His offense rolled up 485 yards in total offense. He had two backs rush for over 100 yards, a quarterback throw for 208 yards and three touchdowns and a receiver make four catches for an even 100 yards and two scores.
Yet the thing that put a smile on Martin Tobias’ face after Friday night’s 49-21 win over Philipsburg-Osceola here at Memorial Stadium was his defense.
“I felt really good about the way we played defense,” he said. “After they got their first score we made some adjustments that allowed our kids to play relaxed. Our defense is what I’m most pleased with after last week.”
Last week, of course, was a 49-44 loss to Huntingdon. Friday night that same unit held the Mounties to 238 yards in total offense, 88 on the ground. P-O’s final two scores came against the Ram reserves when the score had climbed to 49-7.
Those 49 points came from the kind of balanced offense that coaches often dream about but rarely see.
Ben Alexander, the triggerman, rushed for 103 yards, scored once, threw for 208 yards and three more scores. Chase Collison rumbled for 116 yards and a pair of TDs and Sean Beamesderfer caught a pair of TD passes and finished with 100 yards. That’s in stark contrast to last week when Alexander ran for 384 yards and scored all of Penns Valley’s points.
“We didn’t do everything we wanted to do as well as we wanted to do it,” Tobias said. “But we wanted to keep the focus on all 11 guys and play as a team. It took us a little while to get going but once we got going we were hitting on all cylinders.
“We like to be able to feature more than one player. We’ve got to be able to do that. P-O was loading up the box, trying to take Ben away from us.”
That never happened.
On its second possession of the game Penns Valley started from its own six. Successive runs by Collison and Alexander moved the ball out to the 18 and then Alexander got loose down the left sideline for 65 yards to the P-O 17. A penalty backed the Rams up to the 29 and then Alexander found the 6-foot-4 Beamesderfer in a mismatch in the end zone and got the ball to him for a score at the 1:48 mark of the first quarter. The run for the two-point conversion failed.
P-O answered right back and took the lead when Jake Anderson hooked up form with Tanner Lamb from the 10 and Aaron Boumerhi’s kick made it 7-6 just five seconds into the second quarter.
But then the Ram offense got busy and scored three more touchdowns in the quarter as Alexander broke a couple of tackles and scored from the 8, Collison scored from the 5 and Alexander and Beamesderfer connected again, this time from 21 yards out with :45 left in the half to make it 28-7.
The Rams got the mercy rule into effect in the third period when Alexander and Luke Bitsko teamed up for a 30-yard score and Collison got his second score, a 20-yard burst that came with 2:23. Colton Treaster ran for the two-point conversion to make it 42-7.
“Chase really runs hard,” Tobias said of Collison. “He keeps his feet churning. It was nice to get him untracked tonight.”
Penns Valley got its final score when reserve Colton Wenrick went in from the 5 and Collison booted the PAT with 8:52 to go.
Anderson finished the night with two more TDs, hitting Dakota Weitoish from 41 yards out and then hit Lamb for a 55-yard score with 2:26 left. Anderson completed seven of 15 passes for 150 yards for the night and also ran for 56 yards.
With its second win of the season on the books, Penns Valley will face rival Bellefonte Friday night while P-O will hit the road to face Central.