Moments after Ligonier Valley’s 42-6 win over Northern Cambria Friday night, fireworks towered over Weller Field.

In some respects, the Mounties hardly needed the additional fanfare. It was only minutes earlier that Ligonier Valley provided explosives of its own.

The Mounties racked up more than 400 yards of total offense, had three running backs rush for more than 100 yards, and broke three school records in the process in their win over the Colts.

And, oh by the way, Ligonier Valley finished the season undefeated.

“It’s like a dream come true,” Ligonier coach Roger Beitel said. “It’s a great feeling. I’m so proud of these kids and this community. We have fire trucks. We have fireworks. We have everything and this is fantastic. This chapter’s over. This mission’s completed. Now we go into the playoffs.”

The Mounties (9-0), who clinched the No. 2 seed in the District 6 playoffs, proved early in the game why they are one of the best teams in District 6 Class A. Ligonier Valley forced Northern Cambria to fumble the opening kickoff and the Mounties took over on the Colts 13. Three plays later Ligonier Valley had a 7-0 lead and never looked back.

“It’s a tough loss,” Northern Cambria coach Andy Paronish said. “The kids played their hearts out. I think our kids were about as prepared as they could have been. … Honest to God, we came out there so mentally prepared, in my heart, I thought we were going to upset this team tonight.”

But the Colts (4-5) never came close. Ligonier Valley’s defense held Northern Cambria in check all night, allowing only 63 total yards and four first downs. The Colts only touchdown was the result of a double-reverse flea-flicker when Andrew Paronish found Ryan Novella for a 26-yard touchdown with 11:04 left in the first half.

“They’re for real, they’re for real,” Paronish said of Ligonier Valley. “It’s not by accident that they are where they are.”

Jon Cotchen finished with 24 carries for 153 yards, Brandon Boyd had 18 for 134 and Cody McMarlin had nine touches for 100 for the Mounties.

Combined, all three accounted for all of Ligonier Valley’s scoring and all but seven of the team’s rushing yards.

“I have never seen tough running backs like they have,” Coach Paronish said. “That’s the best and the hardest running backs that I have ever faced as a defensive coordinator. I’ve coached college ball. I’ve coached high school football for 17 years. Those guys are the hardest runners I have ever seen.”

Boyd also set the school record for career interceptions. With two Friday night, he has 16 for his career, surpassing Chris Gessmer, who played for the Mounties in the mid-1980s.

“That was something that I know he’s wanted for a long time,” Beitel said. “…He got them (interceptions) tonight. I’m real proud of him. That’s 16 for a career. That’s pretty outstanding.”

Junior Matt Beckman also set the school record for kicking points in a season, and Beitel said, to his knowledge, that it’s the first time in school history that two running backs have gone over 1,000 yards in the same season.

“It’s probably not going to sink in until (Saturday) morning,” Beitel said. “You’re going to wake up and you’re going to be undefeated.”

Ligonier Valley became the first Heritage Conference team to finish the regular season undefeated since Blairsville did it in 2004.

Now, the Mounties will likely open up the playoffs with a bye.

“That is just a quality football team he has there,” Paronish said. “I think they are going to go very far into the playoffs.”

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