H.S. FOOTBALL: Penns Manor 31, Ligonier Valley 29
LIGONIER — Penns Manor sophomores Clayton Stupic and Nathan Dumm hooked up for a 37-yard pass as time expired, capping an improbable final drive to give the Comets a victory over Ligonier Valley in a Heritage Conference football game Friday night at Weller Field.
Penns Manor survived the battle of undefeated teams, improving to 7-0, while Ligonier Valley fell to 6-1.
Penns Manor held the lead for most of the game, but Ligonier Valley struck for three touchdowns in a wild fourth quarter that featured five scores, and the Rams took a 29-25 lead on Scott Fennel’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Alec Bloom with 35 seconds remaining.
With starting quarterback Lucas Kowalski on crutches after suffering a knee injury earlier in the game, Stupic, the backup, led Penns Manor on a 91-yard drive in 33 seconds — and the Comets needed every second. Penns Manor got the final snap off with 1 second on the clock after it had been temporarily stopped for a first down.
Stupic completed four of five passes, all on the final drive, for 86 yards.
Bloom, a 6-foot-7 receiver, caught 10 passes for 186 yards, including nine for 156 and two touchdowns in the second half.
Fennel went 18 of 35 passing for 250 yards. He was intercepted twice in the first half.
Kowalski gained 82 yards on 17 carries and ran for two touchdowns, but he left the game after his second score, with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter. He hit Dumm for a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Dumm had not had a touchdown catch this season before making two Friday.
Louie Tate also scored for the Comets.
Collin Smith and Dereck Croyle had touchdown runs for Ligonier Valley.
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