Line clears path for Hollidaysburg
LEWISTOWN — Hollidaysburg quarterback Brady Walters combined for 327 yards of total offense to lead Hollidaysburg to a 39-28 defeat over a scrappy Mifflin County squad Friday night at Mitchell Field.
Walters passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 93 yards and a score as the Golden Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season.
Hollidaysburg, behind a big and powerful offensive line, racked up 453 yards of total offense.
“We’re capable of being multiple with the run and pass. We have good receivers and a good quarterback. We also have a good offensive line that can run the football,” Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre said.
“Last week we got in two tight end sets. We’re pretty much going to do what the defense allows us to do as far as our check system. We feel confident passing or running.”
With three linemen surpassing 300 pounds. the Golden Tigers, ranked fifth in the state in Class 5A, rode that girth to 26-7 halftime advantage.
Hollidaysburg marched on a 12-play, 65-yard drive, and a 14-play, 95-yard drive in the half.
The Golden Tigers drew first blood when Walters scored from 4 yards out to make it 6-0. Walters then connected on a 25-yard strike to Ben Drass for the 13-0 advantage.
“We have a good offensive line. They do a great job, our H-backs, running backs and tight ends block well, and we have three guys who can run the ball in Walters (Nate) Fisher, and Barr. All those guys complement each other. They work hard at it and it shows. I’m very happy with the way the offensive line played,” DeLattre said.
Mifflin County (0-2) cut the deficit to 13-7 when Wyatt Henry took the ensuing kickoff 97 yards to daylight with seven seconds left in the quarter.
“The penalties are the only thing that stopped us tonight. It’s uncalled for. We had 10 penalties last week. They are just mental mistakes we have to make corrections,” DeLattre said. “Overall, I’m happy with our performance. Special teams were a problem. Give Mifflin County credit. They were tough and fought back in the second half.”
The Golden Tigers made it 26-7 at the half thanks to a TD run from Nate Fisher and a 9-yard pass from Walters to Jacob Sensenig with 4:29 left in the second.
The Huskies battled back with two touchdowns in the third quarter — both coming on the feet of QB Noah Wright. The first he snuck in from the 1 and the second on a 15-yard gallop on the read option.
DeLattre believes his team needs to learn how to finish games to to the next step in the evolution of the program.
“We talked about learning how to finish as a program. We had the same situation last week up by three scores and we didn’t keep our feet on the pedal. We got ourselves into trouble because of the penalties, but again, give Mifflin County credit,” DeLattre said. “The coaching staff did a good job of keeping his team in the game and playing tough. They have a good team.”
Hollidaysburg capitalized on a Husky turnover in the fourth when Wright threw an interception and five plays later, Walters scored from the 1 on the quarterback draw to make it 32-21. Hunter Barr, who ran for 93 yards, made it 39-21 with a 5-yard scamper.
Mifflin County closed out the scoring when Wright connected with Isaiah Collins on a picture-perfect 40-yard touchdown.
“We played hard and fought back but we made too many mental mistakes to win this game,” Mifflin County coach Scot Sechler said. “We were in a dogfight with the number five team in the state.”
Hollidaysburg takes on State College next Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 13 13 0 13–39
Mifflin County 7 0 14 7–28
H–Walters 4 run (kick failed), 6:34
H–Drass 25 pass from Walters, (Pinter kick), :22.
MC–Henry 70 kickoff return, (Carter kick),
H–Fisher 1 run (Pinter kick), 6:27.
H–Sensening 9 pass from Walters (pass failed), 4:29.
MC–Wright 1 run (Carter kick), 3:09.
MC–Wright 15 run (Carter kick), :06.
H–Walters 1 run (pass failed), 8:15.
H–Barr 5 run (Barrick kick), 4:08.
MC–Collins 40 pass from Wright (Carter kick), :40.
TEAM STATISTICS H MC
First downs 26 12
Total yards 453 204
Rushes-yards 42-219 18-58
Yards passing 234 146
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 17-33-0 12-30-2
Punts-avg. 3-28.0 3-37.0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-2
Penalties-yards 15-120 7-55
RUSHING: Hollidaysburg, Walters 17-93, Fisher 10-26, Barr 10-91, Martelllacci 2-0, Weyant 2-7, Shawley 1-2; Mifflin County, Shaeffer 8-23, Poche 1-5, Wright 8-28, Henry
PASSING: Hollidaysburg, Walters 17-33-234-0; Mifflin County, Wrightv 12-30-146-2.
RECEIVING: Hollidaysburg, Sensisenig 5-81, Martelllacci 1-17, Weakland 2-13, Brass 5-73, Fiasher 4-50; Mifflin County, Collins 1-40, Ju. Jackson 1-15, Miller 1-10, Henry 1-10, Bickhart 3-28, Schaeffer 4-31, Ja. Jackson 1-12.