H.S. FOOTBALL: Northern Cambria 26, Purchase Line 7
PURCHASE LINE — Northern Cambria’s offense didn’t skip a beat in the absence of injured starting quarterback Dartagnan Suchar, and the Colts rolled to a victory over Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference football game Friday night at Barry T. Madill Memorial Field.
Suchar, a running quarterback, was out with a foot injury so the Colts (2-3) were without their top rusher and field general, but Joe Frontino and Nolan Paronish carried the ball for well more than 100 yards each, and sophomore Tyler Pershing filled in admirably under center as Northern Cambria outgained Purchase Line 383-185.
Frontino, a senior, broke free for a 51-yard score, one of his two first-half touchdowns as the Colts opened up a 20-0 lead. He led Northern Cambria with 175 yards on 17 carries.
Nolan Paronish gained 141 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 28-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Pershing ran the offense effectively and added a dimension of passing, going 5 of 10 for 65 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He hit Evan Waldron over the middle for a 19-yard score in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Purchase Line (1-4) had a frustrating night, digging itself a hole early.
Hunter Rice scored on an 87-yard run in the fourth quarter and finished as the team’s rushing leader with 94 yards on six carries. Grant Syster was held to 38 yards on 14 carries.
Forced to the air, Purchase Line completed 6 of 21 passes. Quarterback Alec Sunderlin was 5 of 19 for 51 yards.
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