October 21, 2021

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Image GALLERY | Windber slams North Star in impromptu contest | Athletics

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BOSWELL, Pa. – The Windber Ramblers did not have a lot time to get ready for North Star as a rollercoaster Thursday led to the 11th-hour settlement for the teams to meet up with in Week 3 soon after the two misplaced their first opponents owing to COVID-related challenges.

The Ramblers also did not require considerably time to make a massive guide on their way to a 58-6 earn more than the host Cougars.

Powering a cluster of explosive plays, Windber sat on a 30-position lead after a quarter and was up 44- at halftime with John Shuster scoring 5 of Windber’s first six touchdowns.

Consider the outburst a belated birthday existing for Windber mentor Matt Grohal.

“I thought our kids performed a comprehensive video game in offense, protection and unique teams,” Grohal said. “We gotta clear up some faults. Penalties will damage you in a tight ballgame, but we’re appreciative of North Star hosting us. We have been grateful to have a match.

“(Thursday) was the worst birthday of my existence. We bought movie at 7:30 p.m. and worked right until about midnight and had video game designs for the little ones (Friday) early morning.”

Shuster concluded with 138 yards on 10 carries with four rushing touchdowns and a fifth on a 32-property interception return late in the next quarter.

“We just play difficult as a crew,” Shuster explained. “We engage in jointly, and all people was just doing work tricky.”

Thursday’s scheduling scramble also hit North Star tricky as its authentic opponent, Conemaugh Valley, and a substitute in Hughesville bowed out for varying causes just before Windber answered the call.

It just remaining a extremely tall job for the Cougars.

“They’re the major crew in the WestPAC for a explanation,” North Star coach Bob Landis explained. “They performed very well. Which is a superior football team.”

Windber needed two performs to open the scoring, driving 45 yards with Nick Dom’s 44-garden operate serving as the prelude to Shuster’s 1-yard plunge. The Ramblers designed it 8- as Aiden Grey discovered Luke Hostetler on the conversion go.

A fumble on the ensuing kickoff led to a a few-participate in, 31-yard landing march capped by Shuster’s 18-property scamper.

Keith Charney’s pass from Gray ran the Windber guide to 16- just 50 seconds just after Shuster’s first landing.

A Cougars 3-and-out led to Charney becoming a member of the touchdown parade as he corralled a punt at the Windber 39, uncovered space on the left aspect and returned the kick 61 yards to the end zone. Dylan Tomlinson punched in the conversion to jump the lead to 24-.

Shuster’s 56-lawn run punctuated a dominant initially quarter as he crossed the objective line with 2:22 exhibiting on the clock.

Shuster, who ran for 128 yards in the first 50 percent, punched in his fourth rating midway as a result of the next on a 14-yard run. His fifth touchdown arrived on the defensive aspect of the ball as he picked a Connor Yoder move at the North Star 32 and raced in untouched.

Jordan Wright extra both point-just after kicks in the second as Windber held a 44-place guide at intermission.

On leading of Shuster’s rushing yardage, Windber (3-) noticed Gray go for 51 yards with Charney catching two balls for 31 yards.

With reserves participating in virtually the full second fifty percent, Windber’s Jonah Ohler finished a Cougars push in the third with a decide on at the Ramblers’ 5 and a 30-property return. A four-engage in march, sparked by Hostetler’s 30-yard burst to the Cougars’ 18, finished with Ohler’s 18-property scoring run. Colin Marx tacked on the conversion.

Hostetler completed with 70 yards on only 4 carries.

North Star’s protection came up with the hosts’ lone factors when Jesse Samler scooped a fumble and returned it 64 yards.

Marx finished the Windber output when he scored on a 1-property plunge.

North Star (1-2) was led by way of the air by Conor Yoder’s 46 passing yards, all coming in the initial half, as Mitchel Pristas relieved him beneath centre although top the Cougars on the floor with 13 yards.

Shawn Curtis is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be arrived at at (814) 532-5085. Adhere to him on Twitter @ShawnCurtis430.

Shawn Curtis is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be arrived at at (814) 532-5085. Adhere to him on Twitter @ShawnCurtis430.​

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