Spartans pass way past Bloom.

By: Jake Felix | Williamsport Sun-Gazette | October 25, 2009


HUGHESVILLE - Hughesville's D.J. Foresman had yet to throw his 50th pass this season, but every one of five he did throw went for a touchdown. He improved on that number Friday night.

The Spartan junior quarterback threw four touchdowns in just 10 attempts and led the Spartans to a 41-0 win over the Panthers.

"We saw some things on tape and we thought we could take advantage of it," said Hughesville coach Rick Reichner. "We told the kids that if they do what we think they're going to do that we were going to have to throw the ball and we were able to get the matchups we wanted and our kids made some great plays. That's a credit to our receivers, quarterback and offensive line that did another tremendous job this game."

The offensive line left Foresman with one of the few clean jerseys on this night and allowed its quarterback to complete 7-of-10 passes for 141 yards. During the middle of the game, he completed five consecutive passes, including three for touchdowns, one to Levi Oden and a pair to Bryce Pardoe.

"We had a couple of breakdowns, a couple of missed tackles and a couple of missed coverages and you do that against a football team of that caliber and the points go up in a hurry," said Bloomsburg coach Larry Sones.

The Spartans (7-1, 3-0 Heartland Athletic Conference Division III) ended a three-game losing streak to the Panthers (5-3, 3-1) and will likely move up to No. 2 in the District 4 Class AA rankings after Montoursville's loss to Loyalsock.

Pardoe finished with touchdown receptions of 28, 3, and 28 yards, his second game this season of three touchdown receptions, while Oden's score went for 14 yards.

Pardoe and Oden caught all seven of Foresman's completions, four by the big tight end Pardoe.

"Bryce is my best friend so we always have this rivalry going," said Oden, who now trails Pardoe by two receptions this season. "He can open up stuff for me and I can open stuff up for him. We love it."

So does the running game.

While the Spartans scored four times through the air, Ethan Showers opened the scoring with a 73 yard run off the right side of Hughesville's line, slowing only briefly as he glanced behind him.

Showers, filling in for the injured Cody Butler and Andy Laychur, finished with 150 yards on 23 carries. He gave the Hughesville sideline a scare late in the first half when he hobbled off the field, but the junior returned in the second half and played both offense and defense, taking a break only from kicking extra points.

Butler played a limited role on offense, but his 69 yard run set up the Spartans' fourth and final score of the half. He ran for 90 yards and Hughesville for 282.

"We wanted to try to steal one or two offensive plays with him and see how he responded," said Reichner. "We were a little cautious with him. He made a huge play right before the first half."

While Hughesville's offense found its footing on another rainy Friday night following a pair of three-and-outs, Bloomsburg's offense never found any consistency. Blake Rankin completed just 2-of-15 passes for 29 yards and the rush game had less than 60 yards before a drive near the end of the game put the shutout in jeopardy.

Oden finished the scoring when he intercepted his seventh pass of the season and returned it 49 yards. The senior played a solid game in the secondary, shadowing Bloomsburg's top receiver Charles Franklin, who entered the game with over 500 yards, and holding him to zero catches.

"That was our game plan, for me to be on Franklin and to shut him down as best as I could," said Oden. "It worked out for me, I guess."