HUGHESVILLE?- Anthony Barberio could have been frustrated as the final seconds ticked off the first-half clock.
After moving Muncy down the field by working the two-minute package perfectly. Barberio gave the Indians two chances at taking the lead before the half.
On the first chance, which could have been crushing to Barberio's confidence, Ken Koch let a perfect pass slip through his hands.
Muncy’s T.J. Moyle tries to get out of grasp of Hughesvilles Jon Warg Friday night at Hughesville.
Not wanting to get down, Barberio refocused and found Teddy Clark streaking to the end zone for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. The score, in the last seconds before halftime, proved decisive as Muncy. The Indians, fighting for an Eastern Conference playoff berth, rode the momentum through the second half for a 27-7 win to spoil Hughesville's senior night.
The win also gave Muncy a top seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference Class A playoffs.
"It was very important to get that score before half," Barberio said. "Clark made a great read. He wasn't supposed to run a post. He was supposed to run a fly right down the field. He and I both saw it and I hit him."
On the critical drive, Barberio completed all but two of his attempts, completing four passes for 52 yards and the late touchdown to Clark. Barberio worked the Indians no-huddle offense to perfection throughout the drive, balancing the run and pass and stopping the clock on spikes.
Barberio also completed a 12-yard pass to Ken Koch on the drive to convert a third-and-1 at midfield.
Muncy's initial drives, which resulted in a lost fumble and a three-and-out, fizzled and forced the Indians into a no-huddle offense.
"It's part of our offense," Drumheller said of the no-huddle. "We've worked with it all year. The kids are confident when we run it. The linemen know what they are doing and Anthony knows what he's doing."
And the Indians showed they knew what they were doing by driving 67 yards on 13 plays, opening the second quarter with Barberio finding Ken Koch for the first of three passing touchdowns.
Muncy used the no-huddle once again to closeout the half with Barberio's 23-yard toss to Teddy Clark for a 14-7 lead at halftime.
"It's a watered down version of our overall package," Drumheller said. "If it's running well and we're moving the chains you can wear people down with it."
"That's our base stuff and it's what I love to do," Barberio said of running the team's no-huddle offense. "It's what we know breaks teams. They slow down and get tired."
In the second half, Muncy took advantage of two Hughesville interceptions to score both of its touchdowns.
TJ Moyle stepped in front of a Logan Henry pass to set up Muncy's offense at the Hughesville 13-yard-line. Troy Hembury then ripped off a 12-yard run to give Muncy a first and goal at the one. Two plays later and Barberio tossed his third touchdown, hitting Skylar Ebner on a five-yard pass.
"It didn't put the game away, but it was important to separate ourselves," Barberio said. "Skylar made a great catch."
After Hughesville fumbled the ensuing kick off, and Barberio tossed his lone interception, Henry was picked for the second time. Cam Good received gift when a tipped ball went his way.
Hembury, who rushed for 102 yards on 27 carries, capped the scoring with a two-yard dive through the offensive line.