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Columbia Montour Vo Tech vs Pius X 11/3/12

 

The Columbia Montour Vo Tech Rams played their final game of the regular season against Pius X at home Saturday afternoon. The Rams had the first points of the game with a 10-yard TD pass from Tristan Starr to Kyle Neiswender. Pius X answered with a TD pass with 3:54 left in the first quarter...and quickly scored twice more before the first quarter was over. Down 27-6 at half time the Rams never gave up...scoring in the final minute of play with a 5 yard run from Bobby Christiansen, and 2 extra points with :24 seconds left on the clock. Final score of the game was 41-14 for Pius X victory.



Columbia Montour Vo Tech @ North Penn Friday October 26th

 

The Columbia Montour Vo Tech Rams were on the road Friday night to play at North Penn. The Rams were shut out in a 42-0 North Penn victory. Injuries have made it necessary for the Rams to use backups in a few positions on the field this season. After allowing 35 points in the first half of the game, the Rams defense was able to keep the North Penn offense to only one score in the second half of the game. Vo Tech will finish out the season Saturday afternoon at home against Pius X.



Vo-Tech @ Carson Long 10/20/12

 

The Vo Tech Rams were on the road this weekend to play Carson Long...and a successful road trip it was. The Rams got their first win dominating over the Warriors 48-6. Vo-Tech's Bobby Christiansen rushed for two touch downs with the other rushing points coming from Chris Zanolini and Nick Kocan. Quarterback Tristan Starr connected with Colton Appleman in the end zone. The Defense played well keeping the Warriors to only 6 points scored in the third quarter. The Rams play Friday night at North Penn.



Columbia Montour Vo Tech could not overcome Muncy Saturday afternoon. The Rams were down 34-0 by the end of the first half despite attempts by Tristian Starr to lead the team as quarterback Dylan Larkin is out due to an injury. In the second half Nick Williamposki took over at quarterback managing to get 6 points on the board, thanks to the run game by Chris Znolini. In the end the Indians came out on top 54-6. The Vo Tech Rams look ahead to their next matchup against Carson Long.



Vo-Tech suffered their closest defeat of the season this year, nearly toppling Nativity in a low scoring brawl against Nativity. Both the Rams and Nativity were searching for their first win, but a slow start that involved a slew of turnovers for Vo-Tech, hamstrung them for much of the game. Barring the turnovers, Vo-Tech was able to put together a few long drives, most of which ended without any points. The Rams will still be searching for their first win, this week against Muncy at home.

 



Vo-Tech was unable to build upon the success they had last week, coming up short against a 3-2 Wellsboro team. Vo-Tech moved to 0-5 on the season with their 44-6 loss. Wellsboro started quickly, scoring four times in their first five possessions. The Rams did manage one lone touchdown, but Wellsboro's overwhelming offense proved to be too much for the Rams. Vo-Tech faces off against Nativity BVM Friday night this week.



Vo-Tech added another loss this week 20-8 to Bucktail. The Rams however did see some positives scoring their first points of the season. Bobby Christiansen did the honors for Vo-Tech on a 22-yard scoring run giving them an early lead. Bucktail however managed to score in the second third and fourth quarters, and pitched a scoreless second half to keep Vo-Tech's comeback from becoming a reality. Vo-Tech goes on to face Wellsboro at home this week.



Columbia Montour Vo Tech @ South Williamsport Friday September 14, 2012

 

Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to South Williamsport 55-0 Friday night. The Rams were down by 35 by the end of the first quarter. All in all Vo Tech managed 86 total yards against South Williamsports 392 yards. Vo Tech will re-group and prepare for their game at Bucktail Friday September 21st.



Columbia Montour Vo-Tech came out scoreless on Saturday in a 36-0 loss against Nanticoke. The team went for a total of 120 yards, while Nanticoke had a total of 246. The team will try to get back on track next week when they take on South Williamsport this Friday night at 7:00 PM.



