Two Porter plunges gaines only four
yards and on third down Robinette moved two more yards
up the middle. Shaffer then took the ball on a rollout
and made the first down by inches with a four-yard run.
Porter then blasted for four yards and
a four-yard run by Shaffer pushed the pigskin to the
four-yard line. Porter was then stacked up for only
a one-yard gain, but Shaffer came through on fourth
down again with a three-yard sneak to the one.
Porter was unable to push it across
on the next play so Shaffer tried the sneak again and
scored with 2:05 left in the first quarter. The Campers
faked the kick and a run by Porter for two points failed.
The 23-yard drive took 10 plays and used up four minutes
and 37 seconds.
Hill was forced to punt after failing to get a first
down in its third possession and on Allegany's next
play it looked like it was going to be at least 12-0.
Richard Jessie, who may be the fastest
runner in Allegany County on a track, took a Shaffer
pass from defender Randy Marrale but could not keep
himself in bounds after the 36-yard reception that had
Allegany at the Fort Hill 35. The Campers moved nine
more yards on two Porter runs and a Shaffer rollout,
but a clipping penalty on the third down pushed them
back 15 yards and forced a punt.
Allegany was penalized 15 yards for
interference on the fair catch and Fort Hill started
its first touchdown drive at its own 33-yard line. Gelles
lost one yard on first down, but then Rich Powell scrambled
nine yards after failing to find an open receiver. Jeff
Shambaugh then gained two yards to give the Sentinels
their initial first down.
Powell then found Darnell Powell with a 12-yard pass
and another first down at the Allegany 45. A screen
pass to McKenzie lost two yards, but a key personal
foul call against Allegany on a four-yard gain by Shambaugh
created a first down at the Campers' 26.
a 6-0, 190-pound fullback, broke right up the middle
for 10 yards. After a one-yard gain by Gelles on first
down, Shambaugh went outside for seven yards. A two-yard
run by Gelles set up a fourth down situation, but Powell
was able to sneak for the yard and a first down at the
Gelles, who entered the game with 11
touchdowns, was then handed the ball four straight times
and scored on a one-yard leap over the line on fourth
down with 2:55 left in the half. Shewbridge kicked the
extra point that resulted in the 7-6 halftime lead.
Refosco predicted that if the game was
close at halftime it would be another barnbarner and
it was that.
Sophomore defensive back Kevin Holderby,
who broke up what looked like a touchdown pass to Jessie
late in this first half, came up with what was perhaps
the biggest defensive play on the second play of the
Jessie took the ball from Porter on
a double reverse and looked like he was off to the races.
But somehow Holderby timed his dive perfectly and got
the Allegany speedster by the ankles at the 15-yard
line after the 51-yard run. Porter was thrown for a
loss for one of the few times this season on first and
then Shaffer threw an incomplete pass. Porter then gained
two yards, but a pass to Jessie lost a yard and turned
the ball back to Fort Hill at the 16.
Allegany lost the ball again on downs
in its next possession at the Fort Hill 45.
Eugene Taylor picked off a Powell pass
at the Fort Hill 39, but Porter fumbled on third down
after two incomplete passes and Steve Michael recovered
for Fort Hill.
A Rich Powell sneak for five yards and
two Shambaugh runs of three and six yards gave the Sentinels
a first down at the Alco 26. Gelles gained nine yards
on the next two plays and then broke up the middle for
a 16-yard gain to the one yard line.
Gelles scored the touchdown on the next
play to open the fourth quarter and Shewbridge kicked
the extra point.
But Allegany wasn't ready to quit and
there had to be a feeling that Porter had to break on
After a 20-yard kickoff return by Mike
Kline to the Allegany 30-yard line, Robinette started
the drive with a nine-yard run up the middle. Porter
than finally got past the Fort Hill line and went 40
yards before being hauled down at the Sentinels' 21.
Porter was then given the ball two more
times for 14 yards and a first down at the five. Robinette
blasted for two yards and Porter scored the touchdown
on a three-yard run through the left side with 9:04
left in the game. The Campers had to go for the two
points and Gelles made the big defensive play, stopping
Porter at the one.
The Campers forced Fort Hill to punt
after three plays, but were guilty of a roughing the
punter penalty that gave the Sentinels a first down
at the Allegany 44.
by Shambaugh of four and 14 yards moved the ball to
the 25 and then Gelles ripped through on a 10-yard run
to the 15. Three more carries by Gelles gained eight
yards and it was decision time for Bittner. He elected
to go for a first down instead of the field goal, but
the option by Rich Powell, after a fake, failed and
Allegany had the ball on its own six with 3:30 left.
Porter ripped off 19 yards on first
down and gained 10 yards on the next three plays for
a first down at the 34. Jessie gained 12 yards on a
pass from Shaffer and then got nine more on the double
reverse to the Fort Hill 46.
Shaffer lost four yards on a scramble
on the next play and then came Porter's fumble.
was Fort Hill's leading tackler with nine and also did
an excellent job blocking up the middle for Gelles,
who was the second leading tackler with seven.