Tussey picks up rout on road

MOUNT UNION — Tussey Mountain’s defense made a major impact on the game with Mount Union on Friday night at the Mount Union Athletic Field. The Titans jumped on the Trojans for 23 unanswered points in the first half and then backed it up in the second half with 22, holding the Trojans to just one score in the third quarter.

The Trojans are off to a rough start in the season at 0-3, and the Titans have started the season at 3-0.

“The defense played well for us tonight,” Titan coach Anthony Sottasante said. “We work hard on special teams and it paid off for us tonight. We still have a long way to go as a team with a focus on executing the offense better. The team is getting better every week that we come out and play. They are doing very well with a new scheme and the 3-0 shows that we are making some changes in the program.”

In the first quarter, the Titans scored one touchdown after both teams went through the initial series of downs with the Trojans being stopped on a penalty and had to punt. The Titans took over on the 20-yard line.

Matt Leonard hit Tyler Rhodes on a sideline pass and he took it 80 yards for the touchdown at 5:03 on the clock. Havard Straumsheim kicked the point after to make it a 7-0 game at the end of the quarter.

The Titans offense started to move the ball in the second quarter. With 8:05 showing on the Titans first possession in the quarter the drive from the 47-yard line ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Leonard to Brady Villa. Straumsheim kicked the point after. On the next series the Trojans started on the 25-yard line and with penalties ended up on the 5-yard line. A bad snap recovered by Nickolas Brumbaugh in the end zone put six more points on the board for the Titans.

Straumsheim kicked the point after with 7:35 on the clock. On the next series of downs for the Trojans they could not get the offense moving and had to punt. The punt was blocked by Brumbaugh and the Titans picked up a safety at 5:18 on the game clock.

Both teams went through the next series of downs without getting the offense rolling and at the end of the quarter the Titans tried a field goal from the 10-yard line that went wide and went into intermission with a 23-0 lead.

Early in the third quarter, on the Trojans’ first possession Damon Lemin got to a Trojan punt and blocked it out of the back of the end zone for a safety with 10 minutes showing.

The Titans turned the safety into a score with 7:21 left in the third quarter when the Titans pounded the ball down to the Trojans 10-yard line and Kaden Lucko ran it in from 10 yards out around the right side. Straumsheim kicked the extra point.

Brock Woodward returned the kickoff for the Trojans to midfield, giving them some working room. In eight plays the Trojans picked up a first down and were fourth and 13-yards to go when Quinton Posey rolled right and found Blake Woodward in the end zone pulling the touchdown in coverage. Trevor Skopic kicked the point after.

The Trojans kicked off and the Titans marched down field. With 40 seconds left in the third quarter and the ball now on the 1-yard line Cole Weist ran it in from 1 yard out for the touchdown. The Titans had a bad snap and the run failed with them taking a 38-7 margin into the fourth quarter.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Tussey Mountain 7 16 15 7–45

Mount Union 0 0 7 0– 7

First Quarter

TM–Rhodes 80 pass from Leonard (Straumsheim kick), 5:03.

Second Quarter

TM– Villa 7 pass from Leonard (Straumsheim kick), 8:05.

TM– Brumbaugh Fumble recovery (Straumsheim kick), 7:35.

TM — Safety, 5:18.

Third Quarter

TM– Safety, 10:00.

TM– Lucko 10 run (Straumsheim kick), 7:21.

MU– Woodward 28 pass from Posey (Skopic kick), 4:36.

TM — Weist 1 run (2pt fail), 0:40.

Fourth Quarter

TM– Weist 4 run (Straumsheim kick), 8:57.

TEAM STATISTICS TM MU

First downs 18 7

Total yards 428 106

Rushes-yards 44-217 22-46

Yards passing 211 60

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-22-1 6-18-0

Fumbles-lost 2-0 2-1

Penalties-yards 3-20 5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: TM– Weist 15-57, Rhodes 3-21, Lucko 2-10, Sipes 3-5; MU– Posey 5-20, Willoughby 4-10.

PASSING: TM– Leonard 9-16 162 2 TDs; MU– Posey 2-6 17.

RECEIVING: TM– Villa 4-53 TD, Rhodes 3-100 TD, Sipes 1-6, Brumbaugh 1-3; MU– Lear 1-12, Woodward 1-5.

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