Willliamsport drops home opener
Last week, Williamsport took a huge leap forward by snapping a 12-game losing skid with a win over Central Mountain. This week the Millionaires took a few steps back.
The Millionaires fell 25-0 to Mifflin County in their home opener Friday night.
Mifflin County showed good balance with its offense throughout the game, lulling the Williamsport defense with pounding runs up the middle, while sending them back on their heels with lofty passes when they least expected it.
“Our passing game works well with our running game. I think at times we showed really good flashes, with big gaping holes in our running game,” Mifflin County’s head coach George Miskinis said.
“The idea was to come in and control the ball. Last week we didn’t really do that. Tonight we controlled the ball and controlled the tempo of the game on offense,”?Miskinis said.
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead when quarterback Brice Christine connected with John Michael Maclay in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown with four minutes left in the first quarter.
However, even with a nice catch and throw, Miskinis said that play had him a little nervous.
“I thought the ball came out late, and I didn’t think he was going to get his feet down,” he said. “I told [Brice] you have to get that ball out a little earlier.”
In the second quarter Mifflin County struck again, with a six-yard scamper from Gage Reesman, giving the Huskies a 13-0 lead.
Following those early scores, the Williamsport defense seemed to settle in and shut down Mifflin County on their last three drives of the first half.
However, when the teams came our for the second half, Williamsport seemed to leave its intensity in the locker room.
Christine threw his second touchdown pass of the evening when he hit Curtis Jezerick on a 26-yard pass just eight plays into the second half, crushing Williamsport’s spirit.
Christine was 6-11 with 91 yards and two scores on the night.
But the biggest boost to the Husky offense was Heath Hidlay, who led their rushing attack with 132 yards on 15 carries.
“Heath is incredible. He runs so hard all of the time,” Miskinis said. “He just puts his nose to the grindstone. He explodes off the ball.”
“Kyle Kahley is such a good lead blocker and those two work really well together. Heath likes to just put his hand on Kahley’s shoulder and as he makes a block Heath will cut off of his tail, and explodes through the hole. People think he is going to slow down waiting for the hole, but he just explodes and goes faster.”
The combination of Mifflin County’s steady run game and a stingy defense was enough to keep Williamsport at bay for the rest of the game, as the Millionaires never came close to scoring the second half.
“We made some mental mistakes, and we payed for them dearly,” Williamsport head coach Kevin Choate said. “13-0 at half time isn’t an insurmountable lead that we couldn’t overcome, but when we aren’t executing offensively it really put us down.
“We are just going to have to continue to work on the basics, and I’ll continue to work on my play calling. There’ s no aspect of the game we can take a break on -we have to get better,” said Choate.