All-State Player of the Year: Reilly O'Toole

All-State Player of the Year: Reilly O'Toole

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He's baaaaack. For the weekend.

Starting in 2011, Reilly O'Toole plans a longer stay in Champaign-Urbana. Like four or five years.

The Wheaton Warrenville South quarterback will look for his second consecutive state title Saturday (4 p.m.) against Lake Zurich. Soon, he'll start playing guard for the Tigers' basketball team.

In early February, he'll sign on the dotted line with Illinois. O'Toole joins Ron Zook's team in the summer.

O'Toole is the latest in a long line of greats from Wheaton. On the field and off. Red Grange played there. Bob Woodward learned how to write there. John Belushi and Jim Belushi were funny there. Edwin Hubble spaced out there.

Twelve years after Jon Beutjer set touchdown passing records for the Tigers, O'Toole joins him as a News-Gazette All-State Player of the Year.

"All the personal awards, they are team awards as well," O'Toole said. "None of that would happen without Titus Davis, without Travis Kern and Matt Rogers and all six offensive linemen and all the receivers. And the defense, too."

With a game to go, O'Toole's numbers are staggering. He has completed 172 of 229 passes (75 percent) for 3,005 yards and 40 touchdowns. With two interceptions. What happened on those?

Plug O'Toole's numbers into the NFL passer rating formula and he would be at 152.3. Michael Vick leads the league at 108.7. Put O'Toole's year into the college formula and he has a 240.3 passing- efficiency rating. Boise State's Kellen Moore leads the Football Bowl Subdivision at 188.8.

He's beyond the charts.

But he does more than just pass. He runs. He punts. Not like Nathan Scheelhaase and Anthony Santella, but well enough to get the job done.

He's gained 393 yards on 70 carries, six going for touchdowns. Forget to account for him as a runner and O'Toole will make you regret it.

Of course, the first concern is the arm. One that has all the throws. He can go deep. He can hit the sideline route. He can lead his receivers across the middle.

If the play requires a soft toss instead of a bullet, O'Toole will get it there.

"The concept of being a team player is the first thing I think about with Reilly," Wheaton Warrenville South coach Ron Muhitch said. "He's figured it out."

Muhitch said O'Toole's basketball skills play a part in his football ability.

"On a basketball court, he disperses the ball," Muhitch said. "On the football field, I'm proud of the fact that we have six receivers who have almost identical numbers. That allows us to be more multiple and harder to guard. You've got to prepare for all the aspects. It's a totally different concept."

O'Toole doesn't worry about 300-yard games. Or throwing the ball 30 times. In the first 13 games, he is averaging 18 attempts.

His completion percentage is the best in school history. It makes Muhitch's job easier knowing the quarterback is going to finish what he calls.

When Beutjer was a Tiger, he was most of the offense. O'Toole is asked to delegate more, adding to the flexibility of the offense.

Easy call

O'Toole doesn't crave the headlines. He's more "we" than "me." That's a big reason he picked Illinois. Other schools told him he would be "the man." O'Toole wants to be part of the offense. Wants to share. Wants to win.

Former defensive coordinator Muhitch likes a quarterback who wants to keep moving the chains. If the Tigers take their time moving up and down the field, that's good for the defense. Long drives are good.

"The quarterback understands that system," Muhitch said. "He lives within it, and he's accepting of it. That's why I call him the consummate team player."

The former defensive coordinator also likes a guy who hangs onto the ball. Nothing thrills him more than a busy quarterback who has two interceptions.

"He is the best caretaker of the football I have ever coached," Muhitch said. "He's better than Jon (Beutjer) statistically. Jon threw more touchdowns. But Jon threw more interceptions. It's not that interceptions can't happen. But Reilly is so careful with the football."

There's a little Peyton Manning in O'Toole. And that puts a smile on Muhitch's face.

The coach encourages O'Toole to adapt to the defense and change the play. At times, he even tells O'Toole to call the plays on his own. For a series. Hurry-up style. That will help him in college.

The consummate team player did a good job of not letting college become a distraction. He made a commitment to Illinois before the season. He didn't want to worry about scouts in the stands and visits to different campuses.

