Patriot Athletic Conference recap
By Ryan Kaczmarski
In what was billed as a clash of Patriot Athletic Conference, Stripes-Division titans, ended up being a a Columbia Raiders beat-down of visiting Fairview, 28-10.
“They proved tonight that they were the better football team,” Fairview head coach Tom Narducci said. “They controlled the ball, and that’s what a good offense does. Good offense keeps the defense off the field, and plays defense for you by keeping the ball away from us, and that’s what they did.”
Columbia quarterback Jay Banyasz went 14-21 for 237 yards and two touchdowns passing, while also rushing 24 times for 71 yards and two more touchdowns.
“That quarterback is an excellent player,” Narducci said. “He makes things happen.
“We did not get a good pass rush on him. We tried to drop back into coverage, because you don’t bring him down very often, but he was still playing pitch and catch on a lot of plays out there with his guys.”
Both teams went into Friday night’s contest at 5-0, but Fairview was missing one key component to its offense, with junior quarterback Colin McNamara out with a knee injury. This forced senior quarterback Jason Kish behind center for the entire game, taking away his ability to go from the backfield and wideout positions.
“It hurt us a little, not being able to have Jason play any position other than quarterback and let Colin take some snaps,” Narducci explained.
Fairview (5-1, 2-1 in the PAC-Stripes) took its only lead on a 28-yard Elion Bendo field goal to put the Warriors on top 3-0 at the end of the first quarter. Columbia followed up with 28 unanswered points before Fairview finally put a good drive together in the fourth quarter, capped by a 1-yard Drew Kostos touchdown run (Bendo kick).
Fairview was held to 281 yards of total offense, while Columbia (6-0, 3-0 in the PAC-Stripes) amassed 358.
“They’re a good defensive team as well,” Narducci said. “They were tough up front and physical. They kept us out of the endzone for most of the game.
“You do have to give our kids credit,” he added. “Here it is in the fourth quarter, we drive and get a big play and score. This is just one loss, and I’ve coached a lot of playoff teams with a 9-1 record. I hope that this might be another one, but we have a big task in front of us next week, and hopefully we can just pick up from here and keep on playing hard, good football.”
Leading the way for the Warriors was Kish, who had five completions on 10 attempts, for 106 yards, and ran 21 times for 93 yards. Kostos finished the game rushing 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown.
Longhorns burn Phoenix, 34-8
The Lutheran West Longhorns (3-3, 1-2 in the PAC-Stripes) defense held Oberlin’s potent offense to just one score. The Longhorns defense was led by seniors Aaron Geye, Derek Naim, Sam Shick, Chris Scott and Greg Kunze. Kunze scored a defensive touchdown on a spectacular interception return of 25 yards. Strong performances were also put in by defensive lineman Eric Hillenbrand, Kristian Bremer and Nick Kessel. Junior linebacker Drew O’Hara led the team in tackles with 13.
The offense was powered by the running of junior tailback Adam Felten, who carried the ball 33 times for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Will Poffenberger chipped in with 7 carries for 44 yards, and also scored the final touchdown of the evening.
Cardinals trampled by Bucks
Buckeye High School defeated host Brookside (2-4, 1-2 in PAC-Stars), 33-15, Friday night. Brookside was held scoreless, while Buckeye scored 33 unanswered points, before the Cardinals mustered two touchdowns in the third quarter. Brookside quarterback Tyler O’Malley tossed two touchdown passes to Tyree Jones (35, 13). Tyler Daw scored on a 2-point conversion on the first touchdown, while Brandon Bellman completed the extra point on the second.