Mercer Runs All Over West Middlesex, 48-20Written by: William Albright on Saturday, October 25th, 2008
By BILL ALBRIGHT
Western PA Writer
MERCER — When Mercer tangled with West Middlesex on the football field Friday night, it was a chance for the Mustangs to solidify its hold onto a playoff spot, while for the Big Reds, it was a battle for survival.
As the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock, the Mustangs (8-1, 5-1) remained in a tie for the top spot in District 10 Region 1-A with a 48-20 win over the Big Reds at Mustang Stadium, while the Big Reds (5-4, 3-4) hopes of playing in the post-season took a major hit.
“The guys came out to play right from the start and I am very pleased with the effort I got from them tonight,” said Mercer coach Pat McClearn. “I am just looking up at the scoreboard right now and I was worried everything we gave them the ball. They have two or three guys over there who can take it the distance at any time and I give Jason (WMSX coach McElhaney) a lot of credit. They are well-coached and they played hard right to the end of the game.”
In posting the win, the Mustangs rode the legs of Rawlins Huntley, Terrence Davis, Herbie Hennegan and Andrew Erdos as they racked up a total of 511 yards of offense, all on the ground.
Huntley led the Mustang ground attack with 184 yards on 14 carries good for a pair of scores, while Davis wound up with 161 yards on 22 tries good for two scores, Erdos just came up short of 100 yards rushing while posting a pair of touchdowns and Hennegan only touched the ball five times, but recorded 61 yards and one touchdown.
“I don’t think we had a passing yard again tonight and I am amazed by that, ” said McClearn. “The backs ran hard, the line blocked hard up front and it was just a good night for us.”
As for the Mercer success, McElhaney felt it was just a matter of good execution of a game plan.
“They didn’t do anything differently than what we saw in the film,” he said. “They are just real aggressive downhill players and they executed very well. We knew what to expect and what was coming, but we just couldn’t handle it for the entire first half.”
With their backs to the wall, McElhaney alluded to where his club is as far as the post-season play is concerned.
“We are going to go up there (to Conneaut Valley) and play to finish the season with a win,” McElhaney said. “If things happen and they (District 10 officials) say that we go the playoffs, that will be great. But you know we are just going to try and finish 6-4 and see what happens from there.”
Coming into the season, McClearn felt the strength of his club would hinge on the offensive and defensive lines, and as it turned out, he was right on target.
Getting the job done up front for the Mustangs have been Josh McGinnis, Billy Redmond, Nick Nan, Ray Dominguez, Nick Ream, Rich McCullough, Tyler Baroni and Cody Frey.
“When you have 500 yards rushing, what else can you say,” praised McClearn. “They are just great kids who show up every day and work extremely hard. They know their glory comes when they see their teammates get into the end zone. That is what you want from offensive linemen and they have done it for us all year.”
McElhaney was also quick to point out that the game was won in the trenches.
“They are big, strong and physical,” said McElhaney. They have a great offensive scheme for the personnel they have and they just executed it to perfection tonight. I didn’t want to see us quit regardless of what the score was and when it was 35-6, we could have packed it in, but we didn’t. The kids kept playing hard, got a couple of touchdowns and that gives us something to build on for next week.”
Leading the Big Reds offensively were Kyle Allen and Mark Saylor with respective totals of 84 and 77 yards rushing. Quarterback Kyle Wimer only threw the ball five times, completing two, both to Ryan Chupak for a total of 72 yards.
Saylor tallied two of the three WMSX touchdowns on a 50-yard run and an 84-yard kickoff return, while the third Big Reds score came on a 58-yard aerial hookup from quarterback Wimer to Chupak.
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