Scarlet Dragons dominate Bearcats in all phases
HUNTINGDON – The mercy rule never took effect in Central’s 41-15 victory over Huntingdon Friday night, but someone looking over the final statistics would have a hard time believing that.
The Scarlet Dragons outgained the Bearcats, 516-88, had three different players run for more than 100 yards on less than 15 carries and held Huntingdon to just 8 first-half yards.
“I think we have more players than they did,” Central coach Dave Baker said. “I think we might have worn them down a little bit. The second quarter, our guys came out and scored to give us a boost and that swung the momentum.”
Huntingdon actually took a 7-0 lead early when Hudson Speck snagged Mike Mock’s lateral out of the air and ran 50 yards for a score.
Just more than a minute later, Mock tied the game with a 20-yard scramble.
“I thought we played well early,” Huntingdon coach Mike Hudy said. “We made a few crucial errors like missed tackles, however, and Central is a great football team and took advantage.”
The biggest Bearcat error of the game turned out to be a blocked punt. With the score tied early in the second quarter, Harry Biddle intercepted a Mike Mock screen pass to set Huntingdon up in Dragon territory. When the drive stalled at the Central 37 however, Hudy decided to play it safe and pin the Dragons deep with a punt.
It didn’t happen.
Blaize Mock blocked the kick, and on the next play from scrimmage, Alex Hoenstine ran 60 yards for the go-ahead score.
“We gave up a touchdown early, but we didn’t get down from it and kept playing our kind of football,” Mike Mock said. “We came back from it. We had too many penalties tonight (11 for 98 yards), but that’s fixable. When we get that straightened out, we should be ready for the playoffs.”
Hoenstine added another touchdown in the quarter, and Justin Helsel caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Noah Benton to make the halftime score 28-7.
Mike Mock, who added two more touchdowns in the second half, finished with three scores and 169 yards rushing on 14 carries. Hoenstine ran for 135 yards on nine carries, and Benton had 101 yards on six attempts.
“When you have that much talent, no one tires out,” Baker said. “You have less chance of injuries. They have to defend more players, and I think they tend to tire out a little bit from fresh legs running at them.”
Huntingdon closed out the scoring when Hudson Speck connected with Matt Speck on a touchdown pass after Hunter Price intercepted Central third-string quarterback Josh McKnight.
Central improved to 7-2 and will host Ligonier Valley next week in a final attempt to improve its playoff seeding. Meanwhile, the Bearcats (4-5) will travel to Juniata Valley (1-8) and need a win to likely lock up the No. 7 seed.
“We talk about our long-term goals, but we take things one week at a time, so we haven’t harped on it,” Hudy said. “But hopefully we go there, get a win and get into the playoffs.”
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central7 21 7 6 – 41
Huntingdon7 0 0 8 – 15
H-H. Speck 50 fumble return (Heaton kick), 8:41.
C-M. Mock 20 run (Muthler kick), 7:35.
A-A. Hoenstine 60 run (Muthler kick), 9:19.
A-A. Hoenstine 7 run (Muthler kick), 4:45.
A-Helsel 7 pass from Benton (Muthler kick), 0:27.
C-M. Mock 1 run (Muthler kick), 5:14.
C-M. Mock 2 run (kick failed), 8:17.
H-M. Speck 4 pass from H. Speck (Fisher pass from H. Speck), 3:44.
RUSHING: Central-M. Mock 14-169, A. Hoenstine 9-135, Benton 6-101, B. Mock 6-45, Weyant 5-22, Helsel 3-12, Langer 2-10, McKnight 2-5, Calhoun 1-0, TEAM 1-(-4), N. Hoenstine 1-(-8). Huntingdon-Glenny 6-15, Oliver 4-11, Fisher 3-9, H. Speck 10-5.
PASSING: Central-M. Mock 2-3-1-34, Benton 3-6-0-4, McKnight 0-1-1-0. Huntingdon-H. Speck 7-21-0-48, Fisher 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING: Central-Helsel 2-31, A. Hoenstine 1-10, N. Hoenstine 2(-3). Huntingdon-M. Speck 3-38, Fisher 3-13, Scott 1-(-3).
INTERCEPTIONS: Central-none. Huntingdon-Biddle, Price.