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Eggleston throws five TD passes to lift Wolfpack to 41-6 victory over Cardinals

October 5, 2016
By Cody Crandall - , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - Last week against Portville, backup quarterback Nolan Eggleston was thrust into the spotlight for Clymer/Sherman/Panama and helped lead the Wolfpack to their first Class D win of the season.

Saturday against Randolph, Eggleston - along with the rest of his teammates - upped their game to an even higher level against the Cardinals.

Eggleston completed 12-of-19 passes for 271 yards and five touchdowns, senior wideout Kolby Parks hauled in four passes for 174 yards and two scores, Tanner Ramsey ran for 61 yards and a touchdown and the Wolfpack defense stymied Randolph in a resounding 41-6 victory.

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Tanner Ramsey rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack.

"It's great, it's absolutely great," Clymer/Sherman/Panama (2-3) head coach Ty Harper said following his team's second win in a row. "We knew that we had the potential when we came into training camp this year and it was just a matter of executing and putting everything together. ...The last six quarters, it's really come together and we're playing well right now."

Randolph (2-3) took the opening kickoff and methodically marched down the field in a drive that culminated in Dylan Williams punching it into the end zone from around 2 yards out to stake the visitors to a 6-0 lead.

But, despite unofficially running for 225 yards, that would be the only score of the game for the Cardinals, who put up 36 points last week in a one-point loss to Franklinville/Ellicottville.

"We could move the ball, we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot," Randolph head coach Brent Brown stated. "And then defensively, I don't think we stopped them at all in the first half. Once you get down by a couple of scores, the game plan changes, things get tougher and (Clymer/Sherman/Panama) played good. That's probably the most physical team we've played yet."

On the ensuing Wolfpack drive, Eggleston hooked up with Parks for a 63-yard touchdown.

Eggleston added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Davis and Josh VanEarden hauled in a touchdown reception with less than a minute left in the second quarter to give the Wolfpack a 21-6 lead heading into the locker room.

"The (offensive) line gave me a lot of time to throw," the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Eggleston explained. "And all my receivers, I couldn't overthrow them. Usually they get the ball every time I put it near them."

"(Eggleston) has just been unbelievably confident from the (first) moment he went into the game," Harper added. "There was no doubt in his mind that he was going to be able to get the job done. I think he's brought a steadiness to our offense. I just think he believes he's going to get it done every time he drops back and so far he has."

In the third quarter, Parks hauled in another long pass from Eggleston, this time from 78 yards out, to make the score 28-6 in favor of Clymer/Sherman/Panama.

Also, Ramsey reached paydirt on a 44-yard run in the second half and junior wide receiver Jared Gleason caught a 25-yard touchdown toss from Eggleston to round out the Wolfpack's scoring.

Defensively for Clymer/Sherman/Panama, Colt Miller, Dylan Marsh and Carter Morse were in on 11 tackles each. In addition, Parks finished with five tackles and intercepted a pass, while Korey Ayers recovered a fumble.

"I'll tell you what, no one works harder than coach (Chris) Payne," Harper emphasized. "In terms of scheming up the other team's offense, he watches a ton of film, he has everybody scouted out by every formation that they run, every play that they run, the frequency of the plays that they run. ... It comes down to the kids executing and doing their job. They took the plan that Coach Payne put in place for them and just did a great job."

Williams ended up with 109 yards on 20 carries for the Cardinals and Nick Martonis ran for 55 yards on 10 attempts.

Randolph will look to bounce back from two straight losses Friday when it hosts Frewsburg.

"We've got to get healthy, first of all," Brown said. "I mean this is one week. Obviously you don't want a game to go like that, but we'll see. ... When we're healthy, we can play. ...That's just it. (We) can fold up or we see what (we) got. I think we'll be alright."

The Wolfpack will look to make it three wins in a row when they host Catt-Little Valley Saturday in Panama.

"I can't say enough about my guys," Harper stressed. "They've never quit, they've never given up. ... I think that confidence is big in high school football. And, right now, we're a confident football team."

NOTES: Gleason caught two passes for 56 yards for the Wolfpack, while Ayers ran for 47 yards on five carries.

Randolph 6 0 0 0 - 6

Clymer/Sherman/Panama 7 14 14 6 - 41

RAN - Williams 2 run (kick no good)

CSP - Parks 63 pass from Eggleston (Miller kick good)

CSP - Davis 5 pass from Eggleston (kick fail)

CSP - VanEarden 11 pass from Eggleston (Ramsey run good)

CSP - Parks 78 pass from Eggleston (Miller kick good)

CSP - Ramsey 44 run (Miller kick good)

CSP - Gleason 25 pass from Eggleston (kick fail)



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