By: Tim Birney | Valley Sports Report | October 22, 2017
BLOOMSBURG — Sayre's defense had no answers for CMVT's balanced offense, especially the ground attack led by bruising runner Sevon King, in a wild 57-32 win action here Saturday afternoon in NTL Small School Division football.
The Rams amassed 552 yards in total offense, including 339 yards on the ground. King, a 5-10, 235-pound senior, rushed for 278 yards and three TDs, and junior Ty Babb added 42 yards and one TD on five carries. Senior QB Trevor Welsh completed 6 of 10 passes for 213 yards and two TDs, and was picked off once.
"(King) is a good back," said Sayre coach Steve Satterly. "He's very shifty for his size, and he runs hard.
"We had trouble tackling him," he noted. "We talked all week about how we had to go at his legs, and tackle him low, but we just didn't do it."
The Redskins had a solid day offensively as well, racking up 343 yards in total offense. Sophomore Corbin Brown completed 13 of 28 passes for 227 yards and two TDs, while being picked off twice.
"(Brown) is a first-year sophomore at quarterback," said Satterly. "He's had a few games, but it's still an on-going process.
"It's an on-going process for both of us, because I like to run the ball," noted Satterly. "He's getting better, and our receivers are getting better.
"We did some positive things today," added Satterly.
Sophomore Isaiah Firestine led Sayre's ground game with 72 yards and one TD on 11 carries, and junior Colton Rudloff added 40 yards and one TD on seven carries.
The Rams opened the game with an eight-play, 61-yard scoring drive. King covered the first 59 yards on seven carries, then Welsh snuck it in from 2 yards out for the score. Welsh's toss to Michael Starr for the conversion made it 8-0 with 8:46 left in the first quarter.
Sayre ended up with the ball on its 45 following a short return of a squib kick, but turned the ball over on down at the CMVT 47.
Welsh connected with Jake Shotwell on a 36-yard completion to the Sayre 21 on CMVT's second play, then King covered the final 21 yards on three carries, capping it off with a 9-yard TD run to make it 14-0 with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter.
The Redskins took the ensuing kickoff and quickly moved into CMVT territory, thanks to a 26-yard pass from Brown to junior James Esposito. Four plays later, however Sayre turned the ball over on downs at the Ram 41 with 1:30 left in the first quarter after Brown was sacked for an 11-yard loss.
What appeared to be a blowout in the making, however, quickly turned into a ballgame when Firestine scored two touchdowns in 10.4 seconds.
The first score came with 22 seconds left in the first quarter when Firestine stepped in front of a middle screen and raced 30 yards for a TD to trim the deficit to 14-6.
Moments later, freshman Elmer Stevens pounced on a squib kick to give the Redskins the ball at the CMVT 25.
On Sayre's first play, Firestine broke loose off the right side for a 25-yard TD run with 10.6 seconds left in the first quarter. After missing an extra point following their first TD, the Redskins failed on the conversion this time and trailed 14-12.
Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, on the the first play of the second quarter, Welsh dropped a perfectly-throw ball over Starr's shoulder down the sideline for a 64-yard TD. The conversion failed and CMVT led 20-12 with 11:47 remaining in the first half.
Three plays later, a scrambling Brown found Esposito all alone behind the CMVT for a 53-yard TD pass. The conversion failed again, and the Redskins trailed 20-18 with 10:15 left in the first half.
King capped off CMVT's next possession with a 5-yard TD run, then tacked on the conversion to make it 28-18 with 6:29 left in the half.
After an exchange of punts, Sayre took over at the CMVT 46 with 1:45 left in the first half. A pair of penalties thwarted the Redskins' efforts and they turned the ball over on downs right where they started with 0.8 seconds remaining in the half.
Welsh hit Starr with a quick slant and he outraced the Sayre defense, which had just 10 players on the field, to paydirt as time expired. Babb tacked on the conversion to give the Rams a 36-18 at the half.
Babb scored on a 26-yard TD run midway through the third quarter, and Welsh and Starr hooked up on a 26-yard TD pass late in the frame as CMVT stretched its lead to 50-18.
Early in the fourth quarter, Brown hooked up with junior Gage Carnrike on a 54-yard TD pass to trim the lead to 50-24 with 10:53 left in the game.
King capped his day and CMVT's scoring on the first play following the ensuing kickoff with an 84-yard TD run. King then split the upright with a PAT kick to make it 57-24.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Starr stepped in front of a Brown fourth-down pass, but coughed up the ball at the end of the return, giving Sayre a first down at the CMVT 29.
Two plays later, freshman Tavone McClenney made a leaping catch for a 25-yard gain to the Ram 1. Rudloff capped off the short drive with a 1-yard TD run. Rudloff also tacked on the conversion to cap the day's scoring.
Sayre, now 1-8 wraps up the 2017 campaign Friday night when it hosts Athens in the annual "Rusty Rail" rivalry game at the Lockhart Street Bowl.