Towanda rolls to homecoming win.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | October 1, 2011


TOWANDA - The Black Knights wasted little time giving the homecoming crowd something to cheer about on Friday night.

Towanda jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 1:41 into the game and they never looked back, cruising to a 56-7 victory over Cowanesque Valley.

The Black Knights got the running game going right from the start, rushing three times for 65 yards, capped by a Garrett Dinelli 17 yard run just 1:07 into the game. Mason Roof hit the extra point and it was quickly 7-0 Black Knights.

Cowanesque Valley's first play didn't go as well as they fumbled the ball and Trey Sites hit Casey Huff on back-to-back passes, the second from nine yards out and at 10:19 Roof hit the extra point to make it 14-0.

"It's something we stressed, being aggressive," Towanda coach Craig Dawsey said. "There were some things we didn't do all that well against North Penn. We took advantage of some North Penn mistakes last week and won that game, but there were some things we had to improve on.

"Our whole plan we had to be aggressive and we had to be sharp."

Cowanesque Valley's next two drives ended with Towanda blocking punts. After the second blocked punt Trey Sites ran in from 30-yards out and with 5:32 left it was 20-0 after the extra point failed.

"We've done well on special teams," Dawsey said. "We've really worked hard on that."

Towanda added to their lead with 1:42 left in the quarter as Jordan Dawsey ran in from 30 yards out. The two-point try failed and it was 26-0 after one quarter.

In the second quarter Towanda added to the lead as Sites hit Ripic on a 58-yard touchdown pass and Roof hit the extra point to make it 33-0 at 9:28. Just 3:10 later Roof took off for a 43-yard touchdown run and with 6:17 left he hit the extra point to make it 40-0.

In the final minute of the half Towanda's Jake Serrano-McEwen intercepted a pass giving Towanda the ball deep in their own territory. On the first play of the drive Towanda fumbled the ball and Cowanesque Valley's Jacob Gruver recovered to put the Indians on the board. Trevor Adriance hit the extra point and it was 40-7 at the half.

Cowanesque Valley got an interception from Luke Plummer to end the half.

In the third quarter the Black Knights put in their younger players and the defense got to work as Austin Schoonover got into the Cowanesque Valley backfield and got the safety to make it 42-7 with 7:15 left in the third.

With 1:20 left in the quarter Towanda forced a fumble and Tony Daniello recovered in the endzone to make it a 49-7 game after Nick Place hit the extra point.

"They played very well," Dawsey said. "I put them in a little bit of a bind because the clock wasn't running (35-point leads in the second half bring on the mercy rule). I told them they had to stop them. They got the safety and that got the clock running."

Towanda capped the scoring with 6:05 left in the game as Noah Huff ran in from a yard out. Place hit the extra point and it was a 56-7 final score.

"Offensively we are getting better," Dawsey said. "They have improved from the first game. They have worked hard to get better. Trey Sites is really improving. He's been working hard. He's really getting better every game."

While Towanda was happy with the win, they know they have to improve a few things, including cutting down on the three turnovers in the game.

"There are always some things you can work on," Dawsey said. "Jeremy Loveland does a very good job with Cowanesque Valley. He's very knowledgeable and I think he's a very good coach. They make you do some things against them."

Roof had 95 yards for Towanda on four carries and Dawsey gained 55 on two carries. Schoonover had 34 on six carries and Sites had 30 yards on one carry. Dinelli had 17 yards on the day and Dan Leljedal had 13 yards, while Noah Wheeler had nine yards and Noah Huff had two yards.

Sites was 3-for-5 passing for 80 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and one interception. Casey Huff caught two passes for 22 yards and a score and Zack Ripic had one grab for 58 yards.

The Indians got 35 yards on the ground from Mike Presto and Brandon Whitesell gained 18 yards, while Plummer had 15 yards on the ground. Seah Daly caught one pass for 11 yards.

Towanda gained 335 yards on the day, including 255 on the ground, while limiting the Indians to just 39 total yards.


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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.