown reception, but that only prolonged the drive. Three plays later, Mason Roof raced downfield, breaking tackles, for a 40 yard score.
After the Indians punted after three plays, Jordan Dawsey returned the kick to the CV 34-yard line. After Garrett Dinelli gained 13 yards and a Miller incompletion, Miller dashed along the away sidelines for a 21 yard score. The kick failed, giving Towanda a 13-0 lead.
The Black Knight defense, again, held Cowanesque without a first down. After the punt, Dawsey gained nine yards on the ground before Miller went to the air. He connected with Willey for 30 yards and then hit Dawsey for a 24 yard gain to the three-yard line. Roof punched the ball in from there for a 19-0 lead with just over four minutes left in the first.
The Towanda defense held again, forcing a punt, and Miller once again looked to his receivers. He found Cody Logan open for 34 yards before hitting Casey Huff for 16. From eight yards out, and, with just over a minute left in the quarter, Roof scored his third touchdown of the quarter.
The two-point conversion, a Miller run, gave Towanda a 27-0 lead.
After a great punt by CV, the Knights started on their own 38-yard line. Dawsey rushed for 14 yards and Dinelli followed with 14 yards of his own. After a Miller incompletion, Roof took the hand-off and ran 33 yards for his fourth and final score of the game.
Roof did not have a another carry for the rest of the evening, but had already scored four times on four carries, netting 84 yards. He was never tackled in the game. If it weren't for the end zones, he might still be running.
On the next series, Miller juked for 18 yards and Dinelli rumbled for 28. After Lucas Hike sacked Miller for a six-yard loss, Willey redeemed himself by hauling in a Miller pass for a 25 yard touchdown. The extra point gave Towanda a 41-0 lead.
The Indians showed some life before the half. After an offsides call, Trevor Adriance found Shea Dailey for eight yards and a first down. Then Tyler Bowers picked up 16 yards on two carries and Mike Hancock added 10 more. A motion penalty put Cowanesque in a third-and-13. Adriance hit Chris Gunn for five yards and, on fourth down, Adriance's pass was knocked down by Zach Ripic, ending the drive.
The Black Knights took over on the 45-yard line and marched downfield. Sounding like a broken record or a scene from Groundhog Day, Miller ran for five yards and Dawsey added 13 more. Miller then completed a pass to Willey for 17 yards to the Indians' eight. Dinelli got on the scoreboard with an eight yard plunge up the middle.
Most of the starters did not play the second half, but appeared to have full game numbers. In addition to Roof's remarkable night, Dinelli had five carries for 69 yards and Miller rushed for 68 yards on six tries. Miller also added 146 yards in the air, completing six-of-11 passes. Willey finished with three receptions netting 72 yards.
The Indians are one of those teams, however, that shows no quit. Despite the lop-sided score, CV moved downfield in the waning moments behind the power running of Josh Todaro, who picked up 41 yards on the ground on five carries.
With 24 seconds left, QB Brandon Whitesell tossed the ball into the end zone. The ball was batted around before Anthony Saxbury hauled in the pigskin for the final score of 48-6.
The win keeps the Black Knights atop the heap in the title hunt and preserves their undefeated season while the Indians keep fighting.