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Warriors roll past Wildcats
Saturday, August 30th, 2008
By Barb Krohn
The Standard Journal

Reprinted with permission.

MIFFLINBURG — Going into the Friday night home opener against Montoursville, Mifflinburg had very little room for error. However at the beginning of the season errors will happen, and although they happened to both teams, the Wildcats’ miscues came at the worst times and were ultimately the most costly as Mifflinburg fell 34-14 to the Warriors in a matchup of Heartland Conference Division I foes. At the beginning of the game the Wildcats, if anything looked to be the sharper team.

Darren Reynolds started off running back the opening kick 30 yards and Mifflinburg earned a first down before giving up the ball. When Montoursville got the ball Mifflinburg forced a three-and-out — or so it seemed until the Wildcats were penalized for having too many players on the field for the punt, giving Montoursville a first down. Still the Wildcat defense shut down Josh Cillo and Cody Haupt without allowing another set of downs. Mifflinburg quarterback Shawn Hurst then called his own number earning a first down on two rushes and then breaking away for a 50-yard sprint to the Montoursville 25. Unfortunately the ball was fumbled on the next play and recovered by Montoursville. On the ensuing drive Montoursville’s Cillo and Haupt rushed their way down the field until Cillo finally pushed the ball in from the 2-yard line.

As time was running down in the second quarter it was looking like the Wildcats might go into the intermission down by only seven when they stopped Montoursville with a fourth-and-4 on the 43. But once again as the punting and receiving teams lined up a flag was thrown and Mifflinburg was penalized for having too many players on the field.

“I don’t have an answer for that,” said Mifflinburg coach Mark Retiz. “When we had them on fourth down, that was a blunder and you can’t do that with them.” In the second half Montoursville cut loose scoring 20 more points almost entirely due to the efforts of Cillo and Haupt. Haupt, who was out last year with a stress fracture, made up for lost time running an impressive 238 yards, while Cillo rushed for 122.

“(In the second half) they gave us some second chances,” said Montoursville coach Jim Bergen. “And when we run, we run hard.” Nonetheless Reitz was very pleased with his defense. “The defense played a whale of a game,” he said. “(The score) looks bad, but it’s not because of the defense.” After the Wildcats initial success running, adjustments by Montoursville made it difficult to move the ball for most of the game.

“I was pleased with our kids,” said Bergen. “They gave some ground, but we learned.”
“It was a line thing,” said Reitz. “Their defensive line was stronger. We just couldn’t move them any more.” The Mifflinburg offense finally got on the board when David Snook rushed into the end zone on a fourth and 1. “That might be key for him,” said Reitz. “He didn’t play last year.”

Matt Brouse added the final score of the night on a 57-yard run. “This is going to help us,” said Reitz of the lessons learned in the first game of the season. “It may not feel good right now, but it’s going to help us.”

Note: Several Mifflinburg players, including tailback Reynolds, were plagued by cramps in the game. “We’re going to have to work on nutrition,” said Reitz.


Warriors’ tandem rushes past Wildcats in season opener
Saturday, August 30th, 2008
By Matt Corbett
The Daily Item

Reprinted with permission.

MIFFLINBURG — In the end, Mifflinburg simply couldn’t contain the Montoursville rushing tandem of Cody Haupt and Josh Cillo. But in the beginning, it was crucial Wildcat mistakes that allowed them to run wild.

Haupt and Cillo combined for 372 yards rushing and all five touchdowns as Montoursville rolled to a 34-14 victory over Mifflinburg in the Heartland Athletic Conference Division I opener for both teams.Haupt, a junior who missed all of last season due to injury, ran for 239 yards and two scores, while senior Cillo rambled for 133 yards and three scores. But the Warriors were the beneficiary of Wildcat mistakes at crucial times, until Montoursville’s large offensive line wore down a weary Mifflinburg defense. Mifflinburg (0-1 overall and HAC-I) had moved to the Montoursville 25 on its second possession — including a 50-yard scamper by quarterback Shawn Hurst — but Hurst was hammered on the next play, and his fumble was recovered by Pat McNamara. The Warriors then went on a nine-play, 73-yard drive, culminated by Cillo’s one-yard TD run with 2.8 seconds left in the first quarter.

Following a Mifflinburg punt midway through the second, Montoursville (1-0, 1-0) took over at its own 33 with 4:39 remaining before the half. On fourth-and 4 at the Mifflinburg 43, the Wildcats were penalized for an illegal substitution — their third of the game.Given new life, Haupt made them pay two plays later when he took a direct snap from center and roared around right end for a 35-yard scoring jaunt with just 47.6 seconds left in the half for a 14-0 lead.“I don’t have any idea (why we committed those penalties). We’ve worked on those things the past three weeks,” Mifflinburg coach Mark Reitz said.

“And we committed some of them on fourth down, and we knew we couldn’t do that.

We’ve worked on those things the last three weeks. It should’ve been 7-0 going into the half.”Montoursville took over in the third quarter, when Haupt scored on a 52-yard run and Cillo followed with TD jaunts of 36 and 15 yards for a 34-0 lead.“The line blocked well. They opened up some big holes, and I just found them,” said Haupt, who piled up all of his yards in less than three quarters of work.

“We have a great one-two punch with those guys,” Montoursville coach Jim Bergen said. “Our runners run hard behind the blocking of our line and our fullbacks.”

The Warriors still have issues on offense, however, as first-year quarterback Travis Singer didn’t complete a pass (0-for-3), with two of those nearly intercepted.

“The (rushing game) was great. Now we have to work on the other stuff,” Bergen said.

Despite the score, Reitz was complimentary of his defense. “Our defense played a whale of a game, but they were on the field most of the game,” he said. “(Montoursville is) a good football team. I think we’ll be fine. This isn’t going to hurt us.”

After running the ball effectively in the first quarter, the Wildcats’ offense was largely dormant in the second and third periods before producing two scores late in the fourth. With both teams substituting freely, David Snook rambled for a 21-yard touchdown and Matt Brouse sprinted around right end for a 52-yard score, both in the final four minutes. Though Hurst completed just one pass — a five-yarder to Anthony Wagner — he was a bright spot on offense with 104 rushing yards on just 10 carries.

“I think Shawn did a pretty good job of running the option,” Reitz said. “Their defensive line finally took over against our offensive line (in the middle quarters). They just wore our guys down.”