Dragons stay unbeaten
HUNTINGDON — Sophomore quarterback Jeff Hoenstine is the leader of undefeated Central’s high-powered offensive attack.
But it was evident Friday night that Hoenstine also enjoys a splendid supporting cast.
Hoenstine completed 18-of-23 passes for 332 yards and four touchdowns, while also running for another score, and six different Central receivers caught at least one pass as the Scarlet Dragons improved to 4-0 overall and in the Mountain League by pasting winless Huntingdon, 53-17 at War Vets Field.
Play of the game: Central had several big ones, but Hoenstine’s 79-yard touchdown pass to senior wideout Hunter Klotz midway through the first quarter gave Central a 14-0 lead and set the tone for the mercy-rule rout.
Player of the game: Hoenstine.
Unsung hero(es): Central’s offensive line protected Hoenstine well all night long, as the Scarlet Dragons rolled up an astounding 622 yards in total offense.
Most vital statistic(s): The 622 total yards was the tell-tale factor for the Scarlet Dragons, who had 290 yards rushing to go with the 332 passing.
Spreading the wealth: Central’s Ethan Eicher caught five passes for 65 yards, Klotz made four receptions for 102 and a touchdown, Devon Boyles and Parker Gregg made three catches apiece for 74 and 48, respectively, with one touchdown apiece, Josh Biesinger made two receptions for 27, and Demetrious Harbaugh caught a 16-yard touchdown pass. Lightning-quick sophomore scatback Kade Rhule came off the bench to rush for 105 yards on just seven carries and a touchdown, and Gregg ran for 95 yards on just nine carries, including a 51-yard TD jaunt.
Central coach Dave Baker: “It was a good game for us. I thought we played pretty well most of the way. We try to do a lot of different things (offensively). Sometimes, we do them well, and sometimes, not so well. We knew in practice this week that we’re getting pretty close to where we want to be, but we’re not there yet. We still have some things to shore up.”
Huntingdon coach Shane Thomas: “Their offensive skill guys are very, very good. They have speed and size, and they made for some tough matchups for us.”
Hoenstine: “Our offensive line played great all game. They’re the reason that we were so dominant in this game. It started with them.”
Notable: Freshman back Hunter Smith rushed for 67 yards on four carries and scored Central’s opening touchdown on an 11-yard run … Tyson Cook kicked a 23-yard field goal and also caught a 21-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Darin Harman for Huntingdon, which also got a 46-yard touchdown pass from Harman to Kyle Barnett … Barnett intercepted a pass on defense, while Mason Somers recovered a fumble, for Huntingdon … Friday was the Bearcats’ homecoming game. Ellie Kyle was named homecoming queen, and Luke Brown, a senior wideout, was named homecoming king.
A tribute to Getig: Former all-state Huntingdon tight end Cortney Getic, a 1999 graduate, passed away earlier this year at the age of 39 due to complications from diabetes. Getic’s family requested that any donations in his memory be made to the Huntingdon Booster Club to help cover the cost of the year-old scoreboard at War Vets Field. Checks should be made out to the War Vets Scoreboard Committee and sent to the care of former long-time Huntingdon football coach Jim Zauzig at Zauzig’s home address — 2401 Taylor Avenue, Huntingdon, Pa. 16652.
Records: Central (4-0 overall and in the Mountain League); Huntingdon (0-4 overall and in the Mountain League).
Next Friday night: Central hosts Clearfield; Huntingdon hosts Bellefonte.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central 14 20 13 6 – 53
Huntingdon 3 0 6 8 – 17
C–Smith 11 run (Keith kick), 10:07.
C–Klotz 79 pass from Hoenstine (Keith kick), 6:14.
H–Cook 23 FG, 2:32.
C–Hoenstine 2 run (Keith kick), 9:14.
C–Gregg 51 run (kick failed), 3:45.
C–Gregg 8 pass from Hoenstine (Keith kick), 0:00.
C–Boyles 20 pass from Hoenstine (kick failed), 8:12.
C–Harbaugh 16 pass from Hoenstine (Keith kick), :41.
H–Barnett 54 pass from Harman (kick failed), 0:00.
H–Cook 21 pass from Harman (Baney run), 5:11.
C–Rhule 8 run (kick failed), 2:03.
TEAM STATISTICS C H
First downs 24 11
Total yards 622 221
Rushes-yards 26-290 32-111
Yards passing 332 110
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 18-24-1 9-16-0
Punts-avg. 1-35 3-41
Fumbles lost 3-1 2-0
Penalties-yards 4-45 4-30
RUSHING–Central, Rhule 7-105, Gregg 6-95, Smith 4-67, Harbaugh 1-15, Hoenstine 4-10, Bettwy 1-3, Diehl 1-0, Clark 2-(-5). Huntingdon, Harman 4-64, Baney 14-45, Ronk 9-29, Garlock 2-1, Cook 2-(-15), TEAM 1-(-13).
PASSING–Central, Hoenstine 18-23-0-332, Daugherty 0-1-0-0. Huntingdon, Harman 9-15-0-110, Cook 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Central, Eicher 5-65, Klotz 4-102, Boyles 3-74, Gregg 3-48, Biesinger 2-27, Harbaugh 1-16. Huntingdon, Brown 3-22, Cook 2-29, Baney 2-9, Barnett 1-46, Ronk 1-4.