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Bloomsburg @ South Williamsport 11/9/12


The Bloomsburg Panthers were looking for revenge Friday night in their district playoff game against South Williamsport. In the end the Panthers weren't able to stop the South Williamsport offense and lost the game 32-16. Quarterback Ricky Klingerman received glory as he set Bloomsburg's single-season passing mark with 175 yards. Bloomsburg went into half-time without putting any points on the board. Klingerman found Zach Ashford in the third quarter for a 17-yard touchdown pass and managed to run for two extra points. In the fourth quarter Klingerman had a 1-yard run for their final touchdown of the game. And it was a family effort in the end as Ricky Klingerman passed to John Klingerman for two more extra points. Game final South Williamsport 32...Bloomsburg 16.

Bloomsburg vs. Central 11/2/12


Two local rivals met at Bloomsburg University's Redman Stadium Friday night to finish of the regular season of high school football. The Bloomsburg and Central Columbia battled it out, and in the end Bloomsburg's Panthers came up with a 34-12 victory over the Blue Jays. Central's scoring plays came in the first and third quarters, but the team missed out on the extra points after both of those touchdowns. Bloomsburg scored twice in the first quarter with a 24-yard run by Evan Ball and a 6-yard pass from Ricky Klingerman to John Klingerman. In the second quarter Klingerman completed passes to Colby Klingerman and Tyler Vincent. The Blue Jay defense was able to stop Bloomsburg from scoring in the third quarter...but couldn't stop a fourth quarter TD between Klingerman and Ball with 4:06 left to play. Both teams move on to the district playoffs this week.

Bloomsburg vs Danville Friday October 26th


It was a tense night a Panther Stadium as both the Bloomsburg Football team and Danville's Ironmen battled it out on the field. In the end the Bloomsburg Panther's held the Ironmen off to beat them 14-12. Bloomsburg's two touchdowns came in the first half of the game...the first a 1-yard run by Evan Ball, and the second a 12-yard touchdown reception by John Klingerman. Bloomsburg will battle it out again at Panther Stadium this Friday night against the Central Columbia Blue Jays in the WHLM High School Football Game of the Week.

Bloomsburg @ Mifflinburg 10/19/12


Bloomsburg traveled to play the Mifflinburg Wildcats Friday night coming out on top 39 to 22 to stay in the hunt for the District 4 Class A playoffs. Quarterback Ricky Klingerman lead the team putting points on the scoreboard each quarter. The first set of those points came in the first two minutes of the game. The team kept up their intensity through the game, and the defense held Mifflinburg's offense to 22 points. Bloomsburg plays Danville at home this week in the WHLM High School Football Game of the Week.

Bloomsburg hung in against an overwhelming Southern team this week. Southern who had dominated opponents on offense, found a surprising test in Larry Sones' Bloomsburg team. With a final score of 32-20 in favor of Southern Columbia, Bloomsburg played a tight game on both sides of the ball, but was unraveled on special teams, where multiple turnovers put points on the board for the Tigers. The Panthers move to 5-2 and travel to Mifflinburg next week.

The Bloomsburg High School Panthers came out this week with a big victory over Muncy. Quarterback Ricky Klingerman had one of his biggest nights of the season throwing for 330 yards and leading the Panthers to their fifth consecutive win. Both teams had come into the game with one loss, but the panthers sent the game into the mercy rule with their 42-20 victory. Bloomsburg gets set to square off against Southern Columbia at Panther Stadium next week.

Bloomsburg moved to 4-1 on the legs of their most powerful running display yet, racking up over 200 yards to win 48-21 over a shorthanded Montgomery team. Evan Ball managed to score three touchdowns on the ground on only five touches, showcasing Bloomsburg’s dominance in this game. Bloomsburg will be preparing to face Muncy away this week.

Bloomsburg moved to 3-1 this week with a big win over Jersey Shore, 35-13. Special teams were the story for the Panthers who swarmed to the ball all game. Ricky Klingerman converted on two fourth down touchdowns to John Klingerman, to lift Bloomsburg over a reeling Jersey Shore. Jersey Shore made a late push with great running coming from back Utoah Agaenaipo, who managed 71 second half yards. Bloomsburg travels to Mongomery this week.

Bloomsburg @ Warrior Run Friday September 14, 2012


The Bloomsburg Panthers came away from Warrior Run with a big win Friday night. They kept Warrior run to just one touchdown in the first half and sailed onto a 46-7 victory over the Defenders. The team had a total of 405 yards for the game. This week the Panthers are at home against Jersey Shore in the WHLM High School Game of the week.

