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Despite playing a strong first half of football against the Coudersport Falcons, the Smethport Hubbers were unable to stop a second half flury and fell in their district playoff game by a scor…

EMPORIUM -- Trailing by a touchdown and starting from just outside their own end zone, the Port Allegany football team knew they’d need a monumental effort in the face of adversity to escape C…

Port Allegany’s Homecoming football game against Union/Allegheny-Clarion Valley was a one-score contest well into the second half, but a trio of huge plays by the Falcon Knights’ Tanner Merwin…

Pony Head Coach Brandon and Pee Wee Head Coach Cliff Fillhart worked with the Bolivar-Richburg coaches and referees to create a moment that the Port Allegany Youth Football family will cherish…

Coudersport honored its Homecoming King and Queen at halftime of Friday night’s game against visiting Port Allegany, but Hayden Keck was the true star of the show.

Port Allegany and Elk County Catholic each entered Friday night’s District 9 Small-School football crossover game minus the services of their star running backs, with Port’s Josh Rees and ECC’…

There’s technically a new coach at the helm of the Port Allegany football team, but it’ll be a familiar face roaming the Gators sideline again this season.

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BRADFORD — Sixty minutes wasn’t enough time to decide a winner in Saturday night’s Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic, with the 46th annual edition of the football game ending in a 27-27 tie at…

The first local sights and sounds of the upcoming high school football season were on display at Gator Field in Port Allegany last Thursday evening, as the Pennsylvania squad practiced for thi…

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Media Day for the 46th annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic was held on June 9 with recent Port Allegany High School graduate Collin Smith among the participants.

Players of the Week recognized following the Sheffield game are Eli Petruzzi and Trey Ayers on defense and Josh Rees and Isaac Smoker on offense. Congratulations to all.

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METAIRIE, La. - Temperatures approached triple digits as the New Orleans Saints held their first outdoor practice of 2021 training camp, but that didn’t stop fans from packing the bleachers to get their first glimpse of the team in this setting since 2019.And while many came eager to throw their support behind Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, who are vying for the chance to succeed Drew Brees, Friday’s practice offered more simple efficiency than it did flash.Again, Hill worked with the first team offense, and again, coach Sean Payton made clear that Winston’s time with the first team unit will come soon.Here are a few observations from Day 2 of the post-Drew Brees era.The numbersTaysom Hill: 6 completions in 7 attempts during full team drills/ 11 for 14 in camp as a wholeJameis Winston: 7 completions in 8 attempts during full team drills/ 14 for 16 in camp as a wholeIt’s not clear if this was by design, but neither Winston nor Hill pushed the ball downfield much during team drills, opting instead for short, high-percentage pass attempts while they operated the offense.Five of Winston’s seven completions went to running backs at or near the line of scrimmage. While all but one of Hill’s passes were directed at receivers, they were also kept mostly within about 10 yards of the line of scrimmage.That’s not to say there weren’t some impressive plays. Winston connected with recent Saints signee Chris Hogan for a gain of about 15 yards during one period, a frozen-rope throw that Hogan secured with an excellent leaping catch. Hill threaded a few in-stride passes to Deonte Harris through tight windows.But, for the most part, Friday’s practice was more about directing the offense and not making mistakes — though there were a couple of those as well.Hill’s first pass attempt, a deeper route to Marquez Callaway on the right hash, was so wildly off target that it wasn’t clear if it was simply a bad throw or if Hill thought Callaway was going to be somewhere else. Regardless, it was a missed opportunity: Callaway was open. Hill did rebound to complete his last six attempts in team drills.Winston took at least one sack, and might’ve taken a second. As usual, the quarterbacks are wearing red non-contact jerseys, so plays are allowed to continue even when defensive linemen get to the quarterback.Winston’s lone incompletion came on his one attempt at a shot play. It appeared that his intended target, Jalen McCleskey, tripped when his feet got caught up with safety Bryce Thompson.Hogan’s leaping snare of a Winston pass was easily the most exciting play of the day and got the biggest rise out of the fans in attendance. It obviously was not a perfect pass from Winston, but as has been clear through the first couple days, he has no shortage of arm strength. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hogan’s catch was that he corralled the rocket.Programming noteIt was a little hard to parse meaning out of what Payton was saying, but it sounded like Winston could be penciled in to get some work with the first team offense Saturday. “Basically, the first two days of install were one and two, tomorrow we go back to one and two, we’ll flip the rotation. A lot of it is install driven.”

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