Detwiler scores 4 TDs in victory
PHILIPSBURG — Central came into Friday night’s game against Philipsburg-Osceola still shaking its collective head from last week’s stunning 40-point loss to Chestnut Ridge.
The Scarlet Dragons, however, showed no ill effects of the loss, and they might have even taken their frustrations out on the Mounties.
Central scored three first-quarter touchdowns, got a four-touchdown game from Trystan Detwiler, outgained the Mounties, 532-56, used every available player in the game and rolled to a 55-0 rout on P-O’s homecoming night.
“I thought it was a pretty good night for us,” said Central coach Dave Baker, whose team lost, 42-2 to Ridge. “We didn’t make a lot of mistakes like we did last week. Philipsburg is a great place, and their kids play hard, but they just aren’t a real strong team right now. I feel bad for them. It was a different opponent, but it seemed like we had more zip and didn’t make mistakes.”
The Dragons, who improved to 5-2, started the game with an air attack. Senior quarterback Preston Karstetter completed three passes to three different receivers on the first three plays of the game for 59 yards, including a 34-yard TD pass to Detwiler. Karstetter completed 8-of-11 passes for 130 yards.
“We are challenging our passing game,” Baker said. “We know if we want to compete for the playoffs and compete in the district championship, we’ll have to be able to throw better. That’s why we were doing that.”
The next time Central got the ball, the running game was the weapon of choice. Detwiler, who gained 129 yards on 10 carries, scampered 41 yards to the P-O 25 on the first play, and three plays later, Luke McConahy scored on a 13-yard run.
Detwiler intercepted P-O quarterback Bubba Slogosky on the next series. Slogosky was pressured by linebacker Jared Smith and defensive end Doug Shade seemingly every time he dropped back to pass.
The Mounties (1-6) were limited to five first downs, minus-2 yards rushing and 56 passing. Central had three interceptions of Slogosky and Matt Shimmel. The closest they came to scoring was in the fourth quarter, when an 11-play drive ended at the Central 26.
Central’s third touchdown came on a Detwiler 2-yard run with 2:06 left in the first quarter. The highlight of the drive, though, was a sneaky running play that ended up with lineman Brandon Mock gaining 6 yards to the P-O 2. Central led, 21-0.
“We were outmanned,” P-O coach Mike Mann said. “They’re a big, physical team, and they just came out and did what they wanted to do. I think our guys were a little intimidated at first.”
Baker started substituting in the second quarter, including giving Noah Muthler some time at quarterback. Detwiler, though, scored on a 39-yard run with 5:05 left in the half.
“He’s shifty,” Mann said. “He ran through seven tackles, and he scored. We had trouble stopping him. It’s just unreal.”
Smith capped off an 11-play, 81-yard drive by bulling over the goal line from the 1 with 6.6 seconds left on the clock. Tarald Masdol’s extra point made it 35-0, meaning the mercy rule’s running clock was in effect in the second half.
Baker had his starters in on offense for five plays in the second half, which is all it took for the Dragons to go 40 yards and reach the end zone on a Detwiler 5-yard run.
Fourteen Dragons ran the ball in a 367-yard rushing effort, and eight caught passes.
“We had 55 kids here, and I’m sure they all got to play,” Baker said. “Kids want to play, and that’s what they work for. You want them to play hard when they’re in there, and they did.”
Touchdown runs of 10 yards by McConahy and 1 yard by Benjamin Kurtz capped off the scoring for the Dragons.
Game notes: Lauren Hughes was voted homecoming queen, while Jonathan Scott was the king. … Central has a big home game next week against 6-1 Bellefonte. … Central has outscored Centre County teams P-O, Bald Eagle Area and Penns Valley by a combined 141-15.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central 21 14 13 7 — 55
Philipsburg-Osceola 0 0 0 0 — 0
C–Detwiler 34 pass from Karstetter (Masdol kick), 10:49
C–McConahy 13 run (Masdol kick), 7:38
C–Detwiler 2 run (Masdol kick), 2:06
C–Detwiler 39 run (Masdol kick), 5:05
C–J. Smith 1 run (Masdol kick), :06.6
C–Detwiler 5 run (kick failed), 6:56
C–McConahy 10 run (Masdol kick), 2:19
C–Kurtz 1 run (Masdol kick), 11:28
RUSHING: Central – Detwiler 10-129, I. Deterline 6-74, McConahy 4-34, J. Smith 9-30, Muthler 3-27, B. Smith 1-14, Imler 2-11, Kurtz 2-10, Mock 1-6, Hoover 1-5, Marko 1-5, Karstetter 1-4, Walters 1-4, Quarello 1-4. Philipsburg-Osceola – Shady 5-19, Slogosky 4-5, Johnson 3-(-3), Swartwood 5-(-9), Shimmel 5-(-14).
PASSING: Central – Karstetter 8-11-0-130, Muthler 3-7-0-35. Philipsburg-Osceola – Shimmel 2-3-1-29, Slogosky 1-14-2-29.
RECEIVING: Central – Bolatto 4-50, Detwiler 1-34, Marko 1-19, J. Smith 1-18, Albright 1-16, Parks 1-13, Garner 1-12, Karstetter 1-3. Philipsburg-Osceola – Johnson 1-29, Chapman 1-15, Dixon 1-14.
INTERCEPTIONS: Central – Detwiler, Albright, Williams. Philipsburg-Osceola — None.
TEAM STATISTICS C P-O
First downs 25 5
Yards rushing 43-367 22-(-2)
Passing (comp.-att.-int) 11-18-0 3-17-3
Passing yards 165 58
Total yards 532 56
Fumbles lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 7-45 3-35
Punts-avg. 0-0 6-31.1