"I'm 100 percent to Illinois," O'Toole said. "I'm just really looking forward to signing and getting it all over with. It's been a really stressful process. I'm glad I got my decision out of the way before the season.

"I know I'll be happy. I really like the coaches and the school. I know I'll get a good education there."

As he piled up numbers during his senior season, rumors started flying that O'Toole was reconsidering his college choice.

Didn't happen, Muhitch said.

"He said, 'Because they've been true to me, I'm going to be true to them,' " Muhitch said.

Muhitch was with O'Toole when he made the Illinois commitment. On the ride to Champaign-Urbana, a Minnesota coach called to say they had picked a different quarterback.

After a good day at Illinois, O'Toole's dad Mike told Muhitch he favored the Illini.

"He goes, 'These guys are straight up with us,' " Muhitch said.

The hardest part for O'Toole was telling the other college coaches he wouldn't play for their schools.

"I don't like letting people down," O'Toole said.

Hometown hero

In the sprawling halls of Wheaton Warrenville South, O'Toole is far from the BMOC. Sure, most everybody knows who he is. But the head still easily fits under the doorway.

"If there's going to be a student who assumes the face of our school this year, I'm glad it's a young man like Reilly," Wheaton Warrenville South Principal Dave Claypool said. "He is one of the most affable students I've had the opportunity to meet. When he walks into the room he always has that great smile on his face.

"I admire someone who has received the kind of notoriety he has received this year and has survived that kind of pressure and expectations, and still carries himself as humbly as anybody in our school. He's a pretty special young man."

Watch him in the commons area before school or during the day and he's a regular guy. Claypool said he's a great role model.

There are reminders everywhere about the school's traditions. There's a giant stuffed tiger near the school office. Orange and black dominates the halls. And there are enough trophies in the cases for 10 schools.

O'Toole is adding to the legacy. In his own, quiet way.

Claypool, who grew up an Illinois fan, is happy to see O'Toole on his way to C-U.

"I like wherever Reilly likes," Claypool said. "I'm glad to know he's going to stay in the state and hopefully lead Illinois to something great."

Football keeps the low-key O'Toole active during the season. Even at school. He spends the final hour of the day in study hall with Muhitch. The coach calls it "Quarterback U." O'Toole watches film and discusses the game plan with the coach.

And he takes care of his classwork, with a high grade-point average at a competitive school.

O'Toole's teammates have his back. If you don't believe it, check out the video. If you can find it.

During the summer, O'Toole, his offensive linemen and running backs filmed a video to the Paul Simon song "You Can Call Me Al."

In the video, O'Toole faces dangerous situations. Each time, his teammates get in the way and lead him to safety.

"His teammates love him dearly," Claypool said.

O'Toole could have left at the semester and got a jump-start on his college career. Resisting a trend, O'Toole decided to come back for his second semester. He wants to play basketball and enjoy his final months with friends.

"He's a kid who cares about other kids," Tigers basketball coach and athletic director Mike Healy said. "In any sport, he makes your team better. When he's on the floor, there's a difference in how we play.

"I don't think I've coached a kid who has an athletic IQ like he does. He knows things before you teach him."

Muhitch hasn't coached a player with more superstitions. O'Toole has a routine. A serious routine.

After school on game day, O'Toole and two friends eat pasta, then go to the quarterback's house to play Madden on Xbox 360. One game. O'Toole is always the Titans, and defensive back Jack Machalek is the Bears. Running back Matt Rogers sleeps on the couch while they play.

"I've only lost once," O'Toole said. "After that, I drive them home. I always go the same way."

He puts his uniform on the same way every week. He starts on the lower body. When he's dressed, he walks down the stairs and takes a vitamin drink. He grabs an orange Gatorade and drives to school. The spots are numbered and he tries to take No. 5 (his uniform number).

"A couple of times, I've parked in spot 6 and spot 7," O'Toole said.

Family ties

The youngest of four kids, O'Toole remembers being able to throw the ball well in second grade.

He was usually the quarterback. Except the year he played offensive line and linebacker. What were those coaches thinking?

