Offensive line helps Westmont beat PC
CRESSON — From the onset, the offensive line of Westmont Hilltop carved up the defense of Penn Cambria, and made way for the running backs to pick up chunks of yards as the Hilltoppers ran away with the game, 54-25, Friday night.
Averaging over 10 yards per carry, the Hilltoppers had scores from six different players, including on their only pass play of the game. Hidden behind their offense’s great success was the defense of the Hilltoppers, who had multiple pass break-ups at the goal line and an interception that prevented a promising drive from Penn Cambria.
Play of the game: With a little over two minutes to play in the first quarter, Westmont Hilltop fullback Mason Muto took the carry up the middle for 60 yards and the second score of the game to put the Hilltoppers up by two scores.
Players of the game: The trio of Westmont Hilltop’s Hudson Holbay, Mason Muto and Zane Blackburn combined for 45 carries for 361 yards and five touchdowns.
Unsung heroes: The offensive line for Westmont Hilltop. The Hilltoppers ran the ball on 55 of their 56 offensive plays, and they averaged 10.6 yards per carry.
Most vital statistic: Only eight of the 56 offensive plays for Westmont Hilltop went for 1 or fewer yards.
Westmont Hilltop coach Pat Barron: “Credit to the kids up front; they played their guts out.”
Penn Cambria coach Nick Felus: “We made some plays on offense and on special teams, but they were not enough. That offense is hard to stop. … They just hold that ball and don’t give it back.”
Westmont Hilltop running back Hudson Holbay: “The offensive line was big today. They made running easy with their blocks opening things up for us to work through.”
Notable: Westmont Hilltop ran double the amount of plays in the first half than Penn Cambria (34 to 17) … After starting the second half 1-5 on passing, Penn Cambria Quarterback Garrett Harrold finished the game 8-for-9 with 109 yards and two touchdowns … Westmont Hilltop had five players with at least 70 rushing yards … Westmont Hilltop had 14 rushes of 10+ yards … On the final play of the game, backup Quarterback Zach Broad ran 48 yards for the game’s final score.
Records: Westmont Hilltop (3-2); Penn Cambria (1-4)
Next week: Westmont Hilltop is back at home as it takes on Richland; Penn Cambria visits Bishop Guilfoyle. Both games are next Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Westmont Hilltop 14 13 14 13 — 54
Penn Cambria 7 0 6 12 — 25
WH–Holbay 1 run (Grassa Kick), 5:17
WH–Muto 60 run (Grassa Kick), 2:14
PC–Marinak 89 kickoff return (Michina Kick), 2:00
WH–Holbay 7 run (Grassa Kick), 11:16
WH–Muto 1 run (PAT Fail), 1:01
WH–Dean 38 pass from Polacek (Grassa Kick), 6:00
PC–Storm 29 pass from Harrold (PAT Fail), 3:44
WH–Blackburn 1 run (Grassa Kick), 1:52
PC–Storm 14 pass from Harrold (2 Pt Conversion Fail), 11:49
WH–Dunn 4 run (Grassa Kick), 6:07
WH–Hockenberry 80 run (PAT Fail), 2:43
PC–Broad 48 run, 0:00
TEAM STATISTICS WH PC
First downs 23 13
Total yards 545 288
Rushes-yards 55-520 17-98
Yards passing 25 170
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 1-1-0 17-27-1
Punts-avg. 0-0 2-46
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-yards 2-30 3-25
RUSHING–Westmont Hilltop, Holbay 22-138, Muto 10-97, Blackburn 13-126, Dean 1-8, Dunn 7-71, Hockenberry 1-80. Penn Cambria, Storm 1-(minus-3), Grove 5-12, Harrold 2-21, Tsikalas 1-15, Smith 1-4, Broad 6-45, Diehl 1-4.
PASSING–Westmont Hilltop, Polacek 1-1-0-25. Penn Cambria, Harrold 17-27-1-170.
RECEIVING–Westmont Hilltop, Dean 1-25. Penn Cambria, Marinak 2-7, Tsikalas 8-77, Grove 2-6, Storm 5-72, Conway 1-5, Smith 1-5.