Central bounces back with thumping of Tyrone
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
Recap: Central HS vs. Tyrone HS
Site: Gray Memorial Field Tyrone, PA
Central 31 Tyrone 14
The first night of September 2017 found 2 old high school football rivalries squaring up in an Interstate I99 matchup in Tyrone, PA . On a cool but dry evening on a brand new grass surface at Gray Memorial field, the Scarlet Dragons of Central HS smothered Tyrone on nearly each possession and exited the game with a 31-14 win.
Both teams entered the Week 1 contest after opening week losses and were looking for improvement after disappointing setbacks in Week 0. Fans from both high schools with tremendous records of success in recent years packed the stands.
Each team traded punches in the first quarter with a series of 3 downs and out and it appeared the game would again be a tight battle early. Central did find some momentum midway through the first quarter with a number of first downs. Senior RB Trystan Detwiler slashed for a 19 yard run and Junior QB Noah Muthler found 6’5” senior TE Austin Garner across the middle for a 23 yard pass on third down for a big conversion. Later in the drive, Muthler delivered a strike to senior TE Luke Williams for a 12 yard gain that appeared to be enough for another first down. However, the officials ruled that forward progress had not been complete and ruled a fumble to occur as Tyrone stripped the ball from Williams and took over possession in their own territory.
Tyrone jr QB Denver Light was trying to get the Golden Eagles offense in motion, but was hampered all night but relentless pressure from the Scarlet Dragon defense. Jr. LB Benjamin Kurtz led the assault with numerous hits on Light from his inside LB spot. Tyrone turned the ball over on downs and Central began its 3rd drive on its own 25 yard line. QB Noah Muthler found senior WR Brady Bolatto streaking down the Tyrone sideline for a beautifully thrown 50 yard completion in single coverage. After a series of runs, Tyrone did hold as they were not fooled on 4th down and held on an attempted double pass by the Dragons.
However, the next possession was not so good for the Golden Eagles as Central forced a QB sack of Denver Light in his own territory for an opening safety at 8.6 seconds to go in the first period. A host of Dragons contributed on the sack including LB Kurtz, DT Brandon Mock, DT Austin Garner, and others.
Central took the free kick after the safety and marched 52 yards for the opening touchdown then. Senior RB Trystan Detwiler ran 14 yards for a nice gain and then bolted 35 yards for another Dragon score. The XP PAT try was good and the score elevated to 9-0.
Tyrone stayed with its run game and senior RB Brandon Loose hit for some tough yards against the Central defense. QB Light hit his favorite target senior WR Parker Mitchell for a nice 15 yard gain on a third down try to extend the Tyrone drive. At the 2:47 mark on the second quarter, junior LB Ben Kurtz again delivered a punishing blow on a third down sack of QB Denver Light on an inside blitz.
Coach Dave Baker stated of the play of Kurtz, “Kurtz is really powerful and explosive at the LB position. His ability to close on ball carriers and bring pressure is pretty special. We expect big things from Benjamin in the future. He works really hard and seems to enjoy playing football.”
After another nice punt from Tyrone’s special teams punter, Parker Mitchell, Central took over on downs at their own 20 yard line. Again, Jr QB Noah Muthler found his favorite target in TE Austin Garner down the middle for a beautiful 72 yard touchdown thrown and run. The 6’5” Garner split the coverage and rambled over 50 yards to paydirt as the Dragon Nation fans went wild. Muthler found WR Brady Bolatto in the endzone corner for a successful XP try as the score elevated to 17-0.
Tyrone did not give up as QB Light found WR Parker Mitchell for a number of completions in the next drive but Central held. As time was running out until the half, QB Noah Muthler for the Dragons found powerful senior Jared Smith open underneath for what appeared to be a plus 50 yard touchdown throw and run on the last play of the half. However, the men in stripes settled on the call that Smith had not reached paydirt and again denied the Dragons a touchdown right before the half. The score remained 17-0 at the half.
The second half showed back and forth action for both teams as Tyrone QB Light found WR Mitchell a number of times for completions, but was limited time and time again by the Dragon defense led by DT Austin Garner. Senior RB Jared Smith rumbled 39 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to extend the lead to 24-0 for the Dragons as they began to enter substitutes into the game. The teams traded scores late and the final score was 31-14 in favor of the the Dragons.
Coach Baker had this to say about his 2 senior leader in Garner and Smith, “Bother Austin and Jared are getting some college looks. Their size and strength are plus for the high school level. Both play really hard and are leaders for our group. I thought they did a nice job tonight in getting us our first win. Muthler ran the offense well and we picked up some nice first down via the air. Give Tyrone credit for not quitting. They will win some games this year. Our offensive line provided some space for Detwiler and Smith to run. We did some nice things.”
Central hosts a familiar opponent in Clearfield as the Bison travel to Roaring Spring for a big Mountain League matchup. Clearfield has been a thorn in the side of Central for the past few years so look for this game to be colorful and intense. It doesn’t get any easier for Tyrone as they travel to Huntingdon to meet up with a Bearcat team that has scored 109 in two games.
Until next week.
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