October 9, 2010 - Price Memorial Field - Johnstown, PA
For the first 23 minutes of the game, Bishop McCort was only able to post two field goals against Westmont, but a fired up group of Crushers played an inspired second half to earn a 34-0 win over the Hilltoppers. McCort's opening drive started on a positive note highlighted by a 42 yard screen pass from Jesse Cooper to Anthony LaRue which covered 42 yards to the WH 41, but the Crushers had to settle for a Jordan Spangler 27 yard field goal at the 6:39 mark.
Neither team could move the football on their next two drives and had to punt each time. Westmont began a drive at its 14 following a 47 yard punt by Spangler. Three plays later, Mark Borstnar recovered a fumble at the Hilltoppers' 21. The Crushers picked up one first down, but on fourth and goal at the five, Spangler added a 22 yarder, his fourth of the season to make the score 6-0.
Westmont earned two first downs in its next drive, but had to punt the ball back to the Crushers, which took over at their 23 with 2:17 left in the half. Three big pass plays, a 24 yard screen to Zach Varga, a diving catch by Christian Leech which gained 28 and a 13 yarder to Spangler put the ball at the WH nine. Two plays later, LaRue reached the endzone. Varga ran for the two points which made the halftime score 14-0.
Head coach Ken Salem was very vocal in the locker room during the intermission. "The coaches just refused to let our kids underachieve. We weren't executing as well as we needed to in the first half and we challenged them to come out and play better and to play McCort style football and we did in the second half."
Spangler's kickoff to open the half went into the endzone, his second of the game. Westmont could not move the ball and had to punt again. On the fifth play of the drive, Leech got behind his defender for a 47 yard TD pass from Cooper. The PAT kick set the score at 21-0. After another Hilltopper punt, Cooper and Leech hooked up again, this time for a 44 yard scoring pass followed by another extra point kick for a 28-0 advantage for the Crushers. McCort's final touchdown was a five yard run by T.J. Tyger on the first play of the second half.
Salem was asked about the slow start by his team. "We are a very detailed oriented coaching staff. Our kids need to understand that we coach them to be their best and that's what we are working toward each game. Our kicking game is a prime example of committing time to being good at those things, so that when we are not clicking offensively and defensively, we can hang in there and that's what we did in the first half."
"We really felt that we could run the football and we were disappointed in the first half with the effort that our interior linemen was giving us. We were fortunate that Cooper and the receivers had an excellent day today and in the second half we did a better job of moving the ball on the ground. We still need to continue to work hard because I really believe this team hasn't played its best football yet."
Looking ahead to the next game, Salem remarked, "It's going to be an exciting night, homecoming 2010. We know that we have to work hard. It's going to be a great atmosphere at Point Stadium. We are going to savor this win and get to work to prepare for the 'City League Championship'.