Hurricanes Rain on Montour Homecoming 7-0
Written by: Billy Splain on Saturday, October 10th, 2009
MCKEES ROCKS, Pa.- “It’s a gauntlet in the Parkway [Conference] every week, and if you don’t come to play your game, you’re going to lose, our guys got it done tonight.” Those were the words of New Castle head coach Frank Bongivengo after his Hurricanes defeated the Montour Spartans 7-0 in what was a consistent down pour.
The weather was a big reason why neither team’s high scoring offense could get anything going. It looked like this was a battle of two teams going in different directions. New Castle came into Friday night’s game in as close to a must win as you can get, after two close losses to both Hopewell (6-0) and West Allegheny (5-1). For Montour after a close week one loss to Pine-Richland, had rattled off 4 straight wins.
In a game that had high numbers in punts (9), penalties (17), and turnovers (5), the numbers on the scoreboard were almost nonexistent.
New Castle would start and cap off the scoring in one play, coming at the 10:03 mark of the 2nd quarter when Hurricanes quarterback John Matarazzo found Jordan Izzo on a 19-yard crossing pattern, which gave New Castle a 7-0 lead and all the points they would need to pull out a victory.
This by far wasn’t New Castle best performance; in fact Montour lead in total yards and just about every other statistical category. The rain didn’t favor either style team’s style of offense, which could also be thanks to the rather stingy Spartan and Hurricane defenses. John Materazzo went 9 of 12 for 93-yards and the games only score, while Montour quarterback Dillon Buechel went 11 of 21 for 165-yards.
Montour should be very pleased with their play on defense, even with handing New Castle short field after short field the defense was able to keep it a one score game, which made for a nail biter ending.
Late in the fourth quarter New Castle elected to go for it on 4th and one, however the Spartans held the serge giving Montour one last chance to send the game to overtime. That chance was fell dead in its tracks, when the Spartans couldn’t covert a 4th and 15, letting the Hurricanes run out the rest of the close.
“Our offense is always putting points on the scoreboard and that’s the kind of team we are, but tonight was the defenses time to step up and get us the win” Bongivengo, continued his thoughts of their 7-0 win.”
Speaking about the much need win for New Castle (4-2)-(2-2), now has a fairly secure seat in the fourth and final playoff spot, and has a good chance to finish in third place in the Parkway conference, with Montour still having to play Hopewell and West Allegheny who are expected to finish one and two. New Castle only have the two bottom two teams in the conference left on their schedule Moon (0-6) and Ambridge (2-4).
Montour (4-2) (2-1) drops only its second game of the season, however if the Spartans want to remain the number three seed in the conference they will need a signature win over either West Allegheny or Hopewell, not to mention a must win next week against Blackhawk (2-4).
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