WILLIAMSBURG - Before Friday's home opener, Williamsburg unveiled a new flag pole with a Blue Pirates flag dedicated to the history of the town's football program.
Though Williamsburg's recent history on the field hasn't been exactly stellar, Austin McMonagle and Bryce Young did their part to make 2013 a possible turning point toward years past on Friday.
The duo connected on seven passes for 135 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown as Williamsburg topped Southern Huntingdon, 35-16, at War Memorial Field.
With the victory, Williamsburg improved to 2-0 for the first time in years.
"I really feel great for the kids, the football players and the community," Williamsburg coach Bob Hearn said. "I mean this community has done so much for us and for us to be able to open up at home and go 2-0, I just feel great for everybody.
"So many good football players have come through this town and this program and it's great to honor those players and coaches. I'd like to think our kids took some inspiration from that."
Southern Huntingdon looked strong through the first quarter for the second consecutive week. The Rockets took an 8-0 lead when Tyler Carowick finished off a drive with an 11-yard quarterback scramble. Carowick rushed for a game-high 134 yards on 23 carries and connected with Cam Woodward for a two-point conversion pass.
Once the second quarter began, Southern Hunting-don fell apart just as it did a week ago in a 46-0 loss to Juniata Valley.
McMonagle capped a 40-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak to bring Williamsburg within a point, and then connected with Mike Biddle on a 25-yard touchdown pass to give the Blue Pirates a 14-8 lead at the half. McMonagle finished with three total touchdowns, 191 yards passing and 42 yards rushing.
Caleb Morrissey added a 1-yard score in the third quarter and McMonagle found Young on a 50-yard score with 5:11 left in the third quarter to give the Blue Pirates a 28-8 lead.
"He's really tall and has good hands, and a lot of our routes are designed around him," McMonagle said regarding Young. "He's easy to throw to, because he's such a big target. As long as we have good protection like we did today, I think our pass game can be one of the best in the area."
Carowick added another rushing touchdown for Southern Huntingdon and a two-point conversion to make it 28-16, but Biddle scored from 5 yards out to set the final score with 4:07 to play.
"We played harder, so that was at least an improvement from last week," Southern Huntingdon coach Ryan Garlock said. "We showed a little life, but we just make too many dumb mistakes, bad decisions, whatever you want to call them and we make bad plays and turn the ball over. They showed some fire, but it was the same result."
Williamsburg hosts Glendale next Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
So. Huntingdon8 0 0 8 - 16
Williamsburg0 14 14 7 - 35
SH-T. Carowick 11 run (Woodward pass from Carowick), 3:42.
WB-McMonagle 1 run (McMonagle kick), 10:23.
WB-Biddle 25 pass from McMonagle (McMonagle kick), 3:06.
WB-Morrissey 1 run (McMonagle kick), 9:19.
WB-Young 50 pass from McMonagle (McMonagle kick), 5:11.
SH-T. Carowick 1 run (Watkins pass from Carowick), 10:19.
WB-Biddle 5 run (McMonagle kick), 4:07.
RUSHING: Southern Huntingdon-T. Carowick 23-134, Parks 12-91, Woodward 6-31. Williamsburg-Biddle 12-71, McMonagle 12-42, Shaw 4-15, Morrissey 4-15, Carter 3-(-1).
PASSING: Southern Huntingdon-T. Carowick 5-16-1-43. Williamsburg-McMonagle 11-19-1-191.
RECEIVING: Southern Huntingdon-Vaughn 3-21, Locke 1-12, Parks 1-10. Williamsburg-Young 7-135, Shaw 2-30, Biddle 1-25, Morrissey 1-1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Southern Huntingdon-Jones. Williamsburg-Shaw.