Bearcats’ offense clicks in beating Trojans
By Arthur Dowell
For the Mirror
MOUNT UNION — Neither Mount Union nor Huntingdon could establish much of a running attack, but it was the Bearcats who lived without such in a 40-0 win over the Trojans in a non-league football game Friday night.
Bearcats (1-0) quarterback Andrew Hudy proved early he was capable of extending plays and finding guys deep down the field to keep drives alive.
In the first quarter, Hudy made sure to make the most of a nice situation with the Bearcats set up at the Trojans’ 40-yard line following Andrew Miller’s interception of Quinton Posey.
He ran out of the pocket and away from the Trojans’ pressure, getting a jump pass over the line to running back Draven Zook who was running a drag route. The Bearcats needed 13 yards to move the chains, and they got 17 on that play to set up Zook with the 2-yard touchdown run to cap off the drive and score the game’s first points.
The pair connected again in the third quarter with the Bearcats facing a fourth-and-26 situation for a 28-yard play to again set up a two-yard touchdown run by Ryder Kocik.
It didn’t stop there.
The two found each other again for a 27-yard touchdown pass on a nicely set-up screen route.
The duo still wasn’t done tearing the Trojans’ defense apart as they found each other again on fourth down. Needing 12 yards, they got 18 and Zook again capped the drive off with a touchdown run for 15 yards.
Zook finished with 130 all-purpose yards in the game. He had three touchdowns — two rushing and one receiving — gaining 40 yards on four carries and reeling in 90 yards on four catches.
Hudy finished 8-for-15 for 193 yards to go with no interceptions and three touchdown passes.
“We started rolling him out and he took it upon himself to scramble a little bit,” Huntingdon coach Michael Hudy said. “They were bringing everybody up in the box, and we took what they gave us.”
Hudy’s other touchdowns came on a 66-yard completion to a wide-open Miller running the post and a pass on the run to Derrick Fultz for 21 yards — both in the second quarter.
As for the Trojans, they couldn’t put much of anything together offensively, and often times they were beating themselves.
Mount Union (0-1) had four fumbles — all recovered by the offense — and two interceptions.
The Trojans also couldn’t get a punt off in the third quarter to set up the Bearcats on the Trojans’ 14-yard-line.
“I think the biggest thing for us is that we’re a young team,” Mount Union coach Jamie Brumbaugh said. “I don’t know if you can see, even when we’re running the ball, but we’re making a lot of mistakes. Even our older kids — we have some seniors out here that have never played football but they’re athletes and we’re trying to get them out on the field to help us out — are inexperienced. I hope we get better as the year rolls along, but we’re just making a lot of mental mistakes.”
Posey was having to face some different defensive packages all night that kept him and the Trojans from getting any sort of momentum. He finished 2-of-11 passing for 17 yards and one interception.
He had a 20-yard completion to Vincent Lear heading into halftime with the Bearcats playing zone and off the receivers to not to let up the explosive scoring play. His only other completion was to Klayton Willoughby in the backfield that went for a loss of three yards in the third quarter.
Ethan Carbaugh also got a shot at throwing the ball, but his only pass was interception to Chandler Lauer when the game was out of reach.
The Trojans also couldn’t sustain a consistent running game with Willoughby ending up being the team’s lead rusher with 36 yards on four carries.
But not all was bad for Mount Union.
The Trojans’ run defense was better than the score showaed. No Bearcat rusher had more than 40 yards. In fact, the Trojans recorded more tackles for loss (8) than allowing runs of 12 yards or more (3).
“Our offensive line is a work in progress,” Coach Hudy said. “Right now, that’s something that’s bothering me. We need to get in better shape up front and get better overall up there.”
As for the Trojans, the brightest spot on the team is in the front seven and Brumbaugh says that even needs some working on.
“I was frustrated with our blitz,” he said. “We were trying to bring some stuff off the edges, but they beat us by completing the 30-yard passes. We were mixing it up and trying to bring the pressure, though, in there. We sometimes were able to get in there, but we just couldn’t contain tonight.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Huntingdon 7 13 7 13 — 40
Mount Union 0 0 0 0 — 0
H–Zook 2 run (Scaccia kick), 6:20.
H–Miller 66 pass from Hudy (Scaccia kick), 7:26.
H–Fultz 21 pass from Hudy (PAT failed), 0:07.
H–Kocik 2 run (Scaccia kick), 7:44.
H–Zook 27 pass from Hudy (PAT failed), 9:32.
H–Zook 15 run (Scaccia kick), 6:02.
TEAM STATISTICS H MU
First downs 12 7
Total yards 315 105
Rushes-yards 34-122 33-88
Yards passing 193 17
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 8-15-0 2-12-2
Punts-avg. 5-38.6 6-35.7
Fumbles-lost 0-0 4-0
Penalties-yards 4-40 3-25
RUSHING–Huntingdon, Kocik, 12-34, Hudy 15-19, Zook 4-40, Troha 1-11, Cook 2-18. Mount Union, Posey 15-34, Carbaugh 10-25, Willoughby 4-36, Skopic 2-(minus-11), Woodward 1-0, Rice 2-4.
PASSING–Huntingdon, Hudy 8-15-0-193. Miount Union, Posey 2-11-1-17, Carbaugh 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING–Huntingdon, Troha 1-12, Zook 4-90, Miller 1-66, Fultz 1-21, Emel 1-4. Mount Union, Vincent Lear 1-20, Willoughby, 1-(minus-3).