The days of two-way players dominating both sides of the ball may be a thing of the past in the professional game, but when it comes to high school football, athletes still have the ability to showcase their offensive and defensive skills on a gamely basis.
The ability to showcase those skills was on full display Friday night in Millionaire Stadium.
Isaac Foust and Brice Harris scored on runs of 95 and 38 yards, respectively. Each player also scored on defense - Foust a 25-yard fumble return and Harris a 62 yard interception return - en route to a 32-13 victory over the Tunkhannock Tigers.
Williamsport’s Jesse Walker, left, celebrates his fumble return for a touchdown with teammate Garrett Nork, right, Friday night vs. Tunkhannock.
"Kudos for those guys," Williamsport coach Kevin Choate said. "They did a real nice job."
For the second week in a row the Millionaires scored on the opening drive, with Harris' touchdown capping off a five-play 80-yard drive and staking the Millionaires out to an early 6-0 lead that it never relinquished.
After returning a fumble for a score that doubled the lead to 12 Foust delivered the play of the game on Williamsport's next drive, taking a third-down run all the way to the house from his own 5-yard line. The touchdown might have gone in the books as a 95-yarder, but he quite possibly ran twice that far -weaving in and out of traffic like a cherry-and-white helmeted New York taxi cab all the way to the end zone.
"The offensive line came off the ball real nice tonight and sprung Isaac for that [touchdown], Choate said. "It was real exciting."
Equally as exciting for the Millionaires was the play of the defense. Harris, Donte Johnson and Jed Chestnut each chipped in with an interception of Ryan Ell. The Millionaires forced four turnovers to go along with two sacks.
Plus it's never a bad day when your defense scores as many touchdowns as it surrenders.
It was an opportune time for the Williamsport to play its best game of the season as it was homecoming night and the bleachers were filled with a nice-sized crowd.
"It was great for these kids to bring home a win on a night where we had a lot of support from the community," Choate said.
Foust and Harris combined for 184 of the Williamsport's 226 rushing yards. Tanner Bashnick led the receivers for the second straight game, with two catches for 48 yards.
All in all, it was a dominant effort by a Millionaires team that improved its record to 3-5. The team travels to take on Crestwood next week.
"We're looking to try and even [our record] out before the end of the season," Choate said. "We have a tall order with the last two teams we play. They're both really good football teams so we're going to have to work hard."