SPRING MILLS — The raucous celebration in the Penns Valley locker room continued for well over 20 minutes.
The Rams had reason to get loud. Not only had they gotten their first win of the season, but they made a little history, too.
Led by quarterback Cameron Tobias big night, Penns Valley rolled over Huntingdon 42-21 on homecoming for its first victory ever against the Bearcats. Tobias completed 22-of-27 passes for 240 yards and a score and Dom Hook added two short touchdown runs as the Rams (1-4) controlled the Bearcats (0-5).
We havent played them many times. Its only been since the (Mountain League) came together, Penn Valley coach Martin Tobias said. Its only a short series, but thats history for these kids the first team to beat Huntingdon.
To be in the history books, thats big, said Cameron Tobias, the coachs son. Everybody is excited.
It didnt look good early for the Rams as Huntingdon needed just four plays to go 53 yards on its first series. Quarterback Josh Foster hit Devon Claar, who broke three tackles, for a 15-yard scoring toss just under two minutes into the game. A missed extra point made the score 6-0.
But Penns Valley bounced right back, setting the tone with Cameron Tobias 21-yard toss to Luke Weaver on its first play from scrimmage. Weaver later made a beautiful diving catch for a 29-yard gain.
I just wanted to lay it out there, said Weaver. It couldnt have been in a better spot. Cameron put it right there and I just went after it.
Weaver capped the 75-yard march with a one-yard run and Andrew Deardorffs first of six extra points gave the Rams the lead for good.
To be able to respond after they took it right down the field and scored in four plays, it was important to answer the bell, Martin Tobias said.
The Rams would keep answering, scoring on four of its five first-half possessions and taking a 28-6 lead at the break. Most of the damage would be done through the air as Tobias completed 14 of 18 passes for 172 yards in the first two quarters.
I knew after looking at the film that they would be in a spread defense because we run a spread offense, Cameron Tobias said. I knew that the slants would be there.
I think we were looking to try and take advantage of whatever presented itself, Martin Tobias added. Early there were a couple of things we wanted to see and as soon as we saw the coverages we were getting there were some things we wanted to run at those coverages.
Tobias legs helped in the second scoring march as he raced 25 yards on a fourth-and- 5 from the Huntingdon 30. Hook scored from a yard out to extend the lead to 14-6.
Cole Confer capped a 56-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run on the Rams next possession.
Tobias was at his best in the Rams final series before the half. He marched the Rams 77 yards in nine plays, going 6-for-6 on the drive. He had tosses of 21 yards to Sam Koser, 20 yards to Weaver and 18 yards to Taylor Collison before finding Koser from five yards out for the score.
He made some good decisions, Martin Tobias said of his quarterback. It was a good job to make the reads he was making and a great job by the receivers to catch the ball. The line was giving him enough time to make his progressions. He wasnt just honing in on one guy. He was able to go to his second and third reads.
Huntingdon took advantage of a fumble to cut the margin to 28-13 early in the third quarter on Fosters five-yard run, but the Rams came right back.
Cameron Tobias was 4-for-5 on a 69-yard drive and Hook rumbled 23 yards to set up his own one-yard plunge to push the margin back to 35-13.
While maybe overshadowed by the offense, Penns Valleys defense played a solid game. The Rams picked off three passes, one setting up Luke Bitskos four-yard score in the final quarter.
The Rams also shut down the Bearcat running attack for most of the game. Claars 57-yard run against the Rams reserves accounted for more than half of the Bearcats 102 yards on the ground.
Foster was 10-for-20 for 111 yards with two interceptions for the Bearcats.
Collison caught nine passes for 87 yards, while Weaver and Koser added five catches each. Hook had 55 yards on eight carries to pace a ground game that gained 168 yards.
The numbers added up to a celebration that was going on long after the scoreboard click 0:00.
Were satisfied, but we want more, said Weaver. Were going to get more.
The Rams play at Philipsburg- Osceola on Oct. 5.
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