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Bishop McCort kicker breaks a state record with healthy right leg

Monday, September 10, 2001

By Mike White, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

Matt Domonkos missed all of his sophomore season at Bishop McCort because his left leg was broken in a motorbike accident. He also missed most of his junior season when the same leg was broken in a summer league soccer game.

But his right left is apparently fine. He used it Friday to break a state record.

Domonkos, a senior at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, kicked a 58-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a 31-0 victory against Cambria Heights. Domonkos (5 feet 8, 155 pounds) broke the record of 55 yards, set in 1993 by Jon Curry of Pennridge.

"When we put him on the field, the PA announcer said he was kicking a 58-yard field goal," said Bishop McCort Coach Ken Salem.

"Some of the people in the crowd were wondering what we were doing. But when he hit it, you could hear the crowd get excited. When it went through, he got a big ovation."

About 10 minutes later, it was announced to the crowd that Domonkos' field goal was a state record.

"He cleared the goal post by about 4 yards," Salem said.

Earlier in the game, Domonkos was wide right on a 42-yard field goal. He was 1 for 3 in the season opener.

A year ago, he made two field goals. Before Friday, his longest was a 44-yarder last year. Salem said he has seen Domonkos make 55-yarders in practice.

Domonkos also is good at kickoffs. Four of his five kickoffs against Cambria Heights made it to the end zone.

Woodland Hills No. 1

Woodland Hills is the new No. 1 team in the Post-Gazette PIAA Class AAAA rankings.

North Penn, the No. 1 team at the start of the season, was upset by Pennridge, 15-0, Friday. North Penn was held to 101 yards rushing. Woodland Hills was the No. 2 team before North Penn's loss.

Blame the refs

Bethlehem Catholic dropped out of the Class AAAA top five after losing to Brooklyn Poly Prep, 22-14, Saturday in Brooklyn.

Bethlehem Catholic also was ranked No. 9 in the country by USA Today. Bethlehem Catholic Coach Bob Stem didn't hold back comments after the game.

"We got homered," Stem told the Easton Times-Express. "I told the kids we've been through this before. We knew those guys were going to make calls for that team."

Only four officials worked the game. Pennsylvania uses five officials for its games.

"When we go to Pennsylvania, we play by their rules. When you come to New York, you play by ours," said Poly Prep Coach Dino Mangiero.

Bethlehem Catholic outgained Poly Prep, 388-196, and also had 21 first downs to Poly Prep's eight.

QB chooses Syracuse

Former McKeesport star Cecil Howard is a backup freshman quarterback at Syracuse and could be the Orangemen's quarterback of the future. But Syracuse has recruited another quarterback whose playing style is similar to Howard's.

Lancaster McCaskey's Perry Patterson made a verbal commitment last week to Syracuse. He is 6 feet 4, 230 pounds and runs the option well. But Patterson throws more than Howard did at McKeesport. In a 49-7 victory against York Friday, Patterson completed 10 of 15 passes for 189 yards and also had 54 yards rushing. In a season-opening 30-29 victory against Downingtown, Patterson passed for 123 yards and rushed for 231.

Howard rushed for more than 3,000 yards in two seasons at McKeesport, and some scouting services called him the best running quarterback in the country last year.


With North Penn and Bethlehem Catholic losing, the PIAA Class AAAA top five has two new teams. Lancaster McCaskey is No. 4 and Central Catholic No. 5.

Berwick dropped out of the Class AAA top five after it lost to North Pocono, 21-15. A.J. Sabatelle rushed for 281 yards for North Pocono, one week after gaining 249 yards in the season opener. North Pocono lost to Berwick last season, 49-7.

No one knows the last time Uniontown has been in the Post-Gazette rankings, but the Raiders are No. 4 in WPIAL Class AAA this week.

Mike Williams, in his 22nd year as Manheim Central's coach, got his 200th career win in a 37-7 victory against Cedar Crest. Cedar Crest has running back Jaren Hayes, a Michigan State recruit, and quarterback Brandon Kirsch, a Purdue recruit. But Hayes gained only 19 yards on 11 carries and Kirsch completed only 9 of 22 for 92 yards.

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