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Rambler’s Snap Streak, Make History

Written by: on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

WINDBER–This Friday night matinee was sure to be a historic one, no matter what the outcome. Berlin was looking to remain perfect in their last regular season game, whereas Windber was seeking its 600th program victory. Add in the fact that the WestPAC title is on the line and the fans were left with nothing short of a hard fought battle.

A taste of the much anticipated action came early on when Berlin Senior receiver, Ryan Custer, was able to score on a 9 yard pitch from Blake Miller. Custer allowed his team to snatch up any sort of momentum, but from that moment on, the Ramblers were able to steal back the spotlight.

Windber responded almost immediately when Dan Tomlinson found an opening and cradled the football for 57 yards.
Dan Tomlinson and his equally talented twin brother Devon, combine for an average of 86 rushing yards and not to mention 13 tackles each game. The Tomlinson twins’ balance, along with Windber’s overall depth, gave Berlin fits all night. Not even defensive standouts like Levi Bowser (8 tackles), Stew Trulick (7 tackles), or Nick Stockwell (11 tackles) could effectively control Windber’s dynamic, one-two punch.

The Ramblers would not stop there. Following Dan’s scoring drive was fellow Junior Dustin Blough who leaped over Berlin forces to make it 12-7 prior to halftime.

For the Berlin Mountaineers, trailing the opposition when entering halftime is nothing less than a common theme.   After all, Berlin has solidified their “second half team” status after overcoming deficits against teams like North Star, Northern Cambria, and Meyersdale.

Although this Berlin team was certainly able to boast its versatility, Windber proved to be just too much to handle.

Blough, despite Berlin’s game winning defense, was able to burst up the middle for a 40 yard gain. This led to Dakota Gipe’s quarterback carry.

Following that jab, Berlin was finally able to get something going. With time melting off the clock, Miller found a scrambling Glotfelty for a 19 yard touchdown.

Berlin’s Drew Glotfelty put on yet another work horse style game that he is all too familiar with. He was accredited with 2 touchdowns and a whopping 259 of Berlin’s 282 total rushing yards. Unfortunately, Berlin’s continuous rush game was not enough to put this one away.

Devon Tomlinson, not to be out done by his brother, capped the end of a Windber drive and made it 26-20. The twin teeter totter continued when Dan managed to capitalize on a two point conversion.

With hopes fading in the fourth, it was none other than Glotfelty that was seen blaring up the sidelines, desperate to establish one last scoring opportunity for his team. In the dying 2 minutes, Devon Tomlinson intercepted a toss from Miller, sealing the deal.

With this WestPAC split, Windber now boasts its 600th win while at the same time, ruins Berlin’s fairytale finish.

The end of this game marks the beginning of a new chapter for both teams. A chapter in which, team victories and undefeated seasons do not matter: Playoffs. As Berlin heads into a bye week, they will regroup and prepare for this same Windber squad.  It is not only plausible, but probable that the two will meet again sooner rather than later.

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3 Responses to “Rambler’s Snap Streak, Make History”

  1. Erin says:

    Too bad the comment box is here for readers to comment on the article. While you may not agree with Berlin’s strategy, don’t take it out on the author of this well written piece.

  2. Lara says:

    An excellent game, and an in-depth and eloquent article by Alex Charlton, as always.

  3. Frank Martin says:

    Great article, One comment, too bad the Berlin coaches only came to the Rambler’s field with 1 play and 1 player doing all the work. Otherwise, Berlin may have pulled off an unbeaten season.



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