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Juniata Rolls over Central Mountain

Written by: on Saturday, October 15th, 2011


MIFFLINTOWN — Going into Friday night’s game with Juniata, Central Mountain head coach Vinnie Kishbaugh knew that if his team had a chance to win the game, the Wildcats would have to stop, or at least slow down, the Indians powerful ground attack.

Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, knowing what to do is one thing, but getting the job done is yet another as the Indians ran over the Wildcats by the final of 48-21 at Dietrick Field.

“They didn’t do anything that surprised us. They just put the ball in the hands of those backs and their big linemen opened big holes for them,” said Kishbaugh. “We practiced all week what we saw tonight, but us being a young team, certain things throw us out of whack. Tonight it was the field, but we didn’t show improvements in certain areas.”

While the Wildcats are going through their growing pains, the Indians are reaping the rewards of having a big experienced club.

“They just came out and pretty much manhandled our defensive front,” said Kishbaugh. “We just didn’t do a good job of reading their guards and again, it was all things we worked on. We have young kids playing those positions and playing those positions well comes with game experience and they will eventually get it. They are going to get it.”

For the Indians, it was a matter of experience and discipline that sparked their impressive win.

“I thought our kids showed a lot of discipline tonight,” said Juniata head coach Gary Klingensmith. “We were able to move the ball right down the field without penalties and turnovers and that was nice to see. What it boiled down to was they (Juniata) played our brand of football and that is grind them, pound them and wear them down. On defense we were OK, but we got caught several times out position and their quarterback (Von Walker) got to us, but we were able to get back to doing what we do best.”

With the win, the Indians are now riding a four-game win streak in their 5-2 mark and hopefully looking to a possible playoff spot.

“These kids do a good job of keeping their intensity each week,” said Klingensmith. “Right now we are taking it one game at a time. Next week we play Clearfield for the big school championship. This was a big game for us because they (Central Mountain) are a quad-A school and we get a lot of points for the win. With a lot of big games coming up, maybe the biggest thing about tonight’s win is that we came out of game healthy. I just can’t say enough about this team. You might shut us down in one part of the game, but we can get you in another area.”

One area that has been hurting the Wildcats in crucial situations has been penalties. However, even they lost the Mercy Rule game to the Indians, that is one area they cleaned up since their last time on the field.

“Last week we had 11 penalties, and I don’t know what tonight was, but I do know it was a lot better than that,“ said Kishbaugh. “That was an improvement, so what we need to do is make more improvements and then put all of them together. If we do that, we will be an all right team.”

Klingensmith has grown up with a “smash mouth” offensive approach to playing and coaching the game and Friday night was no different as he unleashed eight running backs who combined for 421 yards and six touchdowns.

Leading the Indian ground assault were Adam Goshorn with 161 yards on a dozen totes, Neil Bodley with 117 yards on 20 carries and Cody Saner with 51 yards on a dozen tries. In the scoring department, Goshorn tallied three touchdowns and Bodley added two more.

When a team has the success on the ground like the Indians did, it usually is due to an outstanding job of blocking up front and Juniata used its experience and size to handle the out-manned Wildcats.

Doing the duties for Indian “Hogs” as starters were Dylan Powell, Andrew Kostich, Aaron Prye, Chase Bowsman and the chairman of the board, Dustin “Wild Bill Hickock” Burd.

“We have some big guys this year and we just try to control the line of scrimmage,” said Burd. “It has been a long time since we had a bunch of guys over 200 pounds like we do this year. We all want it bad and we play hard every play. They were all fired up tonight and tonight we had a bunch of Wild Bill’s in there.”

Scoring the Central Mountain touchdowns were Walker on a 1-yard run, Tyler Pavalko on a 24-yard scoring pass from reserve quarterback Nick Guerriero and Guerriero on a 1-yard run. Cole Renninger led all receivers in the game with 98 yards on six grabs.

Central Mountain 0 7 0 14 — 21

Juniata 7 14 21 6 — 48

First Quarter

JUN — Adam Goshorn 24 run (Chad Eberle kick). (6:49)

Second Quarter

JUN — Neil Bodley 7 run. (Eberle kick)(10:27)

JUN — Mark Zearfus 14 pass from Colton Shertzer. (Eberle kick)(4:30)

CM — Von Walker 1 run (Justin Allen kick)(1:42).

Third Quarter

JUN — Bodley 5 run. (Eberle kick)(9:27)

JUN — Goshorn 7 run. (Eberle kick)(4:21)

JUN — Goshorn 43 run. (Eberle kick)(1:14)

Fourth Quarter

CM — Tyler Pavalko 23 pass from Nick Guerriero. (Allen kick)(9:38)

JUN — Scott Sneath 2 run. (kick failed)(3:05)

CM — Guerriero 1 run. (Allen kick)(:19)

Team Statistics CM JUN

First Downs 7 24

Rushes-Yards 16-58 54-416

Passing Yards 131 43

Passing 10-17-2 3-8-0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-30 1-15

Individual Statistics


CM: Von Walker 11-36, 1 TD; Nigel English 3-13; Nick Guerriero 2-9, 1 TD.

JUN: Adam Goshorn 12-161, 3 TDs; Neil Bodley 20-117, 2 Tds; Cody Saner 12-51; Colton Shertzer 2-39, Scott Sneath 4-29, 1 TD; Devin Renninger 2-15, Dakota McNemar 1-5, Travis Newcamp 1-minus 1.


CM: Nick Guerriero 5-7, 97 yards, 1 TD; Von Walker 5-10, 34 yards, 2 interceptions.

JUN: Colton Shertzer 3-8, 43 yards, 1 TD.


CM: Cole Renninger 6-98, Tyler Pavalko 4-33, 1 TD.

JUN: Cody Saner 2-29, Mark Zearfus 1-14, 1 TD.

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