Quarterback suits him. He can lead.

"I like having a ball in my hands," O'Toole said. "I like the pressure and all the things that come with it."

He isn't following the family college tradition. Everybody else went to Kansas. His brother, Reagan, and sister, Molly, are seniors in Lawrence. His other sister, Maggie, is a sophomore at Bill Self's school. The family lived in Kansas until Reilly was 7.

"Kansas didn't really get hard core in my recruiting process," O'Toole said. "Illinois is a great fit for me."

He'll be here this weekend. And back again in the summer. To stay.

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kfj wrote on November 25, 2010 at 11:11 am

Interesting article. Go Illini!

JimOATSfan wrote on November 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Catch an O'Toole pass on ESPN3 Saturday at 5pm EST.

Click on the 'Featured Events' box in the top right of screen area, then the blue link "View Full Schedule". Use the tabs to select "Live" or "Upcoming" to locate the games.

Cheers & Go Illini!

blmillini wrote on November 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Sounds like another unselfish winner. I look forward to seeing Reilly in the Orange and Blue. I hope he redshirts in year one and battles for the starting job in year two. It should be fun having both his and Nathan's style available at the position.

YsoSerious wrote on November 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm

As it stands, O'toole must redshirt. Illinois football will be better off and odds are he will be as well. My point is this; If young Mr. O'toole is serious about Illinois football success he will put the team first and redshirt without complaint. That decsion will show his maturity. GO ILLINI!!

billyh23 wrote on November 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

Nathan has one year to get in the weight room and get a bigger arm!!

this kid will redshirt and then take over!!

kfj wrote on November 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

recruiting in PA?

North Allegheny holds off Woodland Hills


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WPIAL Class AAAA Championship North Allegheny vs. Woodland Hills

WPIAL Class AAAA Championship North Allegheny vs. Woodland Hills

North Allegheny vs. Woodland Hills in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game Saturday November 27, 2010 at Heinz Field.

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By Chris Harlan


Sunday, November 28, 2010

When times got tough, North Allegheny turned to Alex Papson, who carried the Tigers to the WPIAL title game.

Yet, here at Heinz Field, they couldn't.

With Papson injured, North Allegheny watched its offense stall and its three-touchdown lead shrink. But the Tigers' defense kept the WPIAL title from slipping away when it stopped Woodland Hills twice late in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 21-14 victory in the Class AAAA championship game.

Woodland Hills' final chance ended at midfield, when linebacker Clay Bunting intercepted a fourth-down pass with 17 seconds left.

"When our backs are up against the wall, that's when we play our best," said linebacker Kevin Cope, who had two sacks, a team-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble.

This was the second WPIAL title for North Allegheny (12-1), with its first coming in 1990. The Tigers will play at 7 p.m. Friday against State College (7-6) at Pine-Richland in the PIAA playoffs.

"This feels awesome," said senior Rob Kugler, who had five tackles, one sack and a 3-yard touchdown catch against Woodland Hills (9-4), the defending WPIAL champion.

With Papson on the field, North Allegheny built a 21-0 halftime lead. At that point, Papson had 93 yards on 20 carries. But early in the third, the 2,500-yard rusher left with a shoulder injury after just two more carries.

On the next play, backup Matt Steinbeck left with an ankle injury. Now missing both tailbacks, the Tigers' offense struggled.

"It's was a heavy blow to take," North Allegheny coach Art Walker said, "but I give them credit for their resilience. We tried to keep the clock rolling, and asked the defense to do it again for us one more time."

Woodland Hills scored twice in the third quarter to pull within a touchdown. The first was on a 46-yard pass from Pat Menifee to Shakim Alonzo. The second was a 25-yard run by Lafayette Pitts with 1:24 left in the quarter. But unlike their quarterfinal comeback against Mt. Lebanon, when the Wolverines forced overtime, there were no fourth-quarter heroics.

"We gave it a shot, and I'm proud of the effort," Woodland Hills coach George Novak said. "We can talk about 'what if,' but North Allegheny has a good football team. For the first half, I thought they were the Pittsburgh Steelers."

