Sayre too much for Montgomery.

By: Patrick Bower | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | September 1, 2007


What an 18th birthday it was for Sayre's Andrew Podolinski.

Podolinski, who plays both quarterback and safety, ran for a touchdown and had two interceptions while helping Sayre defeat Montgomery 13-6 Friday night at Red Raider Stadium.

"He's a player," said Sayre head coach Mark Twigg. "It's great to have a guy like him on your team. He's A-Pod."

In the first quarter, Montgomery scored first on a 10 yard touchdown run by halfback Harry Shuey which was set up by a 39-yard pass by quarterback Zack Aunkst to Jared Ward. However, kicker Jesse Scarborough hit the upright as he missed the extra-point.

But Sayre immediately responded.

On the Redskins' first play from scrimmage after allowing the game's opening score, running back Robert Rought took off for a 62 yard run to give the Redskins a first and goal from the five. Two players later, Rought ran for a two-yard score as the team took a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After a scoreless second and third quarter by both teams, the fourth quarter saw the Redskins start to control the clock. But with a little over eight minutes left, Rought lost a crucial fumble which was recovered by defensive end Justin Bentz and the Red Raiders took over possession with the chance to take the lead.

But on their first play, running back Jason Finck fumbled it right back to the Redskins.

"Turnovers killed us," said Montgomery head coach Randy Boone.

After recontrolling possession, the Redskins had a scare when Rought injured himself on a rushing play and had to helped off the field.

"He's alright," said Twigg. "He just twisted his knee."

The Redskins immediately responded and drove 41 yards down the field on a eight-play drive to score a touchdown to take the 13-6 lead.Whenever the Redskins faced a third down in the fourth quarter, Podolinski would run the ball himself as he executed on three critical third down conversions.

"He showed a lot of heart," said Twigg. "I can't say enough about him."

Podolinski finished the game with one rushing touchdown and two interceptions. Rought ran for 141 yards and Vilanti ran for 29.

For Montgomery, Aunkst threw for 80 yards but also had four interceptions. Finck finished with 62 yards on 13 carries and Shuey totaled 30 rushing yards and scored the Red Raiders' only touchdown.

Despite the tough loss, Boone had positive comments on his team's performance.

"They're not happy but it's an improvement from last year," said Boone. "Last year, they beat us 27-0. I am proud of our defense. But we just had some bad throws and missed reads. But they are correctable things. We'll be back next week."