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Victory gets Hornets home playoff game

ALEXANDRIA — On a frigid night from the Juniata Valley football stadium, the Hornets capitalized on an opening kickoff fumble to take the lead early, and kept the Glendale offense at bay for most of the game, winning by a score of 37-20 and clinching a home playoff game.

The Juniata Valley running game was unstoppable, specifically the one-two punch of Jayce Rand and Gabe Brower, who combined for 240 yards and three touchdowns to pace the squad. Quarterback Hunter Johnson did not need to do much work of his own, and the Hornet machine continuously marched down the field on several chunk plays on the ground.

The Glendale offense was silent for most of the game until the fourth quarter when quarterback Garret Misiura completed a handful of deep throws downfield to get some momentum late in the game. But it was too late to mount a comeback after falling into a 24-point hole.

Play of the game: Juniata Valley kicked the ball off to Glendale to start the game and forced a fumble on the return to set the tone for the game right from the beginning. The Hornets turned the short field into points.

Players of the game: Juniata Valley halfback tandem of Rand and Brower rushed for a combined 240 on 26 carries. Brower also added 46 yards receiving to total more than 170 yards from scrimmage for the night.

Unsung hero: Misiura was accurate throwing downfield — especially in the fourth quarter — completing five passes of 20 or more yards and three of 30-plus. He led two Viking scoring drives in the fourth quarter.

Most vital statistics: Juniata Valley outran Glendale 285-42 and did not need to go to the passing game much. The Hornet defense forced the Viking offense to punt four times compared to Juniata’s one.

Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser: “They got a couple big plays on us in the first half, but by and large, I thought we played physical and disciplined football. The playoffs begin for us next week, which is going to be a tough contest. I think District 6 1A is going to be a tough bracket this year.”

Glendale coach Spank Trexler: “We’re a better team than what we’re showing. It’s been the issue all season. We do some things really good and then we take a play off here, we make a mental mistake and then we just don’t recover. We don’t have the depth to weather a storm like that. Against good teams, you can’t do that. That’s a very good team, they’re battle-tested. To even be on the field and be in the game somewhat, at least physically, is a good sign for us.”

Notable: The Juniata Valley defensive line was dominant, limiting Glendale to 42 yards on the ground…Glendale cornerback and receiver Baine Seilhamer had an impressive night on both sides of the ball, returning an interception for a touchdown and catching five balls for 125 yards and a score.

Records: Juniata Valley (4-2); Glendale (2-4).

Next week: Juniata Valley hosts a first-round District 6 Class 1A playoff game. Glendale is waiting on its playoff fate.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Glendale…………………………6 0 0 14 — 20

Juniata Valley…………………15 7 8 7 — 37

First Quarter

JV–Brower 1 run (kick good), 10:04.

GL–Seilhamer 24 interception return (run failed), 7:47.

JV–J. Johnson 29 pass from H. Johnson (Brower run), 4:44.

Second Quarter

JV–Rand 8 run (kick good), 10:11.

Third Quarter

JV–Boone 2 run (H. Johnson run), 1:44.

Fourth Quarter

GL–G. Misiura 3 run (G. Misiura run), 8:39.

JV–Brower 54 run (kick good), 7:43.

GL–Seilhamer 9 pass from G. Misiura (pass failed), 3:06.

TEAM STATISTICS GL JV

First downs 11 19

Total yards 245 383

Rushes-yards 20-42 39-285

Yards passing 205 98

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 12-18-0 8-17-1

Punts-avg. 4-32 1-27

Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0

Penalties-yards 6-55 5-47

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Glendale, S. Dubler 11-43, Z. Dubler 4-10, Seilhamer 1-(minus 1), Misiura 4-(minus 10). Juniata Valley, Brower 6-125, Rand 20-115, Boone 4-24, H. Johnson 8-12, J. Johnson 1-9.

PASSING–Glendale, Misiura 12-18-0-205. Juniata Valley, H. Johnson 8-17-1-98.

RECEIVING–Glendale, Seilhamer 5-125, Z. Dubler 5-59, S. Dubler 1-16, Sinclair 2-5. Juniata Valley, Brower 3-46, J.Johnson 2-44, Reed 3-33, Rand 1-(minus 1), Boone 1-(minus 2).

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