During those first two quarters, North Allegheny played a near-perfect half. The Tigers scored touchdowns on three of their first four possessions, including two touchdown passes by Buchert and a long scoring run by Papson.

At halftime, the Tigers led, 21-0.

With 2:07 left before halftime, Woodland Hills drove to the 3-yard line. But Pitts fumbled, and North Allegheny's Cope recovered to preserve the first-half shutout.

On nine first-half carries, Pitts had 10 yards. He finished with 49 yards on 18 carries.

North Allegheny took the lead, 7-0, with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Buchert to Kugler with 5:50 left in the first quarter. The pass ended a nine-play, 93-yard drive.

Early in the second, North Allegheny strung together another long scoring drive. The seven-play possession covered 75 yards, leading to an 18-yard touchdown pass from Buchert to receiver James Kleinhampl.

Buchert completed his first six passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

A resilient run by Papson gave the Tigers a three-touchdown lead. A straight-ahead carry by Papson seemingly was stopped for a short gain, but the 5-foot-8 runner fought through the crowd for a 43-yard touchdown run. The drive covered 65 yards in four plays. With 3:56 left in the second, North Allegheny led, 21-0.

"The run he broke was all him," Kugler said. "He was bottled up for a 4-yard gain, and then he took off. You lose that when he goes out."

kfj wrote on November 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

Clairton wins third-consecutive WPIAL Class A title


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WPIAL Class A Championship Clairton vs. Rochester

WPIAL Class A Championship Clairton vs. Rochester

Clairton defeats Rochester, 12-0, to claim the WPIAL Class A championship Saturday November 27, 2010 at Heinz Field.

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By Paul Schofield


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Penalties, turnovers and sandy turf at Heinz Field slowed Clairton's high-octane offense Saturday in the WPIAL Class A championship game.

But all of that couldn't prevent the Bears from winning their third consecutive title and their fourth in five years.

Quarterback Desimon Green accounted for two touchdowns, and the defense posted its ninth shutout, as the Bears blanked Rochester, 12-0, for their eighth WPIAL title.

This was the second consecutive season that Clairton defeated Rochester in the title game, and the victory is the Bears' 28th in a row. Clairton (13-0) has won the teams' past five meetings, including three in the WPIAL final.

Clairton, the defending PIAA champion, next plays District 5 champion North Star (9-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Somerset High School.

Clairton limited Rochester to 64 yards: 43 rushing and 21 passing.

"It was a typical Clairton-Rochester game," Clairton coach Tom Nola said. "Both teams played hard, aggressive defense. It was hard to score points. We squandered a couple scoring opportunities, but we made a few more plays than they did."

Clairton, which came in averaging nearly 50 points, managed 253 yards, but 10 penalties and three turnovers slowed its offense.

"We were our own worst enemy," Nola said. "We've been pretty good this year keeping our penalties down. We weren't against Rochester."

After Clairton's first two possessions ended with interceptions, the Bears finally got things going on their third. Green hit Tyler Boyd for 32 yards to the Rochester 30; two plays later, Green raced 26 yards for a touchdown to make it 6-0.

"They blitzed us the entire game," Green said. "They blitzed us more than anyone this season. We caught them on a zone read on my touchdown."

Rochester stopped a Clairton drive in the third quarter when defensive back Nick Tapia tipped a Green lateral, picked up the ball and raced 25 yards to the Rochester 40 before being tackled by Green. Rochester's offense failed to gain a yard on six possessions in the second and third quarters, but defense kept the Rams in the game.

"Tough defense is what you expect when you have two big heavyweights coming together," coach Gene Matsook said. "It could have gone either way. If we could have put together a drive, we could have won."

In the third quarter, Rochester caught Clairton in a blitz, but running back Devon Glass, who had four blockers in front of him, dropped a screen pass that might have gone for a touchdown.

Rochester drove to the Clairton 18 early in the fourth quarter and faced second-and-3. But running back De'Andre Moon was tackled for a 12-yard loss, then quarterback Jasson Adamson lost 5 more when he was sacked.

Rochester never threatened again.

