Sayre pulls out win over CMVT.

By: Matt Beltz | Towanda Daily Review | September 28, 2014

 

BLOOMSBURG - There's nothing worse than making a two-hour drive to get to a road game and then having to make the return trip after a loss.

Sayre made sure it didn't have to worry about that scenario on Saturday as the Redskins made the trip to the opposite end of District 4 and returned home with their first win of the season, 32-20 over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech on a very warm afternoon.

"Our guys didn't give up on themselves and that was the key to this," said Sayre coach Larry Hanfin. "The players didn't give up on themselves and the coaches didn't give up on the players and it's no different than life - you just have to try a little harder than what's going against you and something good can happen for you."

The 32 points by the Redskins more than doubled their season total thus far, as they had scored just 21 points in their first four games. Garrett Weaver led the way with 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries while quarterback Marshall Felt threw for 64 yards and ran for 52 and a touchdown. James Harbst kicked a pair of field goals and also scored a touchdown. Sayre also took advantage of two CMVT turnovers, as they scored 10 points off two recovered fumbles. There were seven combined fumbles in the game - four by the Rams and three by the Redskins.

"For us to get the win traveling two hours away on a Saturday afternoon when it's really hot against a very determined team, I couldn't be prouder and I'm just very pleased for these players," said Hanafin.

The first of those points off turnovers came early as CMVT fumbled on their first possession deep in their own territory. Sayre recovered and the Rams' nine-yard line and settled for a 21-yard field goal by Harbst.

CMVT would come back on their ensuing possession to take the lead as they got great field position after a 69-yard kickoff return by Chris Zanolini to set them up at the Sayre 20. Zanolini would then finish the drive four plays later with a seven-yard run to put CMVT up 6-3.

It would be Sayre that would take advantage of outstanding field position next as CMVT got pinned deep after a nice 38-yard punt by Sayre early in the second quarter. The Rams would get pushed back even further on a penalty and then a poor punt resulted in Sayre taking possession at CMVT's 20. The Redskins would need just two plays to score and take the lead when Weaver punched it in for his first of two scores on the day.

The Rams then drove all the way to the Sayre 17 and were on the verge of taking back the lead until they lost their second fumble of the day. Sayre would only need two plays to go 86 yards to extend its lead as Weaver ripped off a 45-yard run followed by Felt breaking loose for a 41-yard scamper into the end zone to make it 15-6 heading into halftime.

The Redskins would extend that lead 18-6 on a field goal on their first possession of the second half. From there, however, the Rams seized the momentum as they got another long kickoff return - this one for 65 yards - and then Zanolini ran it in two plays later and also ran in the two-point conversion to cut the Sayre lead to 18-14.

"They had a good game plan," said Hanafin of the Rams. "When they got ahead of us in the adjustments, they moved the ball and were very successful and then when we got ahead of them in what we were doing, we moved the ball on them."

Sayre then committed its only turnover of the game on the first play from scrimmage on its next possession and the Rams capitalized in just three plays as Nicholas Kocan broke loose for a 47-yard run, giving the Rams a 20-14 lead. CMVT then recovered an onside kick but there were unable to keep the momentum going as they were forced to punt.

After the punt, the Redskins were the ones that got the momentum back as they took possession near midfield and in just four plays, scored to retake the lead for good on Harbst's 25-yard run just before the end of the third quarter.

An 11-play drive that took nearly seven minutes was then put together by the Rams on their next possession but it only produced 36 yards and it stalled on fourth down at the Sayre 41. From there, the Redskins put together their own long drive, this one going 11 plays and 60 yards and spanning over five minutes, which was capped by Weaver's second touchdown of the day that iced the game.