DUKE CENTER – The last regular season road game for the Curwensville High School football team ended with the Golden Tide dropping Otto-Eldred 48-14, which has the Tide now sporting a four game winning streak.
Curwensville, now 6-2, scored the game’s first 18 points with 12 coming in the first quarter as Cole Bressler went into the end zone from 10 yards out at 6:02 of the first which was followed by a one yard quarterback sneak by Noah Von Gunden with 3:11 to play before the second quarter.
The extra point attempt was blocked on the Bressler TD and the two point conversion after the Von Gunden score was stopped by the Terrors’ defense.
Bressler scored his second touchdown of the game with 7:18 to play before halftime on a 19 yard run with the two point conversion attempt again stopped.
Otto-Eldred picked up its first score with 3:35 to go before the intermission on a Chase Sebastian two yard dive into the end zone with Sebastian then catching the two point conversion pass from Cole Gietler.
Up 18-8, the Golden Tide ended the first half on a 37 yard field goal by freshman Jacob Mullins as time expired to increase Curwensville’s margin to 21-8 going into the third quarter.
The Tide came out of the halftime break and immediately increased its lead on a Bressler three yard score, his third of the game, with Mullins tacking on the point after to push Curwensville’s margin to 28-8.
With 9:12 left to play in the battle Otto-Eldred picked up a score on a Chris Connelly one yard touchdown with the two point attempt stopped.
Curwensville was still up 28-14.
The Tide answered with 5:55 to play on a one yard Von Gunden plunge, his second of the night.
Senior Madison Weber’s PAT attempt was blocked but Curwensville was now leading 34-14.
Curwensville got the ball back quickly and senior Blake Passarelli made Otto-Eldred pay with a 25 yard TD run with 4:59 to go.
This time the Mullins extra point try was blocked, but it was the Golden Tide up and in total command at 40-14.
The Tide defense, on the next series, stopped the Terrors at its own nine yard line which gave freshman Andrew Freyer the opportunity to score from the nine. Freyer also ran in the two point conversion to make the final 48-14.
The Tide had a big night on the ground, as Passarelli led the way with 180 yards on 23 carries, Bressler had 75 yards on 12 carries, senior Avery Francisco chipped in with 60 yards on nine carries, and Von Gunden had eight carries for 42 yards in addition to his 30 yards passing.
Otto-Eldred fell to 3-5 on the 2018 season.
The Golden Tide are home against Clarion-Limestone in another District 9 Small School South Division game next Friday night at Riverside Stadium.
Elk County Catholic, Curwensville and Clarion-Limestone are all tied for first place in the Small School South Division at 6-2.
You can listen to the Curwensville-Clarion-Limestone game on WOKW-FM, 102.9, starting with the pre-game show at 6:40 pm.
CURWENSVILLE 12 9 7 20 48
OTTO-ELDRED 0 8 0 6 14
CURW 6:02 Cole Bressler 10 yard run. PAT attempt blocked 6 0
CURW 3:11 Noah Von Gunden one yard run. Two point conversion attempt failed 12 0
CURW 7:18 Bressler 19 yard run. Two point conversion failed 18 0
O.E. Chase Sebastian two yard run. Colton Gietler pass to Chase Sebastian two point conversion 18 8
CURW :00 Jacob Mullins 37 yard field goal 21 8
CURW 6:50 Bressler 3 yard run. Jacob Mullins PAT 28 8
O.E. 9:12 Chris Connelly one yard run. Two point conversion attempt failed 28 14
CURW 5:55 Von Gunden one yard run. PAT attempt blocked 34 14
CURW 4:59 Blake Passarelli 25 yard run. PAT attempt blocked 40 14
CURW 3:10 Andrew Freyer 9 yard run. Freyer two point conversion run 48 14