By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | November 8, 2014
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - The South Williamsport Mountaineers entertained the visiting Canton Warriors in the opening round of the District Four Class-A football championships.
South Williamsport defeated Canton 55-24 and will advance to take on North Penn-Mansfield next Friday evening in South Williamsport for the District Four Class A Championship.
The Mountaineers leaned heavily on the legs of stand-out senior running back, Dominick Bragalone. The Warrior defense had no answers to stopping Bragalone as he carved the defense for 345 yards on 15 carries and found the end zone on six different occasions.
John Peters and Matt Boone, each scored a touchdown apiece for the Mountaineers.
Canton was led by running back Tyler Cole who ran the ball 17 times for 93 yards and a touchdown on the evening. John Bowman and Mason Moore hocked up thru the air for the other Warrior offensive touchdown.
South Williamsport's game plan was simply to get the ball to Bragalone, and even if they did not execute their blocks correctly, he would still find a way to make it work.
Canton won the coin toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. Their opening drive was cut short when John Bowman tossed a ball over the middle that was snagged by Bragalone.
Bragalone would then receive the call as he took the ball on the second play of South Williamsport's opening drive for a touchdown. He performed a juke move to shake the secondary defender and would go untouched 30-yards for the score. Logan Wein would fail to convert the point after attempt.
Canton was forced to a three-and-out as they gave the ball back to Bragalone and the Mountaineer offense.
South Williamsport then gave the ball three times to Bragalone on the drive. On the third carry, he broke open and went 43 yards for a touchdown. They would then lineup to attempt the two-point conversion as Peters pounded the ball up the middle to give the Mountaineers a 14-0 lead.
Canton would again be forced to a three-and-out as South Williamsport would capitalize once again. Following various rushing attempts, Bragalone did what he does best as he received the ball from Boone on the toss, hit the corner, and went untouched 54 yards for his third touchdown of the game. The point after attempt was good.
Bragalone continued his success into the second quarter. Just under a minute gone in the second, Bragalone took the ball on his normal toss. He was met by multiple Warrior defenders to all he either threw to the side, made them miss, or simply ran over a few on his way to a 58 yard touchdown run giving the Mountaineers a comfortable 28-0 lead following the point after.
Cole would then return the kickoff 76 yards all the way to his own 16 yard line. Just as the night went for the Warriors, they would fail to capitalize as they fumbled the football and Cody Nelson of the Mountaineers would fell on it.
Boone then threw an interception for the Mountaineers into the hands of Noah Barnett. On the very next drive, John Bowman would throw an interception himself for the Warriors into the hands of Boone.
South Williamsport would put together a drive that would end in a one-yard rush by John Peters for the score and a 35-0 South Williamsport lead.
Canton would then pickoff Boone again, this time it was Moore. Just like before, on the very next drive, John Bowman would throw an interception of his own, being intercepted by Brock Jones of South Williamsport.
The half would end with the interception as Canton trailed South Williamsport 35-0 at the intermission.
It did not take long for Bragalone to find the endzone for his fifth time on the evening. He received the opening kickoff of the second half at his own 25 yard line. He would even muffle the ball a bit before finally securing it and would continue 75 yards into the endzone.
Following another Canton three-and-out, Bragalone would score his sixth and final touchdown of the game. His sixth score came on a 65-yard touchdown run. He put the Mountaineers up 49-0.
Trevor Route would tip a Boone pass over the middle and settle under it for Boone's third thrown interception on the game. Canton would finally convert on the opportunity as John Bowman would find a wide open Moore for the score. They would convert the two-point conversion to put the score at 49-8.
On South Williamsport's next drive, runningback Ashton Martin put the ball on the ground as Jimmy Bowman scooped it up and ran it back for the score. Canton would trail 49-16 following another converted two-point attempt.
South Williamsport would find the endzone for their final time of the evening on their next drive as Boone kept the ball himself and scampered up field for a 5 yard touchdown run.
Canton would again respond on their next drive as Tyler Cole capped off a 63-yard Warrior drive with a 19-yard touchdown run. To put the score at 55-24 in which the game would end.
With the loss, the Canton Warriors' season has come to an end as South Williamsport advances to the District Four Class A Championship game.