"Clairton's defense is good, fast and it gets to the ball," Matsook said. "They did a good job taking us out of things. I thought if we held them under two touchdowns, we'd have a good chance. Our defense played as well as they did."

Clairton iced the victory with 37 seconds left when Green threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Trenton Coles.

"If we wouldn't have won, it would have been disappointing," said Green, a senior. "The previous two titles were nice, but this one is ours. We were just part of the others."

kfj wrote on November 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

AAAA finalists no strangers to WPIAL playoffs

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By George Guido


Sunday, November 28, 2010

• North Allegheny and Woodland Hills are frequent participants in the WPIAL playoffs. NA was in the WPIAL postseason for the 24th time since the school district began sponsoring football in 1954. Woodland Hills has made the playoffs 22 times in its 24-year existence.

• While no official attendance figures will be available for a few days, crowds Saturday were up from the past of couple of years of finals at Heinz Field. WPIAL officials said the presale for the four games was about 8,500 and the walk-up sale was around 10,000. Central Valley sold $12,000 worth of tickets at the school during the week. North Allegheny's rooting section filled much of the lower bowl on its designated side. It was the first Tigers appearance at Heinz Field; they last made the finals in 1998 at Three Rivers Stadium.

• Teams in the early games found out that PATs aren't routine at Heinz Field. The first five touchdowns of the day were followed by failed kicking or passing attempts. However, the final touchdown of the Class AA game was followed by a successful extra point attempt by South Fayette's Tyler Yee. The Class AAA game featured successful PATs after all four touchdowns, plus a field goal by Central Valley's Greg Nicastro. All three North Allegheny first-half touchdowns were followed by Alex Greenblat adding PATs.

• North Allegheny's defense had seven tackles for losses in the first half alone, with the biggest a sack by Kevin Cope on Patrick Menifee for a 17-yard loss in the second period. The Tigers held the Wolverines to just 1 of 5 on third-down conversions and 25 net rushing yards.

kfj wrote on November 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

South Fayette rolls past Aliquippa for Class AA title


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By Keith Barnes


Sunday, November 28, 2010

South Fayette made it to Heinz Field largely on the strength of senior quarterback Christian Brumbaugh's right arm.

Clinging to a six-point lead over Aliquippa in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AA championship game, Brumbaugh adjusted his role.

He went from field general to game manager and helped his team win South Fayette's first WPIAL football title in 46 years with a 19-6 victory over the Quips.

South Fayette will play District 9 champion Brockway (12-0) in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday at West Allegheny High School in the school's first state playoff game.

It is the first time South Fayette (13-0) had won a championship game since defeating Aspinwall for the Class B crown in 1936. The Lions were awarded the Class B title in 1964 on Gardner Points.

"We have two tight ends and a fullback, and people think that we throw the ball all over the place, but we're able to pound it when we need to," South Fayette coach Joe Rossi said. "We thought about going to it earlier, but we saw some things we liked."

On the clinching drive, South Fayette (13-0) went 70 yards during a 12-play drive that took 6:01, including a key fourth-down conversion, and ended when Trevor Fiorentini scored with 2:25 left in the game. Most surprising for a team that has thrown for almost 3,000 yards this season was that all 12 plays were runs.

"Personally, the line, we like to pound the ball up the middle, we like to run on teams, and it shows our true strength," South Fayette senior lineman Nick Faraci said. "I feel we're the best line in the WPIAL, and I think we showed it on that last drive just pounding the ball."

Although Brumbaugh, the fourth-leading passer in WPIAL history, did pick up 11 yards on a scramble during that drive, he was mostly relegated to handoff duty. Prior to that, though, Brumbaugh had completed 12 of 23 for 147 yards and two touchdowns.

He hit Tyler Challingsworth with 6:51 left in the first quarter to open the scoring and cap a five-play, 88-yard drive. Brumbaugh found Zach Challingsworth for 5 yards and the go-ahead touchdown 4:44 into the second half.

"Zach came across on a drag route, and that's one of our 'man-beater' plays," Brumbaugh said. "We got him in motion, and I saw they were in 'man.' (The defensive back) just followed him across the field, and I just got it to him and let him walk into the end zone."

