Two hot teams, two end zones, two loyal fan bases.
And too much Penns Valley for Bucktail to handle.
Coach Martin Tobias squad got its fourth win in a row last night, getting past the Bucks, 31-12, Friday night in Farwell..
The Rams and Bucks came into last nights game on winning streaks, and unquestionably each team has been playing its best football of the season. Senior night was also on the line for Bucktail.
"It's emotional for our kids," Bucktail head coach Bruce Ransom said. "I think it holds a little bit more of a special place for us up here just because our kids are so home-grown. They don't have the advantage of playing Pop Warner and they start playing in seventh or eighth grade. Brian Long and Matt Horton are examples of kids who have three, four years under their belt. So, it does hold an emotional tie to all of the kids."
The first series was a bit rocky for the Bucks, but it initially started out well with Ryan Bratton converting on first down with a nice under pressure completion to Horton. After that, the Rams' defense woke up.
A few plays later, the Penns Valley D came up with a great interception, snuffing out any chance of Bucktail getting the upper-hand early on.
Jersey Shore 0
At Selinsgrove, winless Jersey Shore allowed all its points in the first half and was only outgained by 16 yards in a loss.
Utoah Agae-Naipo led Shore with 62 yards on 15 carries.
Mount Carmel 41, Hughesville 13
At Mount Carmel, Ethan Duff returned an interception for a first-quarter touchdown and Kris Newman returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the third quarter, but Hughesville lost.
Hughesville tallied just 25 yards of total offense.
Sayre 10, Wellsboro 7
At Wellsboro, James Harbst kicked a 29-yard field goal in overtime, giving Sayre a win that all but ended the Green Hornets District 4 Class A playoff aspirations. Kieron Smethers caught a 15-yard touchdown from Mike Pietropola in the first quarter, giving Wellsboro a 7-0 lead but the Hornets did not score again despite Pietropola throwing for 145 yards. Jermaine Brooks added 69 rushing yards for the Green Hornets.
Sayre improved to 6-2 and bolstered its district playoff aspirations.
Cowanesque Valley 6
At Westfield, Wes Moore ran for two first-quarter touchdown and Tim Bassett ran 52 yards for a second-half score as Canton beat Cowanesque.