Columbia Montour Vo-Tech vs Sayre, Saturday September 1st

 

Columbia Montour Vo-Tech only returned two skill position players to begin the 2012 season. Each contributed, but the Rams failed to muster enough offense as they fell, 27-0, to Sayre in their season opener Saturday afternoon.

Junior Colton Appleman, who moved from the offensive line to tight end midway through last season, had two catches for seven yards while senior Walker Fetterman chipped in with Vo-Tech’s longest catch of the day, an 18-yard reception from new quarterback Dylan Larkin.

The low score for the losing team in a Rams’ game is not unusual. The last time a losing team in a Vo-Tech game scored more than 14 points was Sept. 17, 2010, when the Rams nipped East Juniata, 22-20. The losing team has scored 14 or less in Vo-Tech’s last 20 games.



The playoff streak is still intact and now the Columbia Montour Vo-Tech football team wants to get a few more wins to go along with those postseason appearances.

 

The Rams made their sixth consecutive entry into the District IV AAA playoffs in 2011, but a final record of 3-7 left eighth-year coach Mark Varner with mixed feelings.

 

“You’re a little disappointed with the season record, but you’re reaching your goals as in making the playoffs and you’re seeing improvement through the kids,” Varner said. “That’s the main thing that you want to see during the year.”

 

In 2012, the improvement will have to come from a cast of largely new characters. The one area where experience can be found is in the trenches. Senior center Zach Raup and senior right guard Troy Patterson both were starters in 2011.

 

“We’re going to put a lot of the load on them,” Varner said of his two returning linemen. “They have to be the coaches on the field and if there’s something that happens, they have to make sure these kids don’t get down and they don’t have any carryover to the next play.”

 

Sophomore Colt Longenberger will start at left tackle, freshman Deion Cupp will hold down the left guard spot, and sophomore Joey Popp will man the right tackle position. Junior Colton Appleman, who caught two touchdown passes in 2011, will play at tight end. Senior Walker Fetterman, who had seven receptions and a touchdown in 2011, is back at split end. Seniors Jesse Keefer and Kyle Neiswender are also expected to see time at wide receiver.

 

That group will aim to reel in passes from junior Dylan Larkin. The Central Columbia transfer has earned high marks from Varner for the way he’s stepped into the role.

 

“He’s just a natural leader. He commands the huddle. The kids listen to him,” Varner said. “He’s calm. He doesn’t get antsy back there. Those are the intangibles you can’t teach.”

 

Larkin will be handing off to an inexperienced backfield unit which includes senior tailback Bobby Christiansen and senior fullback Connor Johnson.

 

Defensively, Vo-Tech’s greatest experience in their 4-4 formation will come from the front eight. Appleman will line up at defensive end. Across from him, senior Tyler Huntington is expected to take over the starting spot upon return from an undisclosed issue. In Huntington’s place, freshman Connor Gunn will start. The defensive tackles are Patterson and Popp.

 

Raup will man one inside linebacker position while the other position will be handled by Johnson. Schtechterley, Christiansen and Keefer will also get playing time at the outside linebacker spots.

 

The secondary features three new starters. Junior Tristan Starr will step into the starting safety role. Neiswender and freshman Nick Williamoski will be the starting cornerbacks.

 

Williamoski will also be asked to contribute in the return game, both on punts and kickoffs. He will be joined in that responsibility by junior Tylere Temple. Who will step up to handle the kicking and punting duties remains to be determined, according to Varner.

 

That’s just one area on the field where Varner is looking for his players to rise to the occasion and grow. The coach is confident if his players remain as receptive as they’ve been early, the improvement will be marked and steady.

 

“Last year, I thought we got better most weeks,” Varner said. “With this young group, I hope that they’re like a sponge and they just want to absorb everything that we’re telling them to and they just get better.”

 

Vo-Tech first regular season test will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at home against Sayre.


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