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Black Knights shut out C/S/P, 27-0

September 14, 2016
By Cody Crandall - , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Throughout the first two weeks of the season, one of the most impressive teams on the gridiron in the ultra-competitive Class D has undoubtedly been the Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights.

Following their 26-7 Week One win over Randolph, Noah Radack completed 19-of-30 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns, Bill Seiders rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive game and the Black Knights' defense stifled Clymer/Sherman/Panama in an eventual 27-0 shutout victory at Harry W. Brosius Field on Saturday afternoon.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama (0-2, 0-2) received the opening kickoff and moved the ball well before the drive stalled and the Black Knights' stout defense found its footing.

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Silver Creek/Forestville’s Billy Seiders looks for running room during his team’s Class D high school football game against Clymer/Sherman/Panama, on Saturday, at Sherman High School.

After two games and eight quarters, Silver Creek/Forestville's defense still hasn't been scored on and the only points against the Black Knights to this point have come courtesy of an 88-yard kickoff return from Randolph's Sam Jacobi.

"I think we're able to fix things pretty quickly," Silver Creek/Forestville head coach Sean Helmer explained when asked about the stellar play of his defensive unit. "(Clymer/Sherman/Panama) moved the ball on the first drive. They had things well schemed out and we were able to fix things I think pretty quickly. Our front is active. They fly around and we're able to get off the field on third down a lot more than we ever have."

Saturday, the Black Knights' defense was led in part by Seiders (six tackles), Luke Szumigala (5 tackles) and Macadam Gadewoltz (4 tackles).

The Silver Creek/Forestville offense got things rolling late in the first quarter, when Radack lofted a deep 34-yard pass perfectly into the arms of senior receiver Chris Williams for a touchdown, which gave the Black Knights a 6-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Radack, who was an honorable-mention all-state choice last season, threw his second touchdown of the day to receiver Tom Galfo from 26 yards out to extend Silver Creek/Forestville's lead to 12-0 heading into halftime.

"(Radack) is pretty gifted," Helmer said of his skilled senior signal caller. "He's a smart kid. I think (his) experience is the big thing. And he doesn't really get rattled."

Austin Eggleston punched the ball in from 1 yard out and Galfo caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Radack in the third quarter to round out Silver Creek/Forestville's scoring.

Galfo ended his productive day with 92 yards on eight catches to go along with his two scores while Williams hauled in three passes for 53 yards and his one touchdown. Seiders wound up with 108 rushing yards on 13 carries.

"(Our offensive versatility) is huge," Helmer stressed. "We have multiple guys that can come in and sub on the offensive line. In this game in particular, we got some young guys some time in the backfield (as well)."

The Wolfpack showed flashes, but the first half and the whole game for that matter was somewhat of a struggle to find consistency on the offensive side of the football.

"When defenses adjust to what we are doing well, we have to be able to change what we're doing and execute," Clymer/Sherman/Panama head coach Ty Harper emphasized. "I think that's what it really comes down to. We had some holes that were open in the first half and we were either slow to the hole or we had a guy that would miss a block and it really just comes down to execution. We had a couple of passes that we threw where physically we made mistakes and that's going to happen. But we have to be mentally tough enough to bounce back from that and make the play the next time we get a chance."

Korey Ayers was the leading rusher for Clymer/Sherman/Panama with 52 yards on 15 carries while quarterback Justin Svetz completed 5-of-13 passes through the air.

Defensively, Adam Linger and Colt Miller were each in on 10 tackles for the Wolfpack and Josh VanEarden intercepted a pass.

Things won't get any easier next week for the Wolfpack, as the team will travel to take on 2-0 Maple Grove on Friday night.

"Franklinville/Ellicottville is a great team, they won the section last year," Harper said. "Silver Creek(/Forestville) and Maple Grove are great programs, they are down from Class C. ... If we can get through the first three weeks healthy, I like the back end of our schedule. I want to see how we respond to adversity."

The Black Knights will look to improve to 3-0 when they hit the road to face Portville (0-2) on Friday.

"We're trying to convince them that we should be getting better and better each week," Helmer said in regard to his team's red-hot start to the 2016 campaign. "There is some (more) really good football teams ahead (on our schedule). And each week in (Class) D, I don't care who you are playing, they're well-coached, they're always in the right spots and they're tough kids. ... It's a meat-grinder of a season. That's the way I look at it."



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