Myers, Rockets do in Bulldogs
HOLLIDAYSBURG — Claysburg-Kimmel had the answers on how to stop Southern Huntingdon quarterback Nate Myers.
Unfortunately, for the Bulldogs, knowing how to stop the junior signal caller was one thing, while actually doing it proved to be a completely different hurdle.
The task seemed too large for C-K as not only could it not contain Myers and the Rockets’ offense, but its own offense struggled mightily all night.
When all was said and done, Claysburg was on the wrong side of the win-loss column as it suffered a 41-0 loss to the Rockets on senior night in Inter-County Conference action on Saturday at Hollidaysburg’s Tiger Stadium.
“We knew the bottom line was that everything was going to run through the quarterback,” Claysburg coach Matt Bilchak said. “He made some outstanding plays tonight, and we just weren’t able to wrap him up. If we can do that, maybe the outcome would have been a little bit different.”
Plays of the game: Myers found Owen Winter on a 32-yard touchdown strike at the 7:12 mark of the second quarter. SH forced a Wyatt Buell punt on the ensuing drive, and then Myers hit Dawson Booher on the third play from scrimmage on a 29-yard TD pass to make the score 21-0.
Player of the game: Myers, who was 8-of-15 for 135 yards with four touchdown passes. Myers found Kendrel Marino from 7 yards out on the first drive after the half and then connected with Winter again on a 21-yard scoring play that made the score 35-0 — kicking the mercy-rule running clock into effect with 6:02 to go in the game. Myers ran the ball 26 times totaling 151 yards, went 5-for-5 on PAT’s, punted three times for a 37.3 average and had 10-plus tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Myers: “We had to catch them (Claysburg) off guard. We knew that as soon we ran it a couple of plays, we knew they were biting on it. So, we figured the pass would be wide open.”
Unsung hero(es): The Southern Huntingdon linemen, who opened holes all night long for Myers and other runners, and the defensive line did its job by limiting C-K to just 49 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Myers: “Our linemen did a great job tonight. They had great holes for us.”
Most vital statistics: Southern Huntingdon racked up 343 yards of total offense (172 rushing and 170 passing), while Claysburg managed just 72 … The Bulldogs managed just four first downs … The deepest in Southern Huntingdon territory that C-K managed to get was the 29-yard line.
Southern coach Aaron Batzel: “It was nice (because) this is the first we’ve really had a full team in two weeks due to quarantine and other issues, injuries, etc. So, it was nice to get a full team back and really kind of show how good of a team we actually are.”
Bilchak: “We knew going in that we saw how Southern was going to attack our defense — spreading us out. We felt pretty confident in the game plan. Again, there’s a lot of stuff that looks good on paper, then when you get out there, you know, their quarterback really is a special player. Kudos to them for giving him the ball as much as they did tonight.”
Notable: Southern Huntingdon opened the game with Myers calling his own number on five straight plays. He churned out 41 yards to the CK 1 before Aiden McFadden plowed his way across the goal line … SH backup quarterback Chase Gibbons found Caleb Greenland from 23 yards out to set the final with nine ticks remaining … Claysburg had the ball nine times, and only four of them ventured into Southern Huntingdon’s side of the field … As part of senior night festivities, Claysburg-Kimmel honored the senior members of the band, cheerleaders and football players. The football players recognized were: Pressten Imler, Hawke Claycomb, Kaden Musselman, Devin Walters, Bryce Kennedy, Zeke Barr and Buell.
Records: Southern Huntingdon (2-3); Claysburg-Kimmel (2-3).
Next week: Southern Huntingdon travels to West Branch on Friday night. Claysburg-Kimmel hosts Juniata Valley the same night at Tiger Stadium.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Southern Huntingdon 7 14 7 13 — 41
Claysburg-Kimmel 0 0 0 0 — 0
SH–Mcfadden 1 run (Myers kick), 9:23.
SH–Winter 32 pass from Myers (Myers kick), 7:12.
SH–Booher 29 pass from Myers (Myers kick), 3:49.
SH–Marino 7 pass from Myers (Myers kick), 9:07.
SH–Winter 21 pass from Myers (Myers kick), 6:02.
SH–Greenland 23 pass from Gibbons (run failed), 0:09.
TEAM STATISTICS SH CK
First downs 15 4
Total yards 342 72
Rushes-yards 42-172 29-49
Yards passing 170 23
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 10-17-0 4-12-1
Punts-avg. 3-37.3 5-29.8
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 7-60 1-5
RUSHING–Southern Huntingdon, Myers 26-151, Mcfadden 1-1, Marino 7-13, Winter 2-4, Harper 3-15, Greenland 2-(-3), TEAM 1-(-9). Claysburg-Kimmel, Imler 16-29, Claycomb 6-22, Weyant 2-1, Oakes 4-(-4), Ehredt 1-1.
PASSING–Southern Huntingdon, Myers 8-15-0-135, Gibbons 2-2-0-35. Claysburg-Kimmel, Oakes 4-12-1-23.
RECEIVING–Southern Huntingdon, Booher 1-29, Winter 2-53, Marino 5-53, Zenoble 1-12, Greenland 1-23. Claysburg-Kimmel, Imler 3-22, Draeger 1-1.