MILL HALL - The Williamsport Millionaires finally know what it means to feel rich at heart.
Dale Berkheimer's three-yard quarterback sneak with under 40 seconds remaining, got Williamsport its first win since Oct. 21 of 2011, 24-21 Friday night at Central Mountain.
"Oh my goodness, that was a gorilla on my back," Millionaires head coach Kevin Choate said. "It's been so long since we've felt what winning feels like. They came together, they did what they had to do and I'm so proud of them."
Isaac Foust of Williamsport picks up yardage Friday night at Central Mountain. View additional photos at cu.sungazette.com.
The first quarter couldn't get into the books fast enough, as Central Mountain and Williamsport each committed turnovers. The Millionaires fumbled once, and the Wildcats fumbled and threw an interception. With no score for either team at the end of the first 12 minutes, the second quarter brought both teams into a much calmer state of mind. With the first-game shakes out of the way, it was time to play some fundamental football.
This was a turning point of the game for the Wildcats and for their quarterback, Bryce Bitner. He started out the game 0-3, but after that, he owned the first half. His first two completions of the 2013 season were for TDs. His first was a great over-the-shoulder catch by Tyler Pavalko from 28 yards out. Williamsport's Ben Hillman followed the Wildcats' scoring drive with a 21-yard field goal, but then Bitner got right back to work. Bitner threw 10-yard strike to Cody Barner, and the senior wideout did the rest, running ahead for a 48-yard score. Central Mountain went into halftime with the lead, 14-3
Williamsport had a much better showing in the third quarter. The defense came out very aggressive, sacking Bitner three times. And Foust finally got the Millionaires their first touchdown on an 11-yard sweep.
Later, Foust added another touchdown on a four-yard run. Foust finished the game with a 175 yards rushing on 33 carries.
Cody Barner scored Central Mountain's final touchdown before falling to the Millionaires off an eight-yard pass from Bryce Bitner.