Falcon Knights get well in a hurry
Union/A-C Valley shakes off disappointing opening week loss with a 77-0 laugher over Sheffield
By Ryan S. Pugh
CLARION NEWS Sports Editor
Coming off a disappointing loss to Brockway, the Union/A-C Valley football team was looking for something to restart their season, to say the Falcon Knights found said restart Friday night (Sept. 3) could be classified as an understatement.
Union/A-C Valley scored touchdowns on 11 possessions, didn't punt once on the way to a 77-0 win over visiting Sheffield.
"This felt good tonight," Union/A-C Valley head coach Brad Dittman said. "We had a rough week and there was a lot of adversity we had to deal with and we had kids who weren't in pads tonight so I wasn't sure where we were going to be at tonight. We switched guys around tonight and they knew exactly what to do in their new positions."
The Falcon Knights scored a touchdown on all but two possessions with Dawson Camper scoring four TDs (three rushing, one receiving) while also recovering a fumble on defense.
Camper scored all three of the Falcon Knights' touchdowns in their Week One loss at Brockway.
"I definitely keep my eyes up and I am scanning the field the whole time watching where everybody is going whether I have the ball or not," Camper said about his ability to find the end zone.
Union/A-C Valley quarterback Bailey Crissman also had himself a day completing 4-of-6 passes for 108 yards and three scores.
Crissman missed the second half of the Falcon Knights' opener due to injury.
The Falcon Knights rolled 492 yards of total offense and had 22 first downs. Union/A-C Valley's balanced rushing attack saw eight different players rush for a 384 yards. The Falcon Knights' stable of running backs averaged 12 yards per carry.
Union/A-C Valley's defense also deserves its share of the credit as the Falcon Knights' limited Sheffield to 23 total yards and minus-seven yards on the ground. The Falcon Knights' Landon Chalmers tackled the Wolverines' Michael Mihalic in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter.
Union/A-C Valley opened the game with a seven-play, 50-yard scoring drive capped by a three-yard touchdown run by Camper on a toss sweep.
Crissman had runs of 17 and 10 yards on the march. Crissman's runs were both on zone reads out of the Falcon Knights' pistol formation. Caden Rainey also had runs of 19 and nine yards on the drive.
Colton Murray added the PAT to give the Falcon Knights a 7-0 lead with 9:20 left in the opening quarter.
On first play if Sheffield's ensuing possession, Union/A-C Valley's Zac Cooper intercepted a pass by the Wolverines' Mihalic giving the Falcon Knights possession at the Sheffield 29.
Crissman capitalized on the turnover in short order as on the very first play after the turnover, Crissman fired a 29-yard touchdown pass to Skyler Roxbury. Roxbury leapt up over a Wolverine defender to make the catch.
"He is such a great athlete," Crissman said about Roxbury. "I'll just throw it up there and he can go get it."
Roxbury had two catches for 65 yards and one score.
Murray's extra-point extended the Union/A-C Valley advantage to 14-0.
Sheffield went three-and-out on its next possession and the Falcon Knights took possession at the Wolverine 40.
On the first play of Union/A-C Valley's following possession, a Falcon Knight lineman was flagged for making a chop block. Union/A-C Valley was pushed back to its own 40. But the added 15 yards made no difference as Crissman connected with Roxbury for a 36-yard gain to put the Falcon Knights at the Sheffield 15. Three plays later, Crissman fired a dart to Zac Cooper at the Wolverine 5. Cooper made a Sheffield defender miss and tumbled into the end zone for the 11-yard touchdown.
Murray missed the extra-point attempt but Union/A-C Valley held a 20-0 lead with 4:52 left in the opening quarter.
Sheffield punted on its next possession and Rainey returned the kick from midfield to the Wolverines' 28.
Camper took a pitch from Crissman ran left, cut inside and outraced the Wolverine defense for the 28-yard TD.
On the Falcon Knights' final possession of the first quarter, Camper hauled in a pass from Crissman at the goal line for a 32-yard touchdown reception.
According to Camper, it was kind of unexpected he would find the end zone on the play.
"My head was a little screwed up there," Camper said with a laugh. "I thought was on the right side and I was supposed to run a flag route so I ended up running the wrong route but luckily I had my head on a swivel, and I saw the ball, (Bailey) threw it too deep and I was able to get a touchdown out of it."