The Bloomsburg Panthers were able to rebound from a troubling week 1 loss with an impressive showing against Hughesville, racking up 41 points in their 41-14 route. Quarterback Ricky Klingerman passed for over 300 yards in the home opener at Panther Stadium, connecting with John Klingerman for his two touchdowns through the air. This was a big turnaround for a Bloomsburg team that struggled defensively in week one, limiting Hughesville to less than 240 yards of total offense. The Panthers travel to Warrior Run next week, hoping to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Bloomsburg @ South Williamsport, Friday August 31st


While Blake Rankin piled up gaudy numbers and attention during Bloomsburg’s run to the District IV AA championship game, the secret weapon in the Panthers’ late season run was the improved play of their defense.

After allowing 67 in a loss to Southern Columbia and 40 in a defeat at Hughesville, the Panthers did not allow more than 28 in a game the rest of the season. That was plenty for an offense which was not held under 27 in their first 11 games.

In their first game without Rankin as the starting quarterback since 2007, Bloomsburg hit the 27-point mark, but it was the struggles to contain the South Williamsport running game that contributed to a 34-27 road loss Friday night. The Mounties ran for 318 yards and four scores on 38 carries as they picked up their first Heartland Conference Division III win over Bloomsburg since the conference’s inception in 2008.

In 2011, the Bloomsburg football team overcame a flooded home stadium, back-to-back losses with 40-plus points allowed and four consecutive road games to reach the district championship game.


Now they’ll try to replace a four-year starter at quarterback.


Blake Rankin, who had started every game since the opener in 2008, went down with a broken leg in the opening series of that district title game at Mount Carmel. In came Ricky Klingerman, and while the Panthers fell 28-0, Bloomsburg coach Larry Sones took note of his 2012 quarterback’s postgame mentality.


“I was impressed with his attitude,” Sones said. “Immediately after that game was over, he says, ‘I’ll be ready next year, Coach.’”


The junior’s transition will be eased by the presence of a skill position group which was on the receiving end of 17 of Rankin’s 20 passing touchdowns last year. The group is highlighted by senior John Klingerman, who accounted for 1,150 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches in 2011. John’s younger brother Colby, a junior, had 22 catches a season ago and Sones believes Colby is prepared to take his game to a new level.


“They’re No. 2 (John) and they’re No. 3 (Colby) and you better get a good look in the face. When you see them out on the field, there’s not that much difference between the two, physically, athletically,” Sones said. “Colby’s going to open some eyes this year.”


Seniors Jason Broadt and Mitchell Fornwald along with junior Zach Ashford and sophomore Brandon Breisch are also expected to contribute at wide receiver. Senior Tyler Vincent is penciled in as the eventual starting tight end, but is currently out due to an undisclosed issue. Junior tight end Cole Frye will begin the season as the starter.


In the backfield, junior Evan Ball and sophomore Sam Miller return. They’ll be running behind a line with three starters back. Seniors Kevin Gross, at left tackle, Avery Keefer, at left guard and Mark Drumm, at right tackle, are expected to provide stability. Junior Derek Sneidman is the favorite to start at center and right guard will be manned by either sophomore T. J. Harkins or sophomore Jacob Williams.


Williams is also in the mix on the defensive line in Bloomsburg’s 3-5 formation. All three starters, Drumm, Gross and Keefer, are back, but Keefer is being considered for a role at inside linebacker. Sneidman will get a look on the defensive line as well.


Both Ball and Broadt are returning starters at the outside linebacker spots. Along with Keefer, Harkins and freshman Tyler Hendricks are being tried out at inside linebacker. Upon his return, Vincent will start on the inside. Sones said with the absence of Vincent and the graduation of 2011 leading tackler Ryan Longenberger and Chris Thomas, the inside linebacker position is the team’s greatest concern.


Conversely, Sones cited the team’s secondary as an area with quality depth. John and Colby Klingerman, who combined for 22 pass break-ups in 2011, will be the starting cornerbacks. Fornwald will also rotate in. Ashford is expected to start at safety with Breisch seeing time as well.


In addition to accounting for 48 touchdowns in 2011, Rankin, now a Rutgers freshman, was a first-team all-conference punter. Broadt will fill that role this season. According to Sones, the rest of the kicking game remains a question mark.


Where there is no question mark is in the return game. John and Colby Klingerman will return kickoffs and John Klingerman, who had three touchdown returns in 2011, will return punts.


John Klingerman is part of a senior class which includes six 2011 starters, five of whom were two-way starters. Sones has high expectations for that experienced core in 2012.


“There’s a good senior group that’s been together for quite some time,” Sones said. “They know what it takes to get to a level that we want to get to.”


For Sones, achieving that level means focusing on collective growth as the season progresses towards the postseason.


“Get to the playoffs and be playing your best ball at that time,” Sones said. “Improve as a group and improve individually.”


Bloomsburg opens the 2012 season at 7 p.m., Friday, August 31, at South Williamsport.


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