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High school football: Green Dragons hold off pesky Wildcats
Sunday, October 12th, 2008
By Matt Corbett
The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG — As former ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson might suggest, you can throw out the records when the Little Brown Jug game is at stake.

Lewisburg came in unbeaten and Mifflinburg had produced just one win through six weeks, but the Green Dragons had to hold off the Wildcats late to pull out a 20-17 victory in a Heartland Athletic Conference crossover game at Wildcat Stadium on Friday night.Mifflinburg (1-6) scored a touchdown with 2:06 remaining in the fourth quarter, then made it interesting after holding Lewisburg (7-0) on downs before running out of time. This was easily the Green Dragons’ toughest game to date, after they had outscored opponents 207-41 the previous six weeks.“This was a great test. (Mifflinburg is) a good team, and this is only going to help us down the road,” said Lewisburg coach Todd Tilford. “This is a rivalry game, Mifflinburg made some big plays, and there was a lot going against us. I told the guys I was proud of them.”Lewisburg quarterback Sean Bell threw for two scores — both after Mifflinburg turnovers — and Spenser Ercole ran for a TD midway through the fourth quarter as the Dragons took a 20-10 lead with 7:27 remaining. Lewisburg stopped Mifflinburg on the next series when Cody Raup batted down a Barry Tomasetti pass on 4th-and-10 with 4:24 remaining.

But the Dragons went three-and-out and punted, and on the next play from scrimmage, Tomasetti hooked up with favorite target Darren Reynolds for a 68-yard touchdown.

Tomasetti rolled right and found Reynolds near the right sideline. Reynolds reversed back toward the middle, broke a tackle and outran the defense the rest of the way. Jon Himes’ PAT made it 20-17 with 2:06 left. Himes’ ensuing onside kick didn’t travel the requisite 10 yards, giving Lewisburg the ball at the Mifflinburg 47. Two plays later the Dragons got a break when Ercole fumbled on a sweep right, but recovered the ball further downfield for a seven-yard gain. But the Dragons went three-and out-again, and Elliott Goff’s punt was nearly blocked by a strong Mifflinburg rush.

The Wildcats got a final chance with 31.4 seconds remaining, starting at their own 24. Tomasetti had completions of 11 yards to Colby Hendrix and 20 yards to Reynolds, but only 3.5 seconds were left. On the final play Tomasetti rolled right and found Reynolds for a 26-yard gain, but the clock had run out on Mifflinburg.

“We thought we could play with them, and we expected to win this game,” Mifflinburg coach Mark Reitz said. “I’m sure everyone thought this game was going to be a rout, but we gave them two scores and still came within one play of beating them.”

Lewisburg’s first touchdown was set up when Raup intercepted a Tomasetti pass at the Mifflinburg 23. Three plays later, Bell connected with Logan James for a 19-yard TD on a fade pattern.

Reynolds gave Mifflinburg its only lead two possessions later, when he fielded a Lewisburg punt along the left sideline, broke two tackles and scampered the rest of the way for a 57-yard TD return with 8:11 left in the second quarter. Jon Himes’ extra point put Mifflinburg in front 7-6.

Lewisburg regained the lead less than three minutes later when Evan Gora forced a fumble by Tomasetti, and John Moscarello scooped it up and returned it to the Mifflinburg 3. Two plays later Bell rolled right and found Brett Aukerman open in the right corner of the end zone as Lewisburg took a 13-7 lead.

Himes made it a three-point game at the half when he booted a 45-yard field goal that snuck inside the left upright with 2.2 seconds left before halftime.

Lewisburg made it 20-10 with an eight play, 61-yard drive that began early in the fourth quarter. On third-and-one at the Mifflinburg 3, Ercole swept in from the right side for the 10-point lead with 7:27 remaining.

“Give (Mifflinburg) a lot of credit,” said Bell, who finished 8-for-13 for 79 yards and the two scores. “They played hard and gave it everything they had. We responded well, and I’m proud of our guys.”


Career Rushing Records
Saturday, October 4th, 2008
By Barb KrohnStandard-Journal

JERSEY SHORE — They’re called growing pains for a reason — they hurt.
Mifflinburg had another night full of them on Friday losing to Jersey Shore 31-10 in a Heartland Conference-I matchup at Shore. With the loss the Wildcats are 1-5, 1-3 HC-I, while the Bulldogs improve to 2-4, 2-3 HC-I.

The pain of another game of penalties and fumbles was apparent after the contest as junior slot back and corner back Darren Reynolds stood slightly apart from the team huddle staring off into the distance while Mifflinburg coach Mark Reitz tried to buoy his team. “The only thing I know to do is to go back and work,” said Reitz to his team. “We’re going to work hard and we’re going to stick together.”

The game got off to a good start for the Wildcats as they moved the ball to midfield earning two first downs before being forced to punt. Although Shore scored on its first possession, Mifflinburg got right back in it moving the ball 75 yards, all with the rush, as the first quarter wound down. Matt Brouse drove the final five at the beginning of the second stanza for a touchdown. With Jon Himes’ PAT easily sailing through the cross bars, the score was tied 7-0. Although the Bulldog receiver broke through the Wildcats’ special teams on the ensuing kickoff, Himes positioned himself well and made the tackle on his own 40 to prevent a score.

Mifflinburg’s defense then rallied allowing just a four-yard gain before Reynolds broke up three passes in a row and the Wildcats took over on downs on their own 36.

Unfortunately they didn’t have any better luck moving the ball and a fourth and one attempt failed giving the Bulldogs possession of the ball. Once again the defense came up big forcing a three and out, although the punt pressed Mifflinburg back on its own 12. And that’s when the first big mistake of the night happened. On third-and-10 the Wildcats fumbled and Shore recovered on the one. Bulldog quarterback Taylor English easily rushed into the end zone on the next play.

After a nice return by Shawn Hurst Mifflinburg got itself behind the eight-ball again with a penalty on the opening play. Still the Wildcats moved the ball with freshman QB Barry Tomasetti competing a nice 33-yard pass to Anthony Wagner. But the Bulldogs’ defense stiffened up and they sacked Tomasetti on a fourth-and-13 broken play to regain possession. Mifflinburg held the home team to a field goal attempt on the next possession but Eli Skinner missed it well to the left and the Wildcats went into the intermission down just 14-7.

“We expected to come out and win in the second half,” said Reitz. And it looked like his team did too as they forced the Bulldogs into a three and out in their first possession and then drove to the Shore 15. Although another broken play pushed the away team back eight yards bringing up fourth down, Himes made a 40-yard field goal look easy and the Wildcats were back within four. Jersey Shore fumbled twice on its next possession and the second time Mifflinburg recovered but two flags and a fumble later it was the Wildcats that were punting.

In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs with their passing game in high gear, broke it open scoring two more touchdowns and a field goal “They opened up in the second half,” said Reitz. “We didn’t get the pressure we needed and we have some young people in some positions.” “The defense played well in the first half,” the Wildcat coach noted but said the mistakes keep hurting the team. “It’s the same old stuff. It’s the story of our season. “And it’s killing us.”

Mifflinburg entertains unbeaten Lewisburg next week.