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Mountaineers Dodge Flags, Advance 40-20

Written by: on Sunday, November 18th, 2012

BERLIN-A lot can certainly change in a week, and for the Berlin Mountaineers even more can change in two.

The Windber Ramblers entered this game coming off of a hard fought victory against Tussey Mountain last Friday.  Although they were able to put a “W” in the record books, they lost a huge part of their team in the process.

Defensive standout Junior, Devon Tomlinson, suffered an ankle break in that game.

Meanwhile, the Berlin Mountaineers were coming off a much needed bye week.  This other blue and white squad was able to focus on diversifying their run game.  Collin Belcher, a Junior FB who has been quiet for the majority of the regular season was given an opportunity to show that he can be the utility ball carrier that would provide the Mountaineers with yet another option.

With already two talented rushers in Drew Glotfelty and Braden Fotchman, Belcher was able to complete the Berlin Bermuda Triangle that sunk the Ramblers.  Glotfelty was able to impress his fan base with 267 yards rushing and four touchdowns on the night.  Belcher trudged his way to 91 yards and a score. Fotchman danced his way to a 114 yard night.

Running the football was not the only weapon in Berlin’s arsenal.  Luke Bonus, the consistent 4th year receiver was able to reel in a 17 yard touchdown flick from QB Blake Miller.

Possibly the biggest adjustment was the addition of a new player on Berlin’s offensive unit.  Well, sort of.  Dante Paul, a typically labeled offensive lineman, exchanged his number 59 jersey for number 15.

“I was put at Tight End tonight to help block for Drew.  Now that Mitchell [Walker] was healthy on the Offensive Line, it all seemed to work out.”

Paul stated after the game.

The modest Paul was able to do more than block.  He added two key grabs that would prove to be crucial for the Mountaineers on timely scoring drives.

With such a high flying attack that was shown in the regular season, Windber had a lot to prove.  QB Dakota Gipe was able to chuck the pigskin 19 yards to Dan Tomlinson to open up Windber scoring, but with the broken twin telepathy, Dan remained hushed for the remainder of the night.

One Rambler that refused to be shown up was Gipe’s go to receiver, Matt Barkley.  However, the flashy showing that Gipe and Barkley poured on early in the first half, was not Berlin’s biggest threat.

The Mountaineers were plagued with penalties.  They watched the flags float to the ground on 11 separate occasions.  When circumstances seemed to crush the Mountaineers, big time plays were made.

Bryce Fotchman, his kid brother Braden, and EJ Custer all had pivotal picks for Berlin following penalties.

As Berlin advances, they will now have to test their strengths against a North Star team that they have been familiarized with all too well during the past few post seasons.

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6 Responses to “Mountaineers Dodge Flags, Advance 40-20”

  1. Bella says:

    Great article! I hope to read more. Luke Bonus had a great catch by the way. Berlin is such a fun team to watch!

  2. Ms. Nakich says:

    A+ work, Alex.

  3. Deb says:

    Great Job Alex!

  4. Maria says:

    Excellent use of the literary devices and figurative language. You must have had wonderful English teachers.

  5. Michele Nakich says:

    Great job,Berlin. I’m proud of you, Alex!

  6. Anne Mortezio says:

    Wonderfully written!



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