Hornets take care of business early vs. Pirates
ALEXANDRIA — Juniata Valley’s game last week against Bellwood-Antis wasn’t decided until the final seconds when B-A kicked a game-winning field goal.
This week’s game against Williamsburg was settled much earlier.
The Hornets scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions for a 38-0 lead early in the third quarter. The Blue Pirates scored a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to make it a 38-12 final Friday at A.R. Simkins Field.
Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser: “That tough loss would have become meaningless if we didn’t come out here and play tough football. I thought our kids adopted that attitude and took control of the game.”
Player of the game: Juniata Valley Caden Rupert completed 7-of-12 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. The three touchdown passes (31, 22, and 61-yards) all came in the first quarter to give the Hornets an early 18-0 lead.
Play of the game: After scoring on the first possessions with long throws down the field, Valley started its third possession with a screen pass that Grant Musser took 61 yards for a touchdown. With three blockers out in front, Musser raced along the Valley sideline, stumbling over one of his teammates before stepping out of tackle inside the 10-yard-line.
Unsung hero: Junior Eli Morder blocked a punt and intercepted a pass in the second quarter, setting up a pair of Hornets’ touchdowns.
Musser on Morder: “He’s a hard-nosed, hard-working kid. Just joined us this year. He’s quickly picked up on the idea that hard work pays off.”
Most vital statistic: The Hornets’ defense held Williamsburg to minus-1 yard on offense in the first half and sacked QB Adam Uplinger five times.
Musser on the Hornets’ defense: “Coach (Jason) Showalter did a really good job this week saying ‘We’re not going to put anything new in. We’re going to refine what we have. Instill confidence in the kids. Let them play fast and let them play downhill.'”
Williamsburg coach Ryan Hileman: “I give their defensive line credit. They got off the ball. They got some sacks. They played well all night. If you don’t control the line of scrimmage, it’s gonna’ be a long night.”
Notable: Ryann Betres ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns on nine carries. The senior back scored on runs on 5 and 3 yards in the second quarter. He added a 9-yard touchdown early in the third quarter one play after ripping off a 60-yard run… Uplinger finished 11-of-19 passing for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Records: Williamsburg (0-4, 0-3 Inter-County Conference); Juniata Valley (3-1, 2-1 ICC.)
Next week: Williamsburg hosts Tussey Mountain; Juniata Valley takes on Southern Huntingdon at home.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Williamsburg 0 0 0 12 — 12
Juniata Valley 18 13 7 0 — 38
JV–Hensor 31 pass from Rupert (kick failed), 9:33.
JV–Johnson 22 pass from Rupert (run failed), 4:27.
JV–Musser 61 pass from Rupert (pass failed), 1:50.
JV–Betres 5 run (run failed), 4:29.
JV–Betres 3 run (Hill kick), 2:30.
JV–Betres 9 run (Hill kick), 10:38.
W–McCall 16 pass from Uplinger (pass failed), 6:05.
W–Crouch 35 fumble return (run failed), 5:23.
TEAM STATISTICS W JV
First downs 7 10
Total yards 95 319
Rushes-yards 25-(-10) 22-140
Yards passing 105 179
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 11-20-1 7-13-0
Punts-avg. 6-21.3 4-37.5
Fumbles-lost 5-1 1-1
Penalties-yards 0-0 3-25
RUSHING–Williamsburg, Clark 8-25, McCall 7-8, Uplinger 7-(-25), Shultz 1-(-1), Crouch 1-1, TEAM 1-(-18). Juniata Valley, Betres 9-115, Rupert 4-10, Rand 5-7, Musser 1-7, McMahon 1-0, Simmet 1-4, Coons 1-(-3).
PASSING–Williamsburg, Uplinger 11-19-1-105, England 0-1-0-0. Juniata Valley, Rupert 7-12-0-179, Musser 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Williamsburg, Clark 3-39, Hileman 3-12, McCall 4-53, Detwiler 1-1. Juniata Valley, Musser 2-77, Brower 3-49, Hensor 1-31, Johnson 1-22.