Aliquippa (12-1), which fell to 13-8 all-time in WPIAL championship games, certainly had its opportunities to turn this game into a rout in its favor. The Quips lost four fumbles — three in the second half — including three in the red zone.

In addition, Aliquippa also committed two critical penalties that ended other drives deep in South Fayette territory. The Quips held a significant edge in total yards (357-242) in the game and dominated time of possession (17:14 to 6:46) in the first half. But they stood tied, 6-6, at intermission. Dravon Henry's 2-yard touchdown run was their only score.

"It's part of the game that, if you don't take care of the ball and play defense, that you're probably going to lose," Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac said. "We played really good defense and didn't take care of the ball, and that's what happens."

kfj wrote on November 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

Central Valley upsets Montour to win WPIAL Class AAA championship


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WPIAL Class AAA Championship Central Valley vs. Montour

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Central Valley defeats Montour, 24-7, to claim the WPIAL Class AAA championship Saturday November 27, 2010 at Heinz Field.

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By Dan Stefano


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Central Valley hasn't been around long enough to have much tradition or lore surrounding its football program.

But Robert Foster just became a legend at the first-year school.

The speedy sophomore with as many uses as a Swiss Army knife returned a punt 35 yards for a score, had a 70-yard touchdown catch, ran for 56 yards and connected on a 17-yard pass to propel the 14th-seeded Warriors to a 24-7 win over No. 1 Montour in Saturday's WPIAL Class AAA title game at Heinz Field.

One more admirable trait of the budding star: humility.

"We do it for the team. It's not what I do," the soft-spoken receiver said. "It's not about that; it's for the team."

That attitude represents the successful job Central Valley's coaches and players have done this fall in merging the Monaca and Center programs. It culminated in a playoff run in which the Warriors upset the third, sixth, second and first seeds after finishing fourth in the Parkway Conference.

"(There were) a lot of question marks about how you bring two communities together," said coach Mark Lyons, who lost three straight WPIAL title games with Monaca from 1998 to 2000. "Our players, they were out in the forefront, and they kind of set the blueprint to show how that goes."

It's not over. Central Valley (10-3) will meet District 10 champion Erie Cathedral Prep in the PIAA quarterfinals Friday night at Veterans Stadium in Erie.

While the Warriors march on, the Spartans are lamenting the end of one of the best seasons in program history. Montour (12-1) was held to a season low in points. Its previous low came — maybe not coincidentally — against Central Valley, though the Spartans won that Oct. 8 conference game, 12-7.

"We just need to execute better," coach Lou Cerro said. "I'm proud of my kids and how they played throughout the year."

Montour reached the scoreboard first early in the second quarter: Running back Julian Durden took a handoff up the middle, weaved his way between defenders and broke a tackle near the goal line for a 24-yard run to the end zone.

As the lone bright spot for Montour's offense, Durden finished with a game-high 158 rushing yards. Quarterback Dillon Buechel had 147 yards and two costly interceptions on 19-of-36 passing.

"We just have a great group on defense," said Central Valley linebacker Lukas Turley, who had a game-high 11 tackles, an interception and a sack. "Our (defensive backs) came up big."

After Durden's score, Central Valley's offense came to life when Foster's 54-yard run down the left sideline put the Warriors in the red zone. But, four snaps later, an errant Matt Bradford pass was picked off by Montour's Aaron Reed in the end zone.

With the ball at its 20, Montour couldn't muster a first down, and the field position battle turned worse when a punt netted just 11 yards. Central Valley turned to fullback Lukas Turley; the senior carried on six of the next seven snaps to take the Warriors to the 1-yard line, and Bradford scored on a keeper to tie the score, 7-7.

After the Warriors forced Montour into a second straight three-and-out, the Spartans booted another weak kick. Following a bounce, Foster fielded the ball at full sprint at the Montour 35 and dashed untouched into the end zone.

Early in the fourth quarter, Montour drove deep into Central Valley territory, but a Turley sack at the 30 on fourth down ended the threat. On the first play after the sack, Bradford threw a strike 20 yards downfield to Foster, who ran unabated to the end zone to complete a 70-yard scoring play.