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11-05-2011, 05:32 PM
This is a good sports story for anyone, honestly. I don't know how many are from the western Pa./ Butler/ Allegheny Co. area, but this is inspirational no matter where your from.


Knoch tops West Allegheny in emotional win
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Somewhere, perhaps atop a pyramid with pom-poms raised, Alexis Summers still is cheering on the Knoch football team.

On an emotional night when Saxonburg mourned the loss of the senior cheerleader, Knoch overcame a slow start and rallied behind its star running back to down West Allegheny, 28-7, in a WPIAL Class AAA first-round game Friday night at Knoch Knights Stadium.

Summers was killed Tuesday night in a one-car accident not far from the high school. Senior running back Andrew Rumburg-Goodlin, Summers' boyfriend, led the Knights onto the field and ripped through a sign held up by the cheerleaders before giving the team a spirited postgame speech.

Rumburg-Goodlin, hampered by a sore ankle but charged with adrenaline, proceeded to rush for 109 yards on 16 carries, and quarterback Ky Kenyon threw three touchdown passes and ran for another. The third-seeded Knights (10-0) advanced to the quarterfinals to face Thomas Jefferson (7-3).

"No more tears — only happiness," Rumburg-Goodlin told his teammates after the game before a balloon release and several moments of silence. At the final horn, the spectators pointed to the sky.

"Alex would have wanted me to play. She told me that (at the beginning of the week)," Rumburg-Goodlin said. "We did this for her. She touched so many lives."

Ben Tackett also had a big night for Knoch, posting a 33-yard touchdown catch and an 83-yard interception return that set up Knoch's final score, a 3-yard TD run by Kenyon with 3:48 left.

"This means everything to the kids and the community," coach Mike King said. "We all learned tonight that this is just a game."

Read more: Knoch tops West Allegheny in emotional win - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_765742.html#ixzz1cq2d1sNl


I wish I could have made it out to see this game. From what I've heard from other friends, it was an extremely intense and emotional atmosphere. The president of the Knights football boosters said there were people just handing over money left and right for the girls family. It's good to know even after all these years, that Saxonburg still has that classic small town mentality where the community supports each other.

This is our teams first undefeated and untied season and I'm hoping these kids can ride this emotion all the way to Heinz! They haven't been there since I was in 7th grade ('93)...so I'm rootin' for them hard! If they win the next two games, they'll be there. Go Knights!!!

Video link here for anyone interested. Coach Kings speech at the end had me in tears. Great teacher, coach and man.


11-06-2011, 06:09 PM
best of luck to your alma mater mom :thumbsup:

my former high school just had its 14th regular season perfect record

11-12-2011, 07:10 AM
Thanks MOP! Hope your HS is doing well in the playoffs too!

Knoch makes statement with victory over T.J.
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Knoch has a message for WPIAL Class AAA football: We belong.

The third-seeded Knights continued to validate their impressive regular season with a victory over another proven program on Friday night, downing No. 6 Thomas Jefferson, 31-9, in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals Friday night at Plum.

Knoch (11-0) will play No. 2 Franklin Regional (11-0) next week at a site to be determined. It will be the Knights' first semifinal trip since 2007.

The win snaps a streak of 13 straight semifinal appearances for Thomas Jefferson (7-4).

"Our kids don't fear anybody," Knoch coach Mike King said. "They battle week in and week out. They believe they deserve their spot with everybody else in Western PA. We have been knocking on the door for years."

Quarterback Ky Kenyon threw three touchdown passes, including two to Mac Megahan, and Knoch intercepted a pair of passes, with linebacker Sam Montgomery returning one 74 yards for a touchdown.

Montgomery had three sacks in the win.

The Knights kept the Jaguars in their own territory much of the game. Thomas Jefferson turned the ball over four times on fourth down.

"There is no magic in schemes," King said. "There are some kids with heart saying ... hey, we gotta buckle up and play. When it got down to crunch time, our kids stepped up and made plays. That's the only way I can say it."

Read more: Knoch makes statement with victory over T.J. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_766996.html#ixzz1dUpbnbXE

11-12-2011, 01:39 PM
FH passes Brunswick test (http://times-news.com/localsports/x811210807/FH-passes-Brunswick-test)

Dylan Clay scores four times in 49-27 win

CUMBERLAND — Dylan Clay did just about everything, the defense passed another test and the Fort Hill Sentinels moved a step closer to their ultimate goal with a 49-27 victory over Brunswick in their Class 1A West Region semifinal Friday night at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

Fort Hill (11-0) will host second-seeded Boonsboro (10-1) in the region championship game Friday. Brunswick ended the season 7-4.

Brunswick led in most every statistical category, with 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback Ian Fisher completing 41 of 63 passes for 453 yards. But it was the Sentinels who dominated the scoreboard, building leads of 21-0 and 28-7 in the first half and 35-7 in the second.

One of the big reasons was Dylan Clay, who ran for three touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass, took a touchdown away from Brunswick with an interception in the end zone, and ended the Railroaders’ chances with another interception late in the fourth quarter.

Garrett Clay ran 21 times for 190 yards and two touchdowns and Dylan Clay ran 18 times for 120 yards. Ryan Briner scored the other touchdown.

“The guys on this team never quit,” Fort Hill coach Todd Appel said. “We’re used to blowing teams out. I don’t know how many times they threw the ball ... but our defensive linemen probably ran three miles tonight, 10 yards at a time.

