Tigers humbled by W.Va. team

Photo for the Mirror by Tim O’Brien Musselman’s Blake Hartman is hit by Hollidaysburg’s Rocco Grassi on Friday night.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers’ 2020 season is off to a rocky start.

After falling to Baldwin of the WPIAL in the opener, the Tigers were manhandled by Musselman, W. Va., 43-7, in Game 2 Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

Musselman running back Blake Hartman scored four times and became the school’s all-time rushing leader with more than 5,200 yards in a stellar career that still has several games left. The 6-foot, 220-pounder has committed to play at Lehigh University.

Musselman scored twice in the first four minutes and led 29-0 after one quarter. The mercy rule was in effect the entire second half.

Player of the game: Easy — Hartman with four TDs (3, 39, 40, 4) and 230 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Unsung hero(es): The Musselman defense held the Tigers to 49 total offensive yards and seven first downs.

Most useless statistic: The visitors were penalized 11 times for 123 yards.

Musselman coach Brian Thomas: “Hartman is the best skill player in West Virginia. Lehigh is getting a great one. Our goal was to jump out fast after losing to Martinsburg last week — and we did.”

Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre: “We’ve got to learn to start better. We’ve got to practice harder and things will get better. Musselman has a great team.”

Musselman star Hartman: “The lines are the greatest. Ever since my freshman year they’ve been great. I couldn’t do it without them.”

Notable: Hartman received the game ball in the postgame team huddle. … Musselman is ranked No. 7 in West Virginia. … The Tigers avoided the shutout when Evan Brozenich returned a punt for 55-yard touchdown late in fourth. … Both teams were supported by small crowds.

Records: Hollidaysburg (0-2); Musselman (2-1).

Next week: Hollidaysburg travels to Palmyra (District 3).


Musselman 29 7 0 7 — 43

Hollidaysburg 0 0 0 7 — 7

First Quarter

M–Hartman 3 run (Hartman pass from Hardy), 8:25.

M–Hartman 39 run (Barger kick), 8:11.

M–Hartman 40 run (Barger kick), 1:57.

M–Zamora 1 run (Barger kick), 0:22.

Second Quarter

M–Hardy 6 run (Barger kick), 1:26.

Fourth Quarter

M–Hartman 4 run (Waddell kick), 11:55.

H–Brozenich 55 punt return (Sosnowski kick), 5:53.


First downs 20 7

Total yards 430 49

Rushes-yards 47-360 15-7

Yards passing 70 42

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 6-9-0 5-17-1

Punts-avg. 4-33 2-35

Fumbles-lost 0 1-1

Penalties-yards 11-123 3-15


RUSHING–Musselman, Hartman 20-230, Hardy 10-45, Zamora 6-29, Carter 3-22, Foy 3-14, Hayslette 3-10, Teets 1-10. Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 10-23, Faber 1-3, Bainey 1-1, Shawley 1-(-4), McGinnis 2-(-16).

PASSING–Musselman, Hardy 6-9-0 70. Hollidaysburg, Martellacci 4-13-1-34, McGinnis 1-4-0-8.

RECEIVING–Mussleman, Zamora 3-36, Teets 2-21, Hartman 1-7, Adames 1-6. Hollidaysburg, Faber 2-12, Avery 1-13, Wolfe 1-9, Herron 1-8.


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