JAHS Homecoming 2018 celebration

Photo by Bob Parana — The Johnsonburg Area High School Homecoming Queen, Makailla Carnessali is shown walking with her escort, Austin Hoover, to receive her Homecoming Crown, followed by Elker cheerleaders holding a celebratory banner.Photo by Bob Parana — The Ridgway Elkers wait to enter the field to face their oppanant, Moniteau. The Elkers would win the game, 36-14. Full story on Page 6.Photo by Bob Parana — The Ridgway-Johnsonburg marching band and Elker cheerleaders participate in a Homecoming Parade prior to Ridgway's win over Moniteau, 36-14.
By: 
Bob Parana
Staff Writer

The Ridgway Elkers made it a great night in Paper City as they defeated Moniteau, 36-14, to cap off Johnsonburg High School’s Homecoming festivities.
The win puts head coach, Mark Heindl’s team at a perfect 3-0. Once again Ridgway dominated the ball game. The Elkers would open a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. However, things didn’t start out so great for Ridgway.
Moniteau chose to kick to start the game. A Ridgway fumble on the kick set the Warriors up at the Elkers 27 yard line. Moniteau ran the ball on three plays down to the 13. Big back Cody Wise would carry the ball down to the seven on two carries, but a holding call on third down moved the ball back to the 17. On third down, Ridgway’s Dante Allegretto made the intercepted quarterback, Chance Nagy in the end zone.
The play was huge for the Elkers.
On the ensuing kickoff, Ridgway would get the ball on the Moniteau 37 yard line as Gabe Watts recovered a fumble. It was the second time in the past two games that the Elkers have recovered a fumble on a kickoff.
Ridgway would hold the Warriors to a three and out. The Elkers got off the field quickly. Big defensive plays were made by Furlong, Chase Pontious, and Damon Kelley.
Evan Furlong, who ended the game with an even 100 yards, would carry twice for 55 yards to open the drive. The next two plays netted a loss of a yard.
Coach Heindl pointed out, it is always special when his team plays in Johnsonburg. It’s something they look forward to.
“It’s a great feeling. We love playing here. The community of Johnsonburg just opens its arms to us when we play here. It’s always a great, great crowd,” he said.
The Elkers will host Union in the Paper City, October 26.
The 2018 Johnsonburg High School Home Coming Queen was crowned at halftime. This year’s queen is Makailla Carnessali.
Ridgway will return to action next Friday in Bradford.

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