PORT ALLEGANY – Blaine Moses had a decision to make.
He had already secured a first try on the game, but with a defender separating him from the end zone, he would have to cut left or right to escape Coudersport’s last line of defense. Instead, however, Moses simply went through it.
Moses’ power run was the theme of much of the Port Allegany football team’s 46-20 victory over Coudy, in which Moses ran for 371 yards and six touchdowns.
“For us, there was no secret what we were going to try to do,” said Port Allegany coach Justin Bienkowski. âWe felt Coudersport was a bit sensitive to the race. We also tried to mix up some gameplay (passing) action there. “
Coudy had no response for the hasty attack on Moses and Gator overnight.
Moses benefited from Port’s clear advantage on the line of scrimmage, as the Gators repeatedly opened running lanes between tackles. From there, the 6-2, 190-pound senior took it on his own, going over, around and through future tacklers Coudy.
“They were in control of the line of scrimmage which was pretty obvious,” Coudy coach Frank Brown said. â(Moses) definitely ran downhill. He stayed inside the tackle box and broke tackles, I mean he ran like a man.
Moses put the Gators on the board nine minutes into the first quarter, scoring a 22-yard touchdown. He would add 36 yards early in the second period before a 46-yard pass from Drew Evens to AJ Wiley established a third from Moses, the latter at four yards.
Port took a 22-6 halftime lead before Moses scored three more goals in the second half at 14, 24 and six yards.
âNo nonsense,â Bienkowski said of Moses. âSuper coachable. Deserves all the accolades he receives and does not want all the accolades. He couldn’t say enough about his offensive line on the bench at halftime. When he got out of the game at the end, he wanted to take a picture with them.
Port’s offensive line earned praise from Bienkowski, who pointed out that of the Gators’ five starting linemen, none are senior.
âIt doesn’t surprise anyone the way they work in training,â Bienkowski said. “I can’t say enough about them from tackle to tackle.”
Evens completed 9 of 20 passing attempts for 160 yards while adding 61 rushing yards in 10 rushing attempts.
Evens and Moses took the brunt of Port’s offensive play with running back Noah Archer unavailable for the past two weeks. To accommodate Archer’s absence, Bienkowski said, the Gators relied more on their running game than before.
âWhen we had Noah, we were relying on a 50/50 (run and pass),â Bienkowski said. âWith him out, we are relying on heavy running. Play good defense and lead the football. Play the action pass when we need it, we shot (Wiley), the pro pass has been good all night, but our identity is definitely going to be to establish the run. “
Wiley caught two passes for 53 yards while Peyton Stiles had five receptions for 76 yards.
Coudy counter-cut the Gators a few times during the game, but in addition to forcing and recovering a pair of fumbles, he struggled to muster a lot of offense. Xander Brown scored a five-yard rushing touchdown after the Falcons recovered a fumble on the Port 7-yard line late in the first quarter, and Dylan Kelly scored eight yards in the third.
The Falcons were injured by the loss of quarterback Gavyn Ayers at halftime after sustaining an injury. The match, initially scheduled for Saturday, had been moved to Monday due to the return of some Coudy players from quarantine as well.
âWe got young really quickly at halftime,â said Brown. âWhen (Ayers) gets hurt, we miss a lot out there. He’s basically the captain of our offense and he’s a 48-minute player. Same thing with (senior running back) Logan (Ruter), and we’re coming out of this quarantine, so we’re not as conditioned as we would like. “
Port’s strong defense also didn’t help the Falcons, as they won battles on the line of scrimmage while also thwarting Coudy’s attempts to throw the ball, allowing a total of 24 passing yards. Moses had 6.5 total tackles while Gavin Burgess had six tackles and Payton Spencer added five.
The Gators improved to 2-2 while the Falcons fell to 1-3. Each team faces a quick turnaround heading into Week 6, as Port heads to Union / AC Valley (3-1) while Coudy hosts Bucktail (0-4).
âI thought the plan was great, the scheme was great,â Bienkowski said. âIt’s just a matter of playing four quarters of football. We’re a pretty young team and it’s still hard for these kids to realize how hard playing a 48 minute football game is. “