Big Daddy Beast
11-13-2011, 06:47 AM
My local team (and where I attended my freshman year) just bowed out. They'll be back next year; that head coach has really turned them around. 8-1 regular season this year and back-to-back 9-0 seasons before that with deep runs in the playoffs for both of those years. It's a far cry from the 1-8 and 0-9 seasons of 05-06 and 04-05 (respectively).

Good luck to the rest of your schools.

Danville's comeback falls short against Richwoods (http://commercial-news.com/sports/x899731069/Danvilles-comeback-falls-short-against-Richwoods)

DANVILLE — One pass, one block or one tackle — anyone of them could have been the difference.

Instead, it was one point.

The Peoria Richwood Knights earned an IHSA Class 6A semifinal berth with a 20-19 victory over the Danville Vikings at Ned Whitesell Field on Saturday afternoon.

“It feels terrible,’’ Danville senior quarterback Dennis Hightower said. “I think we should have won this game. Deep down, we believe that we were the better all-around team.’’

But, unfortunately for the Vikings (10-2) a pair of fourth-quarter drives were stopped by the Knights (9-3) and a couple of holding penalties.

“Every year, it’s a holding penalty for no reason,’’ Danville senior Jacob McBride said. “We practice all of the time on keeping our hands inside.

“But everyone is fighting so hard for their blocks, and we just make one mistake.’’

Danville experienced the same type of setback a year ago when a holding call stopped its late drive for a potential game-winning score.

This time, there were two possessions and each one was derailed with the same penalty.

The first infraction took Danville from the Richwoods’ 3 back to its 21 and the ensuing sack of Hightower pushed the Vikings back to 33.

“You go from the 3 back to the 20 and it changes your whole mindset,’’ Luke said.

On the second holding call with just 1 minute left, Danville still had four opportunities, but two overthrown passes and one dropped pass was the final plays on a great football season.

“We ran out of time,’’ Danville senior tackle Dennis Rose said. “That’s what happened. We just ran out of time. We were moving the ball on them, we just didn’t have enough time.’’

Danville, which trailed 20-6 at halftime, won the statistical battle in the second half as the Vikings outgained the Knights 261-74.

“That type of game tests your mental character, your heart and everything,’’ Richwoods coach Roland Brown said. “They are a really nice football team and Dennis Hightower is a hell of a football player.’’

Hightower, who finished with 205 rushing and 118 passing yards, had 233 of those yards in the second half.

Touchdown passes to Martez Davis for 15 yards and a 21-yarder to Tyler Mangum, the later pulling Danville within 20-19 with 11 minutes, 5 seconds left in the contest.

But another penalty, the Vikings had eight for 58 yards, pushed the extra-point kick back five yards and McBride’s attempt sailed wide left. The senior missed his first kick wide left in the first half.

“I don’t know what happened,’’ McBride said. “I kept my head down and did all that I could. I just missed them.

“It’s really frustrating because if I make those, we would have won.’’

Luke pointed out that the Vikings still had plenty of chances in those final 11 minutes.

“It’s tough not to finish drives,’’ he said. “You have opportunities, but it seems like at an inopportune time, we got a penalty, a dropped pass or something like that.

“We finished a couple of drives to get back in the game, but when we had a chance to get over the top, we stubbed our toes.’’

Luke acknowledged that some of that is a credit to the Richwoods defense.

And that is the unit that has made the biggest difference in the Knights losing their first three games and winning nine straight heading into next week’s semifinal contest with Lemont.

“Those defensive kids have grown so much from early in the season,’’ Brown said. “They were on the field a lot in the second half and they won us this ballgame.’’

Kendrick Foster and the Knights offense did most of its damage in the first half.

The junior running back had 138 of his team’s 225 rushing yards in the first half and Foster scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards helping Richwoods build a 20-6 halftime advantage.

“He was real nifty and he had some speed when he got loose,’’ Danville senior linebacker Devin Lewis said. “In the second half, we had to step up as a defensive unit and shut down that run game.

“But falling behind hurt the team in the long run, if we would have stepped up earlier, they wouldn’t have scored as much.’’

Richwoods ran just 20 plays in the second half for 74 yards.

“They came out and dictated the physical style of the game,’’ Luke said. “We tried to stress that this was going to be a physical game, but our kids got knocked back on our heels.

“We gathered up at halftime and the kids played really, really well.’’

For the third straight season, the Danville football season ends on the turf at Ned Whitesell Field.

“There are probably about 500 teams in the state that would like to trade places with us,’’ said Luke, whose teams are 34-4 in the past three seasons. “That’s three years of awfully good football from that senior group.’’

11-19-2011, 01:25 PM
so how did your teams do ?

Fort Hill best in the West (http://times-news.com/localsports/x229371444/Fort-Hill-best-in-the-West)

Sentinels beat pesky Boonsboro 26-7 for spot in state semifinals

CUMBERLAND — It was the same old story last night at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

And that means good news for the Fort Hill Sentinels.

Garrett Clay was unstoppable, the offense scored four unanswered touchdowns, and the defense refused to take a back seat to anyone in a 26-7 victory over Boonsboro for the Class 1A West Region championship.

The victory puts coach Todd Appel’s Sentinels (12-0) into the state semifinals against Perryville, which beat Cambridge-South Dorchester 21-10. The Fort Hill-Perryville game, which will be at Greenway, will be either Friday night or Saturday afternoon.