Rockwood fell behind early Saturday afternoon at Conemaugh Valley, but the Rockets were able to rally from behind thanks to a big day from sophomore quarterback Ben Miller, and pull away in the second half en route to a 41-6 win.

Miller completed 11 of 25 passes for

258 yards and three touchdowns as the Rockets (2-1) won their second straight game and kept the Blue Jays winless in three.

“Our line did a great job of blocking, and our receivers found holes in the zones,” Miller said. “We were able to spread the ball around and not get locked in on one receiver.”

Rockwood’s no-huddle offense rolled up 487 total yards, including 222 yards on the ground by eight different runners.

“Our goal is to get the ball in a lot of people’s hands,” said Rockwood first-year head coach Jerry Kaizen. “We want to get the ball in space and have a chance for our skill position guys to make a play. This was the first time all year we’ve clicked on all cylinders.”

Conemaugh Valley started quickly, driving 65 yards in nine plays on the game’s opening drive. A 26-yard run by Ryan Siwy on the initial snap was followed by two more first downs, and Jeremy Sodano capped off the drive with a 7-yard run at the 7:49 mark to give the Jays a 6-0 lead.

“We had a good first drive, and then the wheels came off,” said first-year Conemaugh Valley head coach Jim Fisher.

“Defensively, we would shut them down for two plays, then they’d hit a big one, and then we’d go in the tank. We were mentally out of sync, and it’s time to just go back to the drawing board.”

The Rockets subsequently held the Jays to just 98 yards of total offense and three first downs after that initial possession.

“Our guys started reading their keys and getting to the ball,” Kaizen said.

Conemaugh Valley held that lead until early in the second quarter. Miller hit Zac Kaufman for a 23-yard gain to the Blue Jay 12, and, two plays later, Miller drilled a

12-yard scoring strike to Dylan Schartiger.

Tyler Zelenski then added the first of five extra points to put the Rockets ahead by one with 11:08 left in the half.

Miller then threw deep to Josh Oakes on a 54-yard touchdown pass on the ensuing Rocket possession that gave Rockwood an eventual 14-6 halftime lead. Oakes finished with five catches for 136 yards.

In the third quarter, the Blue Jay defense came up with a goal-line stand and stopped Rockwood at the Valley 5, but a subsequent three-and-out forced a punt from the end zone that gave the Rockets great field position at the Jays’ 39. Miller then connected on three straight short passes to set up a

15-yard touchdown run by Luke Brancato that put the Rockets ahead by 14.

Miller’s third touchdown pass of the day came with 11:02 left in the fourth quarter when he found Kaufman open behind the Blue Jay defense for a 66-yard score.

A 51-yard touchdown run by Joel Ansell and a 7-yard scoring pass from back-up quarterback Matt Seifert to Oakes with just over 5 minutes left set the eventual final.

Rockwood will host North Star next Saturday, while Conemaugh Valley will face Blacklick Valley on Friday night at Johnstown’s Point Stadium.

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