By The Daily Item
MONTOURSVILLE -- Despite a school-record performance from Luke Klingerman, things still got worse for the Mount Carmel football team on Friday night.
Montoursville quarterback Griffin Dunne rushed for 216 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors rolled up 320 yards on the ground and sent the Red Tornadoes to their third consecutive loss, 41-37, in a Heartland Athletic Conference Division II game.
Mount Carmel (2-3 overall, 1-2 HAC-II) has now allowed 924 yards rushing and 122 points in its three-game skid.
The loss overshadowed an outstanding performance by Klingerman. The senior tailback ran for a school-record 362 yards and five touchdowns. The 362 yards broke Jon Veach's record of 296 set in the 2000 PIAA playoffs against Lakeland.
Despite 78 total points in the game, the first score didn't come until the final play of the first quarter when Klingerman ran 25 yards for a touchdown. In fact, Mount Carmel led 14-0, before Montoursville scored the next 21 points. Cam Ott caught a 55-yard TD pass from Dunne with 9:53 left in the third quarter to give the Warriors a 21-14 lead.
Then things got really entertaining as the two teams combined for three touchdowns in 54 seconds midway through the third. Klingerman ran 39 yards for a score with 4:49 left to tie the game, before Dunne answered with a 70-yard TD run to make 28-21. Klingerman then returned the favor, ripping off a 68-yard TD run with 3:55 left in the third quarter and added a two-point run to make it 29-28.
Clay Stoner (14 carries, 110 yards) ripped off a 15-yard TD run for Montoursville with 11:55 left in the game, but the two-point conversion failed as the Warriors (4-1, 2-1) took a 34-29 advantage. Klingerman had one last TD run with 8:49 left in the game and Danny Lesko caught a two-point conversion pass from Zach Wasilewski to give Mount Carmel a 37-34 lead.
Dunne scored the game-winner on Montoursville's next play, ripping off a 65-yard TD run with 8:26 left in the contest for the final margin of victory.
n South Williamsport 53, Warrior Run 19
TURBOTVILLE -- Brandon Stonge gashed Warrior Run for 170 yards on 13 carries to spur the Mounties (4-1) to a 53-19 win over the Defenders (0-5). Stonge started the scoring with a two-yard run in the first quarter. Matt Bartholomew added 51 yards and three touchdowns for the Mounties.
As a team, the Mounties ran for 296 yards with five touchdowns coming via the ground game.
n Tri-Valley 54, Upper Dauphin 21
HEGINS --The Trojans took an early 14-0 lead before the Bulldogs rallied to remain undefeated in the Tri-Valley League.
Upper Dauphin (1-4 overall, 1-3 TVL) got a fumble-return touchdown from Ian Buffington and a 23-yard TD run from Cole Reed to take a 14-0 lead with 5:55 left in the first quarter.
That served as a wake-up call to Tri-Valley (5-0, 4-0), which ripped off 35 consecutive points to avoid the upset. Blake Bowman ran for 148 yards and two scores, while quarterback Dalton Miller added 106 yards and three scores on the ground and another through the air.
That sets up a battle of unbeaten teams when Williams Valley, a 20-0 winner over Halifax, travels to Hegins.
n Juniata 42, East Juniata 6
BEAVER SPRINGS -- Juniata used a balanced ground game to beat East Juniata in the cross-county rivals' first meeting in 16 years. Neil Bodley blasted through the defense with 145 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries for the Indians (3-2, 2-2).
David Brantley eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the Tigers (1-4, 0-4), finishing with 106 on seven carries.
n Bloomsburg 48, Montgomery 21
MONTGOMERY -- Bloomsburg used 203 yards rushing to pull away from Montgomery, with two players adding three rushing touchdowns each.
Evan Ball ran for 82 yards on five carries and three scores while Sam Miller rushed for 55 yards on six touches and three touchdowns for Bloomsburg (4-1).
Matt Boone passed for 144 yards and two touchdowns for Montgomery (0-5).
n Meadowbook 2, Juniata Mennonite 0
MCALISTERVILLE -- Jacob Pizzutto and Austin Schott scored second-half goals and Dakota Pickett made eight saves in the Lions' ACAA shutout.
Meadowbrook is now 10-2-1 overall, 7-1-1 in the ACAA.
n Meadowbrook 9, Juniata Mennonite 1
MCALISTERVILLE -- Emily Benfer and birthday girls Madison Burrows had hit tricks and Kimberly Church scored her first career goal as the Lions remained unbeaten in the ACAA.
Meadowbrook is now 11-2 overall, 8-0 in the ACAA.
n Warrior Run 9, Shamokin 0
COAL TOWNSHIP -- Eight different players scored for the unbeaten Defenders with Morgan Vigfusardottir scoring twice.
Taylor Landis, Sophie Biddle and Mikayla Griner each had a goal and assist for the Defenders.