Golden Tide Football
RIDGWAY - Curwensville (6-0) handed Ridgway (1-5) its second worst loss since 1926 78-0 at Ridgway Friday night.
The Elkers worst loss was a 90-0 drubbing by DuBois in 1926, but the game marked the second time in six years Ridgway has allowed 70 points in a game. Cameron County knocked off the Elkers 72-6 in 1999.
The win coupled with an Elk County Catholic victory over Johnsonburg, sewed up the Golden Tides first playoff berth since the 2001 season.
Once again it was the Sipes and Sipes show for Curwensville with older brother Nate rushing 14 times for 159 yards and three touchdowns and younger brother Nick getting eight carries for 146 yards and four touchdowns. Two of Nate's scores and three of Nick's came in the first half when Curwensville built a 48-0 halftime lead.
The brothers then each added third-quarter scores for the Golden Tide who led 62-0 at the end of three.
Curwensville also scored 16 points on special teams with a punt return (75 yards by Bart McGary), a free kick return (67 yards by Dean Swatsworth) and a safety on a bad snap.
Nate Sipes had a 12-yard touchdown run 18 seconds into the game to get the scoring started for the Golden Tide, and Nick Sipes added first-quarter runs of 2-and 8-yards to build a 21-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
A 41-yard run by Nick Sipes made it 27-0 with 7:50 left in the first half, and then the safety on the bad snap made it 29-0 with 5:55 to go.
Swatsworth returned the ensuing free kick 67 yards for a score making it 36-0, and McGary punt return upped the total to 42-0 with 2:48 to go in the half. Nate Sipes closed out the first-half scoring with a 6-yard run with 58 seconds to go.
Nate Sipes then started the third-quarter scoring with a 62-yard run 37 seconds into the half, and Nick Sipes added a 49-yard run with 8:12 to go in the third quarter.
A 19-yard run by Matt Holland and a 23-yard scamper by Adam Pennington in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring.
Curwensville outgained Ridgway 439-40 including 439 to 18 on the ground. The Golden Tide had 18 first downs to four by Ridgway. Curwensville didn't attempt a pass in the game.
pictures by Randy Hutton