Murray connected on the extra points on both of the Falcon Knights' scores at the end of the period as Union/A-C Valley took a 34-0 lead into the second frame.
Sheffield got a boost on the Falcon Knights' first possession of the second quarter when the Wolverines' Malique Outland picked off a pass by Union/A-C Valley backup quarterback Brody Dittman. Outland pulled in the pick at the Wolverine 4.
On the first play after the change of possession, Chalmers broke through the Sheffield offensive line and tackled Mihalic in the end zone for a safety.
The Falcon Knights scored on their next three possessions of the quarter with Camper running for a 4-yard score while Mikey Card broke for a 70-yard touchdown run and Dittman weaved his way through the Wolverine defense for an 18-yard touchdown scamper.
Card broke a number of tackles on his TD run.
Card was the Falcon Knights' leading rusher totaling 108 yards on eight carries.
The three touchdown outburst gave the Falcon Knights a 57-0 lead heading into halftime.
Union/A-C Valley outgained the Wolverines 325 to minus-12 in the opening two quarters.
Dittman rushed for a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter while Zac Cooper and Trey Fleming had rushing scores of 26 and 49 yards setting the 77-0 final.
Coach Dittman had just 18 players available for the game so there was no second string to put in the game which made keeping his team from continually scoring a challenge.
"We weren't trying to run up the score, that's not what we wanted to do, but also we weren't going to tell our kids not to play football," Dittman said. "We put every one of the younger guys in we could. We tried to take as much time as we could on offense."
The Wolverines had a pair of scary moments in the second half as Sheffield's Colby Barr and Cooper Traister each had to be taken off the field by ambulance. Neither injury was life-threatening.
The Wolverines travel to face Coudersport Saturday (Sept. 11).
UNION/A-C VALLEY 77 , SHEFIELD 0
Sheffield 0- 0- 0 -0 0
Union/A-C Valley 34- 23- 7 -13 77
U/A-C - Dawson Camper 3 run (Colton Murray kick), 9:20
U/A-C - Skyler Roxbury 29 pass from Bailey Crissman (Murray kick), 8:59
U/A-C - Zac Cooper 11 pass from Crissman (kick failed), 4:52
U/A-C - Camper 28 run (Murray kick), 2:30
U/A-C - Camper 32 pass from Crissman (Murray kick), :31
U/A-C - Safety: Landon Chalmers tackled Sheffield's Malique Outland in end zone, 9:49
U/A-C - Camper 4 run (Murray kick), 7:49
U/A-C - Mikey Card 70 run (Murray kick), 2:48
U/A-C - Brody Dittman 18 run (Murray kick), 1:31
U/A-C - Dittman 41 run (Chalmers kick), 6:10
U/A-C - Cooper 16 run (Murray kick), 11:52
U/A-C - Trey Fleming 49 run (run failed), 2:34
TEAM TOTALS (Sheffield; Union/A-C Valley)
First Downs: 4;21
Rushes-Yards: 26-(-12); 32-384
Passing Yards: 31; 108
Comp-Att-Int: 4-15-2; 4-8-1
Total Yards: 19; 492
Penalties-Yards: 5-25; 5-55
Fumbles-Lost: 2-2; 1-0
Rushing Rushing - Sheffield, Cooper Traister 3-9, Derek Kendrick 9-8, Michael Mihalic 3-(-24), Malique Outland 8-4, Gage Mott-Macalush 3-(-2), Team 1-(-7). Union/A-C Valley, Bailey Crissman 3-29, Caden Rainey 3-25, Dawson Camper 4-45, Brody Dittman 3-71, Mikey Card 8-108, Ryan Cooper 2-9, Zac Cooper 4-36, Trey Fleming 4-66, Team 1-(-5).
Passing Passing - Sheffield, Malique Outland 2-9-1 31, Michael Mihalic 2-6-1 0. Union/A-C Valley, Bailey Crissman 4-6-0 108, Brody Dittman 0-2-1 0, Trey Fleming 0-0-0 0.
Receiving Sheffield, Dylan Hardwick 1-16, Cooper Traister 1-15, Collin Brown 1-0, Gage Mott-Macalush 1-0. Union/A-C Valley, Skyler Roxbury 2-65, Zac Cooper 1-11, Dawson Camper 1-32.