By: Nate Brown | Towanda Daily Review | September 19, 2015
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT - There was a familiar scene to fans of both the South Williamsport Mountaineers and the Canton Warriors in South Williamsport Friday evening.
It was a rematch of the 2014 District 4 Class-A semi-final game in which the Mountaineers defeated the visiting Warriors on their way to an eventual District Championship.
There was a rather similar outcome to the game Friday as the hosting Mountaineers downed the visiting Warriors 48 to 8.
Just like that semi-final game just a season ago, South Williamsport relied heavily on the legs of their starting running back. Nate Koletar carried the ball 18 times for 177 yards as well as finding the end zone five different times.
Gideon Green also helped the powerful rushing attack of the Mountaineers as he added nine carries of his own for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Tommy Dunkleberger, quarterback of South Williamsport, went 4-for-9 throwing the football for 96 yards and a touchdown. Dunkleberger was also intercepted one time. His counterpart, Ridge Moore of the Warriors just could not get things going as he went 2-for-8 throwing the football but could not accumulate positive yardage as he recorded negative 5 yards passing. Moore also threw an interception of his own.
Gavin Hoffman received most of the workload for the Warriors as he carried the ball 10 times for 44 yards but also turned the ball over twice on two fumbles.
Tim Davis scored the lone touchdown for Canton as he recorded four carries for 22 yards.
South Williamsport put points up on the scoreboard early and often. On just their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff, the Mountaineers would string together a drive that would result in a 17-yard touchdown run by Koletar. Koletar received the ball on a toss to the left side. He would shed a few tackles on his way into the end zone. Kyle Betz's point after attempt was good.
Canton was then forced to a three-and-out as they could not record a single yard on their opening drive.
Starting from the 50-yard line after a Warrior punt, the Mountaineers would look to extend their early lead. Three plays later, it was Koletar who would receive yet another toss, would shed a defender in the backfield and would continue 37 yards for the score. The point after attempt was missed as the Mountaineers led the Warriors 13-0.
Bryce Cole would then field the kickoff for the Warriors but could not hold onto the football as Green of the Warriors scooped it up.
With the possibility to go up three scores on the Warriors, South Williamsport would look to tack on to their lead.
It took just two attempts by Koletar to find the end zone. This time, a 9-yard rush where he headed straight up the middle to find the end zone was the scoring play. The point after was converted.
The Mountaineers were not yet finished scoring in the opening quarter of the game. With just seconds left in the first quarter and standing on their own 4-yard line, they gave the ball to Green who muscled his way into the end zone for the score. The point after was missed as the Mountaineers led the Warriors 26-0 after the first quarter.
After another three-and-out by the Warriors, the Mountaineers looked to keep rolling. However, on their next drive, as quarterback Dunkleberger rolled out, he pulled back to find a receiver. His pass was intercepted by Scott Klouser who was in pursuit and just a yard in front of Dunkleberger.
Canton would fail to convert on the turnover and give the ball back to South Williamsport with a punt.
It took the Mountaineers just one play to find the end zone on their next drive. Again, it was Koletar who took the hand-off, running into a host of Warrior defenders but managing to bounce to the outside on his way to a 37-yard touchdown run.
The Mountaineers would line up for the two-point conversion as Dunkleberger connected with Chevy Bolay for the conversion. South Williamsport led 34-0.
The Mountaineers would find the end zone twice more before the end of the first half of the game. The first of the two scores came on a 46-yard screen play between Dunkleberger and Bolay who had just connected on the two-point conversion on the previous drive. The second score would come from Koletar as he recorded his fifth touchdown of the game on an 8-yard run.
Prior to Koletar's fifth touchdown run, Canton running back Hoffman had put the ball on the ground as Ashton Martin of the Mountaineers would fall on it.
South Williamsport led 48-0 at the half.
The third quarter would feature no scoring between the two teams.
The final point of the game belonged to the Warriors as they would record their lone points on the evening. With just over four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Warriors lined up on their own 1-yard line. They handed the ball off to Davis who would finish the drive off with a score. Davis would then be called upon to convert the two-point conversion and he would make the final score 48 to 8 in favor of the hosting Mountaineers.
Canton falls to 1-2 on the season and will seek to get back to even on the season as they host Muncy next Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. South Williamsport advances to 3-1 on the season as they prepare to travel to Loyalsock to take on the Lancers next Friday evening.