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Mifflin County claws out win over Central Mountain

Written by: on Saturday, September 15th, 2012

It wasn’t easy coming off a short week of practice  and a Monday game, but the Huskies somehow managed to escape a stifling defensive effort in Mill Hall with a 19-6 victory.

The first half was a battle of big plays versus grinding defense.  Mifflin took the ball first starting at their 37 yard line and Huskie quarterback Shane Wahlens wasted no time to  show his stuff.  He twice connected with Heath Hidlay for first 51 yards then 11 yards.  A nine yard toss to Kyle Kahley would bring his team to the one yard line.  The Wildcat defense, led by Von Walker, then tightened forcing two consecutive losses.  The next play found Kahley going left and scoring from 4 yards out.  The point after failed and Mifflin County had a 6-0 lead.

Then disaster almost struck for the Wildcats.  On their first offensive possession Travis Turchetta, who struggled all night, threw a wounded duck directly into the hands of Huskie linebacker John Maclay.  Maclay returned the pick to the 42.  It was here the Wildcat defense decided it was time to play.  Three consecutive tackles for loss forced the Huskies to punt.  The snap went directly over the kicker’s head and was recovered at the 32.   One play later Von Walker broke off an electrifying 32 yard td run.  The point after failed and with just over 2 minutes to go in the first quarter the score was tied at six.   “He was unbelievable tonight,  he was causing fits on the offensive side and they didn’t know what to do with him.  He played an amazing game on both ends of the field.” said Central Mt. coach Vinnie Kishbaugh. Walker finished the night with 152 yards rushing on 16 carries. He also was called upon in the second half to run the “Wildcat” offense, passing for  36 yards on four completions. Add to that four tackles, two for loss and he had quite a night.

“It comes down to missed opportunities.   We can’t have that stuff and expect to win the game,” said Kishbaugh of the score being tied at six for halftime.

The second half started with a bang as Walker took off down the left sideline and went 73 yards to the endzone, but the theme of the night for the Huskies was mistakes, and a holding call on the 22 negated the run.  A few plays later Central Mountain lined up for a 37 yard field goal and the kick went straight through the uprights, only to be called back on a defensive penalty.  “There were some bad calls tonight, things happened that we couldn’t control.”  Kishbaugh was also talking about a blocked punt in the first half which resulted in a mysterious “roughing the kicker” penalty.

With the Wildcat quarterback struggling,  Kishbaugh had to rely on Walker for most of the second half.  “Because we weren’t able to throw the ball it allowed them to key on Walker in the fourth” said Kishbaugh.   That fact led to good field position several times in the fourth quarter for the Huskies and they capitalized.  With five minutes left on the clock  and the ball on the Wildcat 27 Tim Beck scored on a five yard run, the point after was good and Mifflin County never looked back.  Kahley would close out the scoring with a one yard run.

“It came down to adjustments. Kids executed the adjustments and that was a big thing.  We were able to control the line in the 2nd half, ” said winning coach George Miskinis.

 

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