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Central Mountain has balance in 36-18 victory

Written by: on Saturday, October 11th, 2008


LOCK HAVEN – Bellefonte has had a lot of success passing the ball this season.

That was the weapon that Zac Wynkoop;s team wanted to use against Central Mountain.

The Wildcats, however, had plenty in their arsenal in the form of Matt Overdorf and a relentless defense.

With his 167 yards, Overdorf broke the mark for career rushing yards and the Wildcats pounced on Bellefonte 36-18 Friday at LHU’s Hubert Jack Stadium.

“There was a lot of good feelings about this win,” said Overdorf, who carried the ball 28 times, and has a total of 1,830 career yards. “We all came together and all pushed the line. We all fought through everything and it felt good to do it.”

“We knew that they were a passing team, that is what the coach was telling us. They liked to pass a lot. We prepared for it in practice.”

Bellefonte’s Kode Plank was able to push past CM’s secondary for 138 yards through the air. The Wildcats hunkered down in the second half, however, limiting the Red Raider to just one completion – a 25-yard touchdown strike to David Radziak. He ended the game completing 8-of-19 passes.

His counterpart, Cody Dolan, had a bit more success. The junior signal-caller went 12-for-16 for 161 yards and one TD – a 7-yard pass to Zach Boone in the fourth quarter. That score was one of two for CM in the stanza, with the other being a 4-yard scamper by Overdorf, his second of the night.

“They have a great running back and he ran the ball well,” Wynkoop said. “Overdorf is a very solid football player. I thought their offensive line did pretty good. Our defense was up and down. We need to play more consistently on defense. On the other side of the ball they brought tons of pressure. I don’t think that we had a real good answer for the pressure that they were bringing. We tried to spread them out. We have to work harder and get better.”

CM caught a couple of big breaks in the game that shifted the momentum away from Bellefonte.

With the game at 7-6 in favor of the Wildcats in the first quarter, a CM drive stalled on Bellefonte’s 42, forcing the Clinton County school to punt. Nate Conway sent a beauty down the field, and the Red Raiders called for a fair catch. The ball bounced off a Bellefonte player, however, and Cory Bartholomew recovered the ball on the Red Raider 15.

“We gave them a couple touchdowns,” Wynkoop said. “We gave them a couple gifts that they took advantage of, and that’s what great teams do. They took advantage of those opportunities. That’s what it is. That is football. You have to concentrate all the time and make sure you do the little things right. We called a fair catch and should have let it bounce, and it hit one of our players. That’s not his fault, because he was trying to do his thing. It was a bad break for us.”

Five plays after the recovery, CM found paydirt on a keeper by Dolan.

In the second stanza, Blaine Counsil came up huge with an 21-yard interception return, increasing the Wildcats’ lead to 20-6 with 10:48 left in the quarter.

“I think big plays and the fourth quarter was big,” Central Mountain head coach Steve Turchetta said. “The offense in the fourth quarter took over the game and made big plays. That was big for us.”

“(Bellefonte) were scary coming in, just as explosive as they could be. That first touchdown drive was an example. We knew they were just one pass away from us.”

The Red Raiders (3-4) did respond to put pressure on CM (4-3).

A 1-yard scamper by Ian Musser with 1:31 left before halftime, pulled Bellefonte within eight, and Plank’s hookup with Radziak put the score at 20-18.

A botched punt snap sailed through the end zone with 3:15 left in the third, increasing CM’s lead to four, which it stayed at until the fourth when the Wildcats scored two unanswered touchdowns.

“It was 20-18, and they were going for that two-point conversion,” Turchetta said. “The defense stepped up down there. We got a break by the punt snap going in for a safety.”

For CM, Dan Howard led the team in receiving yards with 49 on three catches. For Bellefonte, Radziak was Plank’s main target, catching five passes for 81 yards.


B 6-6-6-0 – 18

C 13-7-2-14 – 36

First Half

CM – Matt Overdorf 16 run (Nate Conway kick), 7:38

B – David Radziak 13 pass from Kode Plank (kick failed), 6:31

CM – Cody Dolan 1 run (kick blocked), 1:10

Second Quarter

CM – Blaine Counsil 21 INT return (Conway kick), 10:12

B – Ian Musser 1 run (pass failed), 1:31

Third Quarter

B – Radziak 25 pass from Plank (pass failed), 7:31

CM – Safety, 3:15

Fourth Quarter

CM – Zach Boone 7 pass from Dolan (Conway kick), 10:52

CM – Overdorf 4 run (Conway kick), 8:02

Team Statistics


First Downs 17 10

Rushes-Yards 45-203 25-63

Yards Passing 169 139

Total Offense 372 202

C.-A.-T 12-16-1 8-19-2

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-1

Individual Statistics

RUSHING: B, Kode Plank 9-(-15); Bryant James 8-37; Ian Musser 5-25; Travis Struble 1-3; Ty Warner 3-18. CM, Matt Overdorf 28-167; Cody Dolan 11-0; Scott Zuback 1-4; Ryan Worden 1-4; Rocco Vuocolo 4-28.

PASSING: B, Plank 8-19-139-2-1. CM, 12-16-169-1-1.

RECEIVING: B, Radziak 12-82; Ian Musser 1-(-1); Torin Miller 1-36; Chris Irwin 1-22. CM, Boone 2-22; Dan Howard 3-49; Overdorf 3-10; Tony Corl 2-33; Zuback 1-36; Rob Smeltz 1-11.

INTERCEPTIONS: B, Bryant James. CM, Blaine Counsil.


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