MUNCY - Going into the second quarter, the Muncy offense was struggling and only led 7-0. The first three Muncy drives were a fumble and two quick punts. But thanks to some big plays and good field position the Muncy offense got rolling late in the second quarter. Anthony Barberio threw three touchdown passes and Maurice Brown had two interceptions to lead Muncy to a 40-0 win over Sayre Friday night in Muncy.
Muncy scored 26 points in the last 5:40 of the half thanks to big plays by Brown and Kenny Koch.
"Kenny you know is very versatile," said Muncy coach Jay Drumheller. "He returns punts, he's our punter, he does so much. He's very athletic, you get him in the open field, he has good feet, he's really coming into his own. Brown has been a consistent receiver all year, with tonight's performance he's probably about 35 catches, he did a nice job he has good hands, he catches in traffic, out of traffic. They spread the field which is good."
Anthony Barberio, right, celebrates with Muncy teammate Ken Koch Friday night after a touchdown vs. Sayre. In back are Muncy’s Jeffery White (56)?and Maurice Brown (8).
Brown caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and Koch caught a 17-yard touchdown pass, both coming in the final two drives of the second quarter. Koch also caught a 30-yard pass in the third quarter for the final touchdown.
Koch's final touchdown was set up by his own 35-yard punt return.
Brown also played well on defense as he picked off two passes and could have scored on the one if he could get around the last few defenders.
Barberio played well, making big plays with his arm, Dakota Nixon led all rushers with 81 yards and a touchdown and Teddy Clark added two touchdowns on the ground.
The Muncy defense played well as a whole as it held the Sayre offense to just 108 total yards, only seven coming through the air.
"Our defense has really been playing lights-out all year," said Drumheller. "Even against Southern we had glimpses of shutting them down. Last week we played our hearts out against South, came up a little short there. Scott Appleman, he's the rally point, he's the captain of that defense, he takes control there and he was just flying all over."
Appleman wasn't the only Muncy defender who played well, Brandon O'Connell was all over the field making plays and even recovered a fumble. The line played well shutting down the opposing running backs.
The defense forced the Sayre offense into four turnovers, seven three and outs and two turnover on downs.
Sayre made many unforced mistakes and had many missed opportunities. The Sayre special teams had two dropped punts, both of which were recovered by Muncy and the Sayre defense had two dropped interceptions, one of which would have gone for a touchdown.
The passing game never got going and only amounted to one completion for seven yards, which didn't come until there was 7:22 left in the thirrd quarter.
The defense made a couple of plays including a tackle for a loss and a sack in consecutive plays for Garrett Weaver to end a Muncy drive and another sack by Jeremy Kyc. Jay Green also played solid defense in the secondary for the Redskins.