Ligionier will defend D6 title again after taking down ‘Heights.Written by: Sully Schueltz on Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Co-Written by John Caldwell
The Ligonier Valley Rams checked another box on their list of goals for the season by defeating
Cambria Heights 39-14 and advancing to the District 6-AA championship game. After
successfully defending their Heritage Conference and Appalachian Bowl championships earlier
this season, the Rams will try to defend their District crown against Bishop McCort Saturday at
7 PM at Mansion Park in Altoona.
As they have most of the season, the Rams dynamic duo of Jackson Daugherty and Aaron
Tutino led the way for Ligonier. Daugherty had 6 catches for 135 yards and 3 scores, went 4 for
4 passing for 69 yards and a score and rushed for 66 yards on 7 carries and a touchdown.
Tutino caught 7 balls for 101 yards and a touchdown and ran for 41 yards on 3 carries.
The Rams scored first on their second possession on a 5 yard pass from John Caldwell to
Daugherty to take a 6-0 lead after the conversion pass failed. Once the second quarter began,
the Rams hit the Highlanders with back to back big plays. First Caldwell and Daugherty
connected again for a 56 yard score and then Daugherty hit Tutino for a 57 yard touchdown.
After Cambria Heights converted a Rams fumble for a touchdown to make it 19-7, Ligonier
went down the field in 39 seconds and found the end zone on the last play of the half with a 26
yard touchdown pass from Caldwell to Daugherty to make it 26-7 LV at halftime.
If there was any doubt about the outcome, Sullivan Schueltz removed it on the second play of
the third quarter with a 40 yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 32-7. Daugherty
added a one yard touchdown run and Tyler Trybus scored for Heights from to yards out to set
the final at 39-14.
Joey Dubics led the Rams on defense with 10 tackles. Nathan Burns had a huge sack to go
with two quarterback pressures and a tackle for loss. Aaron Sheeder and Daugherty had
interceptions to go along with Schueltzâ€™s pick six.
Ligonier Valley will face Bishop McCort next Saturday at Altoona’s Mansion Park for the District 6 2A Title.
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