Montoursville’s Ott dominates Spartans
Fans came to Memorial Stadium on Friday night expecting to see a football game. Instead what they saw was the Cameron Ott show.
Ott wowed fans to the tune of over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, propelling the Warriors to a 41-0 romp over visiting Hughesville.
His 37-yard TD in the second quarter put the Warriors on the scoreboard and a 78-yard fourth-quarter touchdown on which he was barely touched capped off the senior running back’s career night with nearly 10 minutes left in the game.
“Cameron was pretty determined tonight,” head coach J.C. Keefer said. “We could see it in his eyes.”
Montoursville entered halftime leading the Spartans just 7-0, but a 20-point third-quarter outburst blew the game open, once again led by Ott.
His 4-yard score four minutes into the second half doubled the Warrior’s lead to 14 and his third touchdown, a 50-yard steamroll highlighted by at least five broken tackles extended the lead to 21.
Cameron was pretty fired up in the second half. I’m not sure what got him all worked up, but I knew if we gave him the ball he was going to run over some guys if he had to,” Keefer said.
Quarterback Griffin Dunne also chipped in with 55 rushing yards and a touchdown for a Montoursville team that used 10 rushers to combine for 431 yards and six rushing touchdowns.
“We were running to both sides, we communicated well, and it really looked to me like it was a good collective effort.,” Keefer said.
The Warrior defense also shined with three first-half sacks to go along with a blocked punt and a forced fumble, while holding Hughesville to just 153 yards in the game.
“Our defense played oustanding,” Keefer said. “Hughesville has been successful running the ball. It doesn’t matter who they’ve played so far, they’ve racked up some yards. I was extremely proud of the way we held down their rushing game.
Keefer was particularly impressed with defensive back Andy Biber who played well in place of Curtis Miller who suffered a minor injury early in the second quarter, but did not return.
“When someone goes down you really don’t know what you’re going to get from a young kid under the Friday night lights,” Keefer said. “They were trying to pick on Andy and he really did a heck of a job on the outside by himself.”
The night, however, still belonged to Ott, whose 314-yard performance improved Montoursville’s record to 4-0, while upping his own already-impressive season stats to 795 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 16 quarters of action.
“A few years back Luke Trick ran for over 300 yards against Loyalsock,” Keefer said. “That’s the only time I can remember a back going for over 300 yards. I’m sure it may have happened with some of the great backs we’ve had come through here, but certainly in my time as the head coach I don’t think we’ve had anyone else go over 300 yards.”